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.

Posts by This Writer

4 years 2 months ago

(3BL Media/Just Means)- Bangladesh is the world's second largest garment producer. Apparel workers quickly produce cheaply made clothing in order to satiate the American, fast fashion addiction. But atypical of most addictions, it's the producer in this case-not the user- who continues to suffer the deathly repercussions of the drug: 1,136 deathly 'repercussions' in six months, to be exact.

But there is hope for change for workers' protection in Bangladesh. As of October 3rd, nearly 1,600 factories and more than two million garment workers in Bangladeshare now protected by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety pact. The pact is a...


4 years 2 months ago

(3BL Media/Just Means)- A little dirty, straight up and with a twist anyone? In the spirit of national fair trade month, what better way to celebrate small farmers around the world than with your favorite cocktail.  FAIR Spirits, a French based company, handcrafts quinoa vodkas and five- year, American oak-barrel aged, sugar cane rums. They are the first and most prestigious fair trade spirits company on the market.

Fairly harvested quinoa from the Andes mountains in Bolivia and organic cane sugar...


4 years 3 months ago

(3BL Media/Just Means)-Throughout the month of October, fair trade fans have the opportunity to celebrate the sustainable development initiatives of fair trade.  Each fair trade organization is hosting their own 'party' and offering interactive ways to engage online, with fair trade businesses, products and even with fair trade farmers- encouraging them to" think fair, play fair, speak fair, buy fair and be fair."  

Fairtrade America, the newly founded USA arm of Fairtrade International, is giving away five baskets of of Fairtrade certified...


4 years 3 months ago



"The Slingshot is the little tool that David needs to defeat Goliath"—Dean Kamen.

(3BL Media/Just Means)- Inventor Dean Kamen, best known for the Segway, is referring to the global water crisis and the world's fight for clean water. Contaminated water kills two million people each year, most of them children under the age of five.  However, it wasn't the war for clean drinking water that inspired Kamen to create the Slingshot. He simply realized how easy it was. Through his invention of a home dialysis kit, he found that the same device could purify anything. Just like sunlight, the Slingshot purifies liquids through distillation, making it as pure as...


4 years 3 months ago



(3BL Media/Just Means)- The economy of Walmart is larger than over 150 economies of various small countries around the world. Deemed 'World-Mart' by Professor Peter Jacques at the University of Central Florida, “Wally World” is by far the world's largest corporation. The company strategically places networks of stores in small towns and serve hundreds of millions of customers each day. They have been accused of poor working terms for its employees, driving local businesses out of business, and of globalizing well, the entire globe with a corporate monoculture. In fact, in my small, Mennonite hometown of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania...


4 years 4 months ago

(3BL Media/Just Means)-Microsoft's Greener IT program categorizes IT resource efficiency into five separate departments: Operating System, Applications, Management, IT Hardware, and Building. From energy smart software applications to energy efficient trainings for IT departments, Microsoft is committed to helping customers improve the energy efficiency of their IT systems. But how will Nokia Executive Stephen Elop ensure that Nokia's sustainability successes in the mobile phone industry don't go to waste?

Nokia strives to be one of the most environmentally sound tech companies on the globe. For two...


4 years 4 months ago


(3BL Media/Just Means)- In 2009, food giant Sysco [NYSE: SYY] traveled with Vermont's Sustainable Food Lab to the farm lands of Central America with hopes to explore how they might be able to partner together to promote the inclusion of small-scale family farms from high poverty areas into high value supply chains.  Through collaboration with Superior Foods, Sysco is now purchasing from over 200 small farms in Guatemala. These small-scale farms have benefited through these investments in good agricultural practices, compost production, and business management skills.

The Sustainable Food Lab commends Superior Foods for Sysco's...


4 years 4 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - "Each woman has a dream, and I'd like to follow their dreams as well, " said Kristin Keen, Founder and Executive Director of Rethreaded.

Rethreaded, a social business that provides sewing jobs to women in Jacksonville who have come out of the sex trade, does just that.  Social entrepreneur, Kristin Keen, started the Florida based company after working for five years in the red light district of Kolkata, India.  Keen moved to Jacksonville, Florida with the desire to use business for good to break the cycle of...


4 years 5 months ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) I've spent the summer living in historic St. Augustine, Florida. The surf is great, the people are friendly and the sun shines brightly every single day. The sun is powerful here, powerful enough it seems to produce enough solar energy for most of the nation.  In fact, a 2004 study of small residential solar arrays by the Florida Solar Energy Center found that Florida has 85 percent of the maximum solar energy potential of any place in the country, at 7.2 kilowatt-hours per day. So why isn't Florida covered in solar panels?


John Abrams, the Founder, President and CEO of South Mountain Company, the leading solar...


4 years 5 months ago

            (3BLMedia/Justmeans) Greyston Bakery, located thirty minutes north of New York City, is the primary supplier of the fudgy brownies found in Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Half Baked and their Fro-Yo companions. Greyston Bakery, which became a B-Corp in 2008 and New York state's first Benefit Corporation in February of 2012, has long been known for their commitment to their employees. Their  open-hiring policy, hiring employees regardless of work history, housing status and criminal and substance abuse background is unparalleled.  They are also known for powering their bakery with their array of solar panels.  Greyston is an...


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