Scott Cooney

Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Find Scott on

Envision Hawaii Social Enterprise Speaker Series: Spencer Toyama

This is part of a series of articles written about Envision Hawaii, Honolulu’s monthly First Tuesday gathering that showcases the coolest, greenest goings-on in the emerald of the Pacific. Ecopreneurist is proud to be the official media sponsor of Envision Hawaii….see previous Envision Hawaii articles and speakers here.  This month’s Envision Hawaii First Tuesday speaker was Spencer Toyama, Product Manager and Co-Founder of Sudokrew Solutions is obsessed with making things happen in Hawaii. His career spans the spectrum from author…

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The business case for LED Lighting

It is fascinating to think about how many different types of businesses there are out there. Out of all of the goals these businesses have, there are two that virtually all of them share, to make and save money. Even though this is a truth about business, it often has a negative connotation to the general public.  The general public often visualizes layoffs, outsourcing, and shady accounting when these business principals come up in discussion. However as you know there…

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Donovan Kealoha of Lanaians for Responsible Growth, at Envision Hawaii

This is part of a series of articles written about Envision Hawaii, Honolulu’s monthly First Tuesday gathering that showcases the coolest, greenest goings-on in the emerald of the Pacific. Ecopreneurist is proud to be the official media sponsor of Envision Hawaii….see previous Envision Hawaii articles and speakers here.  Donovan Kealoha, a technology entrepreneur whose startup spun out of the University of Hawaii and received venture capital funding, was this month’s speaker at the Envision Hawaii monthly social entrepreneur speaker series.…

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How Going Camping Helps Me Be a Better Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs have all sorts of secrets for their success. Focus, stick-to-it-iveness, passion…even trust. What works well at one company may not work as well at another, and of course, and what works for one entrepreneur might not work as well for another. But in a recent study of empirical data cited in the Entrepreneur Magazine, morning people tend to get the day started on the right foot, tend to be up and at work before many other people (thus giving…

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The Ho Ike Way, Business Social Responsibility in Hawaii

This is part of a series of articles written about Envision Hawaii, Honolulu’s monthly First Tuesday gathering that showcases the coolest, greenest goings-on in the emerald of the Pacific. Ecopreneurist is proud to be the official media sponsor of Envision Hawaii….see previous Envision Hawaii articles and speakers here.  This month’s Envision Hawaii speaker was Kehau Kali Berquist, a business professional with an eye for sustainability’s ‘4 Ps’ (purpose, people, prosperity and planet). Her sustainability consulting firm, The Ho Ike Group,…

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Green Business Newsletter

Thanks for your interest in the Better Business newsletter! We send out one email a week with the coolest and best business headlines from the world of sustainability. To keep the Better Business Newsletter as relevant as possible, we’d love to hear from you about how we can best serve you, so please post a comment below! What industries do you want to hear more from? What other resources can we provide? Any other feedback is also welcome. Free form it…

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Go Carbon Neutral (or Better) with Pear Energy: CEO Interview Series

Businesses and families looking to cut their carbon emissions have a lot of options these days. One inexpensive and extremely effective way to cut carbon emissions and help fight climate change is to offset your company or household footprint with carbon offsets. Pear Energy is a company that provides carbon offsets for businesses and homes. For the cost of a couple of cups of coffee a week, most businesses can go carbon neutral with Pear Energy and help the company drive investment on a large scale into new renewable energy projects.

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3 innovative ideas to make water cooler talk green and, well, cooler!

Employees congregate around the water cooler to talk about the weekend’s events, spread office gossip, or discuss the new intern’s work performance. For companies, this creates an opportunity to spread the good word about sustainability and encourage participation in company sustainability programs. As anyone who’s ever worked in an office can tell you that water cooler talk can sometimes be a painful drudge. But as those same people will tell you, sometimes that painful drudge “sure beats workin’!” Realistically, the…

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Options for Investing in Sustainability and the Cleantech Economy

The field of impact investing has revolutionized the concept of investing for more than just profits. There are good trends. Private sector investment in green technology and other eco-friendly businesses is booming. So…you’re not alone, and the growth in these markets means that more money will continue to flow in, and, as the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all ships.

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