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Can Virtual Currency and Ecobadges Add Up to a Greener Planet?

One of the promising ecotrends is the gamification of sustainability. Gamification is the process of using the feedback elements from computer games—such as scores, leaderboards, achievements, and the feeling of progression—and incorporating them into things that aren’t games. For example, typical gamification of a website would enable visitors to earn badges for “checking in” to …

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Crowdfunding for a New Wave of Sustainability

Take a second and consider what the following things have in common: –       A documentary on the decline of the honeybee –       Bamboo bicycle frames –       Mapping green sea turtle routes –       A solar powered backpack –       A rooftop edible garden If you’re still stumped, these ideas are now budding projects that are currently being …

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A Label of Love

  Like many consumers, I try to buy organic, grass-fed, energy conscious, fair trade, shade grown and every other socially progressive label on the market. I value the privilege we enjoy as citizens of the U.S. to have access to these kinds of sustainability safeguards. My buying habits usually go as far as what my …

Guest Post: New Federal Report Spotlights Global Deforestation, Importance of Domestic Action

Forest conversion and loss hasn’t rated very high on the U.S. political agenda since federal climate legislation stalled in 2010. But that doesn’t mean deforestation—nor its climate damage—has stopped. We’re still losing about 90,000 acres of forestland, along with its capacity to safely absorb and store greenhouse gases, every day around the world (Source: FAO). …

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Solyndra in Perspective: DOE Loan Programs and the State of Clean Energy Funding

  Even if you don’t pay close attention to the state of renewable energy financing, you’ve likely heard of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) loan programs for renewable energy projects[i]. The DOE’s programs were made famous in 2011 by the bankruptcy of Solyndra, a California solar panel manufacturer that received a $535 million loan …