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New York Green Bank’s First Deals Underscore State’s Commitment to Clean Energy Future 23.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Abbey Brown Clean energy finance is thriving in New York State. This week, Governor Cuomo announced the New York Green Bank’s first set of deals , totaling an impressive $800 million in clean energy investments across the state. The projects funded by this investment will yield an impressive annual reduction of 575,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, roughly equivalent to removing 120,000 cars from the road or planting 15 million trees per year. This move helps cement New York’s role as a leading state in the clean energy economy. By offering attractive interest rates and other incentives to stimulate interest from the private sector, green banks encourage investment in clean energy projects that may otherwise have difficulty obtaining private financing. Ideally, these initial deals then set the stage for an active and self-sustaining market in renewable energy and energy efficiency finance. And the NY Green Bank is starting off swinging: its initial investment of $200 million catalyzed $600 million ...
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More troubling news about dubious — and dangerous — practices in the dietary supplement industry 23.10.2014 MinnPost
Large numbers of Americans — more than half, according to surveys — inexplicably continue to purchase and use these products each year. Dietary supplements are in the news again this month — and, once again, for troubling reasons. On Wednesday, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that a high percentage of recalled dietary supplements continue to contain banned ingredients. And last week, two U.S. researchers retracted a study they had published in which they claimed a supplement made from green coffee beans resulted in substantial weight loss. Such a retraction is considered a very serious event in the scientific world. And, yes, this is the very same green-coffee-bean supplement that Dr. Mehmet Oz so famously (and fatuously) promoted on his syndicated television show. (I can’t link to that show because it’s been meticulously scrubbed from his website and elsewhere.) As I’ve noted in Second Opinion many times before (such as here ), dietary supplements are ...
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Why stakeholder engagement is key to successful CSR programs 23.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Building online communities to engage with stakeholders conveniently, transparently, authentically and frequently is key to unlocking business value.

Why stakeholder engagement is key to successful CSR programs
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Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt Center 23.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Earth Day may be Hayes's most famous project, but his quest to get the Bullitt Center certified as a Living Building is fascinating.

Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt Center
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The world’s 10 greenest economies of 2014 may surprise you 23.10.2014 TreeHugger
A new report ranks countries by their green investments, and also compares performance to our perceptions.
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9 ways sustainability drives profit 23.10.2014 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

From lower costs to higher brand performance and improved employee morale, a serious business case can be made for sustainability. In case we forgot.

9 ways sustainability drives profit
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Green coffee beans for weight loss? Um, never mind 23.10.2014 LA Times: Science
Remember when green coffee bean extract was the next big thing in weight loss, a remedy with positive clinical findings touted as a breakthrough by Dr. Mehmet Oz and aggressively hawked online?
Senate Democrats return to Ky. race with TV ads 23.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats' official campaign arm and one of its largest outside allies on Wednesday reversed course in the Kentucky race and put campaign cash behind television ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes and her bid to oust Republican Mitch ...
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Businesses in Steamboat Springs recognized for sustainability efforts 23.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
In this year's competition to be deemed Steamboat Springs' most sustainable business, a business's new worm farm turned out to be a big boost. The use of worms to turn organic waste into usable compost helped Steamboat's Pet Kare Clinic on Wednesday clinch the 2014 Sustainable Business of the Year award at a ceremony hosted by the Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium. Feeding worms to make compost, called vermiculture, wasn't the only thing that was applauded by a table full of sustainability leaders. The pet clinic's other notable environmental efforts include organizing a city-wide dog poop cleanup day every year and switching from film X-rays to digital ones. The business initiatives can be costly and, in the case of April Stools Day, mildly unpleasant, but the business leaders are proud of them and the impact they have on the community. "It's a huge honor," veterinarian Cindi Hillemeyer said after the clinic received the award. "We've taken these small steps to reduce our impact on the ...
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Super PAC with ties to Toomey gets 'dark money' infusion 23.10.2014 Philly.com News
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Our First Look at Android Lollipop and the New Nexus Devices 23.10.2014 Wired Top Stories
We had our first hands-on demo of Google's new version of its Android operating system, Lollipop, this week running on a pair of Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Here's what we ...
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Federal Center in Lakewood saves millions through green initiatives 23.10.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
The General Services Administration is increasingly focused on environmental innovation while also saving taxpayer dollars, and the 624-acre Federal Center in Lakewood has become a testing ground for sustainable technologies.
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A Major Agreement That is Good News for Utah Wilderness 22.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Bobby McEnaney, Senior Lands Analyst, Deputy Director Western Renewables Energy Program, DC: Just some of the trout to be found in the Green River, where state surveys have found that this wild and scenic river averages a population of 15,000 trout per square mile.  Photo Credit: EWConner flickr Today marks an important day for...
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First New York Green Bank deals to bring up to $800MM in Clean Energy Investments to New York State 22.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Doug Sims, Director of Strategy and Finance, Center for Market Innovation, New York: Today, the New York Green Bank (NYGB) announced its first planned transactions. It's a broad, impressive set of offerings that could have transformative impact in New York and nationally by doubling down on boldness and creativity in the clean energy finance...
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New York’s First Green Bank Deals Bolster State’s Strong Commitment To Clean Energy 22.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New York’s First Green Bank Deals Bolster State’s Strong Commitment To Clean Energy
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Hope for Full-Spectrum Sustainability: An Interview With David W. Orr 22.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As David W. Orr, executive director of the Oberlin Project, tells it, we have entered what is called the Anthropocene, an age when the actions of 7 billion humans have become, for better or worse, the dominant force changing the earth. Orr sat down with Omega to answer some in-depth questions on everything from global sustainability projects to the nature of hope. Omega: You have been instrumental in The Oberlin Project , which envisions a form of "full-spectrum sustainability" in the city of Oberlin, Ohio, where you are distinguished professor of environmental studies and politics at Oberlin College. The project has had some very significant success in creating one of the first climate-positive cities in America's heartland. Can you speak to the small-scale successes, as well as large-scale successes, of this project and how they may be applied to larger communities or even regions? David: First of all, the project is an attempt to take everything that we've learned about connectedness and put it ...
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Pennsylvania super PAC gets 'dark money' infusion 22.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Nonprofit Green Orchard Inc. is listed as the sole donor to new Prosperity for Pennsylvania super PAC.
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Food Day 2014: Food Justice = Worker Justice! 22.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Five years ago, the Food Chain Workers Alliance was founded as a national coalition of unions, workers centers, and non-profit organizations to work towards a sustainable food system that respects the rights of workers all along the food chain - production, processing, distribution, retail and food service. One of the reasons the nine founding organizations came together to create the Alliance was that they were witnessing the growth of the sustainable food movement around the country, but they didn't see much attention paid to workers in the food system. We set about to change that and work with the food movement for positive social change. Now in 2014, we are celebrating Food Day in the U.S. on October 24, and one of the areas of focus for this Food Day is justice for food and farm workers. We've come a long way! In fact, in a recent interview with Edible Manhattan , author and NY Times columnist Mark Bittman said, "Even five years ago, the sustainability conversation focused almost exclusively on ...
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Innovation Earth: The Next Green Tech Town 22.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
More than 300,000 people may have marched in Manhattan last month for a worldwide climate call-to-arms, but evidently we can't even get it together at the statewide -- let alone national -- let alone global level. A study released last week by the Georgetown Climate Center shows that less than half of U.S. states are preparing for the coming effects of climate change. (Full rundown of the study here, at the Los Angeles Times .) Unbelievably, those unprepared include Louisiana, where coastline is fast disappearing and with it the area's natural protection against future super storms; and Texas, where temperatures are rising and the current drought is among the worst seen in 500 years . This shouldn't come as a surprise, perhaps, since far too many U.S. governors still deny that climate change even exists ( see this disturbing map ). But it's enough to turn our hopes toward American cities, which seem unfazed by politics and focused only on the realities ahead. Chicago is planting trees for a warming ...
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Five takeaways from the Clippers' exhibition loss to the Warriors 22.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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