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Microsoft to Build First Zero-Carbon Data Center
Microsoft to Build First Zero-Carbon Data Center

CLEANTECH - Microsoft, Siemens and FuelCell Energy have come together to build what they claim is the first zero-carbon, waste-to-energy data center in the U.S.Microsoft's data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming uses biogas produced at the nearby Dry Creek facility, which is a byproduct of municipal wastewater treatment. Anaerobic bacteria produce the biogas while stabilizing solids removed from wastewater. The fuel cell electrochemically converts the biogas into electricity to power the Microsoft IT server container. Virtually no air pollutants are released because of the absence of combustion.

Collaborative Business Campaign Helps UK Residents Be Energy Aware, Save £300 on Bills
Collaborative Business Campaign Helps UK Residents Be Energy Aware, Save £300 on Bills

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - A collaborative business effort, led by UK charity Business in the Community, brought together representatives from business and Government to tackle energy efficiency in the home.The fortnight campaign, Be Energy Aware, ran in October 2014 encouraging consumers to use less energy in the home, ultimately saving money on their energy bill. Participating companies included Virgin Money, lighting manufacturer Osram, DIY retailer B&Q, Thames Water, and Housing Association AmicusHorizon. The UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and industry body Energy Saving Trust also supported the campaign.

#SB14London: Are Marketing and Sustainability Like Oil and Water?
#SB14London: Are Marketing and Sustainability Like Oil and Water?

COLLABORATION - Virginie Helias, Global Sustainability Director at Procter & Gamble, opened this Monday afternoon session talking about how to bridge the existing gap between marketing and sustainability.P&G is a company targeting 5 billion people. Its marketing approach used to be “traditional,” often focused on its products’ performances, but over the years found that some of its ads were not effective anymore. As a consequence, the company decided to move out from its comfort zone and to articulate new messaging that better engaged its customers.

Southwest Airlines Upcycles 80,000 Old Seat Coverings in U.S. and Kenya
Southwest Airlines Upcycles 80,000 Old Seat Coverings in U.S. and Kenya

WASTE NOT - Southwest Airlines has announced the distribution of products made in Kenya and the U.S. as part of its global upcycling initiative LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose. The distribution in Kenya completes the second phase of the multi-year environmental program, which will upcycle around 80,000 former airline seat coverings into new leather products to provide training and jobs in several communities in addition to keeping these materials out of a landfill.

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Report: Cost of Fighting Climate Change Manageable, Must Cut Emissions to Zero by 2100
Report: Cost of Fighting Climate Change Manageable, Must Cut Emissions to Zero by 2100

CLEANTECH - Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit risks of irreversible damage, according to a new UN report, as reported by Reuters.The 40-page synthesis is a summation of 5,000 pages of work by 800 scientists already published since September 2013, and says global warming is now causing more heat extremes, downpours, acidifying the oceans and pushing up sea levels.

Offsetters Climate Solutions to present on British Columbia's iconic Great Bear Forest Carbon Project at Sustainable Brands: London November 4, 2014
Offsetters Climate Solutions to present on British Columbia's iconic Great Bear Forest Carbon Project at Sustainable Brands: London November 4, 2014

PRESS RELEASE - What: The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project – one of the largest carbon management projects in the world and is helping to protect more than 6 million hectares of land on British Columbia’s coast – will be the focal point for Offsetters Climate Solutions as they present at Sustainable Brands: London. The conference is attended by brand leaders from corporations like 3M, H&M, Coca-Cola, Adidas, and Target. 

Research Institute and BASF Subsidiary Cooperating to Further Develop Thin Film Superconductors
Research Institute and BASF Subsidiary Cooperating to Further Develop Thin Film Superconductors

PRESS RELEASE - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH establish joint laboratoryResearch institute and BASF subsidiary cooperating to further develop thin film superconductorsKarlsruhe and Rheinbach, October 29th, 2014 – The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH have made it their goal to develop tailored high-temperature superconductors for energy technology applications. The research institute and the BASF subsidiary New Business GmbH have signed relevant cooperation agreements.

Engaging Stakeholders in Sustainability: 3 Lessons from UPS
Engaging Stakeholders in Sustainability: 3 Lessons from UPS

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company, boasts some of the highest sustainability scores, credentials and rankings brands can earn, including reducing its total GHG emissions while increasing its shipping volume in 2013. How has the company achieved all this? What can others learn from its success so far? SB was recently invited to UPS HQ in Atlanta for the company’s annual Global Forestry Event — and we gained some insights:1. Start with low-hanging fruit

Coastal Resiliency Project Crowned Winner of 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge
Coastal Resiliency Project Crowned Winner of 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced that a comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project, Living Breakwaters has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge, what has been dubbed by the Institute as "socially responsible design’s highest award." The project was submitted by SCAPE / Landscape Architecture PLLC based in New York.

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Carbon Trust, Singapore Collaborating to Improve Energy Efficiency of SMEs
Carbon Trust, Singapore Collaborating to Improve Energy Efficiency of SMEs

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The Carbon Trust and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) today announced that they will be working together to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore to improve their energy efficiency. The announcement of the collaboration is being made at Kew Gardens in London as part of the official state visit to the UK of Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore.The SEAS is leading a S$17 million SME Energy Efficiency initiative, with support from SPRING Singapore, the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). The goal is to help some 300 SMEs achieve at least 10 percent savings in energy costs over the next three years.

Microsoft Touts Sustainability Achievements in New Citizenship Report
Microsoft Touts Sustainability Achievements in New Citizenship Report

MARKETING AND COMMS - Microsoft has met its carbon neutrality commitment through internal efficiency projects, the purchase of more than 3 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy and a carbon offset project portfolio representing more than 600,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to the software company’s 2014 Citizenship Report.The company also achieved its goal for all new data centers to have an average 1.125 Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), one-third less than the industry average datacenter PUE of 1.7.

Boeing, Kenya Airways Partner with Non-Profits to Deliver Medical Supplies in Kenya
Boeing, Kenya Airways Partner with Non-Profits to Deliver Medical Supplies in Kenya

COLLABORATION - Boeing and Kenya Airways have partnered with First Baptist Church in Baytown, Texas, to transport medical equipment to Kajiado, Kenya, on a newly delivered 787 Dreamliner from the company's North Charleston, S.C., facility.The supplies, including examination tables and other equipment, will benefit Kenyan children served by the Africa Inland Church Childcare Center in Kajiado. The center provides care and treatment for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Chevy's New Bi-Fuel Impala Can Be Powered by Everything from Sewage and Food Scraps to Beer
Chevy's New Bi-Fuel Impala Can Be Powered by Everything from Sewage and Food Scraps to Beer

WASTE NOT - As more and more organizations are finding ways to create fuel from waste — case in point: Italy is about to become the first country to require cars and trucks to run on biofuel made from agricultural waste — Chevrolet says its 2015 Bi-fuel Impala will be able to run on leftovers, table scraps and, oh, yeah, grains from brewing beer (welcome to the present, Back to the Future fans!).

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Global Forum Attendees Design 'Flourishing' Solutions to Real-World Challenges
Global Forum Attendees Design 'Flourishing' Solutions to Real-World Challenges

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - On Thursday, the first full day of Flourish & Prosper: The Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit in Cleveland, Ohio, the morning’s plenaries and CEO panels explored how business can move beyond how social and environmental responsibility are thought of today, to a new mindset of "full-spectrum flourishing" where “companies prosper, people excel, and nature thrives.”

Novozymes recognized by CDP as world leader for corporate action on climate change
Novozymes recognized by CDP as world leader for corporate action on climate change

PRESS RELEASE - As a result of its actions to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change, Novozymes has been awarded with a position on the A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014 by CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies. Novozymes is one of the 187 companies that has been awarded an A grade for its climate performance, earning a position on this global ranking of corporate efforts to mitigate climate change. The index presents 187 listed companies identified as demonstrating a superior approach to climate change mitigation.

Healthy Disruption Needed to Advance Clothing Recycling
Healthy Disruption Needed to Advance Clothing Recycling

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - I am sitting in the airport at Minneapolis, Minnesota, having just left the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Retailer Sustainability Conference, and my mind is awash in the list of challenges and risks that were reinforced over the past few days. The U.S. retail economy plays an enormous role in our daily lives — it employs 25 percent of the U.S. workforce, represents more than 66 percent of the country’s GDP and undoubtedly plays a critical role in our environmental stewardship.While the central theme of the RILA conference was sustainability, much was devoted to addressing recent advancements in technologies, the sharing economy, resource responsibility and transparency.

Swedish Scientists Develop Renewable, Recyclable Battery from Alfalfa and Pine Resin
Swedish Scientists Develop Renewable, Recyclable Battery from Alfalfa and Pine Resin

CLEANTECH - Rechargeable lithium batteries, used in everything from portable electronic devices to electric cars to large-scale energy storage, are convenient and efficient but less than stellar when it comes to resource and environmental impacts. Now researchers at Uppsala University’s Ångström Laboratory have come up with an entirely new battery concept based on recovery and renewable biological material, with an energy content corresponding to that of current lithium-ion batteries.

The Clorox Company Reduces GHGs by 12% since 2011
The Clorox Company Reduces GHGs by 12% since 2011

NEW METRICS - The Clorox Company has reduced its greenhouse gases emissions by 12 percent and the amount of waste it sends to landfill per case of product sold by 34 percent since 2011, according to the company’s 2014 integrated annual report. Altogether, these footprint reductions and product sustainability improvements have averaged $15 million in annual cost savings since 2008, helping to offset raw material cost increases and enable investments in innovation and demand creation.

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Hilton Worldwide Reduces Waste by 27% in 5 Years
Hilton Worldwide Reduces Waste by 27% in 5 Years

WASTE NOT - Hilton Worldwide has reduced its waste output by 26.8 percent, energy use by 13.6 percent, carbon output by 20.2 percent and water use by 13.1 percent since 2009, according to the company’s 2013-2014 corporate responsibility report, released today.The report is Hilton Worldwide’s third corporate responsibility report, and its first since returning to public markets following an initial public offering in December 2013. The report highlights efforts, achievements and priorities across the four focus areas of Hilton Worldwide’s corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose: creating opportunities, strengthening communities, celebrating cultures and living sustainability.

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