Business and Economics

Environmental Implications of Three Types of Economies: Brown, Blue and Green

Sustainable economic systems are focused on sustainable development rather than economic growth. The four types of economic systems all have environmental implications as do the three types of economies reviewed in this post (brown, blue, and green). It should be stated at the outset that most modern economies are mixed but increasingly climate change, air pollution, and environmental degradation are driving efforts to transition away from the brown economy toward both the blue and the green economies. Brown Economy A brown economy is one in which economic growth is largely dependent on environmentally destructive forms of activity, especially fossil fuels...

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The 10 Colors of the Economy and Sustainable Development Goals

When it comes to the economy there are many ways that we can categorize different approaches . One of the ways we can do this is through color-coding these different economic approaches. Here is a brief description of ten colors that can be used to describe different areas of economic focus:  Brown, green, blue, golden, purple, white, silver, red, gray, and black economies. Some of these color-coded economic systems have dual meanings so in several cases asterisks and brief footnotes have been added to briefly define alternate meanings. 1. The brown economy A brown economy is focused on economic growth that...

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List of the Top Sustainability Focused Private Equity Firms

thegreenmarketoracle.com A diverse array of sustainability-focused private equity (PE) firms are proliferating around the world. Many of these private investment funds are venture capitalists with startup and early-stage investment strategies. These firms can be differentiated by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This alphabetized list of PEs is composed of firms that focus on one or more of the following SDGs: Climate action, clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, quality education, innovation and infrastructure, life below water, and life on land. The list of leading impact investment-focused PE firms are presented according to the SDG goals they are associated with, however, all...

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Private Equity Firms Are Paving the Way to a More Sustainable Future 

In recent years, impact investing has become mainstream and private equity (PE) firms are playing a key role. Despite being dismissed by some as "woke capitalism", impact investing is a trend that is here to stay. Impact investments seek to create positive impact by investing in sustainable companies, this includes ethical companies with a social and environmental purpose. The goal is to support organizations with a measurable societal benefit.  A shift is reverberating throughout the investment community as it is becoming increasingly clear that investors are being drawn to the enduring quality of impact investments.  PEs are changing systems and control...

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Top 12 Green Private Equity Firms

Green private equity is a vital funding mechanism that helps entrepreneurs and companies secure sustainable venture capital. Capital for private equity is raised from retail and institutional investors, and can be used to fund new technologies, expand working capital within an owned company, make acquisitions, or to strengthen a balance sheet. The majority of private equity consists of institutional investors and accredited investors who can commit large sums of money for long periods of time. Private equity investments often demand long holding periods to allow for a turnaround of a distressed company or a liquidity event such as an IPO...

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Despite the Headlines, 2021 Was A Year Full of Environmental Victories

You cannot be faulted for failing to notice the long list of environmental wins that occurred in 2021.  Good news stories do not have the sensationalistic allure of dramatic prophecies of doom, but once you get past the dire headlines, there is a litany of overlooked achievements that tangibly illustrate progress. Environmental successes are easily overlooked in a world ravaged by climate change, biodiversity loss, an ongoing global pandemic and attacks against democracy. We are bombarded with apocalyptic predictions that seem to celebrate defeatism, however, contrary to the prognostications of the ubiquitous prophets of doom, we still have time to act. ...

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10 Reasons Why Patagonia Is the World’s Most Responsible Company

Patagonia is an iconic outdoor gear maker, that has holistically integrated sustainability into their DNA. At Patagonia, there is no contradiction between saving the world and the bottom line. This billion-dollar global brand demonstrates that businesses can be both radically responsible and very profitable.  Patagonia was founded in 1973 by outdoor enthusiast Yvon Chouinard, His opposition to traditional business has coalesced around sustainability. This is the central pillar around which the company ethos was formed. Patagonia is minimizing its energy and emissions footprint, its also working to reduce its water consumption and waste. The company challenges injustice at the highest levels...

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Is Population Growth Really at the Heart of Sustainability Issues?

 Population growth is a major source of stress on the earth's limits. Even though it is at the heart of sustainability problems, it is not the most helpful frame to design sustainability solutions. Population growth contributes to a wide range of sustainability problems and it complicates sustainability challenges. Population growth is part of an interconnected web of adverse impacts that have created an ecological crisis that threatens both biodiversity and human survival.  The complex interrelationships between key sustainability issues are illustrated by the myriad ways that population growth is correlated with increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These emissions exacerbate climate...

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The Best Green Business Blogs, Websites, and Influencers

The Green Market Oracle was recognized as a leading climate change website and two days later it is being honored as one of the top green business influencers. On May 6, 2021, Feedspot released their list of the Top 45 Climate Change Blogs and Websites To follow in 2021 ranking the Green Market Oracle ahead of well-known prestigious sites like The New York Times, Climate and Environment, Columbia Law School, The Guardian Climate Change News, IMF Climate Blog, BSR | Climate Change Blog, IIED Climate Change and World Bank's Development and a Changing Climate blog. On May 8, 2021, the...

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What is the Circular Economy?

The idea of a circular economy, sometimes called a closed-loop economy, has been gaining steam over the last five years. It is generating a lot of press in Europe especially in countries like the Netherlands. The EU has agreed to increase its recycling and reuse target to 65 percent by 2035. The idea has not gained as much traction in the U.S. but this is slowly changing. While some sustainability professionals in the U.S. may not be familiar with the idea of a circular economy, they are likely aware of related concepts like industrial ecology, natural capitalism, biomimicry, cradle-to-cradle, the...

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