Author name: Amiel Blajchman

Amiel is the founder of the Globalis Group, an organization whose motto is "combining action and thought for a sustainable world." His experience includes working with the Canadian government on greenspace projects, sustainable development programs and on policy documents on issues as diverse as climate change, sustainable development, and the environmental and social impacts of transportation. He is listed on the UN’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory’s list of GHG experts, and has sat on the Canadian Environmental Certifications Board’s Greenhouse Gas Verification and Validation Certification committee.

Grameen Launches a New Bangladesh Joint Venture with BASF

Grameen and its managing director (Nobel Peace Prize-winner) Muhammad Yunus, known for the Grameen Bank, recently launched a new partnership with German conglomerate BASF to create a joint social business venture called BASF Grameen Ltd., to be based in Bangladesh. BASF Grameen Ltd. is being modeled as a “social business”, whose purpose will be to improve the …

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Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

President-elect Obama has detailed his American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. Among other efforts in the plan, major initiatives include the intention to create 3 million jobs in the United States by doubling the production of alternative energy; investments in public transit infrastructure, and the weatherization of 75% of federal buildings and aiding up to two million low-income American homes to do …

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US EPA Watersense Program Releases New Internet Widget for Water Efficiency

The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program is the EPA’s water efficiency equivalent to its wildly successful and well-known Energy Star program. Watersense’s mission is to protect the future of the U.S. water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services. WaterSense has jumped onto the internet “widget” bandwagon, and recently released …

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Amazon Launches Buy One Get One XO Laptop Campaign

Amazon has launched the second version of the popular XO Laptop campaign. The what campaign? Basically, this: Buy an award-winning laptop for $199, which is donated directly to a child in the developing world; or Buy two for $399, and keep one. Why a laptop? Well, the very impressive mission statement says it all: To create …

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Sustainability Reports: Who Reads them, and Why?

An open question to our readers: do you read annual sustainability reports? Well, it turns out that the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) were curious as well. So, they went ahead and hired a few consulting companies (SustainAbility and KPMG) to go ahead and survey sustainability report readers. While some of the responses were not all that …

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American Lithium-Ion Battery Maker Purchases Korean Competitor

Ener1 announced on October 16th that it has acquired South Korea’s third largest lithium-ion battery cell producer, Enertech International. Ener1 is an American company that manufactures compact, high performance lithium-ion batteries designed to power hybrid and electric vehicles. Ener1 CEO Charles Gassenheimer: Enertech is one of the largest lithium-ion battery producers in Korea, behind only LG …

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Review: World Resources Institute Report: The Next Four Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy At the Base of the Pyramid

The World Resources Institute’s new(ish) report: The Next Four Billion, draws on household income and consumption surveys of the Base of the Pyramid (see a series of posts on this topic) from over a hundred countries. Rather than provide case study success story descriptions and results, this report provides an assessment (including easy to read graphs and …

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Software Technology Provides Chain of Custody Control for Supply Chains in the Food and Timber Sectors

Helveta aims to change the way supply chains are managed. With their software platform CI World™, Helveta is providing a solution to extended supply chain industry sectors (their initial two targets are the food and timber sectors) to enable an auditable chain of custody. What does this mean? Specifically, it allows lumber and wood companies, …

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A Safari into a Green Roof Jungle

Toss this under the headline of innovating and challenging. Green Roof Safaris is a fairly new European company that provides access to North Americans (and Europeans presumably) to tour state of the art green roofs in Germany and Switzerland. The founders Christine Thüring and Jörg Breuning are green roof professionals who have collaborated in the …

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The Base of the Pyramid 2.0: A Review (pt. 2)

(Readers may want to read yesterday’s part one post, which provides a brief description of the concept of the base of the pyramid, and introduces today’s post.) While articles extolling the virtues of expanding markets to include, and creating brand-new ventures solely for the base of the pyramid proliferated in the early part of this …

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The Base of the Pyramid 2.0: A Review (pt. 1)

Author’s note: small editorial change in final sentence of paragraph 3. Many apologies for the oversight). Readers of this blog are probably well aware of the concept called “base of the pyramid”, originally advanced by Prahalad, Hart and others in the latter part of the 1990s, and the early part of this decade. At heart, …

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Germany Opens Clean Coal Demonstration Plant

Germany’s Secretary of the Chancellery, Thomas de Maizière, and Prime Minister of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, together with Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research Lars Leijonborg opened on Tuesday the world’s first “clean coal” plant, one that is ready to capture and store its carbon dioxide emissions. The 30-megawatt, $100 million Schwarze Pumpe pilot plant will burn …

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