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How Aruba Plans to Be Energy Independent by 2020

'Energy independence' is a term we hear a lot of politicians throw around, but not too many actually follow through on their plans or promises.Aruba, however, is actually making good on its goal of energy independence. The tiny Caribbean country is not only addressing its energy concerns but is actually on track to become fully energy independent by 2020, thanks to a number of clean-energy investments and initiatives.Sure, it might be easier for a country that measures about 20 x 6 miles to achieve energy independence than it is for, say, the U.S., but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a thing or two from this country and what it is doing to get its energy situation in order. Let’s take a look at some lessons we can take away from Aruba's example:

The Emerging, Not-for-Profit Economy

Across numerous countries, the economic contribution of the not-for-profit sector has been on the rise since the late 1990s. In Canada, for example, not-for-profit institutions now contribute 8% of the country’s gross domestic product. Moreover, in the U.S. the not-for-profit (NFP) sector grew significantly faster than the for-profit (FP) sector between 2001-2011, despite the financial crisis of 2008.

New Leaf Paper Joins 17 Firms Registering as Benefit Corps in Delaware

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. New Leaf Paper and Plum Organics were among the 17 companies on Thursday that were the first to register as Delaware benefit corporations after the legislation legalizing it was signed on July 17.Some of the other registering companies included leading fair trade food business Alter Eco, popular home goods brand Method Products and online personal delivery farmers' market Farmigo.

What Internet Citizens Should Know About the Personal Data Economy

John C. Havens is founder of the H(app)athon Project, a contributing writer for Mashable, and author of the upcoming book, Hacking Happiness. At Sustainable Brands ’13 last month, he spoke on the main stage about “Unleashing the Personal Data Economy,” and we later dove further into the subject.What exactly is the personal data economy?

Oil, Money and Global Warming: How Shell Is Tackling the Challenges of Energy, Economy and Climate Change

Nine billion people, two billion cars and 16 billion annual passenger flights — that’s what our planet is predicted to look like in 2050. And we will be thirstier for energy and oil than ever before. Despite advancements in renewable energy technologies, fossil fuels will continue to power the economy and cater to 65% of the global energy needs.

Alcoa Facility Saves 50% of Energy Used To Recycle Aluminum for Forged Wheels

Alcoa yesterday announced a major expansion to the Wheel and Transportation Products casthouse at its Barberton, Ohio plant that is expected to cut in half the total amount of energy used to recycle aluminum for forged wheels, reducing greenhouse gases and increasing the overall efficiency and sustainability of the company's manufacturing process.

Dell Social Innovation Challenge Think Tank a Booming Online Success

A dozen or so experts on social innovation and sustainability gathered in Austin, TX, on Tuesday for the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, a yearly program that inspires social entrepreneurship all over the world.

Chevron, Shell Join Environmentalists To Regulate Fracking Standards

A group of energy companies, philanthropic foundations and environmental groups have formed a new organization providing shale gas producers with performance standards certification for shale development.

Shell’s ‘New Lens Scenarios’ Predict Near-Zero Global Carbon Emissions by 2100

Cross-Posted from New Metrics. Shell released new scenarios last week that explore two possible futures with dramatically different implications for society and the world’s energy system. One scenario sees cleaner-burning natural gas becoming the most important energy source globally by the 2030s and early action to limit carbon dioxide emissions. The other sees solar becoming the top source by about 2070, but with slower action to address the threat of climate change.The New Lens Scenarios look at trends in the economy, politics and energy as far ahead as 2100, and underscore the critical role government policies could play in shaping the future.

Green Products Account for Roughly Half of Philips' 2012 Revenue

Approximately 45 percent of Philips 2012 sales came from green products, accounting for nearly $15 billion, according to the company’s latest annual report.

Moral Capitalism: A Model for Creative Innovation

Traditional forms of corporate philanthropy and social responsibility allow corporations to “do good” with the cash left over at the end of the year. When your company makes a profit, you write a check for a percentage of those profits and get a tax break. You feel good about your contribution, and you can use the donation to get some PR buzz.

Guayakí Pioneers Market-Driven Restoration Business Model

“We had this incredible product — yerba mate — that gives you the strength of coffee, the health benefits of green tea and the euphoria of chocolate.

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Market for Ethical Products Grows by Nearly $20 Billion Despite Economic Downturn

Consumers remain willing to pay a premium for ethical goods and services despite lingering economic troubles, according to a new study.

Avis To Buy Zipcar for $500 Million

Rental car group Avis Budget announced it has agreed to terms for the purchase of Zipcar. Founded ten years ago, Zipcar is a pioneer in the car-sharing industry, which gives members regular access to vehicles without the hassles, expenses and environmental impacts of individual ownership.