Giant bags full of biogas provide 4 hours of cooking fuel

October 8, 2015 by  
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A boy walks down the middle of a busy street in a small country town in Ethiopia , carrying an enormous backpack. He doesn’t fold under its weight because this special backpack is filled with biogas. The pack is part of a project by German start-up (B)energy , which helps people create small businesses making and selling methane gas. In regions where traditional cooking fuel, such as wood and charcoal, is expensive and rare, the biogas serves as a cheap and clean-burning alternative. Read the rest of Giant bags full of biogas provide 4 hours of cooking fuel

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Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy

May 5, 2015 by  
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As part of worldwide efforts by the Clinton Foundation to empower women with economic knowledge and opportunities, Bill Clinton toured a Solar Sister  site in the town of Karatu, Tanzania recently, where woman receive training and micro-financing to sell solar-powered lanterns and cookstoves. Solar Sister is part of Sustainable Energy Solutions powered by Women’s Enterprise, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. They have created a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring the potential of clean energy to even the most remote communities in Africa. Read the rest of Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , africa women entrepreneurs , alternative energy , Clinton Foundation , clinton global initiative , clinton visits tanzania , entrepreneurs , solar lights , solar panels , Solar Power , solar sister , solar sisters clinton visit , solar sisters tanzania , tanzania micro business

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13 Year-Old Fashion CEO Rids The World Of Toxic Chemicals, One Outfit At A Time!

August 24, 2013 by  
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We know about chemicals in our food and cleaning products, but what about our clothes? Studies show that traces of toxic chemicals — specifically nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) — had been found in products made by 14 big-brand clothing manufacturers, including Adidas and H&M. When 13 year-old Maya Shea Penn found out what conventional clothes were doing to the environment, she decided to start her own company dedicated to toxin-free fabrics and philanthropy. Her company, Maya’s Ideas, has earned her international recognition, and she’s even published her own book! READ MORE>>   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accessories , entrepreneurs , Maya Penn , Maya’s Ideas , Sustainable Fashion , teens , weddings        

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Voting now open for VERGE25 Awards nominees

October 23, 2012 by  
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Leaders from IBM, Google, White House and other entrepreneurs, thought leaders and policy makers among nominees promoting convergence of IT with energy, buildings and transportation.

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Why your CFO needs to meet your IT department

October 23, 2012 by  
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Reducing IT’s energy consumption is synonymous with cutting costs — and carbon. Data Center Infrastructure Management is the tool that can help IT managers and CFOs make that happen.

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New tools for small suppliers in global value chains

October 23, 2012 by  
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How can companies use life-cycle thinking to ensure their continued value in global supply chains?

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Sustainability policy careers: Changing the rules of the game

October 23, 2012 by  
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Neither business nor policy can adequately address sustainability alone. What if you could combine the two?

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Applications Open: Unreasonable Institute Looking For World-Saving Entrepreneurs

October 19, 2011 by  
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Image: The Unreasonable Institute I wrote last year about the Boulder-based Unreasonable Institute’s search for people who have great ideas, who think big, who want to change the world, and who seem like they can. Last year’s fellowship was a great success: … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Unreasonable Institute Helps High-Impact Social Entrepreneurs Take Flight

October 4, 2011 by  
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There is a growing consensus that entrepreneurs will be the force behind economic, social and environmental development this century.  There are hundreds of thousands of budding entrepreneurs with world-changing ideas that need the right platform and training to take off. An organization called the Unreasonable Institute aims to help these audacious gen-next entrepreneurs take flight! Are you convinced your venture will forever change the world? Then you have until November 1o to apply to The Unreasonable Institute! Unreasonable Institute Model What is the Unreasonable Institute? The Unreasonable Institute is a mentorship-driven program that arms for-profit enterprises creating solutions to the world’s biggest social and environmental problems with the resources they need to do so. Fundamentally, the Institute helps build stronger, more financially sustainable businesses that can be scaled to impact millions of lives. They are arming the entrepreneurs who can take on the world’s major issues with the mentorship, capital, and network to make it happen. How is it done? Each year, the organization picks  25 entrepreneurs  from every corner of the globe to live under the same roof for six weeks in Boulder, Colorado. These entrepreneurs receive training and build long-term relationships with  50 world-class mentors , ranging from the co-founder of Google.org, to the CTO of HP amongst others. In the process, they also form relationships and build their businesses with  20 investment funds , receive legal advice & design consulting, and pitch to hundreds of potential investors and partners. Applications are now being accepted through November 1o, 2011 for the class of 2012! Check out this 3-minute trailer to get an inside peak and read on to learn how it works! How are the Finalists or Fellows Chosen? Of course you have to go through the application and interview process where the top 50 applicants are chosen based on their venture plan, impact, marketability etc. But the way the final 25 are picked in Step 3 is the interesting part… The finalist Marketplace or Step 3 of the selection process is the most challenging round of selection and the most rigorous test of entrepreneurial ability.  The cost  of attending the Unreasonable Institute is $10,000, but the applicants, or their teams, are not allowed to pay for it. Instead, the Finalists are given 50 days to raise the $10,000 in small increments on the Finalist Marketplace. The first 25 Finalists to do so will be deemed Unreasonable Fellows and attend the 2012 Institute. The final test also takes care of the “rich uncle problem” by capping the amount individuals can donate. This levels the playing field for applicants with fewer wealthy connections willing to donate large sums of money. Read more about the finalist marketplace here . Want to learn more? Get a glimpse of what a summer at the Unreasonable Institute is all about by watching the 2011 Unreasonable Fellows go from arrival to graduation on the 7-part web series on  Unreasonable.tv ! Start with  Episode 1 here. The Unreasonable Institute is made up of a dynamic group of young people who call themselves the Unreasonable Team ! Teju Ravilochan, co-founder of the Institute, sums it up, I want to live in a world where every human being can be the master of their own fate, unbound by the chains of poverty, oppression, or injustice. To me entrepreneurship, coming from French for “to taking into one’s own hands” gets at that fundamental human drive to rule our destinies. And when that drive is combined to empower others to do the same, I believe no force can be more powerful. The program has helped 50 entrepreneurs through its 2010 and 2011 programs and is trailblazing towards the next 25 in 2012. Are you one? You have until November 10th to apply.

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Urban Beekeeper, Noni Leather Maker, and Yogurt Cup Clothes Designers Vie For Visionary Award

April 9, 2011 by  
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Stages of noni fruit photo by Wendy Cutler via Flickr Just when awards season seem to be over, here comes the VISIONary Awards .

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