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by Victoria Stafford
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August 6, 2018
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Genetic Engineering, Green with Kids, Most Popular Green Living Tips Green Living, Social Justice, Green Business
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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Economic Action Food, Labor, Social Justice, Green Business Fair Trade, green business, green economy, coffee, Fair Labor
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…
On Saturday, July 21st, environmental leaders from around the country converged on the National Mall to engage in the Zero Hour Youth Climate March—a global, youth-led movement urging those in power to enact science-based policies to confront climate change. The 3-day Zero Hour demonstration began on July 19th, with the Youth Climate Lobby Day during which Zero Hour leaders visited Capitol Hill…
by Scott Kitson
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July 17, 2018
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Your Carbon Footprint, Green Your Home Green Living, Green Business
Green America is now accepting nominations for great green business in homewares, furnishings, or building construction. Does this describe your business? Self-nominations are welcome, or you can nominate a business colleague in the "green home" sector. Two businesses will win a $5,000 prize to support missions. Nominations for home-centered green business are accepted through July 30, 6pm EST.…
by Victoria Stafford
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July 17, 2018
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Your Carbon Footprint Green Living, Green Business
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 Victoria Stafford
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July 11, 2018
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Food, Green Business
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 Mary Meade
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July 10, 2018
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Green Living, Green Business
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…