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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….

The Greenest Gas Station In The United States

The biofuel industry has been gaining popularity and attracting significant investor and media attention all across the US. A report released this month by independent research organization Worldwatch reveals that global biofuel production increased by 17 percent in 2010.

In the video above, brother-and-sister Journey of Action duo were enthralled to stumble upon one of the gas stations run by biofuel marketing and retail company SeQuential, in conjunction with their production wing SeQuential Pacific Northwest.

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.

Slideshow: Pencils of Promise Leadership Institute

This summer, Pencils of Promise also hosted a series of free Leadership Institutes for high school students, held in New York City. By bringing in speakers like Warby Parker’s Niel Blumenthal, each day-long event aimed to teach participants the essentials of changemaking leadership: public speaking, entrepreneurship, advocacy. The list goes on.

Indigenous Rights And A New Wave of Social Change

[field name=iframe] Every Thursday, thanks to a content partnership with brother-sister duo Journey of Action, we’ll be exploring Gen Y changemakers–and how they fit in with the rest of the world….

Fixing The Economy: Could Localism Provide A Boost?

[field name=iframe] Every Thursday, thanks to a content partnership with brother-sister duo Journey of Action, we’ll be exploring Gen Y changemakers–and how they fit in with the rest of the…

Solutions for New York City’s Sewer Problem

Last week, Harlem residents held their noses as millions of gallons of untreated sewage water flowed straight into the Harlem and Hudson rivers because of a sewage plant fire. On…

Live-Blog: Pencils of Promise Leadership Institute

Pencils Of Promise Leadership Institute aims to education, inspire and motivate young, community leaders with a series of seminars ranging from social media to female empowerment to public speaking. Dowser is there with the live-blog.

Using the law to do good: Kyle Westaway on Benefit Corporations and capitalism with a purpose

Business law assumes profit as a company’s singular motivation, making it hard, and sometimes illegal, for social enterprises to keep a social mission at the core of their operations. Kyle…

PresenTense: A sectarian model of social entrepreneurship

PresenTense, started in 2007 and inspired by the famous Y Combinator model, has flourished into a full-fledged ecosystem for social enterprise in a sectarian community. The organization matches teams of…

Start Small And Build. Sustainably.

“Can I have seconds on salad, please?” is not something middle-schoolers ask everyday. Most kids prefer the high-fat, low-nutrient tastes of foods like French fries or pizza to anything leafy,…

Commongood Careers: Talent Initiative Competition

For an organization to successfully achieve its social mission, it’s essential to have skilled and dedicated staff members on board; talent creates social change. Commongood Careers is a consulting firm…

Fossil free and politically correct: A biofuel company’s founder shares his story

Filled up your tank lately? Not only is it expensive, but it’s also hard – and, after the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last spring, getting harder…

The Obama administration gets entrepreneurial with StartupAmerica and ChooseMyPlate

It’s easy to be critical of government: it seems that our leaders never do enough to fix all the problems we face, whether they are economic, social, international, or domestic….