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by Green Business Network
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September 17, 2020
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Washington, DC (September 17, 2020)—Nearly 60 businesses from across the country issued a statement today calling on the US insurance industry to stop insuring and investing in the fossil fuels driving climate change. Signatories include Ben & Jerry’s, Aspen Skiing Company, Burton Snowboards, Patagonia, Bigelow Tea, and Seventh Generation. This marks the first time that business…
by Mary Meade
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September 15, 2020
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Latinx Heritage Month is a month-long celebration to honor the cultures and heritages of peoples of Latin American origin and descent. Historically, the celebration only included Hispanic origin and descent, but has since adopted language inclusive to non-Spanish peoples of Latin America. Mid-September marks the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month because it is the anniversary of independence for…
As a green business, you align your products and practices with your values—but does your bank align with your values, too? Where you choose to bank has an impact on people and the planet. When your company acquires a loan or opens an account, your dollars are going to projects that the bank chooses to fund. Some banks specifically invest in the success of green businesses like yours—and some…
by Fran Teplitz
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August 31, 2020
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Fran Teplitz, Executive Co-director, Green America and Director of Green America’s Green Business Network provided the following testimony during a virtual public hearing conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency on August 31, 2020: EPA Public Comment on National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone Pollution: August 31, 2020 Good afternoon. My name is Fran Teplitz and I serve as the…
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…