Social Good And Profitability Are Not Exclusive, They’re Very Compatible

In today’s world where everyone seems to be trying to make a buck, it can be hard to see the bigger picture and accomplish something for the greater good. Times are tough in this economy and if you can come out on top for your business and your own personal gain in any way, it can be seen as a win. In the same vein, in the last few years, something great has been happening in the world of business.…

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Envision Hawaii Social Enterprise Speaker Series: Spencer Toyama

This is part of a series of articles written about Envision Hawaii, Honolulu’s monthly First Tuesday gathering that showcases the coolest, greenest goings-on in the emerald of the Pacific. Ecopreneurist is proud to be the official media sponsor of Envision Hawaii….see previous Envision Hawaii articles and speakers here.  This month’s Envision Hawaii First Tuesday speaker was Spencer Toyama, Product Manager and Co-Founder of Sudokrew Solutions is obsessed with making things happen in Hawaii. His career spans the spectrum from author…

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TerraCycle Teams Up to Recycle Cigarette Butts

So, is it any surprise that cigarette butts would also cause a lot of mayhem? As a matter of fact, according to, it is estimated that well over several trillion cigarette butts are littered around the world on an annual basis. It is so much of a problem that reportedly, cigarette butts are actually the most littered item in the United States. When you think about the things that can do harm to our physical health, cigarettes would have…

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The Eco-Station — Solar-Integrated EV Fast Charging Station Optimized By Energy Storage

The Eco-Station — a solar-integrated EV fast-charging station design that’s been made more efficient and economical than other fast-charging stations through the use of energy storage — will be hitting the market soon. According to the project’s backers — CODA Energy, Energy Vault, and Growing Energy Labs (GELI) — the first Eco-Station will soon be deployed in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the technology will be tested before potentially being deployed elsewhere. The design looks pretty promising. 🙂 And…

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Wind Power + Water Desalination = Win!

Water scarcity is a significant and rapidly growing problem throughout much of the world, and one which has no easy solutions. How do you increase the quantity of available fresh water enough to keep up with the demands of a fast-growing human population? One of the only real solutions is through saltwater desalinization — but that’s a very energy-intensive process. So, how to make it economically viable? Perhaps through the pairing of renewable energy technologies — such as wind turbines…

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How Going Camping Helps Me Be a Better Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs have all sorts of secrets for their success. Focus, stick-to-it-iveness, passion…even trust. What works well at one company may not work as well at another, and of course, and what works for one entrepreneur might not work as well for another. But in a recent study of empirical data cited in the Entrepreneur Magazine, morning people tend to get the day started on the right foot, tend to be up and at work before many other people (thus giving…

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Panel: Entrepreneurship in Solid Waste Management, July 24 at 2 pm EST

  Waste Management presents a huge opportunity for inventive entrepreneurs to create sustainable business models around the world. For the third panel discussion on Be Waste Wise, I will have an opportunity to engage in a conversation about waste management with two entrepreneurs who are disrupting the way we think about being in the waste business. WHEN: July 24, 2013 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm WHERE: Follow the conversation on twitter through #wastewise  About the Panelists Tom Szaky is the CEO…

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Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 2)

Oringally posted at the  SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability blog, cross posted with permission This blog is a follow up to my prior blog Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 1) where I discuss the book Betterness: Economics for Humans, by Umair Haque as a new standard for how we measure the contributions of business to society. In this second part, my I want to investigate how well this framework can inspire thinking for “betterness” by evaluating common wealth contributions of a…

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Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 1)

This blog originally posted to the SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability Blog, cross-posted with permission. Common Wealth Contributions By Business Much to the annoyance of some past bosses, I have a habit of asking in meetings, “Why are we doing this, and what are we hoping to achieve?” The economic turbulence of the last dozen years has led to me wondering the same thing about how we humans conduct our economic exchange. Asking the question, “what should we want to achieve in our economies,…

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