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  • Google Makes Big Investment in Wind-Energy

    Back in May Google Inc. invested $38.8 million in two North Dakota wind farms. This was the company’s first investment in a utility-scale wind-energy project. Google’s green business operations manager, Rick Needham, said then that Google is “aiming to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy—in a way that makes good business sense, too.” Yesterday it […] More

  • Sustainable Consumption: Proliferating a Discussion

    A recent post by Aron Cramer, President and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) prompts the consumer to look inwards when contemplating what went wrong with the BP oil spill and the crisis on Wall Street.  These recent crises have a common thread, he points out, insatiable consumer demand. Who doesn’t want the latest gadget […] More

  • 2010 Greenbuild: Generation Green is Redefining Our Future

    Chicago is most notably home to Wrigley Field, the world’s first sky scrapper, and the deep-dish pizza. What most might not know is that inside the Windy City there are more LEED-certified buildings than anywhere else in the U.S. and the city will soon boast the largest LEED for Neighborhood Development project where residents live […] More

  • Where does the U.S. Stand on Sustainability?

    Piggy-backing on my recent post regarding Pittsburgh’s # 6 spot in a sustainability ranking of most sustainable metros conducted by Site Selection magazine,  I wanted to point out that the United States is not to be found on the “top ten list”  of its sustainable nations.   This news is not surprising.  A similar ranking regarding global […] More

  • Can Grilled Cheese Save the World?

    Probably not, but it sure is delicious. All joking aside, college campuses have always been rife with awareness/activism, however the recent trends seems to be direct involvement in projects rather than simple awareness campaigns. Young people are becoming more interested social and environmental issues particularly in far-away places thanks to social media and online images/videos […] More

  • Book Review: State of the World 2010

    State of the World 2010 is on book stands, just in time for President Obama’s State of the Union address, though I’m not sure he’s read it given his talk of economic growth to create more jobs in businesses that require more stimulus spending and more government oversight. I’ve regularly blogged on our state of […] More

  • What’s Your Green Resolution for 2010?

    It’s the time of year when people are making resolutions to lose weight, better manage their finances, better manage their anger, and myriad other things. Is increasing your commitment to environmental sustainability on that list? As I wrote in my very first post for The Inspired Economist in the fall of 2008, the neat thing […] More

  • Towards a ‘Green’ Economy

    Market Facilitation in Ecosystem Services; Contemporary Developing Cases in the UK Is there reason to believe that there maybe profit to be made by investing in eco investments while conserving the environment? There does exist some scepticism about the market’s involvement in green initiatives. Even though research conducted by Frost & Sullivan about the telecom […] More

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