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Back to the Roots 'Ready to Grow' Thanks to $5M Seed Round
Back to the Roots 'Ready to Grow' Thanks to $5M Seed Round

5 years ago - Back to the Roots®, an Oakland, California startup spearheading a movement to reconnect people with food, announced today that it has completed a $5 million strategic seed financing round, led by Tony Robbins’ and Peter Guber’s startup accelerator, Agency of Trillions, along with additional new angel investors. Previous investors — TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, Annie’s founder John Foraker, and Clif Bar CEO Kevin Cleary — also joined the round.

Trending: GM, Ford Launch New Partnerships to Drive the Future of Mobility
Trending: GM, Ford Launch New Partnerships to Drive the Future of Mobility

5 years ago - With CES 2016 underway in Las Vegas this week, we are expecting to have announcements about exciting tech advancements coming out of our ears. Case in point: At The Ford Motor Company's press conference this morning, it announced a partnership with Amazon to integrate vehicles with Echo, the e-commerce company’s smarthome device.

Amazon, Panera Have Best CSR Reputations in the U.S.
Amazon, Panera Have Best CSR Reputations in the U.S.

5 years ago - Amazon, LEGO, BMW, Sanofi, Schneider Electric and Panera Bread have the best public perception for corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the United States, according to a new report by the Reputation Institute. The U.S. CSR RepTrak highlights the companies that have the best reputations for CSR among the U.S. public based on a survey conducted in Q1 2015.

Trending: HP, Other Tech Giants Making Huge Investments in Wind Energy
Trending: HP, Other Tech Giants Making Huge Investments in Wind Energy

6 years ago - Technology giants are making strides towards a sustainable cloud: in the past two weeks, HP, Facebook and Amazon announced significant investments in wind energy.HP’s first utility-scale renewable energy purchase involves a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunEdison for 112 megawatts (MW) of wind energy, which will power 100 percent of its Texas-based data center operations.

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Greenpeace ‘Click Clean Scorecard’ Rates Top Websites on Renewable Energy Use, Transparency
Greenpeace ‘Click Clean Scorecard’ Rates Top Websites on Renewable Energy Use, Transparency

6 years ago - If you’ve ever wondered about the energy powering your favorite websites, a new tool from Greenpeace is here to help. On Thursday, the advocacy group released a new browser extension tool that shows which of the most popular websites are moving most ambitiously towards renewable energy use. Users that download the extension (compatible with Google Chrome) can distinguish leaders from laggards by the color of a cloud icon that appears green, yellow, or red whenever they open a new site.

Amazon Announces Solar Deal in Virginia, Greenpeace Urges Further Transparency
Amazon Announces Solar Deal in Virginia, Greenpeace Urges Further Transparency

6 years ago - Today Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a solar farm project in Virginia that will advance the company’s progress towards its recent commitment to powering its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy.

Tesla Energy Set to Revolutionize Solar Storage for Homes, Businesses, Utilities
Tesla Energy Set to Revolutionize Solar Storage for Homes, Businesses, Utilities

6 years ago - Tesla Energy, the latest from Tesla Motors visionary Elon Musk, was introduced last night onstage at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, California, just south of LA. A statement from the company describes the new development as "a suite of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities fostering a clean energy ecosystem and helping wean the world off fossil fuels."

World’s ‘Most Admired’ Companies Also Are Sustainability Stars
World’s ‘Most Admired’ Companies Also Are Sustainability Stars

6 years ago - Apple, Google and Berkshire Hathaway are the world’s most highly regarded companies, according to a new ranking by Fortune magazine.Amazon, Starbucks, Disney, Southwest Airlines, American Express, General Electric (GE) and Coca-Cola rounded out the top ten.

Beyond Incremental: Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan Takes Innovation to Scale
Beyond Incremental: Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan Takes Innovation to Scale

6 years ago - Once companies tackle the low-hanging fruit of operational improvement — carbon footprints, energy-efficiency retrofits and waste reduction — they are ready to address deeper sustainability challenges.

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New App OpenLabel Aims to Replace Product Labels
New App OpenLabel Aims to Replace Product Labels

6 years ago - Silicon Valley startup OpenLabel has just launched a free iPhone app and website that lets consumers and non-profit partners attach information and product ratings directly onto any barcoded product.After closing half a million dollar seed investment from investors at Google, Amazon, and MicroVentures, OpenLabel released its free mobile app and web platform that helps smart shoppers make healthier, more responsible, and more informed decisions.

Drones: Sustainability's New Wingmen?
Drones: Sustainability's New Wingmen?

6 years ago - Drones have already disintermediated the aerospace/defense industry and have crossed the threshold from commercial to consumer, delivering to the average person the world’s most powerful personal computer. The potential for good in industrial agriculture, wildlife conservation and animal poaching, monitoring of factory farms, and prevention and early detection of forest fires is unprecedented.Drones can make granular crop maps for farmers, monitor illegal logging, track sometimes elusive endangered species in their habitats, and even drill down to track the sounds of animals as small as bats.

CDP: Microsoft, SAP, Unilever Among 'A List' Companies Doing the Most to Combat Climate Change
CDP: Microsoft, SAP, Unilever Among 'A List' Companies Doing the Most to Combat Climate Change

6 years ago - This week, CDP revealed its list of 187 companies illustrating that a low-carbon future does not mean low profit.The 2014 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), which highlights companies taking action to mitigate climate change, outperforms The Bloomberg World Index by 9.6 percent.

eBay, Kindle Rated Most Sustainable Apps
eBay, Kindle Rated Most Sustainable Apps

6 years ago - eBay, Kindle and Skype are some of the best apps for creating sustainable behaviors, according to a new study by WSP, a global professional services consultancy.eBay ranked highest due to its huge popularity and ability to make selling unwanted goods uncomplicated, which cuts waste and reduces the need to buy new goods. WSP says. Of all the apps measured eBay was the best promoter of the circular economy. The Kindle app came second as it was also one of the most downloaded apps, avoiding the need to buy a separate reader and the need to print and distribute paper books.

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Apple Expands Solar Capabilities; Greenpeace Applauds
Apple Expands Solar Capabilities; Greenpeace Applauds

7 years ago - Apple announced on Monday it has closed a deal to annex 100 acres in Claremont, NC for a new 17.5-megawatt solar farm, the construction of which is expected to cost some $55 million, according to Apple Insider. The Hickory Daily Record reports that Apple's latest olar installation will bring 100 acres of land into the city's corporate limits and should generate roughly 75 jobs, which the company agreed to source locally. Construction of the farm is expected to be completed in five years.

10 Sustainable Business Stories Too Important to Miss
10 Sustainable Business Stories Too Important to Miss

7 years ago - Somehow it’s already year-end, a time to look back and try to make sense of what’s happened. Creating any “top” list of stories from 12 months is nearly impossible. But as I’ve done for the last 4 years, I’ll attempt to summarize some of the latest stories about the big environmental and social pressures on business, and how some innovative companies are dealing with them.

Amazon Now Offering 200,000 Products with 'Frustration-Free' Packaging
Amazon Now Offering 200,000 Products with 'Frustration-Free' Packaging

7 years ago - On Thursday, Amazon announced that its Frustration-Free Packaging initiative, the retailer’s effort to liberate products from hermetically sealed clamshell cases and plastic-coated steel-wire ties, now offers over 200,000 items, up from 19 when the initiative first launched five years ago.To try and alleviate the frustration many people experience when opening toys and electronics, Amazon is working with leading manufacturers to deliver products inside smaller, easy-to-open, recyclable cardboard boxes that reduce the overall amount of packaging used while still protecting what’s inside.

Disney, Yahoo!, Google Top List of 100 Companies 'Most Loved' by Consumers
Disney, Yahoo!, Google Top List of 100 Companies 'Most Loved' by Consumers

7 years ago - Global opinion research consultancy APCO Insight last week revealed its list of the 100 Most Loved Companies, based on findings generated by its Emotional LinkingSM model, which measures consumers’ emotional attachment to brands. The Walt Disney Company was ranked #1, but the list was largely dominated by tech companies — Yahoo!, Google and Sony rounded out the top four.

Most Electronics Retailers Getting Failing Grade on Recycling Programs
Most Electronics Retailers Getting Failing Grade on Recycling Programs

8 years ago - Only three electronics retailers are making a serious effort to help consumers responsibly recycle their old electronic products, according to a new report card released Wednesday by the Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETB). The Coalition is calling on the other retailers to step up and do their part to make it as easy to recycle as it is to buy electronics from them.Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot earned high marks on the report card, which graded the top 16 consumer electronics retailers’ recycling programs in the U.S. But more than half of the retailers flunked.

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Consumers More Likely To Trust Peers, Experts Than Companies, Edelman Says
Consumers More Likely To Trust Peers, Experts Than Companies, Edelman Says

8 years ago - Fewer than 20 percent of consumers believe business leaders tell the truth when confronted with difficult issues, and they are twice as likely to trust academics, technical experts or even their peers, according to the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer.This may come as no surprise following several high-profile scandals in 2012 involving CEOs and government officials, including former McKinsey managing partner Rajat Gupta, Chinese government official Bo Xilai and Lance Armstrong, former chairman of the Livestrong Foundation.

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