Derek Markham

lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good food, with fresh roasted chiles at the top of his list of favorites. Catch up with Derek on Twitter, RebelMouse, Google+, or at his natural parenting site, Natural Papa!

Top Green Startup Jobs Of The Week

Here are Ecopreneurist’s picks for the top green startup jobs of the week, courtesy of Green Job Post: Electrical Engineer: Canary Instruments Lead EV Charging Engineer: EverCharge Advertising Sales Manager, Online Media At Ecopreneurist, we’re supportive of all of the different shades of green in pursuit of a sustainable economy, and with a lot of potential change coming from young companies with a fresh vision, the green startup scene is a great place to look for a dream green job…

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Which Sustainable Companies Are the Best for the World?

Originally published on Green Living Ideas. By Andrea Bertoli Who are the companies that are changing their business model for a better world? Sometimes it’s the smaller companies you’ve never heard of that slowly shift the paradigm of business as usual, while other times it’s large multinational corporations changing how business is done at the top. But it’s difficult to find a definitive rating. Some surveys will look at only environmental criteria, while others will take components like social justice,…

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What Do You Want To See On a Green Jobs Website? [Survey]

Last week, I mentioned the fact that our parent company, Important Media, is launching the best green jobs website ever. An Indiegogo campaign is currently running to raise funds to fully develop and release this green jobs portal, and pledges to that campaign are greatly appreciated. But there’s another way you can help out, which benefits not only the green jobs site, but also potentially yourself and others who might be looking for employment or opportunities in eco/green/cleantech industries, as…

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SXSW 2015: 25 Things You Missed, Per Brian Solis & Hugh MacLeod

The last time I went to SXSW, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of ideas, innovation, and opportunities for networking there, and if you’re involved in the digital economy or a technology company, attending this conference can be a virtual gold mine for tapping in to info about the current and future state of interactive media and tech-related business. However, if you didn’t make it to Austin for SXSW 2015, here’s a recap of 25 takeaways from this iconic…

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Help Build the World’s Best Green Jobs Website

Our parent company, Important Media, is working on a great project that has the potential to make a real difference in the world. And although it’s not a new kind of electric vehicle, or a radical clean energy innovation, or even a better mousetrap, it is a venture that may open up a world of opportunity when it comes to the green economy. The goal is to build “The Best Green Jobs Site Ever,” which will be a portal devoted…

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Old Bicycle Parts Are Powering a Green Economy & Improving Lives

Originally published on TakePart. By Emily Gertz A Guatemalan group called Maya Pedal designs and builds “bicimáquinas,” pedal-powered machines engineered from reclaimed bicycle parts. The different designs make all sorts of labor-intensive work easier, from pumping water to grinding corn for chicken feed. That translates directly into more money for low-income people. The average annual income in Guatemala in 2012 was $3,242, according to the United Nations. But with around 54 percent of the population living below the poverty line, most…

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Green Chemistry Business Plan Competition

Are you or your company dedicated to green chemistry and engineering and have a potential solution for one or more of our planet’s most pressing issues? Consider applying to the Green Chemistry Institute’s Business Plan Competition, where finalists will get the chance to now only win some money, but to also get training on business planning, acquire access to IP law experts and investors, get constructive feedback, and build your business network. The competition, which is open for applications through…

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How to Reduce Your Paper & Printing Footprint (Infographic)

Depending on the type of business you’re in, you may have already started to move away from using so much paper every day, through judicious use of electronic documents and digital assets, or through moving to a cloud-based file system instead of paper files, but for far too many companies, the promise of a paperless office hasn’t ever materialized. In fact, not only is paper not being phased out very quickly at all, but the statistics on paper usage are…

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Crowdfunding Carbon Credits for a Grassroots Deforestation Intervention

We’re losing forests at a staggering rate, with a forest area the size of New York City disappearing every two days, and because of that deforestation, we’re slowly losing one of our greatest allies in the fight against climate change. But we can help change that by backing a unique crowdfunding campaign, which lets us Stand For Trees by purchasing carbon credits that support local forest communities in preserving their forests. The trees and forests of the world are essential…

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