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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

CLEANTECH - 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."

Report: Cities to Invest $64 Billion in LED And ‘Smart’ Streetlights By 2025
Report: Cities to Invest $64 Billion in LED And ‘Smart’ Streetlights By 2025

CLEANTECH - Rapidly falling costs and clear benefits have led to a sharp increase in the number and scale of light-emitting diode (LED) and smart streetlight projects in the past year, according to a new study published today by Northeast Group.There currently are more than 2,000 LED and smart streetlight projects globally. By 2025, cities around the world will invest $64 billion in LED and “smart” streetlights.

Trending: Brad Pitt and Sheryl Crow Want to Insulate Homes for the Needy with Your Old Jeans
Trending: Brad Pitt and Sheryl Crow Want to Insulate Homes for the Needy with Your Old Jeans

WASTE NOT - In honor of Earth Day this week, both Brad Pitt and Sheryl Crow are using their star power to back initiatives aimed at helping responsibly build affordable housing for those in need, while bringing awareness to the importance of textile recycling.First, Pitt’s non-profit, Make It Right — which builds sustainable, affordable homes, buildings and communities for people in need — kicked off a partnership with American Eagle Outfitters to recycle used and unwanted denim into building materials for affordable homes.

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Report: Construction & Demolition Recycling a $7.4 Billion Industry
Report: Construction & Demolition Recycling a $7.4 Billion Industry

WASTE NOT - Construction and demolition materials (C&D) recycling is a $7.4 billion industry, according to a new report by the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA). And when considering indirect and induced economic output, the industry could be worth over $17 billion.C&D materials are recognized as one of the largest components of the solid waste stream in the US. While much of this is recycled for purely economic reasons, avoidance of landfill disposal of materials such as concrete, wood, gypsum drywall and asphalt shingles has benefits well beyond financial ones, CDRA says.

BCFN Hosting Contest for Innovators Under 35 to Solve Global Food Problems
BCFN Hosting Contest for Innovators Under 35 to Solve Global Food Problems

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition's (BCFN) Young Earth Solutions! (YES!) program is running its fourth innovation contest to encourage young researchers and university students under the age of 35 to develop innovative solutions to problems within the global food system.Past BCFN YES! finalist ideas include more informative food labels, the incorporation of more plant-based meals into school lunches, apps to help consumers make healthier choices, waste-free technology for fruit and vegetable processing and more.

On-Site Water Recycling Could Create Drought-Resilient Homes in California
On-Site Water Recycling Could Create Drought-Resilient Homes in California

CLEANTECH - California builders, water & sewer agencies and homeowners are one step closer to being able to construct bona fide drought-resilient homes.Nexus eWater, maker of home water and energy recyclers, has received certification to the NSF/ANSI 350 global standard for residential grey water treatment for its ‘NEXtreater’ home water recycler. The water recycler is capable of safely recycling two out of every three gallons of grey water in the home for non-potable, approved uses.Grey water is drain water from showers, laundry and hand sinks and is the largest potential source of on-site water in homes — typically, this makes up two-thirds of indoor water.The potential water savings associated with in-home grey water recycling are “unprecedented”, Nexus eWater says.

Forbo Closes Loop on Its 'Back to the Floor' Recycling Scheme
Forbo Closes Loop on Its 'Back to the Floor' Recycling Scheme

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Dutch flooring supplier and manufacturer Forbo Flooring has now closed the loop on its Back to the Floor recycling scheme, according to Environmental Expert. Now in its third year, the scheme now recycles Forbo flooring off-cuts into new products.

Global Market for Zero Net Energy Buildings to Reach $240 Million by 2018
Global Market for Zero Net Energy Buildings to Reach $240 Million by 2018

CLEANTECH - The global market for zero net energy (ZNE) commercial buildings is expected to grow to $239.7 million by 2018, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.6 percent, according to a new report by BCC Research.

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BASF's 'Intelligent' Gypsum Board Can Help Regulate Room Temperatures During Extreme Weather
BASF's 'Intelligent' Gypsum Board Can Help Regulate Room Temperatures During Extreme Weather

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - As the likelihood grows for climate change to potentially wreak havoc with seasonal temperatures around the world, it not only has implications for our outdoor environment but indoors, as well: When rooms inside buildings become uncomfortably hot, for example, it can negatively affect the well-being and the performance of those living or working there.

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