Green Economy Now

Call for Green Jobs Award Applications and Nominations

Tuesday, 04/26/2011 10:16  |  by Erin Payne

Is your emerging company creating great, green jobs? Do you know a company that is a leader in green job creation?

Scaling Up in Cleantech

Wednesday, 03/02/2011 16:28  |  by Anne Claire Broughton

Last night SJF Institute and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development teamed up to present the first of four CleanLinks Forums in 2011. Moderated by Rick Bain, Director of Business Development at Cree, Inc., the panelists included Michael Shore, Founder, President and CEO of FLS Energy; Wayne Flournoy, Founder and President of Entex Technologies; and Mark Munday, President & CEO of Elster Solutions North America.  The panelists briefly described their own business models and then discussed key challenges facing cleantech entrepreneurs in the current economy.

Entrepreneurship is Helping to Establish a Smarter Grid in the USA

Monday, 12/13/2010 15:03  |  by Anne Claire Broughton

I recently attended a session on the Smart Grid at the Net Impact Sustainability Forum at UNC Kenan-Flagler.  The forum consisted of representatives from multiple great companies, including Elster Solutions, O-Power, IBM and ENERNOC.  A few salient points emerged from the session.

First Ever Green Jobs Award Winners Announced

Monday, 12/13/2010 14:42  |  by Erin Payne

Last night,  in New York, SJF Institute and Green For All recognized the inaugural class of award winners of the Green Jobs Award.

Green Jobs Award Event Invitation

Thursday, 10/28/2010 10:46  |  by Erin Payne

Join us as we announce the 2010 Green Jobs Award Winners on November 16 in New York at the award reception from 6-8 pm. With support from the Citi Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, SJF Institute and Green For All launched this national award to recognize privately held companies that are leaders in green job creation—successful businesses that are contributing to environmental improvement as well as creating quality jobs.

Clean Tech 2010 Jobs Trend Report Released

Tuesday, 10/26/2010 16:45  |  by Anne Claire Broughton

As the economy recovers from the recent recession, clean energy—and cleantech more broadly—continues to fuel the plans of many cities, states, nations, investors, and companies as they look for the next wave of innovation and growth.

Connecting the Green Economy Dots

Tuesday, 09/21/2010 11:43  |  by Anne Claire Broughton

At 7 AM this morning I came back from jogging and opened the paper. The top story in today's Raleigh News and Observer is on Durham-based Cree, local and global manufacturer of super efficient LED lighting.

The State of Carbon Policy in America

Wednesday, 09/15/2010 11:59  |  by Joel Thomas

I am writing from the SJF Summit at a panel on carbon policy.  This post is a summary of the state of carbon policy in America as articulated by Tim Profeta, Professor at the Nicholas School for the Environment.

Day 2 of SJF Summit

Wednesday, 09/15/2010 10:31  |  by Joel Thomas

We are starting Day 2 of the SJF Summit.


Today features opening remarks by Henry McKoy, Assistant Secretary for Community Development at the State Department of Commerce,a plenary session on the People part of the triple bottom line, a series of breakout panels, and closing remarks by David Orr of the Oberlin Project.  Anne Claire Brougton just delivered a talk on her upcoming Employees Matter Report, which deeply studied 16 companies who have used employee engagement strategies to improve their performance.

CEO's Share Lessons Learned from Their Green Companies

Tuesday, 09/14/2010 16:24  |  by Joel Thomas

I am writing from the Cleantech CEO panel at the SJF Summit on the New Green Economy.  Bruce Usher opened the panel, with a message that good intentions do not replace good economics.  In today's climate, this could not ring truer.