Jeremy Bradley

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9 years 2 months ago

Wal-Mart is one of the world's largest big-box stores.  The company has long been known and/or criticized for its low prices, its questionable employee relations practices, and its source of products (particularly those coming from Asian countries).  However, many people fail to consider Wal-Mart's sustainability practices.  Wal-Mart, like other major corporations, is placing focus on going green and maintaining financially responsible sustainability practices.

According to Wal-Mart's website, the company has three broad environmental goals that all directly relate to sustainable...

9 years 2 months ago

First Solar (FSLR) is one of the tried and true solar stocks.  But the stock fell 2% this week as the Bureau of Land Management released its final environmental impact statement on the company's proposed Desert Sunlight project.  Analysts for the project, well-reported in the media, are cautious of First Solar stock.  They are reportedly weary of extended margin pressure and project development risks.

Further complicating matters, analysts say there is high potential for legal action to block the Desert Sunlight project.  This, coupled with the plunging shares of Evergreen Solar (ESLR),...

9 years 3 months ago

Oil is nearly $100 a barrel; social unrest continues to unfold in the Middle East; natural disasters are hitting Japan.  Even as the world faces these crises, those following the green energy market can rejoice.  Sustainable energy stocks are soaring and we may have the aforementioned crises to thank.  As new concerns with energy and oil emerge along with the continued shift in weather patterns world-wide, investors are looking to green energy as an alternative.

According to the World Economic Forum, investments in sustainability and renewable energy reached $243 billion in...

9 years 3 months ago

China reduced its targeted economic growth rate for the calendar year 2011. A surprise to some, given the booming Asian marketplace, China is aiming to achieve more envrionmentally-friendly expansion.

The growth rate was reduced by half a percentage point to 7%. Producing a low-carbon-based economy is top priority for Chinese development, members of the government's climate and economic offices said on Wednesday. With this decreased carbon output is a plan for delivering one billion people from poverty.

As the world's second...

9 years 3 months ago

The green movement in America is rapidly moving forward. Advice on investing in sustainable development comes at us from every angle, but one sector of the green market that isn't often discussed is historic preservation. It goes without saying that most historic architecture wasn't focused on sustainability or the environment, but that doesn't mean that going green plays no part in the future of historic preservation.

The question that some historic preservationists are asking now is this:...

9 years 3 months ago

In this day and age, consumers are looking for ways to save as much money as possible.  Investing in solar energy is an attractive option for consumers who want to reduce their energy bills and who want to help make headway in sustainable energy options.  Here are some tips for investing in solar energy:

1. Make sure solar energy is right for your situation.  There is substantial up-front costs associated with solar power.  If your energy bill is already affordable, the costs might be worth the ROI.  The Better Business Bureau recommends investing in solar power for...

9 years 3 months ago

Investments in new housing projects saw their biggest decline in 27 years and building permits dropped to their lowest level ever in February. So while the financial sector may be re-bounding, there is no evidence to suggest that the real estate market is.

As for groundbreaking on new construction, the annual rate stands at 479,000 units – that’s a 22.5 percent drop in February, according to data released by the U.S. Commerce Department today. Economists had...

9 years 4 months ago

The United Nations has issued a blueprint for green investment over the next forty years. Calling for a complete change in direction for the market forces that affect the environment, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) suggests that 2 percent of global gross domestic product (about $1.3 trillion) be funneled towards low-carbon, resource-efficent investments.

An investment of this magnitude would dramatically alter green initiatives. The report, Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication, notes that too many...

9 years 4 months ago

Making the decision to invest in green companies can be intimidating. There's a lot of information in cyberspace - some of it encouraging investment and some of it weary of the ROI on sustainable investments. I've offered some do's and don't's for would-be green investors and in this post, we'll take a look at the factors that make green investing a wise decision in 2011.

The Think-Tank CSR Asia announced yesterday that, despite the recession in 2010, investments in green energy reached...

9 years 4 months ago
In the third part of a series on the basics of green investing, we look at some do's and don't's for sustainable investment.
While the official recession may be over, the long-term effects of a dismal marketplace are still evident.  Investors are sometimes weary of green companies and mutual funds.  This is especially true of new-comers to green investing who may be anxious at the ROI of sustainability.
Everywhere we look the signs of a...