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Van Duzer and his Cruiser off to D.C. to Raise Awareness about the Vast Benefits of Bicycling

One month, 2,000 miles and countless friends later, Ryan Van Duzer is nearing Washington, D.C. on his two-wheeled, cross-country expedition. On June 20, Van Duzer departed from San Diego on a three-speed cruiser bike and is scheduled to arrive in the nation’s capital by August 10 for a celebration of his journey with the League of American Bicyclists and the National Geographic Society. While the trip is ending soon, you can still experience… Continue

Added by Erik on July 31, 2009 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Trinidad - is sustainable infrastructure controlled by cultural mindset?

A friend from the US Information Services of Trinidad & Tobago sent photos of Colonial Trinidad via e-mail, two of which I've shared below with a modern juxtaposition. While the photos bring back nostalgia and patriotism, they also bring to my mind questions on sustainable infrastructure and the cultural aspects of such, in Port-of-Spain.

I have heard my elderly relatives say they wish Colonialism never ended in Trinidad. I would of course scoff at this (and still do), but now I… Continue

Added by Astrid Franchiska Kowlessar on July 30, 2009 at 11:39am — No Comments

VIDEO: Hermosa Beach Green EXPO - "Green T" takes you inside!!

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"Green T with Tamara"

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Added by Tamara Henry on July 29, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

FE$: Foundation for Ecological Security

A look at the summer lives of four undergrads working on an environmental development project with the Foundation for Ecological Security.

Friday, July 17, 2009: Cribs: The Village Edition

Alice 1 This week marked an important occasion: we moved into a village about 2 hours away from Udaipur and began working on our project. FES has asked us to make an assessment of one particular region with the eventual goal of developing a relationship with those communities…


Added by Mary on July 29, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Small Is... Festival

The “Small is…” Festival!

5-6th September 2009

@ Practical Action, The Schumacher Centre for Technology and Development, Bourton-on-Dunsmore, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 9QZ, UK

Tel: 01926 634400, E-mail:

A varied programme of debates, workshops, learning and exchanges structured around the following themes is planned:

Small is...economic?

• Small is...appropriate?

• Small is...political?

• Small…

Added by Fran on July 29, 2009 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

Civil Society - What does it mean?

Do we really have a vibrant civil society, or is it just a intellectual exercise? Does it exist only in the domain of the so called ‘intelligentsia’? Is it more a part of our imagination and less that of our reality?

Let us examine some arguments and counter-arguments.

Conventionally, civil society has following functions:

•Give ‘voice’ and ‘space’ to individuals, communities and institutions outside the domain of the political society and/ the… Continue

Added by CSO Partners on July 29, 2009 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

The Life(?) of a Child Sex Slave in Cambodia

Cambodia is a world center for sex tourism so it is likely that many of the customers of the girl in this story were foreign sex tourists.

If This Isn’t Slavery, What Is?

By Nicholas D. Kristof, Op-Ed Columnist

Originally published by The New York Times, January 3, 2009

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Barack Obama’s presidency marks a triumph over the legacy of slavery, so it would be particularly meaningful if he led a new abolitionist movement against… Continue

Added by Ronald S. Ratney on July 26, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

State of the Union: the new economic model

Chris Carfi (@ccarfi), who blogs at The Social Customer Manifesto, did a great overview of the evolution of markets in a session at the Business of Community Marketing conference in Boston last March.

In the conversation afterward, he shared with us a symbol or diagram that has been kicking around in his internal… Continue

Added by Michael Cayley on July 25, 2009 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Carrot v. Stick

GUEST BLOG POST: Alyson Genovese is a freelance consultant on issues related to sustainability, corporate social responsibility, public affairs, and employee engagement. She has… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on July 24, 2009 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Nourishing Potential in Rural Rajasthan, by Jessica Sinclair Taylor

Shoba Hampered by the complexities of working in a foreign country, an unknown language and an often alien culture, I found weaving together my picture of the work of the Veerni Project was similar to the process of creating the intricate quilted wall hangings made by the women of Rajasthan – a process in which the final design appears only slowly. My first priority was to develop a thorough understanding of the NGO I am working with, its strengths, weaknesses, needs and… Continue

Added by Mary on July 24, 2009 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Water Conservation and Dual Flush Retrofit Kits

For those interested in conserving more water and dollars, dual-flush toilet retrofit kits are a great and inexpensive way to save water. They transform existing two-piece 1.6 gallon toilets into dual flush toilets. Depending on the activity the toilet receives, a kit can save well over 10,000 gallons of water per year. They are also inexpensive at under $25 relative to a new dual flush toilet. Not only do they save water, but they avoid the carbon footprint associated with the construction,… Continue

Added by Andy Jacob on July 23, 2009 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Sea Temps at Record Highs say NOAA

Surface temperatures of the world's oceans are at their highest levels since records have been kept says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is particularly bad news for people living on the Atlantic coast as rising ocean temperatures fuel hurricanes and raise sea levels.

Preliminary data extrapolated by the… Continue

Added by Mark Butkus on July 23, 2009 at 9:57am — No Comments

Impactful Green Marketing Campaigns

When I talk to our prospects and many of my friends about Kiwano Marketing, they all come back with the same questions: what exactly is green marketing? Can you give me an example of a recent green marketing campaign? For the answer to the first question, I tell them exactly what I wrote on a previous blog post, Green Marketing to the World. And here’s the answer to their second question:

Coca-Cola: the Coca-Cola/NRC Recycling Bin Grant Program

As part of their efforts to… Continue

Added by Sofia Ribeiro on July 22, 2009 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

is anyone else experiencing sharp increases in Electric Bill?

I am with LA DWP

My bill has sharply increased and I live on the beach and do not even HAVE an air conditioner.

Nothing has changed in terms of my electrical use. It's not my water, either.

Is this another energy scam? I want to know if I'm the only one this is happening to.

I have the number to the General Manager of LA DWP (213) 367-1320 for complaints.

I called in and she thought i called yesterday, so apparently i'm not the only one calling in with an… Continue

Added by Tamara Henry on July 21, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Social Media & CSR: The Top 10 Sites for Creating Conversation

Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Green, Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Volunteering. Get into the conversation - It starts here.

I have to admit, I’m always learning that I don’t know what I don’t know. When it comes to the exponentially expanding conversation… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on July 20, 2009 at 11:06am — 1 Comment

LEED Certification a necessity in Chicago?

Do you have any experience with LEED certification of buildings in Chicago? What is your experience and the overall acceptance regarding this topic?

Added by Goby LLC, Env. Consulting/LEED on July 19, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Community Leaders in Kenya Speak About Child Prostitution

The following quotations appeared in the publication: The Extent and Effect of Sex Tourism and Sexual Exploitation of Children on the Kenyan Coast, published in 2007 by UNICEF

Shanzu Elder: “ if we were to visit a place like Aloha, so that you see for yourself the activities I have been telling you about. As seeing is believing, there you will find small children involved in giving Europeans massages. They have even gone to the extent of establishing businesses to do with massaging.… Continue

Added by Ronald S. Ratney on July 19, 2009 at 6:47pm — 2 Comments

2020: Carbon Emissions Market Worth $1 Trillion Plus

So you want to save the planet and make some money doing so. The recently released Carbon Salary Survey is a good resource to see what green professionals are saying about the work they do and the duties they perform.

The survey, conducted in English, was distributed online and via email to the professional networks of the three research partners: Acona; Acre Resources and; Thomson Reuters. World-wide, nearly 1,200 participants replied to the survey through April of this… Continue

Added by Mark Butkus on July 19, 2009 at 10:10am — No Comments

“CleanLaunch” Ignites Early-Stage Clean Tech Companies

A dynamic group of business and government leaders has formed the CleanLaunch Technology Incubator, designed to serve entrepreneurs developing new technologies and to develop and nurture start-up clean tech companies throughout the region.

The public-private partnership, founded by automotive giant Burt Technologies,, accounting firm Clifton Gunderson, Fairfield and Woods, P.C., and the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce… Continue

Added by Jen Scherpenseel on July 18, 2009 at 1:59am — No Comments

Who Says It Aint Easy Being Green ?! (free workshop)

How to Create a ‘Sustainable’ Business



Join Vic Desotelle from for an ONLINE collaborative business planning workshop series known as ‘Colabs‘. This FREE session will…


Added by Vicesotelle on July 17, 2009 at 7:10pm — 2 Comments

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