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Larry Ellison’s Fantasy Island

“Imagine these hale, these grass huts on the beach,” Mr. Ellison said excitedly of his plans for the new resort. “They are individual hale, built on poles in the sand. We will retain the unspoiled primitive nature of the beach.” He says the hotel will be a model of sustainability—generating electricity from the sun, making its own fresh water, reusing “gray water for irrigation, and all the buildings will be made from light, renewable materials, like bamboo.”

Read full Wall Street Journal article

August 3, 2013 at 12:11 am Leave a comment

Top 100 Sites for Going Green

Read Environmental Science Degree article..

October 25, 2012 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

B Corporations – Certified for Sustainability

 Certified B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

B Lab, a nonprofit organization, certifies B Corporations, the same way TransFair certifies Fair Trade coffee or USGBC certifies LEED buildings.

B Corps, unlike traditional businesses:

  1. Meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards;
  2. Meet higher legal accountability standards;
  3. Build business constituency for public policies that support sustainable business.

There are over 450 Certified B Corporations across 60 different industries. From food and apparel for you and your family to attorneys and office supplies for your business, B Corporations are a diverse community with one unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

Through a company’s public B Impact Report, anyone can access performance data about the social and environmental practices that stand behind their products.

See details..

March 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

China leads the way with clean-tech

 Green-tech is the new global gold rush, and it doesn’t pay to be tinkering with policy tune-ups while the train is moving out of the station.

In China last year, clean-tech was the second biggest recipient of venture capital investment.

Read the Canaberra Times article.

March 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

Green Business and Investing Locally


Thursday, January 26, 2012
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Class Act Restaurant, Pa’ina Building, Maui College

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) and EdVenture (formerly VITEC) at UH Maui College present their next Sustainable Business Pau Hana, “Green Business and Investing Locally”.

The emerging green economy reflects profound shifts in how Americans are shopping, banking, and investing. As consumers consider the environmental, social, and governance issues of the companies making the products and services they purchase, the movement to “go green” has mainstreamed in recent years. Discover exciting opportunities to use money as a tool for social justice, community development, corporate reform, and ecological sustainability. Learn how to grow the green economy through education, standards, advocacy, and investment in a free provocative presentation with Michael Kramer and James Frazier of Hawaii’s own Natural Investments LLC at 5:30pm on January 26, 2012 at Maui College. Whether you want to create a Hawaii-recognized Sustainable Business Corporation, invest in our local green economy, make capitalism more compassionate and ecologically wise, or help alleviate poverty and build community capacity, many strategies are available today to align your values with your business operations, purchases, and investments. You’ll be amazed to hear what’s happening here in Hawaii to grow our green economy, and how these efforts connect to national and global regenerative and responsible practices and initiatives.

Michael Kramer is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, Managing Partner, and Director of Social Research at Natural Investments LLC. Michael has lived on Hawai`i Island since 1999, where he founded the Kuleana Green Business Program of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce in 2005 as well as the Kona Earth Festival. He currently serves on the board of the Sustainability Association of Hawai`i and the Hawai`i Alliance for a Local Economy, and is a 20-year permaculture teacher and teacher trainer.
James Frazier is a local, green, and sustainable investing specialist with Natural Investments LLC, based in Maui and Port Townsend, WA. He is a co-founder of the Local Investing Opportunities Network (LION) of East Jefferson County, WA, and a finance graduate of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. Outside the financial world, his passion for sustainable living has spurred him to explore permaculture, eco-building, natural medicine, yoga, renewable power systems, and more.

RSVP to For more information, visit the SLIM website.

January 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

First All Electric Rental Cars Come To Maui

 The Maui-based Bio-Beetle ECO Car Rental company located in Kahului has expanded its business to include all-electric vehicles.

Bio-Beetle is adding the 2011 Nissan Leaf to its rental fleet, which already contains the Toyota Prius hybrid, the biodiesel Volkswagen Beetles and Jettas, and the biodiesel Jeep Liberty. The 2011 Nissan Leaf is a 100% electric, plug-in vehicle.

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Thanks to Susan Wyche for the tip.

November 10, 2011 at 1:43 am Leave a comment

Bioneers 3.0

Visionary Bioneers founder Kenny Ausubel paints a very lucid picture of the humanity-wide risks we face, what will be required to solve the problems and the history of the Bioneers contribution to the solutions.

October 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Mayor seeks to give more attention to sustainability

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said Monday that Maui County should create a new division to focus on sustainability issues, and that adding “sustainability” to the Department of Environmental Management was one of his top priorities for charter amendments.

Read August 31 Maui News article..

August 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

Hawai’i State Report on Green Businesses

 The State of Hawai’i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has released a new report, Hawai’i’s Green Workforce: A Baseline Assessment

This report provides a comprehensive framework for assessing green jobs in the private sector of the State of Hawaiÿi.  Survey responses, from a stratified random sample of all Hawaiÿi businesses, provided data on 4,008 worksites for the first quarter of 2010.  This represents a 44 percent overall response rate.

Green jobs are defined as those that engage in at least one of five core green areas: (1) Generate clean, renewable, sustainable energy; (2) Reduce pollution and waste, conserve natural resources, recycle; (3) Energy efficiency; (4) Education, training and support of a green workforce; and (5) Natural, environmentally-friendly production.

Key findings include:

  • Green jobs in the private sector of Hawai’i are estimated at 11,145, which accounts for 2.4 percent oftotal private employment. Green jobs are identified in 203 occupations across 19 major industry groups.  Sixty-five percent of Hawaiÿi’s green jobs are found in three major industries – Construction, Professional Services, and Administrative & Support, Waste Management & Remediation Services.  Five occupations — Janitors & Cleaners, Forest & Conservation Technicians, Security Guards, Electricians, and Heating & Air Conditioning Mechanics & Installers — account for 28 percent of the green workforce.
  • Current green job vacancies are estimated at 670, which represent 1.5 percent of Hawaiÿi’s totalunemployment.  Nearly three-quarters of these vacancies occur in three industries – Construction, Agriculture and Professional Services.
  • Businesses anticipate green employment to grow faster than the overall labor market in Hawaiÿi.  Between2010 and 2012, employer worksites project the number of green jobs to increase by 26 percent to14,048, accounting for 2.9 percent of total employment. Occupations expected to experience the most growth in green jobs during this period are solar and insulation technicians.  All counties report an increase in the number of green jobs by 2012, with Oÿahu projecting the largest number (1,885 new green jobs) and Hawaiÿi County the highest rate of growth (42 percent).
  • Community colleges and trade schools fulfill 62 percent of the education and training requirementsfor reported green jobs.  The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is the most commonly cited qualification.
  • Businesses report an average of 3.5 green practices per worksite, with the largest numbers found in Maui and Kauaÿi counties.  Recycling, use of recycled products, and energy-saving light bulbs are the most common practices.  Over 90 percent of worksites report at least one green practice

April 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm Leave a comment

Going Green – Gwenyth Paltrow’s GOOP website

Among the interesting suggestions on Gwenyth Paltrow’s Goop Website is this section called Going Green.

March 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm Leave a comment

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