Environmental Entrepreneurs and evangelical group support EPA plan to curb coal pollution

Coal-fired power plants are the biggest single category of carbon pollution emitters. The EPA wants to tighten coal power emissions standards, and these two groups, one composed of business enterprises and the other a large evangelical group support the EPA’s move. Find out why.

Groups and petitioners fight special treatment for Monsanto in Farm Bill 2013

Like most Americans not involved in agriculture, the massive 2013 Farm Bill falls into the realm of ho-hum government business that’s a) complex beyond belief and b) is going to happen with or without your input.

And Monsanto — the world’s biggest pesticide maker and owner of seeds (and by extension food) — is counting on that.

Rooftop panels in Yonkers are among the largest solar installations in New York

Half Moon Ventures, a Chicago-based developer of solar and wind energy products, unveiled a rooftop solar installation the size of two pro football fields at i.Park Hudson, an office/industrial park in Yonkers, N.Y.

The solar project is expected to produce 1.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, enough to power more than 120 homes and equivalent in reducing air pollution to taking 160 cars off the road.

Govenors ask Congress to continue support for wind energy

A bipartisan coalition of governors has written to Congress to plead for the extension of the Production Tax Credit that has helped fuel the development of wind energy in the U.S..

The PTC, set to expire at the end of December, provides wind developers with a tax break that makes the business more profitable. Proponents say it’s needed to level the playing field for new energy, which must compete against subsidized fossil fuel industries like coal and natural gas.

Non-factory farmers say they’re producing healthier food by ‘working with nature’

As factory farming has taken over livestock production in the U.S., some small farmers are bucking the trend, vowing to maintain their family tradition of raising livestock humanely and healthfully.

These farmers are producing organic milk and grass-fed meats that they and many consumers believe are healthier for human consumption.

The original Farm to Fork road show

WASHINGTON — Farm to Table refers to a movement promoting locally grown food which has been gaining traction in recent years. But not many people know that, before the movement was launched, a touring group was bringing “table to farm” to connect consumers to where their food comes from. It’s still doing that. One culinary adventure also honors local farmers.

New York approves enviro-friendly B Corps; Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Illinois could be next

B Corps, or benefit corporations, have arrived in the state of New York.
Earlier this month, the legislature passed, and Gov. Cuomo signed, a bill (S.79-A) approving this new type of corporate structure in which companies promise to have a positive impact on the environment and watch out for the rights of workers and communities.
State officials then immediately registered 13 companies as B Corps on Feb 10, the same day the law was enacted.

Eat More Kale gets under Chik-a-fila’s skin

is forever. Got milk? Just do it. Eat mor chikin!

Bo Muller-Moore, independent T-shirt shop owner.

There are a few choice ad phrases that rise to the top and become part of the common consciousness. Headline writers and jokesters come up with variations. Sometimes, the companies or causes that started the ditty get whiplashed with a new version. Got Milk morphed into a series of headlines about the dangers of Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone, used to make cows produce more milk, in the early 2000s. Got rBGH?

U.S. to review SolarWorld’s complaint about alleged unfair PV panel imports from China

The U.S. Commerce Department has announced it will investigate SolarWorld’s charge that China is unfairly dumping cheap illicitly subsidized solar panels into the U.S. market.

Should investigators find that the allegation has credibility, it could impose duties or import fees on Chinese-made photovoltaic panels. That could level the playing field for the U.S. manufacturers of solar panels and components, such as Oregon-based SolarWorld Industries America. But it could hurt companies that depend upon those lower priced Chinese solar panels to keep afloat their businesses installing solar systems.

About $80 million goes local on Bank Transfer Day

Credit unions signed up 40,000 new members, and added $80 million in new savings account money, during last Saturday’s Bank Transfer Day, according to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

CUNA released those figures on Tuesday after surveying 1,100 credit unions. The survey revealed that about 80 percent of larger credit unions signed up new members on Bank Transfer Day (Nov. 5), and many extended their Saturday hours to deal with the surge in demand for new memberships.

A non-partisan idea to help the economy — make it easier to invest in local businesses

Michael Shuman

I personally support the spirit of Occupy Wall Street, especially the spotlight it has cast on the shocking level of inequality in our country. But the movement oddly conveys a very mainstream message that Wall Street can and should be fixed. Just clean up our existing financial institutions – make them more accountable, honest, transparent – and all will be well. Really?