This checking account donates 1% of its revenue to climate nonprofits

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The 1% for the Planet Account from Bank of the West puts your money to work stopping climate change—and tells you the carbon footprint of your purchases. If you have an account with a large U.S. bank such as JPMorgan Chase or Wells Fargo, you’re most likely financing fossil fuel extraction . These banks help finance billions of dollars of new coal, oil, and gas projects every year, using your money that’s sitting in their accounts. For those who want their money to better the planet rather than worsen climate change, Bank of the West has launched a new checking account that donates 1% of its revenue to environmental nonprofits, tells you the carbon footprint of your purchases, and comes with a compostable debit card. Read Full Story

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A bank account that’s good for the planet is one of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas

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Bank of the West is pledging 1% of revenues from its new debit account to environmental nonprofits. Started by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard in 2002, 1% for the Planet is a global organization composed of businesses—including Honest Tea and Klean Kanteen—that donate a hundredth of their sales to “sustainability oriented” nonprofits. Bank of the West recently joined the group when it launched its new 1% debit account, pledging 1% of its revenue from the new accounts to environmental nonprofits. Read Full Story

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Shining a light on companies that have achieved carbon-neutrality

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The nonprofit Climate Neutral is one of our World Changing Ideas honorees for 2020. A new label will soon start appearing on products you see in stores: “Climate Neutral Certified.” Climate Neutral, a nonprofit launched in 2019, helps brands measure their carbon footprints, offset them by investing in vetted pollution-capturing projects, and make long-term plans to reduce emissions. Once a company goes through the process, it can print the label on its packaging—a symbol the nonprofit hopes will become as ubiquitous as the USDA organic label. Because calculating a corporate carbon footprint can be a pricey, complex process for brands, Climate Neutral also created a new digital tool to make it simpler. “We wanted to democratize the process of carbon counting and demystify it,” says CEO Austin Whitman. “For many companies, just starting to understand where their carbon emissions come from is a huge step forward.” The group recruited more …

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What Are Google Ad Grants?

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Most of us have got a favorite non-profit, and usually with good reason. They might provide vital resources for your community or just be a cause close to your heart. Or they may have played an important role in your own life or that of a family member. Non-profits need to be visible in today’s digital age — but that takes time, money, and expertise. Which is where Google Ad grants can help. What Are Google Ad Grants? If you’re a non-profit, Google Ad grants offer a set amount of funding towards Google advertising every month. Why did Google launch its Ads grants program, and how do they work? Google designed the grants program to help nonprofits flourish. The ads work just like regular PPC ads . Nonprofits use them to drive targeted traffic to their sites, just as any marketer or business owner would And whether you realize it …

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This browser extension shows you the carbon footprint of your Amazon purchases

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How many kilograms of glacial ice did that delivery cost you? When you shop on Amazon, you might look around the site for the best price, or read a product’s reviews to see if it’s really worth buying. With a new browser extension called Neutral, you can also check the carbon footprint of that item and weigh whether that purchase is worth the environmental cost. Read Full Story

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Stripe now lets businesses put money directly into carbon removal

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Now users have a simple way to help support environmental projects with each transaction. Stripe, the digital payments startup, wants its customers to get in the carbon removal business. Through a new tool called Stripe Climate, the first of its kind for online businesses, users can donate a fraction of their revenue to projects that permanently remove carbon from the atmosphere—something that’s necessary for the world to do in order to meet climate goals, even if emissions shrink to zero. Read Full Story

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This app measures your carbon footprint in real-time as you shop (or change your habits)

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Changing your habits isn’t going to solve climate change alone, but it can help. Joro makes the benefits of your changes visible—and suggests new ones. One of the reasons that people are often slow to act on climate change is the enormity of the crisis: It’s hard to know where to begin. It’s a systemic problem, and one person acting alone isn’t going to rebuild the electric grid or the transportation system. But there’s still a lot that individual action can achieve. An app called Joro is designed to make it easier to understand—and manage—your own carbon footprint. Read Full Story

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This new app offsets your carbon footprint, then helps you shrink it

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Klima lets you put money into projects such as solar or clean cookstoves, but it doesn’t let you off with paying to not change your lifestyle. The enormity of the climate crisis can be overwhelming, and in one recent survey of Americans who recognize that humans are causing climate change, nearly a third said that they didn’t think they could personally do anything to make a difference. The largest changes, such as rebuilding the electric grid and redesigning transportation, require collective action and long-term work. But individual action also matters, and a new app is designed to help with a first step: offsetting your own emissions by supporting credible carbon-reducing projects. Read Full Story

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Best Small Business Loans

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Unless you’re independently wealthy, most small business owners need a loan at one point or another. From paying for startup costs to expansion projects, equipment, or unexpected incidents, quick access to funding will make it easier for your company to grow. Whether you’re launching a brand new venture or own an established business, there are so many different small business lending options out there to consider. Which small business loan is best for you? This guide contains everything you need to know on the subject. The Top 6 Options For Small Business Loans Fundbox Funding Circle Accion Lendio OnDeck Kiva How to Choose the Best Small Business Loans For You Small business loans come in all different shapes and sizes. So as you’re evaluating different options, there are specific …

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Hey, Big Tech workers: This campaign wants you to tell your company to lobby for the climate

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Tech giants aren’t using their full political power to push for pro-climate policies. A new campaign hopes pressure from employees can change that. Out of the 115 lobbyists who work for Amazon, only one has focused on climate change in recent years, despite the fact that the company is working to become carbon neutral , and Jeff Bezos is pouring $10 billion into climate philanthropy . Read Full Story

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These mushroom balls turn your yard into a climate-change-fighting machine

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Drop some mycelium spores into your watering can, and the next thing you know, your lawn is your own personal carbon offset. American lawns account for a lot of green space —by some estimates, 40 million hectares, or 2% of all the land area in the continental U.S.—and while that grass does absorb some carbon dioxide, it’s not as much as other plants. Lawns also require a lot of upkeep, and can end up having a bigger carbon footprint than what they sequester. Now NetZero wants to remove some of the negative externalities of lawn care by making your yard absorb extra carbon, via the power of mycelium, the thread-like feeding structures of fungi. Read Full Story

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