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Google-Backed Database Promotes Sustainable Building Design
Google-Backed Database Promotes Sustainable Building Design

CLEANTECH - Google, along with thinkstep, architecture and engineering tech company Flux and nonprofit Healthy Building Network (HBN), last week launched a new collaborative open data initiative to combine health and environmental impact data on building materials that empowers the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry to achieve greater sustainability.

UPS Deploys 18 New Zero Emission Electric Trucks in Texas
UPS Deploys 18 New Zero Emission Electric Trucks in Texas

PRESS RELEASE - Fleet is Part of Clean Air Project with U.S. Department of Energy, Local Governments and Non-Profit

Partnership for Freedom Launches $500K Challenge for Tech Solutions to Fight Forced Labor
Partnership for Freedom Launches $500K Challenge for Tech Solutions to Fight Forced Labor

SUPPLY CHAIN - A public-private partnership has launched a new competition to combat modern-day slavery. Partnership for Freedom will award $500,000 in prizes to technological solutions that are selected as finalists for Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking.

University of Missouri Researchers Developing Biodegradable Displays for Electronics
University of Missouri Researchers Developing Biodegradable Displays for Electronics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Americans, on average, replace their mobile phones every 22 months, junking more than 150 million phones a year in the process. When it comes to recycling and processing all of this electronic waste, the World Health Organization reports that even low exposure to the electronic elements can cause significant health risks. Now, University of Missouri researchers are on the path to creating biodegradable electronics by using organic components in screen displays, which could one day help reduce electronic waste in the world’s landfills.

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Flux, thinkstep, HBN and Google Collaborate to Launch the Quartz Database
Flux, thinkstep, HBN and Google Collaborate to Launch  the Quartz Database

PRESS RELEASE -  Flux, HBN, thinkstep and Google Collaborate to Launch the Quartz Database at VERGE 2015

Could Nanotechnology Dramatically Reduce Clothing's Environmental Impact?
Could Nanotechnology Dramatically Reduce Clothing's Environmental Impact?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - If washing and drying clothes is a major culprit in the environmental waste wars, what if there were more natural fabrics that repelled stains, resulting in fewer washings? One such solution, introduced by Kelby & Co. at the Fashion Tech Lab demo day this summer, is being rolled out in the market next month.

Microsoft’s Manufacturing Operations Achieve Carbon Neutrality
Microsoft’s Manufacturing Operations Achieve Carbon Neutrality

NEW METRICS - Microsoft has, as of July 1, 2015, achieved carbon neutrality across its manufacturing operations, according to the company’s 2015 Citizenship Report.The software company’s data centers, software development labs, offices and business air travel have been carbon neutral since July 2012.Microsoft was able to achieve carbon neutrality across its global operations due to its internal carbon fee. The program puts a price on carbon and makes the company’s business divisions responsible for the cost of reducing and compensating for the carbon emissions associated with their electricity use and air travel.

The Power of Positive: New eBook Explores Concept, Practice of Net Positive Movement
The Power of Positive: New eBook Explores Concept, Practice of Net Positive Movement

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A new eBook encapsulates the key learnings of a recent week-long digital ThinkTank (virtual dialogue) conducted on the Convetit online engagement platform, which grappled with many of the thorny questions emerging from early practice of Net Positive business.

Ford, P&G Looking to Gecko for Adhesive Innovations
Ford, P&G Looking to Gecko for Adhesive Innovations

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Researchers at Ford Motor Company are looking to biomimicry in hopes of improving adhesives and increasing the recyclability of auto parts.Improving the recyclability of auto parts by replacing (or otherwise reducing or eliminating) the glue it uses to adhere foams to plastics and metals could give Ford’s sustainability performance a boost. The adhesives it currently uses make disassembling the parts for recycling nearly impossible. Ford is sharing its research findings in a partnership with Procter & Gamble (P&G) as their teams investigate potential biomimetic business solutions.

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Startup Exploring Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity for Coal Ash
Startup Exploring Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity for Coal Ash

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Coal ash is the United States’ second-largest waste stream, after household garbage. It needs to be stored safely to prevent arsenic, lead, mercury and other toxins from leaching into farmlands, rivers, lakes, and other public water sources. Coal-fired power plants in the United States generate 140 million tons of coal ash each year – leaving an estimated 3.5 billion tons which now must be managed. Now a startup from Charlotte, North Carolina thinks it might have a profitable solution to this toxic problem.

6 Health, Energy, Infrastructure Solutions Shortlisted for World Design Impact Prize
6 Health, Energy, Infrastructure Solutions Shortlisted for World Design Impact Prize

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Earlier this week, the shortlist was announced for the World Design Impact Prize 2015-2016, a global competition hosted by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). Six projects that address health, energy, and infrastructure challenges were selected from the 82 nominations.

Climate-Smart Tech Improving Livelihoods of Kenyan Women Farmers
Climate-Smart Tech Improving Livelihoods of Kenyan Women Farmers

CLEANTECH - Equator Kenya, a food-processing company that produces African Bird’s Eye Chilies for export, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to provide climate-smart technologies, training and market linkages to 8,000 smallholder farmers along the Kenyan coast.This business is designed to reduce the crop risks posed by climate change, which will help increase incomes among the farmers — 6,000 of whom are women — as well as improve crop yields and quality.

Skeleton Tech's Graphene-Based Ultracapacitors Could Revolutionize Long-Life Storage
Skeleton Tech's Graphene-Based Ultracapacitors Could Revolutionize Long-Life Storage

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Out of 37 nominated startups, Skeleton Technologies won the Gold ECO15 London Award at the Ecosummit 2015 conference. The company manufactures high-performance, graphene-based ultracapacitors — energy storage devices with much higher power and longer life cycles than batteries.

Novozymes Encouraging Companies to Seize Opportunities Presented by SDGs
Novozymes Encouraging Companies to Seize Opportunities Presented by SDGs

COLLABORATION - Representatives of 193 countries met at the United Nations’ annual summit last month to agree on a global agenda for continued growth made up of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs tackle environmental, social and economic issues and will stimulate action from all sectors and stakeholders to build a more sustainable world. The goals reflect the fundamental changes the world needs now and in the future to tackle poverty and climate change, and grow sustainably and equitably. Over the next 15 years, countries are expected to use these goals to frame policies, allocate financing and drive changes that will help build a fair and sustainable world for all.

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#NewMetrics '15: Willard, Gowdy Present the Holy Grail of Managing Non-Financial Performance
#NewMetrics '15: Willard, Gowdy Present the Holy Grail of Managing Non-Financial Performance

NEW METRICS - “As a business community we are making progress, but not enough, and not fast enough.

Dell Advances Circular Economy Model with CE100, Industry-First Recycled Carbon Fiber
Dell Advances Circular Economy Model with CE100, Industry-First Recycled Carbon Fiber

THE NEXT ECONOMY - On Monday, Dell announced additional progress against its circular economy initiatives, including the expansion of its closed-loop recycled plastic supply chain, introduction of reclaimed carbon-fiber source materials and new industry collaborations to advance global circular practices.

VW Scandal a Jolt to 'CSR' That Reaches Far Beyond the Auto Industry
VW Scandal a Jolt to 'CSR' That Reaches Far Beyond the Auto Industry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - What started as a sordid tale of Volkswagen rigging half a million cars with “defeat device” software has snowballed into a global scandal as the German automaker later admitted 11 million of its cars were involved in the deception.

P&G Promises 15 Billion Liters of Clean Water, 30% Fewer Emissions by 2020
P&G Promises 15 Billion Liters of Clean Water, 30% Fewer Emissions by 2020

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Last week, Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced two new 2020 goals: delivering 15 billion liters of clean drinking water through its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its facilities by 30 percent.

Kickstarter Becomes a Public Benefit Corporation
Kickstarter Becomes a Public Benefit Corporation

LEADERSHIP - Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has announced it is reincorporating as a public benefit corporation, The New York Times reports, a legal designation that protects for-profit companies that want to do well and do good at the same time by affording them the freedom to pursue corporate purposes beyond maximizing profits.

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Microsoft, GE Among Big Brands Backing New White House ‘Smart Cities’ Initiative
Microsoft, GE Among Big Brands Backing New White House ‘Smart Cities’ Initiative

CLEANTECH - Microsoft, GE and Bank of America are among the ten companies supporting a White House challenge to U.S. cities to become smarter by accelerating deployment of innovative technologies that tackle energy, water, waste and air challenges.Organized by the nonprofit, Envision America, the new effort will invite leaders from 10 winning communities to participate in a workshop in January in Charlotte, NC, where they will work with leading experts from industry and academia to diagnose needs, workshop solutions and develop new smart initiatives for their community.

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