Browsing the "sustainability" Tag

Top 10 Trends in Sustainable Investing: Local Dollars, Local Sense

November 20th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

We are in the middle of an economic revolution toward much more local investing. The collapse of mammoth Wall Street banks, the LIBOR scandal and corrupt corporate malfeasance have given rise to growing support for regional credit unions, cooperatives and time banks, as well as increasing interest in loaning money to small independent neighborhood businesses. Michael Shuman, the director of research and economic development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), has written about this expanding money revolution in his recent book, Local Dollars Local Sense


Green Inclinations, No Kids: Celebrating the Many Joys of Being Child-Free

July 3rd, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Just like Anderson Cooper this week, I also feel compelled to come out of the closet and highlight a very obvious fact about myself: I am child-free, never ever wanted to have kids, and I embrace these choices openly, with pride. Our culture often treats those who have no desire to be parents as abnormal, and there is still not much societal support for deciding to not increase our planet's rapidly expanding population


Rio+20 Conference Calls for Pollution Action, but Bickering Continues

June 25th, 2012 | by Dr Vandana Prakash

At the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, New Zealand teenager Brittany Trilfold told the world to stop bickering and focus on protecting the environment better for her future and for the future of the world. Twenty years previously, 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki had done the exact same thing. This insight from these youth is much-needed advice for the two largest polluting economies in the world, the US and China, but will they listen


Repair Cafes Build Community & Promote Locally Based Sustainability

May 16th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

At Amsterdam’s busy Repair Café crowds of different people come to the community center with various items that are not working properly — the broken objects will be repaired for free by volunteers who love to fix things, as well as teach others how to make simple repairs. The social environment the cafe creates not only enables individuals to divert waste, share their knowledge, develop skills and save resources, but also helps to strengthen local communities and foster meaningful connections among neighbors and strangers


Crowd Funding: People Helping People

April 16th, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

Got a cool eco or social project you want crowdfunded? EcoPreneurist can give you a leg up and feature your Kickstarter or Indiegogo project story here for some extra love. So go ahead and send us that email, but first, here are some instructions


Right Wing Activists Denounce Bike Lanes as Part of an International Conspiracy

February 13th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

This is truly bizarre. In the United States there are now increasing incidents of marginal right wing protesters who are absolutely convinced that sustainable development projects, such as expanded public transit, smart energy meters and bike lanes, are part of a large secret United Nations plot to control all citizens and deny private property rights.


Slow Money Strives To Be Smart Money

October 18th, 2011 | by Patricia Larenas

I am energized after attending the final day of the Slow Money Gathering last Friday at the beautiful Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Listening to the excellent presentations and talking with other attendees reaffirmed my suspicion that innovative solutions to make our nation’s food systems environmentally sustainable, fair, and ethical, are best developed at the grassroots level in diverse areas of the country. More and more committed individuals are implementing numerous small creative projects across the nation; Slow Money founder Woody Tasch explains the growing sustainable revolution like this: “We are moving from big idea to lots of small actions. Our success is built on relationships — individuals with shared values and vision, connected via local and national networks, learning together, collaborating, co-creating a healthy culture and healthy economy.”


Slow Money Gathering Opens in San Francisco

October 11th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

The Third Annual Slow Money National Gathering is being held this week, October 12th through the 14th, at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The conference will explore a variety of topics, including the importance of investing in your own neighborhood, cooperatives and alternative monetary structures, as well as how to create more sustainable interconnected regional economies and small healthy local food systems


Earth Learning Summit in Miami from September 29 to October 5th!

September 30th, 2011 | by Frankie Berti

I just moved back to Miami a month ago, and I'm already up to my elbows in awesome goings-on in the organic, local, sustainable community. Most exciting in early October is the Earth Learning's "2nd Greater Everglades Community Food Summit," which actually starts September 29 (Today! Go and attend!) and ends on October 5th



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