Julie Fahnestock

Julie Fahnestock
Julie is passionate about telling the story of where business meets good. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is currently pursuing her MBA in Managing for Sustainability at Marlboro Graduate School in Vermont. She has a background in international development and grassroots organizing and is passionate about equitable wages, labor rights and the global income disparity. If you can't find Julie, don't worry. Grab your board and head south on A1A. She's probably surfing somewhere along Florida's coast.

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2 weeks 8 hours ago

Reposter.net, April 2011(3BL Media and Just Means) - Tens of thousands of people are expected to march alongside environmentalist Bill McKibben in New York City on September 20 and 21st.  In a recently published article he wrote in Rolling Stone, “A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change,” McKibben invited all to join him to make a ‘loud movement,’ lifting banners that say  “CLIMATE/JOBS. TWO CRISES, ONE SOLUTION.”

This ‘call to arms’ coincides with the United Nation’s climate summit in NYC where many of the world leaders will come together to talk about why plans to end climate change have not progressed. Rather, ‘turn...


1 month 3 weeks ago

 

(3BL and Just Means) - As a writer for Just Means/3BL Media—as in ‘Triple Bottom Line Media’—I’m upping the ante: I have recently been convinced of the 4BL or ‘quadruple bottom line.’ I recently learned of the concept from Social Enterprise Associates (SEA), a confederation of consultants in New Mexico united by a common desire to bring about social betterment. They are also the first, B Lab certified company in New Mexico and have been awarded as one of the 2014 Best for the World B Corps for their overall impact.  SEA guides their clients to express their clear purpose for financial...


2 months 3 days ago

Horn of Africa Regional Enviornmental Centre and Network
(3BL and Just Means) - It finally happened: as of July 1, Florida businesses will have the option of registering as a Benefit Corporation (B Corp).  The state currently has eight, B Lab Certified companies which have voluntarily undergone the rigorous scrutiny of the B Lab certification process. These progressive, Floridian companies have paved the way for Florida's Benefit Corporation Legislation and for the state's involvement in the B Corp movement. 

I recently spoke with Jef Conley, the Managing Principal of SEQUIL Systems, a sustainability advisor to...


2 months 1 week ago

Blaine Badick and her fiancee Andrew Grapsas, Hoboken. Credit: CNN
(3BL Media and Just Means) - Do Americans really believe that by the end of the 21st century five million of us could be living underwater? According to Climate Central, a scientific non-profit which researches the impact of climate change on the American public, by the end of this century sea levels will have risen anywhere between 20 to 80 inches.  And though that's a huge gap in estimation, rising sea levels all mean the same thing for coastal communities: flooding. In a 2012 publication called Surging...


2 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media and Just Means )- Think back to 2011. The worst of the recession in the US is over (for some.)   It's been a few years, but you can now afford to get back to your regular patronizing of your local Starbucks.  As you order your morning caffeine the barista asks if you'd like to help Starbucks create more USA-based jobs. She hands you a red, white and blue wristband with a zinc plate inscribed with the word 'Indivisible.' The barista tells you that the bracelets are made in the USA and from 100% USA-manufactured materials. 'They are part of Starbucks efforts to put Americans back to work,' she says, as she hands you your...


2 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL and Just Means) - This Sunday we stop to appreciate the hardworking women in our lives: our mothers, mums, nanas, grannies and aunties. We do this because we love them. They've worked hard to make a way for us.  But, what if you could celebrate your mom while simultaneously celebrating other hard-working mothers? The fair trade movement makes this possible.

Mothers' Day just happens to land on the same weekend as World Fair Trade Day, May 10-11. Here are a few ways you can celebrate fair trade, honor your mom and the moms around the world who provide us with the products we love:

Bring your mom a...


3 months 1 day ago

(3BL Media and Just Means)-The Windy City is about to get windier. And hopefully, less reliant on fossil fuels.  IKEA recently announced their purchase of Hoopeston Wind, a wind farm of 49 wind turbines near Hoopeston in Vermilion County, two hours south of Chicago.  The purchase is the first wind power investment IKEA has made in the USA and their largest renewable energy project ever.  And, it will put them off the power grid in the US. This is huge news.

 Hoopeston Wind Farm will be operational in 2015 and is part of their larger strategy to offset the company’s energy needs by 2020. The investment coincides with their plans...


3 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The first-ever, crowdfunding campaign to take... not 10% of the project funding, not 5% of the project funding, not even a dollar to compensate for Paypal's fees...ZERO percent of the project funding--- has finally hit the market.  In case you didn't get that: Yes, they are giving 100% of their crowd-sourced funding to the projects. Their niche focus? Land conservation projects. The platform is called Natural Capital Network and its first project, Sawah Bali, is raising funds for 135 farmers in Bali in order to preserve their agricultural land from being turned into hotels and mansions....


3 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media and Justmeans)- An open vacation policy. Frisbee on the beach. Bowling outings. Volunteer days. Time to develop personal goals. And, oh yeah.  $500 a year to spend on professional development. No, this is not a piece about working for Google or Pixar. It’s a piece about intentional culture at Exygy, a 10-person, software design and build company based in San Francisco. One of Exygy’s software engineers, Justin Carboneau, deemed himself the ‘Chief Happiness Engineer.’ Of course, he is also a computer and technology wiz, as are the rest of his colleagues at Exygy. They have designed and built unique websites for clients like Google.org, the Skoll Foundation and Zendesk. But they are more...


4 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media and Justmeans)- For some reason, I’ve never thought about the impact of the hotel industry on the planet. My hotel stays are typically rushed and more about what I came to a particular town to accomplish than about lounging in the hotel pool or lobby. So, except for the moment when I decide to leave my towels on the floor or hang them up, understanding how or what it takes for hotel to operate responsibly has not been on the forefront of my sustainability research.

Until . . . I started thinking about water. According to the International Tourism Green Partnership, water...


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