Finding Certainty in a World of Economic Instability

Finding Certainty in a World of Economic Instability

Outlines the great economic uncertainty prevalent in the world today, and how the fundamentals portend more turmoil in the future. The article is a general finance article; however the cleantech space is not a world unto itself and will be buffeted along with every other sector by further economic dislocations. It is in this sense that it has relevance for a green economy blog. Cleantech and the green economy are a part of a much larger economy that still has serious fundamental problems that will continue to cause pain. Cleantech is not a world unto itself and how it fares will be profoundly influenced by how the larger economy in which it exists fares. Several looming questions are raised in my mind by the scenario this article outlines; including how the cleantech sector will raise much needed capital in order to grow in the kind of macro financial and economic environment that is outlined by this post.

Announcing the UNEP FI Sustainability 2011 Global Roundtable

Announcing the UNEP FI Sustainability 2011 Global Roundtable

Announcement for the upcoming: UNEP FI 2011 Global Roundtable sustainability conference that is occurring on the 19-20 October 2011 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, DC. This is a biennial, high-level conference that typically attracts a select group of 600 plus sustainable finance and responsible investment leaders and thinkers for an intensive, two-day dialogue.

Three Ways Finance Departments Do Sustainability With Big Impact

Three Ways Finance Departments Do Sustainability With Big Impact

Beyond the obvious move of going paperless, there are a number ways that finance departments can make sustainability part of its strategy. They include: allocating a pool of capital project money to the sustainability department, calculating risk-adjusted returns realistically, and having 401K plans that offer socially or environmentally responsible investment options.

Poking Holes in the Corporate Responsibility Curriculum

Poking Holes in the Corporate Responsibility Curriculum

This post examines the state of Corporate Responsibility (CR) curriculum with a constructive criticism viewpoint. Does the current curriculum really fulfill on the potential of CR to equip companies to not just comply with society’s mandates but actually take a leadership role in helping to bring about a better world. The post goes on to examine five ways in which CR professional curriculum could be improved in order to help CR professionals have a wider impact on the affairs of the corporations they are helping to lead.

Financing Your Green Business

Financing Your Green Business

Drew Tulchin talks about how to finance green businesses in the U.S. in terms of capital options and sources. He gives step by step practical advice for green entrepreneurs and suggests various things that can be done to help obtain financing. Drew Tulchin talks about how to finance green businesses in the U.S. in terms of capital options and sources. He gives step by step practical advice for green entrepreneurs and suggests various things that can be done to help obtain financing.

The Four Best Practice Strategies Needed for Successful Carbon Management

The Four Best Practice Strategies Needed for Successful Carbon Management

A new report released by independent research firm, Verdantix, explains why firms are floundering with carbon management and putting the future of the business at risk due to flawed governance and strained business processes. It warns that unless CEOs take ownership of carbon management as a business transformation challenge their firms will fail to achieve absolute reductions in CO2 emissions.

Join The DOE Environmental Management Professional Development Corps

The Department of Energy with the office of Environmental Management are looking for new graduate students for their spring 2010 EMPDC recruitment program from engineering, science and management field. Eligible participants will be trained under experts from Environmental Management Community and participants will carry out duties related to their work and will be posted in any location nationwide.

Can Finance Managers Count CSR?

The standand approach to finance is often the sad antithesis of corporate social responsibility. Most Finance managers have a perception of CSR as simply a cost center and not a revenue generator.Cohen provides an explanation of how there is a basis for the financial function to be a contributor to, and not just a calculator of a company’s CSR program.

Interview Series: Transition to a Clean / Green Career #1: From Telecom to Solar

Guest Post by Jennifer Massie, founder of Massie Group, a recruiting consulting firm I have decided to conduct a series of interviews with people who have made a career transition to the clean/green sector.  This could include any type of business related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable business, etc. I am finding more and […]