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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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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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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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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…
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…