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+ POOL, Heineken Pooling Their Resources to Help Make the Hudson River Swimmable Again
+ POOL, Heineken Pooling Their Resources to Help Make the Hudson River Swimmable Again

CLEANTECH - Back in 2015, we first learned about + POOL, a wildly ambitious idea by four enterprising New Yorkers to make the City’s notoriously polluted Hudson River swimmable with the help of a floating, water-filtering pool.

Trending: Fashion Positive, ZDHC Launch Resource Hubs to Drive Collaboration, Circularity
Trending: Fashion Positive, ZDHC Launch Resource Hubs to Drive Collaboration, Circularity

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Circularity is slowing making its way into the fashion industry, aiming to transform one of the most polluting sectors into a shining example of sustainability, but it still has a long way to go before it can truly shed its bad reputation. Technology has been an important driver of change, allowing brands to improve efficiencies and reduce impacts, but the sharing of resources and best practices is proving to be just as critical in nudging the industry forward towards a circular future.

Trending: High-Tech Shipping Crates, Precision Technology Poised to Revolutionize Urban Ag
Trending: High-Tech Shipping Crates, Precision Technology Poised to Revolutionize Urban Ag

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Between a growing global population — which is estimated to reach 9.5 billion by 2050 — rapid urbanization and climate change, shifting agricultural to a more sustainable model is essential for safeguarding the future of our food system. Startups in the United States and Singapore are ready to rise to the challenge, championing food sustainability through new technologies and infrastructure solutions designed with urban environments in mind.

Member Spotlight: Helen Sahi from Avery Dennison discusses how the sustainability conversation has evolved over the last 30 years and what keeps her inspired
Member Spotlight: Helen Sahi from Avery Dennison discusses how the sustainability conversation has evolved over the last 30 years and what keeps her inspired

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - We recently sat down with Helen Sahi (@HelenSahi), senior director, Global Sustainability, at Avery Dennison and long-time SB Corporate Member whose made many contributions to the SB Advisory Board, to discuss her career and what keeps her excited about sustainability. Many of you already know Helen and that she is a woman of many talents. Read more to get her take on where sustainability has been, where it currently is, where it should be and how we can get there quickly.

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Cisco Innovation Challenge helps students launch their ventures
Cisco Innovation Challenge helps students launch their ventures

PRESS RELEASE - Everyone needs to do their part to conserve water. But what if entire communities could work together to eliminate the unnecessary waste of this valuable resource? That’s the idea behind Green Plant Framework/Aquifer Systems, founded by Joshua Parde. The system allows users to compare the total volume of water delivered from a municipal source to the amount actually used in a home or other building. With this data, homeowners and property managers can identify water leaks and make critical repairs.

Trending: Cross-Industry Collaboration, Bio-Based Materials Fuel Sustainable Packaging
Trending: Cross-Industry Collaboration, Bio-Based Materials Fuel Sustainable Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Packaging remains a considerable challenge for businesses looking to reduce their impacts, but innovators such as food-service supplier Eco-Products and Finnish startup Sulpac are helping to accelerate the transition to lower-impact models through cross-industry partnerships and sustainable packaging solutions.

Trending: Brands Look to Bicycles to Decarbonize Urban Logistics
Trending: Brands Look to Bicycles to Decarbonize Urban Logistics

CLEANTECH - While discussion around the future of urban mobility largely focuses on electric vehicles and public transportation, buzz is growing around the role of bikes in driving down emissions in cities. Congested city streets pose considerable challenges for delivery trucks, a problem that French startup FlexiModal endeavors to solve with its BicyLift bicycle trailer. The emissions-free logistics solution allows the operator to move Euro pallets (120 x 80 cm) by bicycle and by hand in areas where circulation of traditional delivery vehicles is limited. The trailer weighs 55 lbs. and has a carrying capacity of around 400 lbs.

The Future of Brand Impact and How It’s Measured
The Future of Brand Impact and How It’s Measured

NEW METRICS - The new wave of conscious consumption, driven largely by millennials and Gen Z, is pushing companies to innovate around social causes.

Catalyst Credit Line: A Financial Lifeline for Pre-Profit, Sustainable Startups
Catalyst Credit Line: A Financial Lifeline for Pre-Profit, Sustainable Startups

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Young, sustainable companies have it tough. With all that excitement and idealism in building a new company comes a mountain of obstacles to overcome. But for purpose-driven companies pursuing opportunities that also create impact, that risk/reward ratio may be even higher.

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C40 Calls for Public-Private Collaboration to Create Sustainable, Carbon-Neutral Cities
C40 Calls for Public-Private Collaboration to Create Sustainable, Carbon-Neutral Cities

COLLABORATION - In a bid to accelerate carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration, 15 C40 cities have launched the C40 Reinventing Cities initiative. C40 and participating Reinventing Cities invite architects, urban planners, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, startups, neighborhood collectives, innovators and artists to collaborate and compete for the opportunity to transform these sites into new beacons of sustainability and resiliency.

Blockchain Startup Launches First Global Plastic-Offset Scheme
Blockchain Startup Launches First Global Plastic-Offset Scheme

SUPPLY CHAIN - Plastic pollution is on the rise, a problem that threatens both human and environmental health. Between 4.8 million and 12.7 million tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year and animals aren’t the only ones being affected — a recent report by Orb Media revealed that microplastics have infiltrated tap water across the globe.

$100K Awaits Latest, Best, Brightest Nature-Inspired Climate Solutions
$100K Awaits Latest, Best, Brightest Nature-Inspired Climate Solutions

CLEANTECH - Nature could hold the key to reversing or mitigating the effects of climate change — a concept that the Biomimicry Institute and Ray C. Anderson Foundation are banking on. The two organizations have issued a call to action for entrepreneurs to look to the planet’s living systems to create viable solutions to the global climate crisis.

World Bank Group Names 20 African Startups to Participate in Digital Acceleration Program
World Bank Group Names 20 African Startups to Participate in Digital Acceleration Program

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Selected from a pool of over 900 applicants, 20 promising African digital startups will participate in the XL Africa residency, the flagship initiative of the business accelerator launched by the World Bank Group’s infoDev program last April. Running from November 6 – 17 in Cape Town, South Africa, selected entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn from their mentors and peers, increase their regional visibility and get access to potential corporate partners and investors.

The Nature Conservancy, Techstars Team Up to Launch Sustainability Accelerator
The Nature Conservancy, Techstars Team Up to Launch Sustainability Accelerator

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Nature Conservancy has embarked on a first-of-its-kind partnership with entrepreneurial network Techstars to launch the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, which aims to identify entrepreneurs with commercially viable technologies to address pressing environmental and social issues.

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Bank-Fintech Partnership Offers New Funding Opportunities for Sustainably Minded Startups
Bank-Fintech Partnership Offers New Funding Opportunities for Sustainably Minded Startups

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - P2Binvestor (P2Bi), a leading marketplace lending platform that offers crowdsourced, asset-secured lines of credit to growing companies with big ambitions, is catalyzing the growth of mission-aligned business with the launch of a first-of-its kind bank partnership program. The new program provides startups and emerging businesses an innovative way to quickly access capital while allowing banks to increase their addressable market and improve their conversion rates.

7th Innovation Prize for Africa Seeks Solutions for Africa's Biggest Challenges
7th Innovation Prize for Africa Seeks Solutions for Africa's Biggest Challenges

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced the seventh edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), with this year’s theme focusing on “investing in inclusive innovation ecosystems.” The IPA seeks to celebrate outstanding breakthroughs that deliver practical, sustainable and commercially viable solutions to African challenges.

Salesforce Launches $50M Impact Investment Fund to Catalyze Positive Social Change
Salesforce Launches $50M Impact Investment Fund to Catalyze Positive Social Change

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Salesforce Ventures, the corporate investment arm of Salesforce, a global leader in customer relationship management (CRM), has launched a $50 million impact investment fund to accelerate the growth of companies using Salesforce technology to address challenges across workforce development, equality, sustainability and the social sector.

Disruptive Suppliers Giving Big Business Boost Towards Achieving Sustainability Goals
Disruptive Suppliers Giving Big Business Boost Towards Achieving Sustainability Goals

COLLABORATION - Isle of Wight-based ethical apparel startup Rapanui has come a long way since its conception in 2009, when brothers Rob and Mart Drake-Knight launched with a mere £200. Now, with almost a decade of experience under its belt, Rapanui is helping other UK businesses achieve their sustainability goals.

Novozymes Invites Collaboration on Global Challenges
Novozymes Invites Collaboration on Global Challenges

PRESS RELEASE - Complex problems require advanced solutions and new ways of finding them. This is the thinking behind Novozymes’ new open innovation initiative, HelloScience, which aims to foster collaboration across borders, expertise and technologies on serious global challenges such as those addressed in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Singularity University Accelerator Aims to Set Impact Entrepreneurs Up for Long-Term Success
Singularity University Accelerator Aims to Set Impact Entrepreneurs Up for Long-Term Success

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - With the backing of a group of impact investors, Singularity University, a global community with a mission to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address the world’s most pressing challenges, has launched SU Ventures, a program designed to address the more long-term needs of impact-focused startups.

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