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Report: Solar+Storage Can Increase Energy Resiliency in Affordable Housing
Report: Solar+Storage Can Increase Energy Resiliency in Affordable Housing

CLEANTECH - Solar combined with energy storage systems (solar+storage) can help protect vulnerable populations during power outages in multifamily affordable housing and provide an economic return to building owners, according to a new report by nonprofit Clean Energy Group.

Tesla Battery Packs to Power World’s First Hybrid Electric Buildings
Tesla Battery Packs to Power World’s First Hybrid Electric Buildings

CLEANTECH - Tesla “Powerpack” battery systems will be used to power part of 24 office buildings in California, according to a recent announcement, as reported by Edie.Real estate firm The Irvine Company, which has properties throughout California, will install Tesla battery systems the size of five parking spaces. It is expected that these will reduce peak grid energy consumption across the company's entire portfolio by 25 percent.

Starbucks UK to Give 'Home Sweet Loans' to Employees Under 25, Living Wage to All
Starbucks UK to Give 'Home Sweet Loans' to Employees Under 25, Living Wage to All

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Starbucks UK has announced it is going beyond government recommendations for the National Living Wage and will be the first private company to implement housing and homelessness charity Shelter’s Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme, to help its employees manage the cost of living.“There are now 11 million private renters in England, and as housing costs keep rising, more and more people are struggling to scrape together the deposit needed to rent a home," said Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb.

BASF’s Creator Space Tour Heading to Shanghai to Explore Future Urban Living
BASF’s Creator Space Tour Heading to Shanghai to Explore Future Urban Living

CLEANTECH - Leading scientists and urban planning experts will gather at BASF’s Creator Space™ Science Symposium on November 10 and 11, 2015, in Shanghai, China to share the latest insights into the area of sustainable urban living. The symposium is part of the worldwide Creator Space™ program for the 150th anniversary year of BASF.

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Social Enterprise Bringing Solar Power to Mexico’s Off-Grid Communities
Social Enterprise Bringing Solar Power to Mexico’s Off-Grid Communities

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Iluméxico, a Mexican social enterprise focused on solar power, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to bring its Solar Home Systems to 50,000 off-the-grid rural homes — approximately 300,000 people — by 2020.This commitment includes the creation of 180 new jobs, of which 90 will be designated for women and 70 will be based in rural communities.The company said it plans to increase its “ILU Centros” support network from 5 to 50 locations nationwide and strengthen alliances with both public and private institutions. Anticipating up to 70 percent growth within the next five years, Iluméxico also plans to expand its business into two new Latin American countries by 2020.

Dutch Venture Developing Livable Windmills Powered by Wind Energy
Dutch Venture Developing Livable Windmills Powered by Wind Energy

CLEANTECH - Imagine living in a luxurious circular skyscraper, with a breathtaking view and without electricity bills on the table. As futuristic as that my seem, it may not be too far off, according to Lennart Graaff, director of Windwheel Corporation.The Netherlands-based consortium of companies BLOC, DoepelStrijkers and Meysters has plans to construct what it calls the “Dutch Windwheel,” a double-ring rotating edifice that is powered by the wind energy it generates.

Researchers Unveil New Method for Converting Greenhouse Gas to Building Material
Researchers Unveil New Method for Converting Greenhouse Gas to Building Material

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - This week, researchers at George Washington University (GWU) unveiled a new method to convert carbon dioxide into nanoscale carbon fibers that may serve as valuable future building materials (think: aircrafts, fitness equipment and sports cars), as well as another potential weapon against climate change.The new technology captures airborne carbon dioxide and employs an electrochemical process to convert it to carbon nanofibers and oxygen. The method is more efficient and potentially significantly cheaper than existing methods, according to Stuart Licht, a professor of chemistry at GWU.

Google’s ‘Project Sunroof’ Calculates the Cost of Solar
Google’s ‘Project Sunroof’ Calculates the Cost of Solar

CLEANTECH - Google is testing a new online tool to help homeowners explore whether they should go solar, according to a recent blog post by the search giant.Now available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno and the Boston area, Project Sunroof utilizes the same high-resolution aerial mapping used by Google Earth to help homeowners calculate their roof’s solar energy potential, right from their laptop or smartphone.

Universities Partnering With Cities to Research More Sustainable Urban Environments
Universities Partnering With Cities to Research More Sustainable Urban Environments

COLLABORATION - The University of Minnesota has received a $12 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to bring together a network of scientists, industry leaders and policy partners committed to building better cities of the future, according to a recent announcement.The network will connect across nine research universities, major metropolitan cities in the U.S. and India, as well as infrastructure firms and policy groups. The project includes 25 faculty members across the nine universities, and will involve more than 40 graduate students conducting research in cross-university interdisciplinary teams.

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Trending: Clay-Based Concrete, Upcycled Waste Latest Innovations in Sustainable Building Materials
Trending: Clay-Based Concrete, Upcycled Waste Latest Innovations in Sustainable Building Materials

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The days of conventional concrete and carbon-intensive building materials are waning.

IBM’s 2014 CSR Report Highlights City Resiliency, Public Health Efforts
IBM’s 2014 CSR Report Highlights City Resiliency, Public Health Efforts

CLEANTECH - The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge last year achieved concrete results in cities in Australia, Ireland, Mexico and the United States, according to the company’s 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report.This included improving infrastructure and its effectiveness, integrating municipally-owned solar energy into the existing power grid, planning for economic development and reversing neighborhood decline while increasing tax revenue.The report details how the company’s technology and talent are transforming governments, institutions, communities and the quality of life for people around the world.

New Sustainability Reports Highlight Companies' Progress in Events, Flooring Industries
New Sustainability Reports Highlight Companies' Progress in Events, Flooring Industries

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - MCI, a leading agency in the global meetings, events and association and congress industries, used its sixth sustainability report, Building Possibilities, to assess the performance of MCI’s client-focused activities in addition to its own internal sustainability strategy.

Report: Major Gap in Sustainability Adoption Between Large, Small Office Buildings
Report: Major Gap in Sustainability Adoption Between Large, Small Office Buildings

MARKETING AND COMMS - More than 60 percent of large buildings qualify as “green,” compared to less than 5 percent of small buildings, according to a new study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University.The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index, a joint project of CBRE and Maastricht, concludes this may afford owners of small buildings an opportunity to differentiate themselves by implementing energy-efficient practices.The report defines “green” as an office building holding either an EPA ENERGY STAR label, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) full-building LEED certification or both. in the study, “large” buildings are those greater than 500,000 square feet, while “small” buildings are less than 100,000 square feet.

How Digital Mapping Is Helping Detroit Fight Urban Blight
How Digital Mapping Is Helping Detroit Fight Urban Blight

CLEANTECH - As previously functioning urban areas fall into disrepair, urban blight increasingly is afflicting cities across the United States. Characterized by high local unemployment and crime, political disenfranchisement and depopulation, in some of these areas the endless blocks of abandoned buildings seems like scenes out of a post-apocalyptic movie.

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Cities and Corporations: How Do They Intersect on Sustainability?
Cities and Corporations: How Do They Intersect on Sustainability?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - What can cities do contribute to the sustainability revolution? A whole lot, according to a workshop today, opening morning of SB ’15, featuring Gil Friend, CSO of the City of Palo Alto, and Chris Guenther, Director of Research at think tank SustainAbility.The three-hour presentation and breakout discussion focused on leveraging municipal and corporate partnerships to advance sustainability goals around issues such as climate, water, utilities and mobility.

NASA Offering Designers $2.25M for 3D-Printed, Sustainable Housing Solutions for Deep Space
NASA Offering Designers $2.25M for 3D-Printed, Sustainable Housing Solutions for Deep Space

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - NASA, along with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute — known as America Makes — are holding a $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3D-printed habitat for deep space exploration, including NASA’s journey to Mars.The multi-phase 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is part of NASA's Centennial Challenges program. The competition is aimed at advancing the additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond.

Meet You in the AgriHood: Co-Housing Becoming Increasingly Attractive Option for Developers
Meet You in the AgriHood: Co-Housing Becoming Increasingly Attractive Option for Developers

THE NEXT ECONOMY - "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." ~Buckminster FullerSeems the hippies and the father of the geodesic dome were on to something sustainable in the 1960s when they modeled shared living spaces and bartered goods. Turns out those behaviors truly are easier on the planet and better for the soul.

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Announces New Material Health Certificate Registry
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Announces New Material Health Certificate Registry

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - This morning, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute launched the Material Health Certificate Registry, a new online tool for identifying and communicating the work of manufacturers toward chemically optimized products. Two pilot companies, Owens Corning and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas, are the first to obtain certificates and today announced several products assessed against the Material Health requirements of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard.

Starbucks Moving Ethos Water Operations Out of California; Walmart Faces Petition to Do the Same
Starbucks Moving Ethos Water Operations Out of California; Walmart Faces Petition to Do the Same

SUPPLY CHAIN - Starbucks has become the latest corporation to move its water bottling operations out of California: Last Thursday, the company announced that it would move sourcing and manufacturing of its Ethos Water out of state due to the serious drought conditions and necessary water-conservation efforts in California. Over the next six months, Starbucks plans to move production to its Pennsylvania supplier, while exploring alternatives to transition to a new source and supplier to serve the company’s West Coast distribution.

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Report: Some ‘Megacities’ Are More Sustainable Than Others
Report: Some ‘Megacities’ Are More Sustainable Than Others

CLEANTECH - New York consumes too much energy, London and Paris use relatively fewer resources and Tokyo conserves water well, according to a new study on "megacity metabolism," as reported by ScienceDaily.As the world's first comprehensive survey of resources used and removed in each of the world's 27 largest metropolitan areas, the findings could point the way toward strategies to make cities more sustainable.

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