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Cloud-Based Services Can Save Money, But at What Cost?

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Is cloud computing green? It’s a question everyone seems to be asking with renewed vigor lately, ever since Greenpeace released a report about the energy efficiency — or lack thereof — of ten leading data centers, including those run by Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter. The report accuses the industry at large of “perpetuating [...]
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How You Can Help Suss Out Green Opportunities for Small Businesses

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Identifying green opportunities that not only support people and the planet but also help small businesses turn a profit can be a challenging endeavor — yet it’s one that Green America has been committed to for nearly 30 years. Since 1982, the nonprofit organization has worked to tap the nation’s economic power (i.e., the strength [...]
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Business Trip Tips: 5 Ways to Make Air Travel a Little Greener

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“Business travel is bouncing back,” the Associated Press declared earlier this year, reporting that U.S. companies are expected to spend 5 percent more on travel  in 2011 than they did in 2010 — or an estimated $239 billion. At the same time, most enterprises are asking employees to be frugal (the average cost per trip [...]
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Read a Book, Plant a Tree

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Comedian Tina Fey’s best-selling memoir, Bossypants, features many humorous endorsements on its back cover, but one of them doubles as a reminder of the environmental costs associated with consuming printed materials such as books: “Totally worth it.” —Trees The Green Press Initiative estimates that each year some 30 million trees, many sourced from endangered forests, [...]

Kiva.org’s New Green Loans Support Sustainable Startups

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Small loans can often make a big difference in whether or not a startup succeeds. Kiva.org, a San Francisco-based pioneer in micro-lending, last week introduced a new category of financing for entrepreneurs looking to launch green businesses worldwide. The Kiva Green Loans proved so popular that all 65 of its initial projects have already been [...]
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7 Sustainable Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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“Our goal is a new American ethic that sets new standards for progress, emphasizing human dignity and well-being rather than an endless parade of technology that produces more gadgets, more waste, more pollution. Are we able to meet the challenge? Yes. We have the technology and the resources. Are we willing? That is the unanswered [...]
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4 Tips for Evaluating Suppliers for Sustainability

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How and where you source products and services speaks volumes about your commitment to sustainability. Your choices can either reaffirm or undermine your efforts — and affect how customers perceive your small business. Taking time to assess your suppliers’ practices (to make sure they measure up to your standards) will help to ensure that any [...]
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Ebay: Internet Provides Retailers a Lean, Green Route to Success

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The death of mom-and-pop shops has been greatly exaggerated. Although some have blamed online shopping for their ostensible demise, the internet is actually restoring opportunities for independent retailers. That’s the argument being made by Ebay and Cooler in a report about how small virtual sellers are key to the nation’s economic and environmental revival. It’s [...]
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