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Following is an excerpt from the letter that Fran Teplitz, Green America’s Executive Co-director and Director of the Green Business Network, submitted to the Department of Labor (DOL) on July 21, 2020 in response to the agency calling into question the ability of retirement plans to include socially responsible investing criteria.  Investors have been integrating social, environmental, and…
Stories of businesses getting creative during the pandemic haven brought us hope. Times are tough, but these resilient businesses have kept their stores open by doing what they do best—tailoring their product focus to meeting the needs of the community. We share these stories to bring you inspiration and hope that you support them and other small businesses if you are able. Naturepedic  For…
by Mary Meade
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July 14, 2020
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One of the biggest trends of 2019 was green, but not in the circular economy sense—hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) experienced a meteoric rise in popularity, with industry growth surging at 706 percent throughout the year. What is Hemp-CBD? The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized hemp and CBD at the federal level for the first time in 80 years, making it easier for farmers to enter the market and for the…
by Michael Twer
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June 18, 2020
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By guest blogger: Michael Twer, CEO/Founder of Delilah Home and Chairman of the Organic Trade Association Fiber Council. Delilah Home is a certified Green Business Network member. By now, most people know that organic is the way to go when it comes to food. What we put in our bodies matters. It’s better to have something natural that has been cultivated without pesticides and chemicals. But…
By guest blogger: Christine Jantz, CEO of Jantz Management. Jantz Management is a certified Green Business Network member. Over the past several years, we have witnessed a sea change in investor votes on climate-related resolutions, culminating on June 11, 2020 in a strong majority vote at Dollar Tree for action on climate.  The resolution filed by Jantz Management, a Green Business Network…
Green businesses are committed to the highest standard of sustainability and are often leaders in their industry. Many of the Green Business Network members purchase renewable energy and invest in wind and solar for their storefronts. Despite this, fossil fuels are ubiquitous in the sneakiest ways—which can make it hard to truly unplug. Here are a few ways fossil fuels may be dirtying your…
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the Minneapolis Police, many Americans are taking part in protests, signing petitions, and calling their representatives to demand immediate reforms to policing. Structural racism in the US extends beyond policing and includes economic inequality that is driven by centuries of racist practices and policies, starting with slavery and extending…
by Green America
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June 2, 2020
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“Right now, Minneapolis and cities across our country are on fire, and our people are hurting—the violence against Black bodies felt in the ongoing mass disobedience, all while we grapple with a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting, infecting, and killing us.” —Black Lives Matter Green America condemns the killing of George Floyd who is one of so many Black people killed by the police.…
Green businesses are getting creative amid the coronavirus pandemic to keep their stores open. We find their tenacity and commitment to the green economy inspiring in these challenging times. Here are three Green Business Network members that give us hope—and we hope that you will support them, too, if you are able.  TS Designs Adult personal use masks in assorted colors. Via TS Designs…
by Fran Teplitz
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May 27, 2020
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Last week JPMorgan Chase held its annual general meeting of shareholders. The strong votes in support of environmental and social resolutions provide a telling example of why the SEC has proposed a rule to weaken shareholder power and thereby weaken corporate accountability. Green America’s 2020 list of sample shareholder resolutions to vote, including votes at Chase, calls attention to…