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Nat Geo, United Technologies Launch 'Urban Expeditions' Exploring Sustainability in Cities
Nat Geo, United Technologies Launch 'Urban Expeditions' Exploring Sustainability in Cities

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Every day, 180,000 people move to urban areas. Urbanization is creating an urgent need for sustainable actions and solutions. At this critical time, National Geographic and United Technologies Corp. are collaborating to raise awareness of sustainable urbanization through the Urban Expeditions initiative. Urban Expeditions will identify cutting-edge research and exploration projects that are leading the way in sustainable urbanization in three key areas:

William McDonough + Partners, GXN Unveil Vision for 'Silicon Valley' of Agriculture in Denmark
William McDonough + Partners, GXN Unveil Vision for 'Silicon Valley' of Agriculture in Denmark

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - William McDonough + Partners and GXN — an internal division of Danish architectural practice 3XN that works with applied architectural research in green materials and building technologies — have partnered to develop a master plan for the Agro Food Park (AFP) near Aarhus, Denmark. The project aims to create a geographic hub for agricultural innovation; AFP will incorporate the benefits of urban density with the proximity of agricultural test fields in an open campus where academic and commercial businesses can collaborate, grow and prosper.

The Nature of It All
The Nature of It All

PRESS RELEASE - Toyota Donates $1 Million to Help Fund New Yellowstone Youth CampusCampus Will Be First Regenerative Campus of Living Buildings in a National Park  YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (Aug.

Caesar's Entertainment Pursues "CodeGreen" Environmental Targets
Caesar's Entertainment Pursues "CodeGreen" Environmental Targets

PRESS RELEASE - The famed central strip of Las Vegas has often been called the ‘brightest spot on earth’ because of its powerful neon lights. However, the city has been working to reduce its environmental footprint, with many of the neon lights being replaced by LED screens, and its hotels and casinos increasingly adopting sustainable solutions to improve their energy and water use efficiency. Caesars Entertainment, one of the city’s largest gaming businesses, has revamped its commitment to sustainability, and aligned its targets to eight of the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The company has highlighted its “CodeGreen” environmental performance in its latest corporate sustainability report.

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From Roof to Floor, New Cradle to Cradle Certified Building Materials Have Houses Covered
From Roof to Floor, New Cradle to Cradle Certified Building Materials Have Houses Covered

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Two products have earned unprecedented recognition from the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program, raising the bar for building materials. This week, the program awarded its first-ever Platinum-level certification and named the first homogenous flooring product to earn Gold-level certification.

We’re One Step Closer to Transparent Windows That Can Generate Solar Power
We’re One Step Closer to Transparent Windows That Can Generate Solar Power

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week, SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. announced an ‘invisible’ system for transporting electricity within the company’s transparent organic coatings, which are applied in thin layers onto glass surfaces. The SolarWindow™ Intra-Connection System moves electricity generated in the coating to ‘invisible wires,’ which in turn transport electricity to the edge of the glass and connect to building electrical systems.

d.light Continues to Drive Increased Energy Options to Billions Without Reliable Access
d.light Continues to Drive Increased Energy Options to Billions Without Reliable Access

CLEANTECH - In an effort to expand quality solar home system solutions to the 2.3 billion people worldwide without reliable access to power, d.light - a manufacturer and distributor of solar lighting and power products providing access to reliable, affordable, renewable energy for people in the developing world - is licensing its pay-as-you-go financing technology to partners and distributors around the world. d.light is the market leader in solar lighting and home system solutions in the developing world, as well as one of the early pioneers of the PayGo model.

Raising the Bar: Interface Unveils Radical 'Climate Take Back' Program
Raising the Bar: Interface Unveils Radical 'Climate Take Back' Program

PRESS RELEASE - Twenty two years ago, Ray Anderson - founder of Interface, one of the world's largest manufacturers of carpet tiles - had something of an epiphany. A customer had for the first time asked the firm what it was doing for the environment - and he realised he didn't have an answer. "No one had ever asked us that before, and we were not doing anything, in fact we were doing everything the wrong way," Erin Meezan, Interface's global vice-president of sustainability, tells BusinessGreen.

Blue Oak Energy Installs Net-Zero Solar Project at REI's Center in Goodyear
Blue Oak Energy Installs Net-Zero Solar Project at REI's Center in Goodyear

PRESS RELEASE - Specialty outdoor retailer REI has completed a 2.2 megawatt rooftop solar installation at its new distribution center in Goodyear which is expected to offset 100 percent of the facility’s annual electricity consumption. The project was completed in conjunction with Blue Oak Energy, which has worked on numerous other solar installations for REI facilities. “REI’s ambitious net-zero energy distribution center is a landmark project and houses one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in Arizona,” Kirk Meyers, sustainability manager at REI said. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Blue Oak Energy team. Their ongoing partnership is representative of what it takes to complete complex energy projects like this.”

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POWER PLAY
POWER PLAY

PRESS RELEASE - POWER PLAY Toyota’s New Plano Campus Drafts Impressive Energy & Environmental Line Up  

Janine Benyus: What Businesses Can Learn from the 'Optimization Engine of Evolution'
Janine Benyus: What Businesses Can Learn from the 'Optimization Engine of Evolution'

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - In 1997, biologist Janine Benyus popularized the term “biomimicry,” with her groundbreaking book of the same name, and spearheaded the growth of the discipline dedicated to applying Nature’s designs and processes to create a healthier, more sustainable world. I recently spoke with Janine about some of her favorite biomimetic innovations, about asking more from our design interventions, and some of the yet untapped areas in which Nature’s genius could help solve our most intractable problems.

Uber Partners with SF Real Estate Developer to Incentivize Residents to Try Car-Free Living
Uber Partners with SF Real Estate Developer to Incentivize Residents to Try Car-Free Living

COLLABORATION - Between gridlock on bridges, freeways and surface streets and a frustrating dearth of adequate (or affordable) parketing options, anyone who’s ever lived in or around San Francisco can vouch for the fact that having a car is often more of a pain than a plus.

WEF Report Outlines 30 Steps to a Circular Construction Industry
WEF Report Outlines 30 Steps to a Circular Construction Industry

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The construction industry has been slower than most to adopt technological innovations, which has stagnated the sector’s labor productivity in the United States and elsewhere in the last 40 years. At the same time, the construction industry is the world’s largest consumer of raw materials, yet only a fraction of its waste gets recycled. According to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), these factors coupled with the industry’s size and weight make construction ripe for disruptive transformation that could have profound benefits for the world.

4 Challenges Shaping Tomorrow’s Cities — and How Brands Can Help
4 Challenges Shaping Tomorrow’s Cities — and How Brands Can Help

COLLABORATION - More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities and this is expected to reach 66 percent by 2050, according to the United Nations, when 2.5 billion people will be added to urban populations — with close to 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa. In the fight against climate change, cities represent the greatest challenge and opportunity — while they generate a vast majority (70 percent) of global greenhouse gas emissions, those who live in them actually have smaller carbon footprints than the national averages.

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Green Transition Scoreboard® Global Total Reaches $7.13T, Prioritizes 'Ending Externalities'
Green Transition Scoreboard® Global Total Reaches $7.13T, Prioritizes 'Ending Externalities'

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Ethical Markets Media has revealed a stunning new total for its Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS), a metric that tracks private investments and commitments in creating more sustainable economies globally, showing the weight investors place on clean technologies driving the future of business and finance. The GTS’ goal is to see $10 trillion privately invested in the clean economy by 2020 to effectively scale innovations and reduce costs in sustainable technologies.

Vodafone, Philips Partner on IoT Solution That Lights the Way for Smart Cities
Vodafone, Philips Partner on IoT Solution That Lights the Way for Smart Cities

CLEANTECH - Telecommunications firm Vodafone and Philips Lighting announced a new partnership earlier this month that will focus on smart street lighting systems.

Tesco Celebrating Easter With Responsible Cocoa, Exclusive LEGO Toy
Tesco Celebrating Easter With Responsible Cocoa, Exclusive LEGO Toy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - British multinational grocer and retailer Tesco sourced 100 percent of its own brand Easter eggs from programs that promote responsible cocoa, and teamed up with LEGO to offer a special limited edition toy created as a healthy alternative present to chocolate eggs.

Twenty-Six Carlson Rezidor Asia pacific Properties Achieve Earthcheck Gold and Silver Certification
Twenty-Six Carlson Rezidor Asia pacific Properties Achieve Earthcheck Gold and Silver Certification

PRESS RELEASE -   A successful seven-year collaboration between EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group, and properties in the Carlson Rezidor Asia Pacific portfolio has achieved US$6.9 million in savings and an overall environmental footprint reduction of 23 per cent.   Today, eight of the group’s properties including its Singapore-based Asia Pacific headquarters have been awarded EarthCheck Gold Certification, and a further eighteen properties have been awarded Silver Certification.  

IoT Lighting From Cree, Cisco Automatically Saves Energy By Connecting Ceilings to the Cloud
IoT Lighting From Cree, Cisco Automatically Saves Energy By Connecting Ceilings to the Cloud

CLEANTECH - A new collaboration between Cree Inc. and Cisco Technology, Inc. enables light-emitting diode (LED) lighting to be connected through the internet and customized for each building to create more productive spaces while saving energy and

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Hilton, Whole Foods Go Head to Head on Energy Efficiency in DOE Reality Series
Hilton, Whole Foods Go Head to Head on Energy Efficiency in DOE Reality Series

CLEANTECH - This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the “Better Buildings Challenge SWAP,” a three-episode web-based reality series in which Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market swap energy-management teams at their facilities in San Francisco.As part of the SWAP, each team identified innovative ways to save energy in Hilton San Francisco Union Square, a 1.8 million sq. foot hotel and Whole Foods Ocean Avenue, a 25,600 sq. foot grocery store. See episode one, below:

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