Justmeans

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9 years 4 months ago

<p>It's not secret that companies are coming under increasing pressure from governments, advocacy groups, investors, prospective employees, and consumers to make their operations, products and services more socially responsible, particularly regarding the environment but also on a range of issues from labor practices to financial transparency to product safety.<br /> <br /> In addition, constraints and costs of energy and water usage are rising at an accelerating rate, which can have significant impact on a company&rsquo;s business operations and...


9 years 4 months ago

<p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small;">The powers that be are waking up to the fact that the world is running out of fresh water.&nbsp;</span></span></p>
<p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small;">Recent reports by </span><a href="http://...


9 years 4 months ago

<p>Most of the attention paid toward solar energy these days is on photovoltaic technology, harnessing the sun to make electricity. It has been used on satellites for decades so the potential for adding it to our rooftops is alluring, albeit still grossly inefficient.</p>
<p>There is another inefficient paradigm which can be aided with the sun&rsquo;s heat yet garners little attention, the household water heater. Hardly a new technology but needed more urgently now than ever, the solar water heater is one of those no-brainer solutions which only now is...


9 years 4 months ago

<p>The global microfinance revolution is about unleashing power.&nbsp; Even small loans can enable poor communities to transform their skills and energy into higher incomes.&nbsp; This is the basic idea celebrated by the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank of Bangladesh.&nbsp; It meshes with economic theory, and it&rsquo;s backed by thousands of success stories.<br /> <br /> So why, all of a sudden, does credit seem like a mixed blessing?&nbsp; A few months ago I joined thirty microfinance leaders for an off-the-record meeting at an estate outside New...


9 years 4 months ago

<p><a href="allthings/55/Solving-Two-Crises-with-a-Single-Platform.html" target="_blank">In my last installment</a>, I told you about the Interstate Traveler Hydrogen Superhighway and shared a compelling interview which its inventor, Justin Sutton, agreed to give to the world. Now, I&rsquo;d like to focus your attention on a niche technology which is based on Mr. Sutton&rsquo;s green solution to the transportation and municipal infrastructure crises and will help reduce highway fatalities markedly.<br /> <strong><br /> Meet the Triage Traveler mobile trauma center. </strong></p>
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9 years 4 months ago

<p>Today's <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/business/17green.html?_r=1&amp;oref=sl...">NYT</a> Business Section features a report from the Farnborough Air Show, a week-long aerospace industry extravaganza, citing that sustainability is a key theme in this year's show. <br /> <br /> Some of the sustainability happenings and highlights include:<br /> <br /> * a Boeing algae exhibit -- with algae touted as a "possible feeding ground for a fuel substitute...


9 years 5 months ago

<p>After global warming, what is the greatest crisis threatening the industrialized world? Deforestation? Nuclear proliferation? Terrorism? Nay, those are all pressing and nearly intractable issues but at the top of the list is municipal infrastructure. In North America alone, local, regional and national governments need to spend well in excess of $500 billion just to keep up with rough roads, crumbling bridges and dilapidated water treatment systems.<br /> <br /> That&rsquo;s a...


9 years 5 months ago

<p>I took my 3 sons to the DC suburbs for the July 4th weekend.&nbsp; The highlight was the annual picnic in my parents&rsquo; neighborhood (pony rides, egg toss competition, blueberry bake-off).&nbsp; One of my parents&rsquo; friends, someone who has been around the international development scene for decades (including a stint at the World Bank), disturbed the patriotic revelry to give me her 2 contrarian cents on microfinance.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t stand it,&rdquo; she started.&nbsp; &ldquo;Half the people I know say they&rsquo;re...


9 years 5 months ago

<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/10/business/smallbusiness/10sbiz.html">The New York Times</a> has just posted an article on the sad price of entrepreneurial success--selling the business to someone who does not share your vision for the company you founded.&nbsp; <br />
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<a href="http://www.unileverusa.com/ourbrands/foods/benandjerrys.asp">Making the transition</a> from...


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