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Steve Graham photo courtesy of Steve GrahamSteve Graham is an award-winning freelance Web and magazine writer living in a Fort Collins, Colorado, neighborhood that will soon produce all of its own energy. He is a former newspaper reporter, editor and designer. He has worked for an alternative weekly and community newspapers in Colorado, and a large daily newspaper in California. Find links to some of his other writing at his Grahamophone blog.

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Entrepreneurs and environmentalists don’t need to clash. There are plenty of opportunities for companies large and small to make money while practicing sustainability and incorporating other ecologically sound business approaches. Can’t we all just get along?
How Your Business Can Put the Green in Christmas
Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Steve Graham | Blog Entry

Green Bulb on Tree photo by green-bulb_jasonippolitoChristmas can really separate the grumpy, green, Grinch-like environmentalists from the festive, red-and-green, Earth-loving elves of generosity among us. The Grinch is the one calculating the elf’s coal use while watching him string up Christmas lights (you’ll see which one I am below). As a business owner, you’ll certainly want to celebrate Christmas with your employees and customers. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways for businesses to get into the holiday spirit sustainably, inexpensively and merrily. Read on…

The Faint Green Tint of Factory Farms
Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00  |  Written by Steve Graham | Blog Entry

Pig photo by Just ChaosMass feedlots and slaughterhouses are inhumane and dangerous—and they generate disease and pollution along with their cheap meat. But corporate agriculture giants are driving innovative renewable energy developments. So all is forgiven. Not really, but it goes to show that everything’s not as black and white as the 1906 stockyard photos from Upton Sinclair’s Jungle days. Read on…

Don’t be Greenwashed by Company Annual Reports
Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00  |  Written by Steve Graham | Blog Entry

Annual Report photo by Dominic AlvesIt’s time for companies to release another round of annual reports, which for some becomes a major greenwashing opportunity. Many businesses also generate separate corporate social-responsibility reports that largely focus on environmental and labor practices. These days most firms want to jump on the sustainability bandwagon—or at least appear to be on board. To be sure, many are reducing their carbon and water footprints, and taking important strides toward protecting the environment. But some only say they are. Read on…

This Thanksgiving, I’m (Somewhat) Thankful for Corporate America
Sunday, 18 November 2012 00:00  |  Written by Steve Graham | Blog Entry

Nike-Apple iPod photo by luisvillaAs a good environmentalist, I know I’m supposed to be thankful for organic food, the national parks and the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife. I am, but I’m also unexpectedly thankful this year for corporate America. Large companies that I have ignored, boycotted and even protested are now friends of the environment. Here are a few good firms, or at least firms doing good things: Read on…

Can PB & J Save the World Starting This Earth Day?
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 10:00  |  Written by Steve Graham | Blog Entry

Making a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich photo by SyvwlchThis Earth Day, many cafeterias will be celebrating with a simple culinary classic that saves money and resources—while inspiring inexpensive, effortless sustainability: the peanut butter and jelly (PB & J) sandwich.

Sodexo, which runs college, corporate, hospital and nursing-home cafeterias, is turning to PB & J to honor the Earth. The idea is to convince its 10 million customers to eat plant-based meals, such as peanut butter and jam, that are “low on the food chain.” Read on…

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Stop requesting ATM receipts. Why destroy trees and add to the ATM tumbleweeds blowing around bank machines? Instead, check your balance on screen and write down that number and your withdrawal amount. More tips...

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He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Essays, Second Series, 1844   More quotes...