SVN Hall of Fame Impact Award Winner Claims “It Pays To Be Sustainable”

It Pays To Be Sustainable

June 22, 2012, | “It’s a credo business is embracing, and one Social Venture Network (SVN) member George Siemon helped pioneer: sustainability pays.  The founding farmer of Organic Valley, a farmer-owned co-op, is being recognized with a SVN Hall of FameImpact Award as an environmental evangelist, proving that respecting the environment can also be good for business. Siemon shares some of the trends he’s seeing in socially-responsible business and what more can be done.

“PROFILE — ORGANIC VALLEY, dairy products . . .
This farmer-owned and operated co-operative has grown to represent 1,723 farmers in 35 states and three Canadian provinces.
Social Venture Networks’s Hall of Fame — It Pays To Be Sustainable — profile of…”
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Shell Oil Parody Website | “SHELL PARODY WEBSITE, text of poster: “As the saying goes, where there is crisis, there is opportunity. In this spirit, Shell is committed to creating as much opportunity as possible in our mission to power the future. And the best part is, we’re just getting warmed up.” more ads can be seen at”

Colorado RE Power Generation Company Achieves Record Performance Numbers

June 20, 2012, | ” Cool Energy Inc., a clean energy power equipment company with headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, set new records for its advanced Stirling Engine technology that recovers waste heat and exhaust from commercial sources.”

Colorado RE Power Generation Company – Cool Energy, Inc. – Achieves Record Performance Numbers |”
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Windpower Expo supports businesses switching to wind power | “WINDPOWER® is the focal point for wind professionals to network with and learn from industry leaders and experts, and to discover the latest in industry products and services.”

“~ BIGGEST CONFERENCE YET! happening today
General Session speakers, Heather Zichal, Governor Mike Beebe, Governor Sam Brownback, and Ted Turner, Karl Rove and Robert Gibbs.
“Conference Program offers 16 specialized, market-specific tracks to address various aspects of today’s wind energy industry and two General Sessions featuring notable speakers and visionaries.” “
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GE bets corporate motor pools will spend green to go green

June 1, 2012, | “To showcase green vehicles to corporate clients, GE Capital Fleet Services, a major player in commercial vehicle leasing, has built the test track and a showroom filled with Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs and more exotic alternatives at its U.S. headquarters in Eden Prairie.”

“~ “corporations with fleets of cars and trucks increasingly will want them to be powered by electricity and other alternatives to fossil fuels.” So GE has built a half-mile test track and showroom at its U.S. headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn.
— sent in by Polly Howells
GE bets corporate motor pools will spend green to go green
One of the world’s top leasing companies is betting that corporations with fleets of cars and trucks increasingly will want them to be powered by electricity and other alternatives to fossil fuels”
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Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Photo: Germany set a solar record last weekend by generating nearly half of its total electricity with photovoltaics!

May 31, 2012, | “Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the country’s weekend power demand. After the Fukushima disaster, Japan opted to shut down all of its nuclear power stations and Germany followed suit after considerable public pressure. ”


“Josh Pritchett says “We have plenty of empty roofs on houses, big box stores, etc–no reason why we can’t be doing this here.”
Germany set a solar record last weekend by generating nearly half of its total electricity with photovoltaics!
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The Fair Transport Co. Reintroduces Sailing Ships as Cargo Carriers

May 7, 2012, | “Mott Green has joined the Tres Hombres voyage to become the first chocolate maker to ship a mass quantity of chocolate sustainably. He is shipping five tons of his award-winning organic dark chocolate from Grenada to New York, Portsmouth and Amsterdam. The voyagemarks the first ever carbon-neutral trans-Atlantic mass chocolate delivery.”

The ship above, Tres Hombres, is on it’s 3rd voyage from the Caribbean to England with a load of rum, chocolate and other assorted goods.
Another venture, the New Dawn traders, hope to bring goods back from South America by sail…”
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Germany Embarks on Historic Alternative Energy Push

March 19, 2012, – Spurred by a public outcry following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Germany’s Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, announced last year that Germany would phase out all of its nuclear power plants. Now, with a looming 20% energy gap to fill, the European nation plans to follow on its early leadership in the green energy sector with an unprecedented investment in alternative and renewable sources, including wind and solar.
The program will cost 200 billion euros ($263 billion), about 8 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2011, according to the DIW economic institute in Berlin. And Bloomberg News reports that, “Not since the allies leveled Germany in World War II has Europe’s biggest economy undertaken a reconstruction of its energy market on this scale.”
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Progress Energy looking to cancel main construction contract for building Levy County nuclear plant

Thursday, January 26, 201, | “Progress Energy plans to cancel the main development and construction contract for its proposed nuclear plant in Levy County, but its customers will have to keep paying in advance anyway.”


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94% Renewable Electricity By 2017 Is Goal For Nicaragua

January 6, 2012, | “Nicaragua has one of the most aggressive renewable energy goals in the world — it intends to have 94% of its electricity come from renewable energy by 2017.”

Nicaragua is not only aiming for an impressive 94% renewable energy goal within 4 years, it’s also aiming to make a point. For the 2nd poorest nation in South America, renewable energy is not only possible, but economically viable.
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