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The Definition Of A Triple Bottom Line Business

Triple bottom line is a term which describes a business that focuses on three main things: people, profits, and the planet. The first use of it was credited to John Elkington, who founded a consulting firm called SustainAbility. Before the term became known, the bottom line in a business was focused mostly on the financial side

ITC 5-Year Extension Supported in "New Energy for America Act"

ITC Investment Tax Credit 5-Year Extension Supported in “New Energy for America Act”

Originally published on SolarLove.org Announcing its support for legislation extending the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for both residential and commercial solar installations, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said it will provide a big boost to the US economy, while also helping to fight pollution and climate change. Introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5), the

Help Wanted: Build the Best Green Jobs Site Ever

Help Build the Best Green Jobs Site EVER! Important Media, our parent company, is hosting an IndieGoGo campaign to crowdfund the best green jobs site ever. Sounds audacious, right? Perhaps a little self-important? But with our global network of clean tech, clean transportation, healthy food, and sustainable living websites, we are confident that we can build

Climate change related job losses

In a potential sign of things to come, a west Texas meat packing facility has shuttered its operations as meat demand, and supply, drops. Demand for factory farmed meat is dropping for a variety of reasons, but the supply is dropping due to climate change, as persistent droughts sweep across formerly fertile farmlands. Cargill, one

6 Easy Ways to be a green freelancer

As a freelancer, you have the power and doesn’t it feel great? While we all know that the Four Hour Work Week is a scam, freelancing is still a great lifestyle. You can control your own finances, you are in charge of what work you do, and you can decide when you work. It’s that

The Anniversary Party

Happy Anniversary, American Jobs Act! It was just a year ago Saturday that Obama introduced you to congress, and the country.  As the economy continued to sputter along (albeit, in a positive direction) following the 2008-2009 crisis and the emergency injection of funding from the Stimulus Act, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle came

Who Builds Businesses

Many people argue vehemently about who builds businesses. Conservatives argue that CEOs built them from the ground up, and should be entitled to ample pay which is hundreds to thousands of percent more than that of most employees. Progressives argue that the pay of CEOs is severely inflated. In this article we will explore who

Republicans Fail Basic Math

No one’s saying that its never been better. No one’s saying that Obama waved a magic wand and made it all alright. No one’s saying that our economy has never been stronger, that we can all now relax and ease on into an era of unprecedented prosperity and comfort… But the republicans need a better

Energy Production – Economically Speaking

Pairing the words “economy” and “energy” in the same sentence seems straightforward enough. Yet these two words–combined with the word “sustainable”–open up a world of controversy as well as immense opportunity. The controversy comes from differing opinions of how best to tap the Earth’s resources to meet humanity’s power needs. The opportunity is the number

Update on the JOBS Act and crowdfunding

David Fisher’s talk on Locavesting last week at the TechConKona Conference with Paul Hawken highlighted some of the key challenges with startups and their ability to get the capital they need to grow. Implicit in his talk was the emerging power of crowdfunding, and the expectation that its evolution with the JOBS Act will bring tremendous

The Green Economy has changed national politics: Virginia and West Virginia case studies

Virginia and West Virginia, as little as five or ten years ago, were reliably supportive of their respective party’s presidential candidate. The politics of clean energy seems to have changed both states’ political tune, with Democrats picking up the 13 electoral college votes in Virginia from Republicans, and ceding the 5 electoral college votes of

Survey finds major growth in green jobs

Major survey finds 508,000 clean economy jobs created in the Pacific Northwest. Experts believe that 1.03 million net new full-time equivalents can be created by continuing the clean economy path by 2020. The jobs include clean tech engineers, machinists, installers, and other “boots on the roof” jobs, energy auditors, organic agriculture specialists, local food manufacturers,

Is green the next big economic driver?

Has the green economy failed us? The latest jobs report showed modest growth in the private sector with roughly 80,000 new jobs (the disappointment in the jobs report was partially due to the public sector shedding some 14,000 jobs last month). It’s not as fast a recovery as some would like, and the economy continues

Green Collar Jobs: The Red Hot New Career Field in the US

You’ve heard of white collar careers and blue collar jobs, but there’s a new set of jobs in the marketplace: green collar jobs. A relatively recent addition to the job market, this industry spans a wide variety of industries and simply put, focuses on eco-friendly careers. What exactly is a green collar job? In general,

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