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Don’t Be A Dinosaur: The Corporate Social Responsibility Trend Is Here To Stay

by Miki Markovich

When considering how a corporate social responsibility plan can work for your business, consider your goals, business culture and values. Read more »

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7 Ways to Get Your Employees Thinking Sustainably

by Brent Hardy

Step one was deciding to green your company's buildings and culture, but step two is getting your employees on board with the change, and motivating them to contribute to your company's new environmentally-friendly persona. Here are some creative ways to get where you're trying to go. Read more »

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Energy efficiency tips for your business

by Jason Smith

Today, we are going to look at some simple actionable steps that your business can use to improve its energy efficiency. Read more »

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What does the price of gas have to do with your business?

by Palo Alto Software

This week, the national average price for a gallon of gas hit $3.57, according to an article in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune. Prices are expected to reach $4 per gallon by April, and may surpass the previous all-time national average high of $4.11 (July, 2008). High gas prices don’t just have an impact on our personal... Read more »

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Sustainability means never having to say you’re sorry.

by Palo Alto Software

Fascinating story in the New York Times about a New York based H & M clothing store destroying unsold merchandise and then dumping it into the trash. The article points out that in NYC, a third of the city is considered “poor” and in need of warm clothes, coats, hats and shoes. Finding bags and... Read more »

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Small Business Trends’ Best Books 2009

by Tim Berry

This is a great list. If you are an entrepreneur, or want to become one, you want to be familiar with the Small Business Trends blog by Anita Campbell and a team of others (disclosure: including me, although I haven’t been posting there as often as I wish). It has a wide spread of coverage, good... Read more »

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Email bridges the gap in Copenhagen

by Jason Gallic

If the health of our planet is of interest to you, then the next two weeks are as important as any in history, as told by Connie Hedegaard. The incoming president of COP15, the United Nation’s conference on climate change, does not mince words about the crucial nature of this global gathering. In an article... Read more »

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Saving the World One Windmill at a Time

by Tim Berry

In honor of Blog Action Day, the video here is a six-minute TED talk by William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Facing serious food shortages in his native Malawi while still a teenager, William taught himself some science and physics. And using scrap materials, he built the windmill that supplied electric power and... Read more »

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Cash for Clunkers

by Palo Alto Software

The current Cash for Clunkers incentive presents a good opportunity for re-evaluating your business use of vehicles. Read more »

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Earth Hour

by Palo Alto Software

Turn out. Take action. Be part of this historic event. March 28, 2009, 8:30 pm local time World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate... Read more »

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New Electric Car

by Tim Berry

So this was obvious but worth noting because it’s what you and I expected, and it shows that the right kind of business is going to go on. Toyota has announced plans to build an electric town car. Let’s see a show of hands now: Who’s surprised? So everybody is pretty much set on what’s... Read more »

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Green Tech Looking Golden

by Tim Berry

It’s hardly surprising, given the obvious need, that investors are ready and willing to put money into green clean technology. That’s not a hard prediction to make. Still, given the down economy and the generally down numbers and poor outlook on investing, how about this: During 2008, green-tech venture investments jumped to $8.4 billion, a... Read more »

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Huge Clean Tech Proposal

by Tim Berry

Greenbiz.com reported yesterday on a new group building a program to generate $500 billion in clean tech investment and 5 million green Jobs: The New Apollo Program is the creation of the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of business, labor, environmental and community leaders promoting clean energy, energy efficiency and green jobs. The five sections of... Read more »

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Black Swans of Energy Innovation

by Tim Berry

I’m on the email list for these videos and this one seems particularly important and encouraging. The introduction on the site says: Toss the old notions of environmentalism into the recycling bin. Investor Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures shatters conventional wisdom of energy reduction, and instead encourages entrepreneurs to solve environmental problems via cost-effective, innovative,... Read more »

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Fuel Efficiency Tips for Businesses

by Palo Alto Software

As an extension of my earlier blog on fuel efficiency comparisons, I continued my research and put together a fuel efficiency article that I’ve posted on our business-planning resource site,  Bplans.com. This article, Dealing with rising gas costs, includes tips on gas mileage, alternative fuels, how to be more fuel efficient when traveling on business,... Read more »

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1+1+1 = More than Three on Clean Energy

by Tim Berry

Sometimes things come together and mean more together than they would separately. Looking forward, clean energy is going to be very big. I don’t want to get into one of those “this-is-a-good-business-to-start” suggestions, because you don’t just decide to do a new business, look at what’s hot, and end up with clean energy. Obviously you... Read more »

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Fuel Efficiency — good for me, good for the economy

by Palo Alto Software

Recently I’ve been evaluating what I’m spending on a regular basis, to find ways to be more efficient and hopefully reduce those costs. One expense is the cost of commuting to and from work. I commute just under 30 miles round trip from my home in the country to our office in town. Of the... Read more »

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Doing Well by Doing Good is Not All That New

by Tim Berry

I caught this the other day on Huffington Post; Tracy Metro on what she calls eco-entrepreneurs: Starting a new business is often referred to as the “American Dream,” but it’s not always so dreamy for many entrepreneurs. The phrase “9 out of 10 new businesses fail in the first 5 years” is all too true,... Read more »

Four day work weeks

by Palo Alto Software

Starting next month, Utah state employees will start working only four days a week to help reduce energy costs. In a yearlong experiment, employees will work four 10 hour days with no cut in pay and Friday’s off. Apparently most of the people affected sound excited about the idea. Turning off the lights, the heat... Read more »

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I double dog dare you to clean up the earth.

by Palo Alto Software

The people of Estonia decided they’d had enough of the garbage that littered their countryside and forests. Instead of waiting for the government to take care of it, or turning a blind eye and hoping it would just go away, they did something about it. 50,000 people scoured fields, streets, forests and riverbanks across the... Read more »