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by Green Business Network
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December 17, 2018
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By Nicky Schauder of Permaculture Gardens, a member of our Green Business Network My family and I have a Climate Victory Garden in the suburbs of Washington DC. I wanted to give you a tour of our garden with the hopes it will inspire you. Permaculture designer Geoff Lawton is known for saying, “All problems can be solved in a garden.” The real problem of climate change is no exception. …
by Fran Teplitz
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December 5, 2018
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The trendline for socially and environmentally responsible investing (SRI) continues to impress, with the latest data on SRI assets under professional management in the US reaching $12 trillion in 2018 according to the latest research from the Forum on Sustainable and Responsible Investing (US SIF Foundation).  This is an increase of 38% in the last two years. On a biennial basis, US SIF tacks…
by Mary Meade
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November 7, 2018
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In a victory for its workers, Arkansas and Missouri approved substantial wage increases during the 2018 midterm elections. This means the two red states will soon be among the highest of minimum wages of any state. For Arkansas, Issue 5 was the critical ballot measure to determine the increase, which passed with 68% of the vote. The state will see the minimum wage increase from $8.50 per hour to…
by Green Business Network
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October 22, 2018
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Green Your Home Green Living, Green Business
Congratulations to Green America's People & Planet Award winners! Thanks to all who nominated and voted for green businesses to win our fall People & Planet Award. This season’s award focused on businesses that help people green their homes—an increasingly important step we can all take to protect our health and the environment. The two winning businesses represent very different aspects…
by Sytonia Reid
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October 21, 2018
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Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), (also called sustainable investing; impact investing; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing; mission-based investing; faith-based investing; and other names) is a powerful tool more investors are using both to meet their financial needs and to make their money work toward their social and environmental goals. The Forum for Sustainable and…
by Mary Meade
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September 18, 2018
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In August, Uber faced a major setback in New York City as its Council voted to cap the number of ride-hail vehicles allowed on city streets. The tech giant that transformed urban transportation has lost in another clash with local government and its largest American market of 8.5 million NYC residents. The New York City Council voted to halt the issuance of new licenses for Uber, Lyft, and other…
by Scott Kitson
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August 22, 2018
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With more than 71 percent of consumers “thinking green” when making a buying decision, and nearly three out of four Millennials willing to pay more for environmentally sound products, driving increased sales should be as simple as incorporating sustainability into your brand. But on the contrary, the vast majority of sustainable brands fail to realize significant revenue growth (or reach their…
by Mary Meade
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August 16, 2018
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2017 marked the first year that a continental U.S. species of bumblebee was listed as endangered as a result of pathogens, parasites, and human activity. The subsequent uproar from environmentalists demanded that we safeguard these important pollinators or face the consequences of a dwindling food supply. Countries around the world have since acted to protect bumblebees; the same is not so easily…
by Victoria Stafford
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August 8, 2018
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Labor, Social Justice, Green Business
In May, Global Labor Justice uncovered active gender-based violence in Asian factories supplying American apparel giants H&M and Gap. Results conclude that abuse against female garment workers stems directly from the way fast fashion meets its bottom line: outsourcing, contract work, and accelerated labor. We're living in the era of fast fashion. Boasting 52 micro-seasons a year, this…
by Victoria Stafford
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August 8, 2018
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Climate
The clean vehicle revolution has met its resistance. Last week, the Trump administration announced its intention to suspend vehicle anti-pollution and fuel-efficiency standards, a clear strike on Obama-era climate change mitigation initiatives. Ironically named The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, the proposal would eliminate incentives for automakers to build cleaner cars…