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Since 2012, Green America's People and Planet Award has recognized outstanding small businesses with deep commitments to social justice and environmental sustainability. This project has been made possible thanks to a special donor committed to giving a boost to innovative entrepreneurs. The People and Planet Award has bestowed over $300,000 on green businesses since its inception.  The three…
by Green Business Network
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January 22, 2020
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Looking for tax deductions, small business guides, and more? Start here. Small businesses face a variety of taxes based on your business structure. Your business will also have access to different funding opportunities based on this structure. We've compiled a shortlist of resources on taxes, managing finances, and financing opportunities for your business for the 2020 tax year. Looking for…
Green businesses adopt principles, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life for its customers, employees, communities, and planet. But just because a business claims it is “green” doesn’t mean it upholds the standards of social responsibility and sustainability.  That’s where third-party certifications come in. A third-party certification serves to verify a business’s claims…
by Green Business Network
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January 7, 2020
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On January 7th at 11:30am, Fran Teplitz, the director of the Green Business Network at Green America, testified at the EPA's virtual public hearing on the Coal Ash Rule that the agency is working to weaken. It is imperative that this rule is not weakened in order to protect people, businesses, and the planet. Below is Teplitz's full testimony. Good morning. My name is Fran Teplitz and I serve as…
33 banks have funneled 1.9 trillion into fossil fuels since 2016. Of these banks, Goldman Sachs ranks number 12 in the biggest financiers of fossil fuels, pouring approximately $59.26 billion dollars over the last three years. Yet in December of 2019, the US firm announced its decision to end the financing of new oil drilling and exploration projects in the Arctic, including the Arctic National…
As the climate crisis intensifies, we need green businesses to continue to take action for the sake of people and the planet. Many of our Green Business Network members are working to reduce their emissions, produce products that are easy on the earth, and promote recycling and waste reduction. Have you taken climate action yet as a business leader to stop bank financing of the fossil fuel…
by Scott Kitson
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December 18, 2019
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As you probably know, Green America has mobilized thousands of consumers to urge Amazon to “build a better cloud” by switching to 100% clean energy by 2020. We are now reaching out to our Green Business Network members that use Amazon Web Services to sign a letter initiated by technology professionals with the group ClimateAction.Tech. They are using their expertise to address the climate crisis…
By Guest Blogger: Kurt Whitt, Green Business Network Member and Founder/Chief Visionary Architect of EcoPlanetMedia As an earth-friendly creative agency, Eco Planet Media gets a firsthand look at the green trends occurring across business sectors. Concern about the environment continues unabated, but researchers and everyday citizens of the earth are waking up to new ideas and technologies to…
First came vegan milk: almond, soy, and most recently, oat milk, can be found in the dairy aisle right next to their conventional milk counterparts. Now, vegan “meats” are stepping in as the next big substitute. Beyond Meats and Impossible Foods are currently the two most famous plant-based meat companies. These two businesses are bringing vegan meat to the mainstream through restaurants, fast…
by Mary Meade
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October 1, 2019
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Latinx Heritage Month—also recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month—began as a week-long celebration of the heritages and cultures of citizens of Hispanic origin in the United States. Since its creation in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the celebration has expanded to encompass 30 days from September 15th to October 15th. Mid-September marks the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month because it is…