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The Plateau of the Electric Car

January 21, 2013 by Marc Gunther

The paradox is that electric cars are perfectly suited for short trips. Charge your car at home overnight or at the office during the day and you’ll drive worry free. But the economics make sense only if the car is driven a lot.[read more]

Miya: Delivering Clean Drinking Water, at Scale

January 16, 2013 by Marc Gunther

Last week in Israel, I learned about company that is only six years old but has already delivered safe drinking water to two million people in a single city–Manila. Called Miya, the company also has projects underway in Brazil, South Africa and the Bahamas.[read more]

In Israel, Clean Tech is Not a New Thing

January 14, 2013 by Marc Gunther

Today, Israel, which has been dubbed 'Startup Nation,' remains a seedbed of clean tech innovation. Last year, it ranked second in the world behind Denmark. “We’re a risk-taking nation,” Jack Levy of Israel Cleantech Ventures says. “Failure is part of life. You learn from failure, and keep going.”[read more]

Transparency is the Key to Sustainability

September 22, 2011 by Elaine Cohen
The Transparency Index

The Transparency Index is a global ranking system based loosely on the Global Reporting Initiative framework. Transparency is assessed in four areas: Reporting, content, navigation, and accessibility. In the top 20 countries so far are companies from South Africa, Ukraine, Israel, and Russia.[read more]

Dripping Sustainability at Campbell's Soup

August 4, 2011 by Elaine Cohen
Screenshot: Drop by Drop

Campbell's Soup has invested in water management with its agricultural growers to minimize waste, including implementing drip irrigation. Elaine Cohen presents a study on the benefits and a video of the communities involved.[read more]

Wasting paper, #CSR #FAIL in Cell Phones

July 22, 2011 by Elaine Cohen
Photo courtesy of the author

Elaine Cohen points out that a cell phone company which claims to care about sustainability is sending 7 invoices for one account, each month.[read more]

The Israeli Cottage Cheese Monopoly: Who Moved My Cottage Cheese 2.0?

June 21, 2011 by Elaine Cohen

Cottage cheese is a staple in the Israeli diet, but the price has risen by 39% since 2008, in part because 70% of the market is held by one company. A social media campaign brought a crisis to the industry which sparked a conversation about regulation.[read more]