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Technology and China’s Green Development - Innovating An Environmentally Sustainable Future
Technology and China’s Green Development - Innovating An Environmentally Sustainable Future

PRESS RELEASE - SAP has made environmental sustainability an integral part of corporate strategy. We strive to promote sustainability across our entire business and to extend our impact through partners and customers. One area of the world where this is vitally important is China. As the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter and manufacturing powerhouse, China is a focal point for any conversation around global environmental issues. The country’s central government is committed to policies ensuring that its accelerated development takes full consideration of the environment.

McGill University's Bensadoun School to Shape Sustainable Future of Retail
McGill University's Bensadoun School to Shape Sustainable Future of Retail

THE NEXT ECONOMY - On Friday, Montreal’s McGill University announced the opening of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management (BSRM) — a hub for students, researchers and practitioners to work collaboratively towards bringing retailers into the 21st century. An interdisciplinary, forward-looking school dedicated to all facets of the retail industry, its research and programming will focus on fostering sustainable consumption and healthy societies.

Dow Wins Six Prestigious 2018 R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine
Dow Wins Six Prestigious 2018 R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine

PRESS RELEASE - Six innovative technologies from Dow, the world’s leading materials science company, were recognized with R&D 100 awards on November 16, 2018. The R&D 100 Awards, a signature program of R&D Magazine, is designed to identify and celebrate the top 100 revolutionary technologies introduced during the past year.

Trending: Bison Down Jacket, Circular Undies Latest Apparel Nixing Waste
Trending: Bison Down Jacket, Circular Undies Latest Apparel Nixing Waste

WASTE NOT - The global movement to end textile waste continues, with the release of outer- and undergarments from new and established brands alike.

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Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN Launches New Partnerships to Help Farmers Scale Sustainably
Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN Launches New Partnerships to Help Farmers Scale Sustainably

SUPPLY CHAIN - This week, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN (LOLS) has launched two new partnerships aimed at helping farmers scale their sustainability efforts.

New Global Map of Ancient, Endangered Forests Brings Conservation Science to Boardrooms
New Global Map of Ancient, Endangered Forests Brings Conservation Science to Boardrooms

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today marks the public launch of a new online tool that will enable global companies to identify the world’s ancient and endangered forests.

sonnen, Pearl Homes Launch First Affordable, Carbon-Free Housing Community
sonnen, Pearl Homes Launch First Affordable, Carbon-Free Housing Community

CLEANTECH - sonnen, a global market leader in smart residential energy storage, has partnered with Pearl Homes — the U.S. leader in LEED residential development — and Google Home to bring their vision of a 'Net-Zero-Plus and Climate-Positive' community, complete with solar + storage and home automation, to life in Manatee County, Florida.

Off-Hours Consumer Delivery Systems May Unlock Sustainability at Scale
Off-Hours Consumer Delivery Systems May Unlock Sustainability at Scale

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - This article originally appeared on MeetingoftheMinds.org on October 22, 2018.

PepsiCo Announces New Packaging Goal For 25% Recycled Plastic Content By 2025
PepsiCo Announces New Packaging Goal For 25% Recycled Plastic Content By 2025

PRESS RELEASE - As part of its sustainable plastics vision, PepsiCo, Inc. (PepsiCo) today announced a new goal to strive to use 25 percent recycled content in its plastic packaging by 2025. PepsiCo aims to achieve this goal by collaborating with suppliers and partners, helping to increase consumer education, fostering cross-industry and public-private partnerships, and advocating for improved recycling infrastructure and regulatory reform, all of which are required to realize our ambition. The goal includes an aim specific to PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage bottles to achieve 33% recycled PET content by 2025.

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UPS Recognized By EPA With Smartway Excellence Award
UPS Recognized By EPA With Smartway Excellence Award

PRESS RELEASE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this week presented UPS with a SmartWay Excellence award, which recognizes leading carriers who have made significant contributions to reducing the impact of freight transportation on air quality. “UPS is committed to delivering goods to people in the most sustainable way possible,” said Tamara Barker, chief sustainability officer, vice president of environmental affairs and domestic plant engineering at UPS. “We are honored to be recognized by the EPA for our accomplishments and look forward to continuing our work to create smarter and cleaner communities.”

Trending: Nike, Native Shoes Projects Helping Shoe Industry Tread Lighter
Trending: Nike, Native Shoes Projects Helping Shoe Industry Tread Lighter

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Earlier this month, Nike announced the winners of its Circular Innovation Challenge, which called for new products using Nike Grind — Nike's ground-up post-factory and post-consumer materials — and new technologies to advance footwear recycling.

Hurricane Michael Highlighted Growing Range of Corporate Responses to Natural Disasters
Hurricane Michael Highlighted Growing Range of Corporate Responses to Natural Disasters

WALKING THE TALK - Arriving on the heels of Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael proved again that companies are making significant commitments to relief and recovery efforts in the wake of natural disasters. Our round-up of Hurricane Florence corporate response efforts covered some innovative ways that companies are reacting to disasters. Unfortunately, we’re already revisiting the topic with a snapshot of how companies reacted to Michael, and why it’s increasingly critical for any company to have a disaster response strategy in place.

Q&A: YouNoodle on Why Startups Can Be Key to Your Sustainability Strategy
Q&A: YouNoodle on Why Startups Can Be Key to Your Sustainability Strategy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Well known as a technology engine — with a global network of 200,000+ startups that has powered a 1000+ innovation/startup competitions and challenges — YouNoodle might not be the first company you think of for advice on corporate sustainability strategy. But as the industrial era is replaced by a more entrepreneurial society, YouNoodle is helping brands and organizations keep up with disruptive innovation — and the sustainability space could certainly use more of that.

Member Spotlight: Want to increase happiness among teens? Mike Pepperman from LGE is ready to collaborate.
Member Spotlight: Want to increase happiness among teens? Mike Pepperman from LGE is ready to collaborate.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - We recently spoke with Mike Pepperman, corporate social responsibility and community relations manager at LG Electronics, about why he’s so inspired by LGE’s work supporting sustainable happiness for youth. Keep reading to understand the impact of this work and how it also supports LGE’s business value. Does your work relate to the science of happiness? If so, get in touch with Mike to drive even greater impact.

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World's First Search Engine for Clean Drinking Water Also Fights Plastic Bottle Pollution
World's First Search Engine for Clean Drinking Water Also Fights Plastic Bottle Pollution

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Consumers report that the prevailing reason why they buy bottled water is "convenience." Anyone can search online for the nearest gas station, coffee shop or nail salon, but when it comes to thirst, what options does one have? Open Google Maps and search “water fountain” — or ask Siri or Alexa, “Where can I fill up my water bottle?” No one has ever indexed the locations and prices of clean water around the world ... until now.

ExxonMobil and BASF Corporation demonstrate new solvent to decrease sulfur emissions
ExxonMobil and BASF Corporation demonstrate new solvent to decrease sulfur emissions

PRESS RELEASE - HOUSTON, TX –  ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC and  BASF Corporation are conducting a full scale commercial demonstration of a new gas treating solvent at Imperial Oil’s Sarnia Refinery.

HP, IKEA Join Group Developing Global Supply Chain for Ocean-Bound Plastics
HP, IKEA Join Group Developing Global Supply Chain for Ocean-Bound Plastics

WASTE NOT - Today, NextWave Plastics — a collaborative, open-source initiative convening leading technology and consumer-focused companies to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains — announced that HP Inc. and IKEA are joining its global consortium. The addition of HP and IKEA marks 10 companies collaborating to “turn off the tap” of plastic entering the ocean.

Activating Community: How Box Inspired Real-Time Digital Social Impact
Activating Community: How Box Inspired Real-Time Digital Social Impact

MARKETING AND COMMS - How do you get a community to take immediate social action when you have just a handful of minutes onstage? This question doesn’t get asked often — or sound plausible — because most organizations have created an imaginary line between things that happen in ‘real life’ and things that happen in ‘digital life.’ At conferences, keynote speakers make their pitch for social action and hope, against the odds, that attendees will remember to donate to causes or email their lawmakers later.

Waste not, want not: P&G venture aims to squeeze new life out of Italy's dirty diapers
Waste not, want not: P&G venture aims to squeeze new life out of Italy's dirty diapers

PRESS RELEASE - A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing. More than 20 million tonnes of disposable diapers are burned or dumped in landfills globally every year - a major environmental problem since their use became widespread in the 1960s and 1970s. Part of the problem is that collecting, cleaning and breaking diapers into their component parts - plastic, cellulose and super absorbent polymer - is tricky and expensive. The other issue is that no-one has been able to establish a market for the recycled output, dooming previous commercial efforts to failure.

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Closed Loop Fund Launches FlexPack Recovery Challenge, Gets $10M Infusion from Amazon
Closed Loop Fund Launches FlexPack Recovery Challenge, Gets $10M Infusion from Amazon

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Amazon today announced that it will invest $10 million in Closed Loop Fund to support recycling infrastructure in the United States. The investment will increase the availability of curbside recycling for 3 million homes in communities across the country, making it easier for customers to recycle and further develop end markets for recycled commodities. The investment will divert 1 million tons of recyclable material from landfill into the recycling stream and eliminate the equivalent of 2 million metric tons of CO2 by 2028 — equivalent to shutting down a coal-fired power plant for six months.

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