sustainable business

Cuomo Announces $210 Million to Jump Start NY Green Bank

Cuomo Announces $210 Million to Jump Start NY Green Bank

Logo credit: New York Green Bank The State of New York jump started the deployment of renewable energy, green businesses and jobs this month with a $210 million investment. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the funding this month for the creation of the New York Green Bank to encourage power projects that use clean energy […]

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    Student Turned Entrepreneur Re-Envisions Local Food

    Student Turned Entrepreneur Re-Envisions Local Food

    Fresh produce can be hard to come by in city centers, let alone local produce. The corner convenience store may carry the odd potato or onion, but for a reliable source of fresh produce most urbanites are forced to drive, bike or take public transportation to a supermarket, most often well outside city limits. That […]

    Incubator Expands Opportunities for Entrepreneurs Creating Game-Changing Energy Technologies

    Incubator Expands Opportunities for Entrepreneurs Creating Game-Changing Energy Technologies

    It’s hard to ascertain how much power exists in Greentown Labs’ numbers—the small business incubator just keeps growing. The Sommerville, Mass. sustainable startup accelerator started out two years ago as a small group of like-minded entrepreneurs in a Cambridge warehouse bouncing ideas off one another. Their desire to share research and development methods and resources—and some […]

    It’s Time for Retailers to Retrofit Lighting for Big Energy Savings

    It’s Time for Retailers to Retrofit Lighting for Big Energy Savings

    By Josh Hathaway When visiting a retail store, customers are looking for a pleasant shopping experience. They want to look vibrant in the clothing and cosmetics sections, they want the produce to look fresh and delicious, and they want to be able to find what they are looking for. Lighting products attractively and ensuring customers […]

    Why Are Facebook and Google Members of ALEC? Even Top Officials at These Companies Can’t Explain

    Why Are Facebook and Google Members of ALEC? Even Top Officials at These Companies Can’t Explain

    Their memberships are so confounding, even representatives from Facebook and Google can’t explain them. The two web companies have become corporate leaders in renewable energy investments, powering data centers with wind and funding green projects around the globe. So why, then, are they members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)—a group mostly consisting of fossil fuel […]

    Google Invests $80 Million in 6 New Solar Projects

    Google Invests $80 Million in 6 New Solar Projects

    November marks another month and another substantial renewable energy investment for Google. The Web company has plans to invest $80 million in six solar facilities under construction in California and Arizona. The announcement comes a little more than a month after Google invested $103 million in Silver Ridge Power’s 265.7-megawatt (MW) Mount Signal Solar project. To date, […]

    Facebook to Power Data Center With Wind

    Facebook to Power Data Center With Wind

    The world’s largest social network has joined the likes of Google and Apple as the latest tech company to use renewable energy to power a data center. Facebook announced today that its Altoona, IA data center will be fully powered by wind by early 2015 when construction is complete and the center is operational. The power […]

    Oliberté Becomes World’s First Fair Trade USA Certified Shoemaker

    Oliberté Becomes World’s First Fair Trade USA Certified Shoemaker

    After hundreds of requirements and a merciless audit process, a Canadian company is the world’s first Fair Trade USA certified shoe retailer in the world. Oliberté, a Certified B Corp and 1% for the Planet member, with warehouses in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, earned the Fair Trade USA certification just in time for its fall and […]

    Microsoft, Apple, Google Power Data Centers with Renewable Energy

    Microsoft, Apple, Google Power Data Centers with Renewable Energy

    It takes a lot of energy to enable web users to stream videos, downloads books and other online activities—about the same amount it would take to power 30 nuclear power plants. Data centers around the world use about 30 gigawatts, or 30 billion watts of electricity, according to Green House Data. U.S. data centers account […]