We spend a lot of time blogging about the what’s, how’s and why’s of green entrepreneurship, and we feel we would like to focus a little energy on the who’s this month. It’s Independence Day in America, and we would like to use the occasion to promote independence from all the things we think are wrong with the world: big oil, GMO’s, too-big-to-fail banks, plastics, and the like. We’d like to celebrate the heroes of the new economy. The small and mid-sized businesses that are changing the world, regenerating natural resources, creating sustainable jobs that aren’t just outsourced at the first convenient moment.
In 2002, Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia) and Craig Mathews started the 1% for the Planet Program as a way of bringing together companies that want to help the environment and help other companies do the same. Its mission is to “build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.” Member companies range from large corporate entities to small non-profits all over the world.
The Sustainable Brands (SB) Conference will be held on June 4-7 in San Diego, CA. The SB Conference in its 6th year brings together people from corporations, startups, NGOs and many other organizations. Over a 1000 attendees are scheduled to attend SB ’12. The attendees will have an opportunity to choose from over 180 speakers in workshops, group discussions, plenaries, and evening events. A Program Overview can be found here.
San Francisco has it, so does Boston, London, Australia and South Africa, and now Mexico. Cleantech competitions have turned into a global trend over night, creating a forum where entrepreneurs can showcase their inventions, share ideas, learn from their peers and experts, and best of all, get financed. In its third edition, the Cleantech Challenge Mexico seeks to once again support Mexican cleantech and green entrepreneurs to kick-start their businesses.
Crowdfunding Platform is a new series on Ecopreneurist that aims to help crowdfunding campaigns that have a clear environmental or social focus. Want to feature your campaign? Get the deets here!
Campaign Name: (IM)PERMANENCE film project
There are many benefits of operating a sustainable business, one of which is the ability to receive outside contributions and grants. While a sustainable business – as with any commercial operation – is naturally committed to supporting itself through profit raised from its products and services, it also often shares ideologies more suitable of a non-profit or an NGO.
A sustainable enterprise has a cause distinct from revenue and supports an ideal in addition to the product behind which it stands. Such values often gain favor among government agencies, advocacy organizations, and environmental groups – entities all of which are willing to give out grants to companies that support their cause.
Campaign Name: Open Source Permaculture
What is the campaign all about? The Open Source Permaculture campaign supports free, open access education to sustainable design. Permaculture is a school of design rooted in ecological ethics and principles. It can be used to design anything from a sustainable garden to green architecture.
Got a cool enviro or social project you want crowdfunded? We can give you a leg up and feature your Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign here. So go ahead and send us that email. What You Get: Extensive social media coverage and possibly enough donations to meet your goal! Think of this platform as another way to bring attention to your campaign page.
The Paradigm Project is working to implement over 5 million clean cook stoves in the world’s developing countries by the year 2020. Through the project, they are not only seeking to implement clean-fuel cooking stoves, they are looking to create a sustainable economy for these developing countries. Nearly half the people in the world cook over an open fire. Over 90% of energy consumption is either wood or other biomass. This leads to three main problems: deforestation, poor respiratory health…