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Bangladesh Fire Raises Concerns for Women Workers

Photo courtesy of Nari Uddug Kendra, one of Global Fund for Women’s Bangladeshi grantee partners. By Lindsay Hebert The fire that killed 112 garment factory workers in Bangladesh last month…

Water Wars in the Digital and Real World

Photo Courtesy of Water.org – By Lindsay Hebert Tilling virtual crops from their urban apartments and assembling criminal empires from the comfort of suburban homes, gamers seem to live in…

The Story of Change: Story of Stuff Part II

Ann Leonard exemplifies new media – by fusing cartoony graphics with activism, her first video, The Story of Stuff, went viral in 2007 getting over 15 million views online.  …

Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace: Thoughts post Rio+20

  KUMI Naidoo of South Africa has emerged as the Intl. Executive Director of Greenpeace after a lifetime of activism.  He was recently seen at the much publicized Rio+20 conference….

Doug Lawrence: Reviving American Eco-nomy

Doug Lawrence is the Managing Principal of NY’s 5 Stone Capital, a new equity investor in green real estate and green business.  He speaks to us about the recent Jobs…

Waste Farmers: A Company Aims to Put Nutrients From Food Waste Back Into the Soil

The United States has a topsoil problem. About 75 percent of it is gone, primarily because the large, single-crop farms that dominate American agriculture rely on chemicals and synthetic fertilizers…

U.S. Cities Launch Benchmarking Program To Make Buildings More Energy-Efficient

Humans are an increasingly urbanized species; for the first time in history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. And that, of course, means more buildings, which means…

Economics And The Environment: Why Oregon Plans To Go Coal-free

Past the debate around Solyndra and tension around how, exactly, government should support green tech, another energy story is emerging. The combination of new emissions regulations and cheaper alternative energy…

A Business In A Beehive

Bees. More specifically, African Bees. They’re probably not the first, or even the fifth thing that comes to mind when you think of poverty alleviation. Yet these little insects are…

Weekly Roundup: Solyndra scandal, climate change denialism, and alternatives to unemployment

Solyndra Green Jobs Scandal This Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee held a hearing about a failed $528 million government loan to Solyndra, a solar equipment manufacturer that recently…

On Anniversary of 9-11, New Buildings at Ground Zero Site Promise a More Sustainable Urban Future

On September 11, 2011, Americans turned their eyes to New York City, and the vacant space in the skyline where the towers that fell 10 years ago would still be….

Becoming a sustainability consultant: why systems matter, and boundaries don’t

By now, the field of social entrepreneurship is an established career path, and MBA programs all over the country have launched tracks dedicated to its study. But another field of…

Weekly Roundup: World Water Week, For-Profit Hybrids and Protesting Big Oil

Didn’t have time to read the news this week? Every week, we report on the conversations surrounding the big issues in the world of social entrepreneurship and change. (this week by Rachel Signer and Blair Hickman)

The Bicycle Coffee Company: Sustainable From Bean To Cup

By now, most people have heard of “fair trade.” But the real-life, on-the-ground effects of the model are often overlooked. So here’s a quick breakdown of what fair trade really means.

Weekly Roundup: #f**kyouwashington, new strategies to fight climate change and questioning what really qualifies as poor

#f**kyouwashington The top American news this week: the debt ceiling. Mother Jones produced one of the best explainers I found, and the Huffington Post has a nice live-blog documenting the…