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Invest in solar for community institutions with Crowd Solar

Investors can help community institutions save money, reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, and become more resilient, by helping to fund solar installations at schools, libraries, or local nonprofit organizations with Crowd Solar. By investing money in solar for community institutions at places that do good in the community, it’s a win/win situation, as the […]

December 5th

Water Investing: There’s an App for That

For the responsible investor who wants to keep their finger on the pulse of water issues and the market trends shaping water sustainability, a new app could provide the leverage that makes all the difference. The Water Investing app, from Calvert Investments, aims to give investors and stakeholders a leg up on understanding the issues […]

November 20th

Swedish Women-Only Cooperative Invests in Wind Energy

In a world full of sole proprietorships, corporations, and LLCs, it’s helpful to remember that there are other viable business models that can also succeed, such as cooperatives, which can come in flavors as diverse as farm equipment co-ops, credit unions, or cooperative housing. In many parts of the US, food cooperatives are probably the […]

October 14th

Investing With Social Consciousness

A complex issue of conscience faces many in the world of business economics and investing. Despite the stereotypical view of many, believing in the facts of climate change and having a regard for the vital importance of environmentally sound practices does not automatically mean that one wishes to roll back 2000 years of technological progress […]

August 28th

Sustainable Economics: Tim Jackson gives a reality check

If you read Inspired Economist, you’re well aware that our economic model based entirely on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is flawed and is driving us over the edge of a cliff. Growth, traditionally, has been measured only by transactions. The more transactions worth more money, the more the gross domestic product, the better. But of […]

August 7th

University endowment divestment from fossil fuel stocks: effective?

A growing movement called “Go Fossil Free” at colleges across America is pushing University Endowment managers to divest from fossil fuel stocks. Currently, over 300 colleges, 74 cities and states, and several religious institutions are participating, meaning that they’ve moved their investment portfolios that support their endowments entirely away from coal, natural gas, petroleum, and […]

April 12th

Organic Fertilizer Company Receives $500,000 Loan from RSF Social Finance

The organic fertilizer company EcoScraps has received a $500,000 loan from RSF Social Finance, a financial services organization that provides funding for nonprofits and social enterprises. The loan will help EcoScraps, a three-year-old company that makes organic, chemical- and manure-free lawn and garden products, expand its network of waste management partnerships and increase its exposure […]

January 31st

The effect of walkability and bikeability on real estate value

The housing boom and subsequent bust that caused the financial meltdown of 2008 in the U.S. had many origins. I’d argue that a main cause that has not received much attention was America’s commitment to accommodating the car. Urban planning changed radically when, after World War II, cars became the norm in America. No longer […]

December 20th

The 44th President – Global Investments

Four more years in the White House and Barack Obama reckons ‘the best is yet to come’. Does the market support his optimism? Can investors find opportunities to shelter from the storm? The re-election of the 44th President of the United States has never been more significant to global investment understanding. While in some quarters […]

December 11th

Crowdfunding strategies for social entrepreneurs

This is a great panel discussion about crowdfunding strategies in order to get a social-mission-driven company started (or a project developed). Jeff from Sustainablog hosted Tinia from Re-Nuble and Jen & Nick from TriplePundit, both of whom are doing crowdfunding campaigns at the moment, to talk about what’s going right, and what’s going wrong, with […]

November 29th

Is bad science a punishable offense? If so, are Exxon’s “scientists” liable for Hurricane Sandy’s damage?

When citizens of the Italian town of L’Aquila started noticing that the semi-regular tremors along the fault line on which they lived had started becoming a little more regular and a little more intense, many became nervous about the possibility of a cataclysmic event. Seven seismologists from the Italian civil protection agency evaluated the data […]

November 26th