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Food Deserts Leave Low-Income Families High and Dry in their Search for Nutritious and Affordable Food

In honor of World Food Day late last week (October 16th), this will be the first in a series of blog posts addressing issues of access to healthy and affordable food for all, a primary goal of the Sustainable Business Network’s Boston Local Food Program.

The Evolution of Barn-Raisings

by Ray Soohoo, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston

The modern day meaning has changed a bit from the day where early American settlers gathered together to help their neighbor build a new barn by pooling together labor and materials.

Addressing the eWaste Problem

by Katie Mindess, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston

We are a culture that loves and relies on our electronics.  Everywhere you look people are on cell phones, laptops, iPads and other handheld devices.

SBLP Businesses to Take Part in the Boston Local Food Festival

by Katey Tobin, Boston Local Food Program

Sustainable Business Leader Program participants and graduates Boston Organics, City Fresh Foods, Dancing Deer Baking Co., Haley House Bakery Café, Harvest Coop, Save That Stuff, Stone Hearth Pizza Co., Taza Chocolate, The Longfellow Clubs, and Ula Café will be at the 2nd Annual Boston Local Food Festival on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Fort Point Channel.

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The Joys of Community Supported Agriculture

by Katrina Kazda, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston

For the fourth year in a row, my husband and I are taking part in a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.  In its most basic form CSA’s can be understood as an agreement between farmer and consumer to share the risks and benefits associated with each growing season.

SBLP Staff Favorites

by Scott Wood, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston

Wanting to better understanding the motivations and drivers of my SBLP colleagues, I recently polled our staff and interns on what some of their favorite books and documentaries are that are relevant to the field of sustainability.  (Okay, maybe I was just looking for a new book to read…)  Regardless of my own intentions, here’s what I found.

The Green and Clean Nail Salon Experience

By Tiffany Skogstrom, Project Coordinator for the Boston Public Health Commission’s Safe Shops and Safe Nail Salon Projects

When conjuring up images of a nail salon, the mind immediately gravitates toward visions of luxurious pampering, relaxation and comfort.  While consumers may not be conscious of the “chemical beauty burden”, if you work in the business you are very well aware that every nail service involves the use of multiple chemicals.

Adapting Building Design for Climate Resiliency

by Natasha Gayl, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston

As the impacts of global warming have become increasingly visible to the public, architects and engineers are forced to adjust current and future building designs to better withstand unavoidable climate change.

Beyond the Obvious Benefits of Biking

by George Zahka, Wediko Children’s Services

Bicycling has been in the news quite a bit in Boston these past few weeks.  Boston’s new bike sharing program, Hubway, has stirred up strong feelings among motorists and bikers alike.

Setting Your Business Apart From The Competition

by Scott Wood, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston

In today's economic climate, setting your business apart from the rest of the pack is of the utmost importance in attracting and maintaining a reliable customer base.  One great way to do this, as many recent reports have pointed out, is to ensure your business is environmentally and socially responsible and to offer products and services that are, too (oh, and don't forget to actively market your business as such!).

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