I am still a big proponent of investing in and own several mutual funds and stocks in green technologies and companies, but I often wonder “will that actually affect the biggest change?”
Most investments now days have been marred by scandals. The stock market was hit with internet bubble stocks, declining bank stocks, failing financial institutions, bankruptcies, real estate, you name it, it has suffered somehow. Almost makes you want to go back to your local savings account. Rather than leaving your money to wallow under inflation in a piggy bank or mattress, try investing in people.
Microfinance has been around for some time, however, companies like Kiva are making it even easier to select people and causes close to your heart (or investing strategy) while providing more security from default than with individual investing. Each loan is carefully selected by field partners and volunteers, but it remains a very personal feel. You get to essentially meet (via a personal profile) the individual you are loaning your money to and understand their pursuit and the needs of the community. › Continue reading
This year the Go Green Conference is coming to Seattle on Wednesday, April 20 2011 and runs from 8:30-5:00pm. With a great number of well known speakers such as Ben Packard (VP of Global Responsibility for Starbucks), Jill Bamburg (Dean of Academic Affairs and Founding Faculty Member of Bainbridge Graduate Institute), as well as representatives from local government, REI and small businesses around Seattle.
Event: Seattle Go Green 2011 Conference Date: Wednesday, April 20 2011 Location: The Conference Center at 8th and Pike Street, 3rd Floor
“GoGreen ’11 Seattle is a one day sustainability conference for business in Seattle on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 built to motivate, inspire, and educate business owners to ‘go green’ and become more sustainable. As an action-oriented, non-typical conference, GoGreen ’11 Seattle teaches tactical steps on how to ‘green’ your business and provides actionable next steps to sustainability for business owners and decision makers.
Attendees will learn from live success stories and participate in panel discussions geared to provide solid takeaways to make any size of business the most sustainable that it can be. The GoGreen Conference will feature over 50 business leader speakers and 15 different sessions on how to build sustainability into your business.”
Does having a Green MBA help when it comes to finding a job? The answer is, it depends.
Different industries value a Sustainable or Green MBA over a traditional MBA, and it can even come down to those doing the hiring. More and more hiring managers and executives are recognizing the benefits of sustainability of business, and are looking to hire these cutting edge graduates. Jobs are opening up in the alternative energy industries (solar, wind and more) as well as the green building industry with LEED certified and EPA class buildings.
Green Jobs are competitive, but having a green MBA greatly increases your chances and distinguishes you from the crowd. With more and more companies looking to improve their environmental image, they need business experts with a knowledge in sustainability. Even the trends from top business schools such as Yale’s school of managment and Johnson School at Cornell University as well as online programs from Walden University and Alliant International University are moving towards sustainability.
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The smell of coconut oil always transports me to tropical island paradise, and for good reason- coconut oil has been used as a skin moisturizer, hair conditioner and healing agent by Pacific Islander and tropical natives for centuries.
Just Coco is a sustainable, community empowering business started by my world traveling friend Sara Krosch, and uses all natural cold pressed virgin coconut oil in their products. Based out of her home on tropical island paradise in the Philippines, she runs Just Coco.
Using only all-natural and, whenever possible, organic ingredients combined with virgin coconut oil, they create skin, hair and nail care products. All of Just Coco’s products are vegetarian or vegan.
Their cold pressed, preservative free pure virgin coconut oil contains 50% lauric acid (the highest content possible) with natural antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. › Continue reading
It seems that it’s conference season these days. Another interesting Green event that would definitely be worth checking out is the Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities Conference. The event takes place May 20th through the 22nd in Portland, Oregon. It’s free and open to the public, and sure to be very educational.
Acknowledging the varied understandings of the term “sustainability,” the Understanding Sustainability conference seeks to discuss the way in which the term might be approached in a truly useful and efficient way. Through innovative dialogue and debate, the conference seeks to create or improve on green frameworks for environmental scholarship, activism, research, and policy. › Continue reading
Peter was quick to make the point that the idea of a “sustainability job” is more complex than one might first think. There are plenty of sustainability focused jobs and career paths, but sustainability is rarely tangible enough to be a product in and of itself. Rather, sustainability is an issue of systemics. As such, it’s important to recognize that job seekers are likely to be looking at the market from a much wider scope when looking to break into a sustainability based career path. So many jobs can fall into the description of “sustainability related”, everything from green-living businesses, tech, green finance and investing, events, higher education, government, and food just to name a few. The point is that sustainability is something that threads through just about all career paths in one way or another. Instead of looking for a job in outright sustainability, or even a “green-collar job”, people should instead be looking for a sustainability related career, one that supports a variety of values and puts your strongest skills to good use. › Continue reading
Now for a local, small business and community centric alternative to the Seattle 2010 Go Green Conference. Seattle’s Eco-Chic Expo is being held on Saturday, May 1st, at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center located in Northeast Seattle. A self described “interactive green lifestyle event”, the event is put together to provide the general public with an interactive day of tips, tricks and products to help people live greener, yet fashionable, lives. The Expo is free to the public and features a number of local companies dedicated to sustainable lifestyles. › Continue reading
Next week hails the long and widely publicized green-business event of the season, Seattle’s 2010 Go Green Conference. Over 60 speakers from all over the Pacific Northwest will converge on the 3rd floor of the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Seattle to discuss, share and learn about the latest in sustainable business practices. For months now, downtown and the financial district has been sporting Go Green flags in obvious support for the event, getting the word out about Seattle’s commitment to sustainable business.
The Go Green Conference is designed to educate, to motivate, and to inspire local and regional businesses to, well, go green. Through the presenting of solid, “actionable” steps, appropriate tools, and guidance, Go Green’s mission is to allow business owners to see the real value and their own ability to move toward a more environmentally aware and sustainable business model. 2010′s Seattle conference is a follow up to Portland’s Go Green event in 2009. › Continue reading
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