Special Coverage: Powering The Bottom Line

Powering the Bottom Line: Where has all the recycled plastic gone?

It's time to stop "wish-cycling." Commingled recycling can only work if we reduce contamination and focus on materials that have inherent value: tin, aluminum, plastic containers, glass bottles and jars, and fibers like clean cardboard.

Powering the Bottom Line: Energy's future is solar plus storage

Stored solar energy can supply customers when power goes down, and it allows homes and businesses alike to draw power from their batteries to keep utility bills low, reduceing grid load during peak times, writes the Center for Climate Protection.

Powering the Bottom Line: It may pay to install electric-vehicle charging stations

"By installing charging now, instead of waiting for it to become standard operating procedure, you can position your business as an innovator and take advantage of funding that is available for a short time," writes Doron Amiran of the Center for Climate Protection.

Powering the Bottom Line: Rebuilding better homes for wildfire survivors

In the immediate aftermath of the October wildfires, a big question was rebuilding housing without adding time and additional expense to homeowners already struggling with a complex and burdensome process. Columnist Barry Vesser offers a solution.

Powering the Bottom Line: How a business treats people figures into the equation

"(W)hat struck me as I talked with (the Redwood Credit Union) management team was how they embody another kind of sustainability that sometimes gets less attention," writes Barry Vesser of Center for Climate Protection.

Powering the Bottom Line: Solar pioneers are big on employee ownership

Founders of Novato-based SolarCraft, Berkeley-based Sun Light & Power and Sebastopol-based Solar Works detail their challenging yet rewarding journeys in transferring company ownership to their employees.

Powering the Bottom Line: 3 ways business can be profitable by addressing climate change

Unlike many industries today that spend millions of dollars fighting regulations, companies that follow these principles to turn climate change mitigation into profit, writes Jane Bender of the Center for Climate Protection.

Powering the Bottom Line: Local solar innovator empowers national installer

Sonoma County has been an active participant in the solar industry’s changes and growth, such as a local company’s innovations that have helped one of the nation’s largest installers compete, writes columnist Barry Vesser of Center for Climate Protection.

Powering the Bottom Line: Goat dairy shows sustainability is sound business

Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery cares for people, animals and the environment.

Powering the Bottom Line: Local firms ally on climate change

Bay Area CEOs, including some from the North Bay, meet monthly to talk about shared business challenges and to be more sustainable.

Powering the Bottom Line: Santa Rosa’s Ygrene poised to soar with green-upgrade loans

Property accessed clean energy (PACE) financing is poised for takeoff, and Ygrene Energy Fund is positioned to serve a large part of that market.

Powering the Bottom Line: Redwood Credit Union, Beneficial bank

Many companies still look only at the short-term bottom line, but Santa Rosa's Redwood Credit Union and Beneficial State Bank profit from invest in community and environment.

Powering the Bottom Line: Sonoma quarry goes solar

Upon my arrival to interview Mark Soiland, CEO of Soiland Company, about its renewable-energy efforts, he asked me why I didn’t drive an electric car.

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