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by Mary Meade
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November 28, 2017
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Green Living
The average American tosses 4.4 pounds of trash per day. This seems insignificant, but with 323.7 million people living in the United States, that’s roughly 728,000 tons of daily garbage. The annual garbage weight for the entire country equals 254 million tons, equivalent to 1.2 million blue whales –enough to reach the moon and back 25 times. These numbers are intimidating, but once business…
by Mary Meade
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October 11, 2017
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Food
In a victory for the green economy, consumer choice, and sustainable agriculture, DanoneWave (better known by its subsidiary, Dannon) introduced its first Non-GMO Project verified yogurt products in September. This announcement comes in response to consumer pressure for non-GMO options and as a part of DanoneWave’s Dannon Pledge, a multi-year commitment to forwarding sustainable agriculture and…
by Scott Kitson
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September 19, 2017
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Green Living
In 2002, Green America (then Co-op America) and Global Exchange launched a new, visionary, and exciting event to build the green economy that quickly spread from coast to coast. Our idea was weekend-long celebrations, Green Festivals, to introduce people to the purpose, products, services, and impacts of an economy that truly works for people and the planet. For those already committed to green…
by Mary Meade
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September 1, 2017
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Plastic pervades all aspects of our lives – from the wrapping on the food we eat to the microfibers that wash out of the clothes we wear. We are producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year and more than 8 million tons end up in the ocean each year. These plastics break down into smaller pieces, which are then consumed by marine life and eventually us when we put seafood on our plates…
by Mary Meade
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September 1, 2017
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Green Living, Green Business
Congratulations to our Spring 2017 winners of Green America‘s People and Planet Award. This competitive award examined leading businesses that build green gardens in and for their communities. Winners receive a $5,000 prize to help support their mission. In light of the recent decision around the Paris Climate Agreement, green gardening is more important than ever. Landscape practices can…
by Mary Meade
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August 31, 2017
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On August 1, the Environmental Protection Agency was sued by 15 states and the District of Columbia after their attempt to delay enforcement of Obama Administration ozone pollution standards. Environmental groups also filed their own lawsuits against the EPA for trying to delay methane and ozone pollution regulations. In July, Green America joined dozens of environmental, health, indigenous,…
by Scott Kitson
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August 16, 2017
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Social Justice
The horrifying events over the weekend in Charlottesville are just the latest events demonstrating the rise of hate in the United States. White supremacists marched through the streets and the University of Virginia, wielding torches and explicitly aligning themselves with Nazis and the KKK, shouting racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant slogans on Friday.  On Saturday, the white nationalists…
by Mark Rakhmilevich
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July 7, 2017
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Green Business
Volvo made an announcement this month that is sure to shake up the auto industry. Starting in 2019, all new Volvos will be either plug-in, hybrid or electric. In the same week, France announced that it will phase out all fossil fuel- powered cars by 2040. The Volkswagen emissions scandal has added to pressure for European auto companies to convert to electric cars. Sweden, where Volvo is based,…
by Green Business Network
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June 27, 2017
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Climate
For years, shareholders at Exxon Mobil have been pressuring its executives to consider the business impacts of climate change. At the May 2017 shareholder meeting, this tide of concern reached a historic peak. 62 percent of shareholders are concerned with the company's future in a world with regulated carbon emissions and a corresponding decline in fossil fuel demand. This is a significant…
by Green Business Network
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June 27, 2017
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Food
On June 16, Amazon.com Inc. announced it would pay a little under $14 billion to purchase Whole Foods Market Inc. The move is sure to re-invent the grocery store business model while also ramping up Amazon's brick and mortar retail presence.Whole Foods, known for its organic products, has seen a drop in sales ever since competing grocers started offering organic foods. In 2016, Kroger's share of…