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Greenpeace ‘Click Clean Scorecard’ Rates Top Websites on Renewable Energy Use, Transparency
Greenpeace ‘Click Clean Scorecard’ Rates Top Websites on Renewable Energy Use, Transparency

9 years ago - If you’ve ever wondered about the energy powering your favorite websites, a new tool from Greenpeace is here to help. On Thursday, the advocacy group released a new browser extension tool that shows which of the most popular websites are moving most ambitiously towards renewable energy use. Users that download the extension (compatible with Google Chrome) can distinguish leaders from laggards by the color of a cloud icon that appears green, yellow, or red whenever they open a new site.

Amazon Announces Solar Deal in Virginia, Greenpeace Urges Further Transparency
Amazon Announces Solar Deal in Virginia, Greenpeace Urges Further Transparency

9 years ago - Today Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a solar farm project in Virginia that will advance the company’s progress towards its recent commitment to powering its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy.

Tesla Energy Set to Revolutionize Solar Storage for Homes, Businesses, Utilities
Tesla Energy Set to Revolutionize Solar Storage for Homes, Businesses, Utilities

9 years ago - Tesla Energy, the latest from Tesla Motors visionary Elon Musk, was introduced last night onstage at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, California, just south of LA. A statement from the company describes the new development as "a suite of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities fostering a clean energy ecosystem and helping wean the world off fossil fuels."

World’s ‘Most Admired’ Companies Also Are Sustainability Stars
World’s ‘Most Admired’ Companies Also Are Sustainability Stars

9 years ago - Apple, Google and Berkshire Hathaway are the world’s most highly regarded companies, according to a new ranking by Fortune magazine.Amazon, Starbucks, Disney, Southwest Airlines, American Express, General Electric (GE) and Coca-Cola rounded out the top ten.

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Beyond Incremental: Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan Takes Innovation to Scale
Beyond Incremental: Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan Takes Innovation to Scale

9 years ago - Once companies tackle the low-hanging fruit of operational improvement — carbon footprints, energy-efficiency retrofits and waste reduction — they are ready to address deeper sustainability challenges.

New App OpenLabel Aims to Replace Product Labels
New App OpenLabel Aims to Replace Product Labels

9 years ago - Silicon Valley startup OpenLabel has just launched a free iPhone app and website that lets consumers and non-profit partners attach information and product ratings directly onto any barcoded product.After closing half a million dollar seed investment from investors at Google, Amazon, and MicroVentures, OpenLabel released its free mobile app and web platform that helps smart shoppers make healthier, more responsible, and more informed decisions.

Drones: Sustainability's New Wingmen?
Drones: Sustainability's New Wingmen?

9 years ago - Drones have already disintermediated the aerospace/defense industry and have crossed the threshold from commercial to consumer, delivering to the average person the world’s most powerful personal computer. The potential for good in industrial agriculture, wildlife conservation and animal poaching, monitoring of factory farms, and prevention and early detection of forest fires is unprecedented.Drones can make granular crop maps for farmers, monitor illegal logging, track sometimes elusive endangered species in their habitats, and even drill down to track the sounds of animals as small as bats.

Future 500 Presents: The Best of the Best in Stakeholder Engagement in 2014
Future 500 Presents: The Best of the Best in Stakeholder Engagement in 2014

9 years ago - As this year comes to a close, we at Future 500 wanted to take a step back and reflect on all of the momentum we’ve seen in stakeholder engagement over the past year. While it’s easy to focus on the negative, we challenge folks to focus on the positive. Below is a summary of the highlights we feel best represent examples of the “Best of the Best” in stakeholder engagement in 2014.

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Amazon's New 'Elements' Line Offers Customers 'Unprecedented' Level of Product Transparency
Amazon's New 'Elements' Line Offers Customers 'Unprecedented' Level of Product Transparency

9 years ago - Amazon has announced the launch of Amazon Elements, a new line of everyday essentials with transparent origins. Beginning with signature diapers and baby wipes, Amazon Elements offers Prime members an unprecedented level of information — when and where items were made, why each ingredient was included, where the ingredients were sourced and more.

Amazon Announces 'Long-Term Commitment' to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy
Amazon Announces 'Long-Term Commitment' to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy

9 years ago - After ongoing criticism from organizations such as Greenpeace for continuing to run on ‘dirty power,’ Amazon this week announced a “long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for our global infrastructure footprint.”The world’s largest cloud-computing company said that its Web Services segment — which provides IT infrastructure to Internet heavyweights including Netflix, Spotify and Pinterest — will aim to be powered by 100 percent renewables, but didn’t set a deadline for achieving that goal.

Amazon Announces New Carbon-Neutral Data Center in Frankfurt, But Greenpeace Is Skeptical
Amazon Announces New Carbon-Neutral Data Center in Frankfurt, But Greenpeace Is Skeptical

9 years ago - On Thursday, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the launch of a new technology infrastructure region in Frankfurt — the 11th such region globally for AWS and the second region in the EU (the first being in Ireland). The company says Frankfurt is the third of its regions that will enable customers to run their cloud computing on carbon-neutral power.

Lead Up to #SB14London: How Greenpeace Is Helping Make Sustainable IT the New Normal
Lead Up to #SB14London: How Greenpeace Is Helping Make Sustainable IT the New Normal

9 years ago - How can our online world help our offline world become cleaner? It's a question often at the forefront of Andrew Hatton's mind. Hatton heads up IT for Greenpeace UK, a role that sees him juggling management of the organization’s internal digital infrastructure with working alongside his colleagues on a number of green IT campaign issues related to sustainability, most notably around the Internet and cloud computing.

CDP: Microsoft, SAP, Unilever Among 'A List' Companies Doing the Most to Combat Climate Change
CDP: Microsoft, SAP, Unilever Among 'A List' Companies Doing the Most to Combat Climate Change

9 years ago - This week, CDP revealed its list of 187 companies illustrating that a low-carbon future does not mean low profit.The 2014 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), which highlights companies taking action to mitigate climate change, outperforms The Bloomberg World Index by 9.6 percent.

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eBay, Kindle Rated Most Sustainable Apps
eBay, Kindle Rated Most Sustainable Apps

9 years ago - eBay, Kindle and Skype are some of the best apps for creating sustainable behaviors, according to a new study by WSP, a global professional services consultancy.eBay ranked highest due to its huge popularity and ability to make selling unwanted goods uncomplicated, which cuts waste and reduces the need to buy new goods. WSP says. Of all the apps measured eBay was the best promoter of the circular economy. The Kindle app came second as it was also one of the most downloaded apps, avoiding the need to buy a separate reader and the need to print and distribute paper books.

SB Vanguard: What Would You Do in Your First 90 Days as Amazon's New Sustainability Exec?
SB Vanguard: What Would You Do in Your First 90 Days as Amazon's New Sustainability Exec?

9 years ago - This is the first in a series of posts in which we will poll our global community of business leaders and practitioners — what we call the “SB Vanguard” — on a variety of issues pertinent to the evolving sustainable business landscape.When we first heard that Kara Hurst, former CEO of the Sustainability Consortium, had become Amazon’s first sustainability executive, we wondered — what would the Sustainable Brands community think about this?So we asked them: What would you do in your first 90 days in her position?Here are some of the responses ...

Reggie Watts Sings, Yodels and Raps for a Clean Internet in Greenpeace's New #ClickClean Videos
Reggie Watts Sings, Yodels and Raps for a Clean Internet in Greenpeace's New #ClickClean Videos

9 years ago - Greenpeace launched a series of short web videos today featuring comedian, musician and activist Reggie Watts to support its #ClickClean campaign, which calls on companies to power the Internet with renewable energy.The videos, which Greenpeace made with the award-winning creative team at the VIA Agency, are part of a new push by the watchdog group’s #ClickClean initiative, which aims to push Internet companies to consider the impact of continuing to power with traditional energy sources and switcher to cleaner ones.

Apple Expands Solar Capabilities; Greenpeace Applauds
Apple Expands Solar Capabilities; Greenpeace Applauds

9 years ago - Apple announced on Monday it has closed a deal to annex 100 acres in Claremont, NC for a new 17.5-megawatt solar farm, the construction of which is expected to cost some $55 million, according to Apple Insider. The Hickory Daily Record reports that Apple's latest olar installation will bring 100 acres of land into the city's corporate limits and should generate roughly 75 jobs, which the company agreed to source locally. Construction of the farm is expected to be completed in five years.

Greenpeace: Apple, Facebook, Google Leading Shift to 'Green' Internet While Amazon Lags
Greenpeace: Apple, Facebook, Google Leading Shift to 'Green' Internet While Amazon Lags

10 years ago - Apple, Facebook and Google are leading a growing number of tech companies that are working to power the Internet with 100 percent renewable energy, signaling a major shift in the sector over the past two years, according to a new report released today by Greenpeace. Those companies are leaving behind Amazon Web Services, the company that hosts the data for many of the Internet’s most popular services, which powers its infrastructure with polluting energy sources that contribute to global warming, the report found.

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10 Sustainable Business Stories Too Important to Miss
10 Sustainable Business Stories Too Important to Miss

10 years ago - Somehow it’s already year-end, a time to look back and try to make sense of what’s happened. Creating any “top” list of stories from 12 months is nearly impossible. But as I’ve done for the last 4 years, I’ll attempt to summarize some of the latest stories about the big environmental and social pressures on business, and how some innovative companies are dealing with them.