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by Scott Kitson
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August 16, 2017
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Social Justice advocacy, community, 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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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…
by Scott Kitson
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June 27, 2017
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Labor
This is a key moment when business leaders like you can make a major difference. The Trump administration is currently deciding what its trade agenda will look like. Unfortunately, it's shaping up to be more big wins for multinational corporations at the expense of small businesses, working people, and our planet. Trump's draft plan for renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (…
by Scott Kitson
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March 20, 2017
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President Trump released his proposed budget, and his blueprint for America is shocking. The short version is that this is a budget of cruelty and harm to people and the planet. The budget contains extreme cuts for programs that benefit the environment, poor people, children, the elderly, people of color, and everyday Americans. The winners—the rich and the military. The military would receive a…
by Scott Kitson
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March 16, 2017
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Food, Labor, Green Business
  Green America’s People and Planet Award returns with a contest for businesses that help you go green with your gardening this spring. We need your help to find worthy businesses to consider; each winner will receive a $5,000 prize to support their business’s green mission. By April 3, please nominate your favorite green gardening business to win. Your nomination must represent both social and…
by Scott Kitson
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March 15, 2017
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Labor, Green Business
RSF Social Finance, a Green Business Network member since 1999, just announced the launch of their new Integrated Capital Fellowship, a nine-month program designed to educate, support and connect financial activists. Money can be a powerful tool for social change. The focus of this Fellowship is to support the growing field of operatives who know how to leverage capital in all its forms, towards…
by Scott Kitson
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March 7, 2017
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Social Justice
Green America’s Green Business Network is proud to stand with “A Day Without a Woman” on Wednesday, March 8—International Women’s Day. This global demonstration of economic solidarity is an excellent opportunity to support our women-owned Green Business Network members. Comprised of 3,000 businesses, the Green Business Network is home to both rising social- and eco-enterprises and the most…
by Scott Kitson
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March 6, 2017
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Social Justice
As a national leader for an economy that works for people and the planet, Green America continues to oppose the immigration ban set forth by the Trump Administration. "The Trump Administration’s revised immigration ban, announced today, remains unacceptable," said Fran Teplitz, Executive Co-Director of Green America. "More than 300 businesses across the country, including members of Green America…