Meet Denise Hamler, she is a co-founder of Green America (formerly Co-op America) in 1982, which helps people green their lives, green their businesses, and support high-impact campaigns to change the way America does business. The organization aims to advance a green economy that works for people and the planet, social and economic justice and for community and environmental health. […]
Want to feel inspired? Read what motivates Green America’s new member, Mr. Deepak Panjwani, to volunteer and contribute to our mission of a sustainable and just planet.
Green America has a new member who has put forward a great deal of time and money to our mission. That person is Mr. Deepak Panjwani. We were fortunate enough to catch up with him and ask him a few questions about his previous volunteer work and what he thinks about Green America. Green America: Can you tell us about […]
Read how a fellow Green American greened her investments, and then tell us your story too! Write in the comments below (please include your email so we can contact you to share your story) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jacqueline Jenkins has been working on greening her finances for the past three years. She got started on this process by […]
Green America is pleased to serve as a convening organization of the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference, to be held in Washington, DC, Feb. 10-11, 2014. There will be more than 1,000 participants representing academia, labor, the environmental movement, sustainable business, community organizations, and more! Exciting news! We just learned that EPA G she has worked at the federal, state, and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment.
As a regular featured speaker at our Chicago Green Festivals, Solar Service, Inc. owner Brandon Leavitt enjoys seeing his customers from 36 years of Chicagoland solar installations drop by to say hello. “We’ve counted more than a dozen of our customers at the shows, some of them clients from 30 years ago whose solar systems are still going strong,” says Brandon. We asked him to tell us more about his first solar installation and about his inspiration to start his solar company… Green America: What does your business do and what are your most popular products? Brandon Leavitt: Solar Service designs and installs both solar PV and solar heat and hot water systems for new and existing residential, commercial, municipal and multi-family buildings in the Chicago area. Today, our most popular products are multi-family solar hot water systems and residential and commercial grid connected PV. What makes Solar Service green? Brandon: Obviously, by selling and promoting the use of renewable energy systems we are a green business at our core. Also, Our solar thermal panels are made in Florida and Minnesota. The solar storage tanks are manufactured in the USA. The vast majority of our PV panels are produced and/or assembled in the USA. We have never purchased PV panels made in China. We are a ’family friendly’ company where our employees’ needs for flexible work time are respected. We have always recycled our in-office plastics, glass, metals, batteries and […]
Interview conducted by Martha van Gelder, associate editor of the Green American magazine. Climate Divestment Interview #5 “There are very big forces that need to be challenged.” Chloe Maxmin is a sophomore at Harvard University, and co-coordinator for the student-led movement to get Harvard to divest from fossil fuels. Green America/Martha van Gelder: How has the divestment effort at Harvard been going? Chloe Maxmin. Chloe Maxmin: We spent the whole first semester reaching out to different student groups, making pamphlets, and having educational events where students could learn about climate change and the role that divestment plays in the climate movement. One of the really good things about the divestment movement is that while there is a lot of economic jargon behind it, and while it is helpful to know a little bit about socially responsible investing, all you really have to know is that this is a moral movement, so anyone can get involved. Green America/Martha: Why do you think that divestment is a powerful tool in this fight? Maxmin: It’s powerful for a few reasons. One is that it’s a very clear moral argument: we don’t want our universities investing in companies that are threatening our future. It’s counterproductive to everything they’re teaching us, and it is not in line with the values on our campus. So there’s this very clear moral disparity, and we’re calling Harvard out on that and trying to change it. Another reason it’s […]
For Corie and Jerry Thornton, being green is a holistic pursuit. With their reusable bags designed to help you avoid disposables when you go shopping, they’ve also created a business that uses recycled materials for its made-in-the-USA manufacturing. “We are very confident that green is here to stay,” says Corie. “Americans can do a lot domestically to help us move […]
With backgrounds in law, business ethics, management, biochemistry and ecotoxicology, Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha made a life-changing decision after their son was born in 2003. They started looking for ways to reduce their family’s toxin exposure in everyday life, and when they began to discover the problems with everyday plastic, their difficult search for stainless steel or glass baby […]
“One company isn’t going to save the world,” says Stephanie Schiff, owner of Ecobutterfly Organics. “It has to take place in the consciousness of the people as individuals, over and over, one at a time until the ideas eventually just become part of the way we think as a society.” Along with her online portal for purchasing super-sustainable fiber-arts supplies, […]
“Currently, the Great Plains are dominated by cattle and by industrial farming, which are not sustainable,” says Mark Tilsen, co-founder of Native American Natural Foods. “These practices drastically reduce biodiversity, while grazing activity by buffalo actually encourages it. Industrial agriculture increases soil erosion, while the natural prairie grasses that buffalo prefer hold the soil in place.” To help restore the […]