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The following is a guest blog post from Symone Jackson, Beneficial State Foundation’s Digital Engagement Manager based in Oakland, CA. There has been a lot of conversation around what a Green New Deal should look like. Many sustainability activists want to focus on decarbonizing the U.S. economy; some labor unions are understandably worried about the loss of fossil fuel jobs; and grassroots…
by Mary Meade
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March 4, 2019
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March is celebrated as Women's History Month to commemorate the accomplishments and contributions of women to American history. It originally began as a local, week-long celebration in Santa Rosa, California after the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a Women's History Week celebration in 1978. Other communities caught onto the…
by Green Business Network
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February 21, 2019
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Labor, Green Business minimum wage
The following is testimony from Fran Teplitz, Director of Green America’s Green Business Network, at the Maryland State Senate hearing on February 21, 2019 in support of increasing Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour (SB 280). Victory!On March 28, 2019 the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto of Maryland ’s “Fight  for 15” legislation.Here are the…
by Mary Meade and Sytonia Reid
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February 14, 2019
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Social Justice, Green Business green economy, social justice, socially responsible, money
Big companies have a history of oppressing small businesses and putting a heavy burden on low-income communities. For example, Amazon’s presence in Seattle caused rising housing costs and pushed out local mom-and-pop shops. But diversity builds economic vitality, uplifts communities, and promotes productivity and resilience. For a green economy, holistic sustainability is impossible without the…
by Scott Kitson
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February 6, 2019
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Labor, Social Justice, Green Business
Our allies at Business for a Fair Minimum Wage are launching a new sign-on statement for business people to support raising the federal minimum wage gradually to $15 by 2024—and we’re inviting business leaders to be some of the first to sign. The federal minimum wage has not increased since July 2009, and this year we’re headed toward a terrible milestone: the longest period without a raise since…
Reducing Carbon Emissions is Good for Business With the October 2018 UN report announcing that we have only 12 years to prevent devastating climate change, it’s time to talk about the role business can play in mitigating this crisis. If we make no improvements, climate change will damage economies, promote resource scarcity, and drastically increase the cost of doing business. Although 12 years…
by Green Business Network
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December 17, 2018
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By Nicky Schauder of Permaculture Gardens, a member of our Green Business Network My family and I have a Climate Victory Garden in the suburbs of Washington DC. I wanted to give you a tour of our garden with the hopes it will inspire you. Permaculture designer Geoff Lawton is known for saying, “All problems can be solved in a garden.” The real problem of climate change is no exception. …
by Fran Teplitz
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December 5, 2018
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The trendline for socially and environmentally responsible investing (SRI) continues to impress, with the latest data on SRI assets under professional management in the US reaching $12 trillion in 2018 according to the latest research from the Forum on Sustainable and Responsible Investing (US SIF Foundation).  This is an increase of 38% in the last two years. On a biennial basis, US SIF tacks…
by Mary Meade
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November 7, 2018
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In a victory for its workers, Arkansas and Missouri approved substantial wage increases during the 2018 midterm elections. This means the two red states will soon be among the highest of minimum wages of any state. For Arkansas, Issue 5 was the critical ballot measure to determine the increase, which passed with 68% of the vote. The state will see the minimum wage increase from $8.50 per hour to…
by Green Business Network
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October 22, 2018
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Green Your Home Green Living, Green Business
Congratulations to Green America's People & Planet Award winners! Thanks to all who nominated and voted for green businesses to win our fall People & Planet Award. This season’s award focused on businesses that help people green their homes—an increasingly important step we can all take to protect our health and the environment. The two winning businesses represent very different aspects…