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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
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…
by Victoria Stafford
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August 6, 2018
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While plastic straw bans represent progress in the movement against single-use plastics, the bans have been criticized for negatively impacting individuals with motor disabilities who rely on plastic straws to drink. In this article, we discuss why plastic straws are still a necessity for some and how you can support effective anti-plastic initiatives that are accessible to all. Summer is in…
by Victoria Stafford
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August 6, 2018
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Climate
Baltimore has decided to take Big Oil by the horns. In late July, Baltimore filed a lawsuit against 26 defendants — including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Shell — for exacerbating the city’s sea level rise and contributing to recent sporadic weather behavior. City officials argue that these escalating impacts of climate change are at fault for the mounting expenses of protecting Baltimore’s residents…
Have you ever wondered, what do I have to do to be a socially responsible investor? Is there a minimum commitment? What’s on the sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) horizon? Green America’s executive co-director Fran Teplitz spoke with George Gay, CEO of First Affirmative Financial Network, a national network of financial advisors specializing in socially and environmentally…
by Mary Meade
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August 1, 2018
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If you drink coffee, you’ve probably heard the words “fair trade” and “direct trade.” Both seek to protect farmers from predatory corporations and work with farmers to develop partnerships that benefit both stakeholders. So, what’s the difference? What is Fair Trade? The fair trade movement has grown in demand over the decades – the most obvious sign being the development of multiple fair trade…
by Scott Sacknoff, Serenity Shares Investments
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July 31, 2018
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Guest blog post from Scott Sacknoff of Serenity Shares Investments Most people would be surprised using the terms “United Nations” and “viral marketing” in the same sentence, but that is essentially what is happening with the UN Sustainable Development Goals—otherwise known as their 17 “SDGs”. It’s a term gaining increasing attention from companies and investors around the globe. What are the…