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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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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…
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 Victoria Stafford
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June 26, 2018
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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…
by Scott Kitson
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June 26, 2018
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Green Business
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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Green Business
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…
by Mary Meade
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June 6, 2018
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Sharon Rowe, the founder of Eco-Bags, has written a new book! The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living offers a powerful message for value-driven organizations and fresh entrepreneurs on venture capitalism and work/life balance. Rowe argues against the “go big or go home” mindset in this refreshing take on entrepreneurialism. If you’ve ever wanted to start a…
As part of its sustainable development goals, The United Nations has mandated that all communities have access to sustainable energy by 2030. What has stalled developing countries more than anything is a lack of financing for projects, even though, remarkably, they tend to outpace the rate of renewable energy financing in industrialized countries, according to a 2016 REN21 report. New…
by Sytonia Reed
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May 29, 2018
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In March, Starbucks found itself under a scorching spotlight for racial profiling when a manager called the police on two African American men who were waiting to conduct a business meeting in one of its stores. Since then, the coffee chain has launched into a corporate crackdown on discrimination in efforts to restore trust with customers, and on May 29, all of its 8,000 US stores will close…
by Scott Kitson
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May 17, 2018
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We know we need to put an end to the scourge of gun violence in our country. Young people are taking the lead in calling on all of us to do our part. Every sector of society has a role to play—including the financial sector. As a green business leader, you can make a difference. It’s time for mission-driven businesses to urge Wall Street banks and credit card companies to take the steps they can…