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Obama Calls for “Opportunity for All”: 8 Policies to Make It Happen

As expected, President Obama made economic opportunity a centerpiece of his State of the Union message on Tuesday. He even took a small step forward by announcing a $10.10 minimum…

The Fragile Future of the “Mountains of Life”

Kamal Bawa and Sandesh Kadur, a biology professor at the University of MA (Boston) and a noted wildlife photographer, respectively, came together to catalogue the biodiversity and changing geography of…

Richard Branson’s “B Team:” Business for Good

Andrew Rasiej, founder of Personal Democracy Media and Chair of New York Tech Meetup, talks to Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, about “the greatest challenge and opportunity of…

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…

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…

How to get action on climate change? Hint: Don’t scare us out of our wits.

We’ve been told time and time again that telling a child they can’t do something just makes them want to do it more. It is particularly difficult to resist a…

Sustainable theory and practice at the Human Impacts Institute

While working as the program director at the Lower East Side Ecology Center in New York City, Tara DePorte saw the same problem again and again — many groups working…

Emergent: How to create a profitable green energy company

The Emergent Energy Group was founded in the basement of a Tufts University dorm, and the founders, Jayson Uppal and Jesse Gossett, got their first consulting contract before they got…

The Brooklyn Grange, a commercial rooftop farm in New York City

One of the biggest farms in New York City, the Brooklyn Grange, sits six stories above the sidewalks of Queens. It has over a million pounds of soil and spans…

Twitter Roundup – December 10: light bulbs with longevity, recycling jeans into cars, and China’s cap on emissions

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: This week GE…

Twitter roundup – October 15: Phonebooks, wind farms and California’s victory

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: This week the…

Dowser writer Steve Spillman offsets his carbon footprint and reports back

From the grassroots to the mainstream, a growing number of Americans are learning about ways to offset their carbon footprints for a more sustainable future. There’s even an entire cable…

Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how

All around us, people are working on innovative solutions to pressing social problems. But those stories can be difficult to track down. Which is why we’re scouring the Web to…

UC San Diego: A ‘living laboratory’ for green energy

Growing up in the San Diego suburb of University City, the University of  California, San Diego (UCSD) campus felt like a second backyard.  As a kid, the main perks of…

Earth Day Special: Gillian Caldwell, Majora Carter and Peter Goldmark on the past and future of green

Forty years ago, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day to call attention to impending ecological crises. Today, over 192 countries will observe it. To capture the day’s meaning, we…