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by Scott Kitson
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July 17, 2018
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Do you know of a great green business in homewares, furnishings, or building construction? Tell us about it! It could win one of two $5,000 prizes to support its green mission. Please nominate your favorite home-centered green business by July 30, 6pm EST. Certified members of the Green Business Network are pre-qualified, but all businesses are welcome. The business must represent strong social…
by Victoria Stafford
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July 17, 2018
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Your Carbon Footprint Green Living
In 2008, Seattle became the first in the nation to approve charging customers for plastic and paper bags in hopes of incentivizing shoppers to use reusable bags. In 2011, Seattle imposed an outright ban on plastic bags, while maintaining a 5-cent fee per paper bag. By September 2017, the city had announced its readiness to eliminate plastic straws and utensils at local eateries. Finally, that…
by Mary Meade
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July 10, 2018
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Green Living
In 2015, New York City instituted a polystyrene ban which was challenged by recycling firms and plastic manufacturers under the premise that polystyrene is recyclable. New York Supreme Court judge Margaret Chan agreed with the coalition under the premise that the industry had a feasible recycling plan. Polystyrene foam, or more commonly known as Styrofoam, is widely used as packaging (in the…
by Victoria Stafford
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June 27, 2018
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Green Living
From water bottles to clamshell containers to grocery bags, plastic pervades Americans’ everyday lives… and sea turtles’ stomachs. Nearly 8 million metric tons of plastic invade marine ecosystems annually, and if we keep up unchecked production and poor disposal, there will be more plastic than fish in Earth’s oceans by 2050. Our friends at As You Sow are working to change that. In June, the…

Food

by Victoria Stafford
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July 11, 2018
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Food
Through aggressive vertical integration, the Monsanto-Bayer merger represents a near-monopoly on the agriculture supply chain, which eliminates marketplace competition and forces farmers’ complete reliance on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This phenomenon poses a massive threat to global food supply and environmental health. In 2016, Green America’s Food Campaigns Team published an…
by Victoria Stafford
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June 27, 2018
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In June, the Senate passed the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, a bipartisan-sponsored bill aimed to provide funding and technical assistance to support cooperative business models. Introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the bill seeks to help small businesses transition to worker-operated systems of ownership, management, and governance. “Employee-owned businesses have a strong…
by Victoria Stafford
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June 27, 2018
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The EV revolution is here. In June, the California Public Utility Commission approved construction for a massive network of electric vehicle charging stations. Totaling a whopping $738 million, the proposal represents one of the largest pools of public funding allocated for utility EV charging in history. Meanwhile, smaller independent projects have sprung up across California. The Bay Area Air…
by Scott Kitson
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June 26, 2018
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Have you been looking for a burst of creative inspiration recently? Look no further than the finalists for Green America’s most recent People & Planet award—green businesses that help you unleash your inner artist, writer, or performer. The winning two businesses this round include an importer of fairly traded writing journals committed to empowering workers, and an organic, made-in-the-USA …
by Mary Meade
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June 26, 2018
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At Green America, we are concerned with wealth inequality and the threat it poses to livelihoods and social justice. A new report from As You Sow shockingly demonstrates just how deep the wealth gap is. For the past four years, the shareholder advocacy group has released comprehensive annual reports on the 100 Most Overpaid CEOs among the 500 companies in the S&P500 index. Their most recent…

Climate, Green Living

by Victoria Stafford
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June 26, 2018
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Climate, Green Living
Swimsuit? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Environmentally-responsible sunscreen? Maybe you should look again.  Last month, Hawaii passed a bill that bans the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, two ingredients contributing to coral reef bleaching and severe marine life disruption.  A 2015 study conducted by the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory identified sunscreen-slathered…