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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.

Aquion Energy's Carbon- and Cotton-Based AHI Battery First in the World to be Cradle to Cradle Certified™
Aquion Energy's Carbon- and Cotton-Based AHI Battery First in the World to be Cradle to Cradle Certified™

CLEANTECH - Aquion Energy, Inc., developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) batteries and energy-storage systems, has announced that its AHI S20 and S20-P Product Lines are the first batteries in the world to be Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Certified™ Bronze. The product lines were evaluated by MBDC, creators of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program, across five quality categories.

Trend Briefing: Sustainability Implications of the Sharing Economy
Trend Briefing: Sustainability Implications of the Sharing Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - When Airbnb and Uber burst on the scene a few years ago the business world was abuzz with the potential for a new “sharing economy.”Advocates explained how these services would provide people with new ways of making money by utilizing their homes and vehicles to their full potential, while offering a service that could save energy, reduce waste and bring communities together by sharing their resources and time.

#BusinessCase: Internal Carbon Fee Saves Microsoft Over $10M Per Year
#BusinessCase: Internal Carbon Fee Saves Microsoft Over $10M Per Year

CLEANTECH - With Earth Day this week, it’s a great time to reflect on the challenges we face and the advancements we’ve made. Last week, Microsoft released a whitepaper describing the progress made with our carbon fee since its inception in the hope to inspire other organizations to take similar action.

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How Well do You Know Your Device?
How Well do You Know Your Device?

PRESS RELEASE - By: Christopher Hall, AVP- Product Marketing, AT&T Mobility

Food Companies Have Opportunity to Show More Responsibility During California’s Drought Crisis
Food Companies Have Opportunity to Show More Responsibility During California’s Drought Crisis

WASTE NOT - With California suffering one of its most dire water shortages on record, the Golden State’s political leaders are scrambling to find solutions to shore up an ever-diminishing supply of this precious resource. Some analysts suggest California only has about one year’s reserve of water left within its reservoirs.

Apple Announces Chinese Solar Project and US Forest Conservation Effort
Apple Announces Chinese Solar Project and US Forest Conservation Effort

CLEANTECH - Apple has announced plans to invest in a new Chinese solar power project and help preserve some 36,000 acres of forests in the eastern United States.The tech giant is partnering with solar company SunPower to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in China — more than the amount of energy consumed by Apple’s 19 corporate offices and 21 retail stores in China and Hong Kong.The projects are expected to provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours per year while also protecting the ecosystem. They will feature SunPower's "light-on-land" approach to solar photovoltaic power plant design and construction, which allows pasture farming to continue while power is generated.

As Sustainability Goals Get Harder to Meet, Better Analytics Can Create Competitive Advantage
As Sustainability Goals Get Harder to Meet, Better Analytics Can Create Competitive Advantage

CLEANTECH - Driven by consumer demands, and greater concern for resource scarcity and productivity, more companies are tracking and reporting performance in an effort to meet corporate sustainability goals. But once the low-hanging fruit is picked, further improvements can require sophisticated tools, such as emerging big data and geospatial analytics, to help companies make more informed decisions about sustainability goals, according to a new report from Lux Research.

Nature-Inspired Innovation May Generate $425B by 2030
Nature-Inspired Innovation May Generate $425B by 2030

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - On April 24, the first annual Risk and Value Creation Forum, a finance innovation conference focused on evolving the concept of risk (as a key constraint in achieving sustainability goals), new risk frameworks, and biomimetic technology innovation as a sustainable value creation opportunity (at the startup and public company level), will take place in Mountain View, CA.

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JetBlue Once Again to Offset Carbon Emissions For All Flights During Earth Month
JetBlue Once Again to Offset Carbon Emissions For All Flights During Earth Month

LEADERSHIP - This week, JetBlue Airways announced it is once again partnering with the Carbonfund.org Foundation to offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (CO2e) generated by all scheduled flights from April 1 to April 30, in honor of Earth Month. Now in its eighth year, this partnership has allowed travelers to offset part of the carbon footprint from their flights by making a donation to support carbon-reduction projects. To date, JetBlue says it has purchased offsets totaling more than 350 million pounds (158,000 metric tons) of CO2 and CO2e emissions.

Wells Fargo Launches $10 Million Initiative to Support Cleantech Startups
Wells Fargo Launches $10 Million Initiative to Support Cleantech Startups

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, Wells Fargo announced its selection of four clean technology startups for the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a five-year, $10 million program to foster leading-edge environmental technologies. The program is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This marks the first philanthropy program of its kind within the financial services industry.

ASU Study Shows Online Education Can Be Key Driver in University Sustainability Strategies
ASU Study Shows Online Education Can Be Key Driver in University Sustainability Strategies

WASTE NOT - A new report released today from Arizona State University indicates that the development of online education programs can be a significant component of an institution’s sustainability strategy, based on greater socioeconomic impact for a smaller environmental footprint per degree.

Startup Hoping to Turn Computers Into Primary Source of Heat Generation
Startup Hoping to Turn Computers Into Primary Source of Heat Generation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - New York City-based tech startup Project Exergy is one step closer to developing a technology capable of heating smart homes using computers, following a successful crowdfunding campaign.The concept involves transferring the computation done in data centers into millions of home and office computers and putting the normally wasted heat to use through a liquid cooling system that can efficiently extract and thermally store the high-temperature heat.

Hitting the Jackpot for Water Management
Hitting the Jackpot for Water Management

PRESS RELEASE - By: Susan DiegelmanThe Second in a Series About Machine-to-Machine Technology and Water Management.Lake Mead provides up to 90 percent of Las Vegas’ water and experts estimate that since 2000, an ongoing drought robbed the lake of 4 trillion gallons of water. With 584,000 residents and millions of tourists each year, the Las Vegas Valley Water District brought its distribution system into the 21st century; it had to. A fragile combination of groundwater, water reuse systems, and desalination and banking systems make meeting the daily water needs of Las Vegas possible. For Las Vegas, every drop counts.

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The UPS Foundation Links Advanced Tracking Technology with Global Humanitarian Relief Efforts
The UPS Foundation Links Advanced Tracking Technology with Global Humanitarian Relief Efforts

PRESS RELEASE - Atlanta, March 26, 2015Program with UNHCR enables faster and more accurate distribution of supplies to refugee campsThe UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS), today announced the launch of the UPS Relief Link program to help improve the lives of displaced refugees around the world through optimized distribution and tracking of critical supplies in crisis-affected areas.

Graphene Light Bulb Expected to Last Longer, Be More Efficient, Save Money and Energy
Graphene Light Bulb Expected to Last Longer, Be More Efficient, Save Money and Energy

CLEANTECH - A lightbulb with lower energy emissions, longer lifetime and lower manufacturing costs, and made with graphene — said to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong form of carbon — is poised to hit the market this year, thanks to a University of Manchester research and innovation partnership.The bulb’s developers — a Canadian-financed company called Graphene Lighting — expect the dimmable bulb to use 10 percent less energy than conventional bulbs, last longer and be priced lower than some LEDs, at roughly $20 each. It was designed at the University of Manchester, where the revolutionary material was discovered. The University’s National Graphene Institute was opened this month.

Multitude of Mindfulness Apps Making Mental Health on the Go More Manageable
Multitude of Mindfulness Apps Making Mental Health on the Go More Manageable

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - If you doubt the mainstreaming of mindfulness, look no further than a key session at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, called Mindfulness Meditation.It’s a new era, where technology can directly measure and influence our moods, attitudes and behavior, which when woven together into a societal tapestry, could be a Trojan Horse for a more sustainable ethos.

BASF Tool Helping Designers Lightweight Products, Minimize Development Costs
BASF Tool Helping Designers Lightweight Products, Minimize Development Costs

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A common misconception regarding fiber-reinforced plastics is that the material’s performance cannot be predicted, as with steel or aluminum. But BASF says its ULTRASIM® performance-prediction technology routinely delivers 90-95 percent accuracy when predicting the performance of parts molded using BASF materials, creating new opportunities for lightweighting products while minimizing design and development costs.Using sophisticated material characterization methods and analysis techniques, the company says the tool now enables designers and engineers to account for the influence of the injection molding process of a thermoplastic and study:

Advanced Data Visualisation Reveals How Companies View Climate Risk
Advanced Data Visualisation Reveals How Companies View Climate Risk

NEW METRICS - Much of the valuable information that companies communicate to their shareholders about their ESG performance and the social and environmental risks facing the business lie not in the tagged financials nor even in the structured tables and graphs embedded in annual reports, but rather in the paragraphs that flow around the numbers and figures.

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Avaya Exceeds CO2 Reduction Goal 2 Years Early
Avaya Exceeds CO2 Reduction Goal 2 Years Early

NEW METRICS - Avaya, provider of customer and employee engagement communications technologies, has exceeded its carbon reduction goal two years early by adopting desktop and mobile videoconferencing systems, according to the company’s 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report (PDF).Avaya delivers technology solutions that enable organizations — from mid-market companies to large enterprises — to increase customer and team engagement. It serves some 300,000 customers around the world across a broad range of industries. More than 95 percent of the Fortune 500 companies are Avaya customers.

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