Who’s Banking on Coal?

A new report from the Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, and the Sierra Club evaluates which of the nation’s mega-banks provide the most money to the coal industry. Based on an analysis of the number of transactions that a bank was involved in, Bank of America (recently named the nations “greenest” bank by Bloomberg News for a single solar deal) comes...

Jeffrey Hollender Named Fall 2012 NYU Professor

May 2012 — This fall of 2012, Jeffrey will teach “Sustaining Social Change in the New Economy: Opportunities and challenges for a just and equitable future” at New York University. The class is sponsored by, and was developed in conjunction with, the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship. It will explore the unfolding landscape in...

Tell AT&T: Drop Your Support of ALEC!

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a membership association that legislators and corporations pay to be a part of. In return, ALEC hands “model” bills from corporations to legislators advocating changes in the law to directly benefit the business’ bottom line. Currently ALEC is pushing a “model” bill among its legislatures that has the...

Checking in on Unilever’s Sustainability Progress

Recently, Unilever and CEO Paul Polman have been one of my favorite examples of brave and unparallel leadership in the sustainability space. Unilever recently announced its progress one year into the implementation of its “Sustainable Living Plan,” providing a great opportunity for reflection and assessment. While many are asking if consumers and investors...

Jeffrey Hollender to be inducted into SVN Hall of Fame

This press release was originally published on CSRwire and is accessible here. May 2012 —  Social Venture Network (SVN) just announced the second group of inductees into the SVN Hall of Fame. Five “Environmental Evangelists” will be presented with the SVN Impact Award in a ceremony that recognizes outstanding leaders who have transformed the way...

Solar Arrays Produce Clean Energy, Create Revenue for Burlington

The following is a speech I gave at the launch of a new solar project that will produce clean, renewable energy at two local schools, and will provide an estimated $300,000 in direct economic benefit to the city of Burlington. This project, located at Burlington High School and C.P. Smith Elementary School, is the largest roof-mounted solar panel array in the...

Disgraced Executives Still Serving on Corporate Boards

Why is the former chief of Fannie Mae still a director of a public company as prominent as Goldman Sachs and Target? How can Charles O. Prince III, the former chief executive of Citigroup, who resigned under pressure in 2007 amid huge write-downs at the bank, be an acceptable director to the shareholders of Xerox and Johnson & Johnson? What about E....

America’s Top Consumers of Renewable Energy

Recently, the EPA announced the 50 organizations that are using more than 15 terawatts (that’s a lot!) of clean energy annually. These 50 are avoiding carbon pollution equal to that created by the electricity used by more than 1.3 million U.S. homes each year. That’s impressive. Intel Corp. tops the list as the largest single user of green power, followed by...

MIT Sustainability Summit (Why I Feel Less Guilty About Drinking Starbucks)

While I went to MIT’s Sustainability Summit to speak, one of the most compelling reasons to go was not for myself, but to hear Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist at GMO, a Boston-based asset management firm with nearly $100 billion under management. Grantham’s point-of-view on the implications of our “resource-constrained world”...