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Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Autodesk Launch First-Ever Product Design Challenge
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Autodesk Launch First-Ever Product Design Challenge

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Autodesk, a world leader in 3D design software, have teamed up to offer product designers a chance to win up to US$4,000 through the inaugural Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. Participants are eligible to submit their design after completing the free 1-hour, online course, Designing Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products for the Circular Economy. Submissions are due March 15, 2015 and winners will be announced in April.

Sprint Launches Encore Challenge to Find Smart Ways to Revamp Used Smartphones
Sprint Launches Encore Challenge to Find Smart Ways to Revamp Used Smartphones

WASTE NOT - Sprint today launched its Smartphone Encore Challenge — an attempt to inspire students to generate new ideas about how to revive old smartphones and their components. The competition — launched in partnership with Brightstar Corporations and HOBI International — calls upon students to come up with innovative ways to retrofit their old devices that could be scaled into a commercial business model. The Encore Challenge will be supported by Net Impact, the leading nonprofit that motivates younger generations to find sustainable ways to work within and beyond business.

Unilever, Cambridge Name Winner of Top Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize
Unilever, Cambridge Name Winner of Top Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Daniel Yu, founder of Reliefwatch — which makes software to help medical clinics in the developing world to digitize and manage inventory records for better patient outcomes — has won the Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneurs Prize.As part of the prize, Yu has been awarded €50,000 ($56,500) and will be supported with a tailored mentoring program delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Unilever experts over the course of 2015. The six runners up each will receive a cash prize of €10,000 ($11,300) in addition to mentoring and support.

These Companies Want to Make Your Smartphone Truly Smart
These Companies Want to Make Your Smartphone Truly Smart

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In this new age of mobile phones, many of us suffer from “Shiny Object” syndrome — where we always want the latest and greatest toy Apple, Samsung or one of the other multitude of manufacturers can think up. Most of the more than 1.8 billion mobile phones sold worldwide in 2013 replaced devices that were less than two years old. Nearly a billion of these devices were smartphones.

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Why Information Sharing Is Essential to Climate Resilience: Lessons from Superstorm Sandy
Why Information Sharing Is Essential to Climate Resilience: Lessons from Superstorm Sandy

MARKETING AND COMMS - When Sandy flooded New York and New Jersey, it destroyed key infrastructure for two lifeline sectors: fuel and transportation. What happened next reveals just how essential it is to share supply chain information in times of crisis.

UK Project Develops New Process to Recycle Fuel Cell Components
UK Project Develops New Process to Recycle Fuel Cell Components

CLEANTECH - Recovery specialist Axion Consulting, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Limited and Technical Fibre Products (TFP) have developed a new recycling process to recover high-value materials from waste fuel cells.Funded by Innovate UK, the UK government's innovation agency, the Recover project aims to establish the technical and economic feasibility of recovery and reuse of high value materials from fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies and ultimately to establish the potential for a new UK-based global recycling business.

BASF's Creator Space Tour Engaging Experts, Citizens Worldwide to Solve Global Issues
BASF's Creator Space Tour Engaging Experts, Citizens Worldwide to Solve Global Issues

CLEANTECH - Chemical giant BASF is on a mission to connect people and ideas in six locations worldwide with the Creator Space™ tour, a yearlong event series aiming to address challenges in the areas of energy, food and water, and urban living. The first stop, in Mumbai, India, will take place from January 16-23 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum), with a focus on water sustainability.

Dutch Tech Reclaims Organic Fertilizer at Drinking Water Plants
Dutch Tech Reclaims Organic Fertilizer at Drinking Water Plants

COLLABORATION - Royal HaskoningDHV has partnered with Dutch water supply company Vitens to help other drinking water companies around the world recover humic acid, an organic fertilizer.Humic acid is often discharged as a waste product during the drinking water blanching process. However, it can now be reclaimed sustainably in its pure form, providing an organic soil improver.

White Paper: Growing Number of Companies Using Software Tools to Manage Sustainability Programs
White Paper: Growing Number of Companies Using Software Tools to Manage Sustainability Programs

CLEANTECH - Many companies already use manual systems to collect data on and manage their sustainability programs, but a growing number are using software tools that were professionally-developed for this purpose, according to a new white paper by CSRHub and French software company Tennaxia.

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Next-Gen ERP: Managing … and Saving the Panda Bears?
Next-Gen ERP: Managing … and Saving the Panda Bears?

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is an impressive concept. It covers everything from business operations to corporate governance. It includes streamlining and automating corporations; making all business processes highly efficient, cost-effective and fully automated; all resource use fully planned, controlled and understood. ERP today provides an integrated view of core business processes across various departments, ranging from sourcing, manufacturing and sales to accounting and payroll.

Honeywell Scales Up Production of Low-GHG Propellant, Insulating Agent and Refrigerant
Honeywell Scales Up Production of Low-GHG Propellant, Insulating Agent and Refrigerant

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Honeywell has announced that it has started full-scale commercial production of a low-global-warming-potential (GWP) material used as an aerosol propellant, insulating agent and refrigerant.The diversified technology and manufacturing company says the material, known by the industry designation HFO-1234ze and marketed by Honeywell under its Solstice® line of low-global-warming materials, is being produced at the Honeywell Fluorine Products facility in Baton Rouge, La.

What Should Uber Do?
What Should Uber Do?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Uber seems to be under fire from all directions. The ride-sharing service is being blocked by some cities and entire nations, dealing with accusations of a driver having sexually assaulted a passenger, addressing a story by a reporter who felt threatened when a company executive suggested they try to squash negative coverage, receiving criticisms over surge pricing during the recent incident in Sydney, and being sued for allegedly making false claims about the safety of its service. You’d be right for wondering if Uber might fall even faster than it rose.

CH2M Hill, Tetra Tech Top Environmental Consulting Firms Ranking
CH2M Hill, Tetra Tech Top Environmental Consulting Firms Ranking

LEADERSHIP - CH2M Hill and Tetra Tech lead the global environmental consultancy market for the second consecutive year, which saw a 0.8 percent decrease to stand at $28.7 billion in 2013, according to new research by Environment Analyst.

Bill Gates Tastes Proof of Latest Breakthrough Concept in Wastewater Treatment
Bill Gates Tastes Proof of Latest Breakthrough Concept in Wastewater Treatment

CLEANTECH - Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently took a leap of faith when he personally put the latest technology for wastewater processing to the ultimate test — by drinking water produced from recycled human sewage.

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Whirlpool Imagines Smart Homes with a Conscience at CES 2015
Whirlpool Imagines Smart Homes with a Conscience at CES 2015

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, Whirlpool is helping attendees imagine the future of a fully connected home ecosystem — from smart products such as the first connected, donation-enabled laundry pair, to a socially networked kitchen environment concept with smarter surfaces.

BASF, Haier, Astronautics Corp Unveil Next-Gen Refrigeration Technology at CES 2015
BASF, Haier, Astronautics Corp Unveil Next-Gen Refrigeration Technology at CES 2015

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Among the dizzying array of potentially game-changing innovations on display this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, BASF — along with Haier, a global manufacturer of household appliances, and Astronautics Corporation of America — are presenting a proof‑of‑concept wine cooler refrigerated by a magnetocaloric heat pump.

Ford Highlighting Smart Mobility, 25 Experiments Aimed at Changing the Way the World Moves at CES 2015
Ford Highlighting Smart Mobility, 25 Experiments Aimed at Changing the Way the World Moves at CES 2015

CLEANTECH - This week at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford is showcasing its latest innovations — aimed not only at advancing its vehicles, but at helping to change the way the world moves.With the Ford Smart Mobility plan, the automaker is focusing on leading-edge work in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data. Ford also announced 25 mobility experiments it’s conducting around the world this year, testing breakthrough transportation ideas to create better customer experiences, more flexible user-ship models and social collaboration that can reward customers.

Cashew Nut Byproduct Could Help Trap Tsetse Fly, Create New Value for African Farmers
Cashew Nut Byproduct Could Help Trap Tsetse Fly, Create New Value for African Farmers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Researchers have developed a new chemical method applied to a byproduct of cashew nuts that could make it easier to trap tsetse flies and open new revenue streams for nut producers in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report.

New Mobile App Encourages Fitness, Rewards You for Reducing Your CO2 Emissions
New Mobile App Encourages Fitness, Rewards You for Reducing Your CO2 Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Looking for something to hold you accountable on your New Year’s resolution to be more active? Changers — a German startup whose mission is to motivate behavior change by making sustainable actions measurable — has launched CO2 Fit, a new mobile app that measures the CO2 generated during various types of travel and rewards more active and lower-emitting options with Recoins, the world's first ‘green’ currency based on CO2 savings.

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Tradeshift Waiving Fees for Companies Building Circular Economy Apps
Tradeshift Waiving Fees for Companies Building Circular Economy Apps

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Tradeshift, which digitally connects enterprises with their suppliers via a cloud-based platform, announced on Tuesday that it will waive the 30 percent revenue share it receives, for organizations that use its platform to build apps that help to support the circular economy. Organizations that build apps supporting the circular economy will receive all profit from their app.

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