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How to Adopt Carbon Neutral Practices for Your Small Business

Many businesses go the extra mile of trying to measure and offset their carbon footprint for all the benefits it brings–customer loyalty, employee engagement, brand reputation, free PR, word-of-mouth buzz, and the like. Given the widespread adoption of some, if not all, good sustainability initiatives, it’s clear to see that businesses are seeing the benefits outweigh the extra work. But as a business owner, you need to understand what your negative externalities are. A good case in point is Monsanto (not exactly…

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California Drought Presents Water Innovation Opportunities

The catastrophic drought in California, one of the richest regions of the world, is a crisis for householders, farmers and industry, but it could prove to be a great spur for water innovation. “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune,” Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar, Act IV. It is drought and not flood which is making the headlines in California at the moment, but the US state’s water woes…

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Open Source Street-Legal EV Project in the Works

Originally published on Gas2. By Christopher DeMorro Some of the world’s greatest minds are hard at work developing an affordable, long-range electric car for the masses, but the technology needed to do so may already be out there. The Luka EV project at HackaDay is utilizing readily-available open-source information in an attempt to build a 186-mile EV that weighs less than 750 kg/1,653 lbs and only costs around $22,000. The Luka EV is already well underway, pulling its design from…

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Will Autonomous Cars Help or Hurt the Environment?

Driverless cars are on their way, whether you like it or not. Pretty soon, autonomous driving will be a thing of the present, rather than the future, and dozens—if not hundreds—of manufacturers will be offering self-driving vehicles. It’s not a matter of “if,” but rather a matter of “when.” Yet, it leaves us wondering: will these cars of the future be just as bad for the planet as our current vehicles? The answer, at least right now, is: It depends.…

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10 Key Qualities That Make an Effective Business Leader

Cinema, Computers, Communication and Creative Arts – Steve Jobs played a massive role in changing how the world looks at these domains. Indra Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsico made it to the Forbes list of ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’. In spite of all the criticism, Larry Page has been successfully running the most influential company of the digital era – Google. Have you ever wondered how these and various other successful leaders are/were able to wield such a…

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Illegal Logging: A Problem for the Planet

As with any global scale problem, illegal logging is a hard issue to tackle. As with the wider issue of climate change, the everyday person, when discussing illegal logging, may be tempted to throw up their hands and exclaim “what can I do about it?” Businesses and large corporations will confirm that they will adhere to local regulations and local laws but will inevitably be guided by maximizing shareholder return whilst working within operational requirements. These bigger entities will often…

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SCORE Workshops: Helpful or Harmful? A Case Study (Schuyler and McClelland)

SCORE, an entity funded by the Small Business Administration, was set up to help small business owners and perspective entrepreneurs succeed by providing free workshops for marketing, accounting systems, entity formation, taxation, and the like. These workshops are all taught by volunteers, as indicated by SCORE’s name, which used to be an acronym for “Service Corps of Retired Executives”. These days, the name has changed, and it’s no longer required that these volunteers be retired. Many people wonder, are these free…

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Consumer Education is Key Factor in Sustainability Success

More and more, big companies have a growing responsibility, not just to help their bottom line, but to promote significant positive behaviors that contribute to a healthier world. That often means going above and beyond company-wide sustainable initiatives—it means committing to consumer education programs and encouraging audiences to be a part of the responsibility we all bear for protecting the environment. As Vice President of Sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co., it’s my job to make sure our company acts…

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How to Environmentally Prepare Your Business for 2015

Climate change is a problem that affects us all, whether directly or indirectly. A recent report from CDP found that of the 350 companies they examined, those who weren’t thinking about their environmental impact was as high as 13%. If we accept the old axiom that prevention is better than cure, this is a short-sighted approach to take. Helping boost your business’ green credentials doesn’t have to involve a huge, costly overhaul. It can be as simple as taking a…

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