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Live chat on how a Green MBA can help you land a green job

Karen Martinsen Fleming.Join in the conversation below about green jobs, green MBAs, and business socks (OK, not really). Karen Martinsen Fleming, Harvard MBA, director of the Sustainable MBA program at Green Mountain College, is on hand to answer your questions. Want to know more about Fleming? She has impressive business cred ranging from executive positions at Seventh Generation and Stonyfield Farm to managing at Procter & Gamble. At Seventh Generation, she led the brand's relaunch, new product development, and the company’s first national advertising campaign. At Stonyfield Farm, she developed and launched yobaby!, one of the most successful new products …



Now on Facebook: your grandma, mailman, and … the solar industry

You just got poked by the sun.Photo: diogo dubiellaYou have a new friend request ... from the sun! OK, it's actually from a company selling solar panels. "Solar service providers ... are increasingly turning to social media tactics in an attempt to create engaged communities around the sunny clean power," says Earth2Tech. Solar startups are harnessing the power of Jesse Eisenberg's brunette tendrils  Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in the hope of boosting business and creating word-on-the-street evangelists. One such company, Sungevity, already has cred with the hip green kids, so its embrace of social media is no surprise. The company …



Your guide to a great green weekend in Portland

Portland's swanky Sapphire Hotel.Photo: Sarah Gilbert Can you think of a greener city than Portland? Nope, didn't think so. The City of Roses occupies a warm, squishy spot in the hearts of many a biker, climate hawk, and nature-lovah. We asked you to share your fave local breweries, organic cafés, and green hangouts, and compiled your best ideas into a car-free guide to a great green weekend in Portland. Friday night Click to enlargeFrom the Amtrak or Greyhound station, arm yourself with $2.05 and follow these directions to the Portland Hawthorne Hostel (they work if you're coming from the airport …


Time is money

Reflecting on a century of economic progress and environmental problems

As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, the problem of the commons is more important to our lives -- and more central to economics -- than a century ago when the first issue of the American Economic Review appeared, with an examination by Professor Katharine Coman of Wellesley College of "Some Unsettled Problems of Irrigation" (1911). Since that time, 100 years of remarkable economic progress have accompanied 100 years of increasingly challenging problems. As the U.S. and other economies have grown, the carrying-capacity of the planet -- in regard to natural resources and environmental quality …


The World According to GAR

Possible breakthrough: Indonesian palm oil giant pledges zero deforestation

Oil palm concession in Indonesia. Photo: Hayden Potential good news for orangutans, tigers, and the climate: Indonesian palm oil giant Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), a subsidiary of all-round planet pulper Sinar Mas (palm oil, illegal logging, coal) is promising not to destroy forests and ultra carbon-rich peatlands for palm oil. Photo: Rhett A. Butler, MongaBayHere’s the skinny from Rolf Skar of Greenpeace, whose multi-year campaign targeting Sinar Mas seems to paying dividends: This move by GAR would have been almost unimaginable just a year ago, and -- if properly implemented -- could be an historic step towards full forest and peatland …


Blowing coal away

Wind power now competitive with coal in some regions

Photo: Vlasta JuricekMore good news on the renewable energy front Monday: The cost of onshore wind power has dropped to record lows, and in some regions is competitive with electricity generated by coal-fired plants, according to a survey by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a market research firm. "The latest edition of our Wind Turbine Price Index shows wind continuing to become a competitive source of large-scale power," Michael Liebreich, Bloomberg New Energy Finance's chief executive, said in a statement. "For the past few years, wind turbine costs went up due to rising demand around the world and the increasing price …