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How a Celebrity Chef Learned to Love Farmed and Frozen Fish
How a Celebrity Chef Learned to Love Farmed and Frozen Fish

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Ned Bell has no shortage of opinions about seafood. He grew up fishing Pacific salmon off the west coast of Canada and now evangelizes for the future of fish as the founder of Chefs for Oceans and the executive chef at Ocean Wise, a nonprofit organization based at the Vancouver Aquarium that develops criteria for sustainable seafood and lends its logo to vendors and restaurants that meet its standards.

Could EVs Be the Secret to a 100% Renewable Grid?
Could EVs Be the Secret to a 100% Renewable Grid?

CLEANTECH - It is possible to unlock a 100 percent renewably powered grid — without any coal, nuclear or gas storage baseload — within the next several years. And any driver or homeowner could contribute to the solution by using electric vehicles (EVs) as mobile batteries that charge at one location when there’s a surge of renewable energy and deliver it back to the grid at another when it’s needed.

How to Be a Company Society Requires for the Next 100 Years
How to Be a Company Society Requires for the Next 100 Years

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - This post has been translated from Japanese — read the original interview here.

VTT's Plastic-Eating Microbes Could Help Solve Marine Plastic Problem
VTT's Plastic-Eating Microbes Could Help Solve Marine Plastic Problem

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - VTT — the Technical Research Centre of Finland — is helping to solve the global plastic waste problem with a project called PlastBug, a mobile container unit that removes plastic waste from ocean areas and converts it into material for other uses. "Our idea is to design a mobile container where microbes degrade plastic waste to valuable products like fuels or chemicals," says Kari Koivuranta, Principal Scientist at VTT.

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Q&A: How Rubicon Global Is Championing a Zero-Waste World
Q&A: How Rubicon Global Is Championing a Zero-Waste World

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Founded in 2008, Atlanta-based Rubicon Global has become a worldwide leader in providing cloud-based waste and recycling solutions for customers in business, government and the nonprofit sectors.

The Developing World Is Taking Over Renewable Energy
The Developing World Is Taking Over Renewable Energy

CLEANTECH - Last year, the leading economies in renewable energy investment growth were not to be found in North America or even Europe — the leaders in growth were countries often described as developing, such as China, Brazil, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Argentina. These big shifts in renewables investment have, in fact, been emerging since 2004, and portend a strong outlook for continued growth in global renewable energy investment and reaching carbon-reduction targets.

Chipotle Seeking Startups That Can Help 'Cultivate a Better World'
Chipotle Seeking Startups That Can Help 'Cultivate a Better World'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Chipotle Mexican Grill announced this week that the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation will sponsor the first Chipotle Aluminaries Project, a seven-month-long accelerator program designed to help growth-stage ventures with a shared vision to cultivate a better world take their businesses to the next level.

New App Demystifies Nutrition Labels for Those with Special Dietary Needs
New App Demystifies Nutrition Labels for Those with Special Dietary Needs

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A new app is eliminating our last excuse for breaking our diet: Pinto aggregates nutrition information from over 100,000 of the most commonly eaten foods in the US and creates personalized nutrition labels that focuses specifically on the ingredients and nutritional information users are concerned about.

C&A Releases First-Ever C2C Certified™ GOLD Denim Garment, Shares Recipe
C&A Releases First-Ever C2C Certified™ GOLD Denim Garment, Shares Recipe

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, MBDC — the world’s foremost advisors in material health, product design and the Cradle to Cradle Design® framework co-founded by William McDonough and Michael Braungart — is proud to support C&A as the world’s first retailer to offer Cradle to Cradle Certified™ GOLD denim jeans.

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2 Companies Capitalizing on the Market Shift Away from Disposable Plastic Packaging
2 Companies Capitalizing on the Market Shift Away from Disposable Plastic Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A growing market shift has reached a critical mass this year against disposable plastic packaging. Leading on the regulatory front, the EU announced a goal of making all of its plastic waste recyclable or reusable by 2030. In the private sector, major brands have committed to achieving 100 percent recycling and reuse of materials in the form of sustainable packaging by 2025.

HPE Triples Performance, Enhances Energy Efficiency in New Supercomputer for National Renewable Energy Lab
HPE Triples Performance, Enhances Energy Efficiency in New Supercomputer for National Renewable Energy Lab

PRESS RELEASE - Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced today it is building a new supercomputer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that is more energy efficient and 3.5 times more powerful than its existing system.¹ The new development is part of a long-standing collaboration between HPE and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to apply advanced supercomputing and HPC solutions to accelerate research across various DOE agencies.

Interactive Calculator Reveals True Cost of the Food We Waste
Interactive Calculator Reveals True Cost of the Food We Waste

WASTE NOT - We’ve all occasionally bought too much or waited too long to eat our fresh fruit and veg, but what is the true impact of the food we throw away? UK food tech company It’s Fresh! has launched a food waste calculator to enable consumers to understand the true cost of the fruit and vegetables they discard.

Counter Culture Coffee Gets FRANK! About Living Wages for Farmers
Counter Culture Coffee Gets FRANK! About Living Wages for Farmers

SUPPLY CHAIN - Counter Culture Coffee has released its annual Transparency Report, along with a limited-edition blend that highlights the true average price farmers are paid for their coffee; Counter Culture is the only roaster in the industry to provide this level of transparency into its sourcing model. "Viewing our business through a lens of sustainability has been an important aspect to our success for more than two decades," explained Brett Smith, founder and president of Counter Culture. "By sharing this report, we create accountability for ourselves — leading to a greater level of trust with our partners."

Maersk and IBM Introduce TradeLens Blockchain Shipping Solution
Maersk and IBM Introduce TradeLens Blockchain Shipping Solution

PRESS RELEASE - In a follow up to their January announcement, A.P. Moller –Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the creation of TradeLens, jointly developed by the two companies to apply blockchain to the world's global supply chain. TradeLens is the result of a collaboration agreement between Maersk and IBM, a blockchain-enabled shipping solution designed to promote more efficient and secure global trade, bringing together various parties to support information sharing and transparency, and spur industry-wide innovation.

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Impossible Foods Details Progress Toward Eliminating Animals from Food by 2035
Impossible Foods Details Progress Toward Eliminating Animals from Food by 2035

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Today, food tech startup Impossible Foods published its 2018 impact report, an annual update on its mission, business and strategic roadmap.

Paper Battery from BillerudKorsnäs, Uppsala Paving Way for Energy Storage in Packaging
Paper Battery from BillerudKorsnäs, Uppsala Paving Way for Energy Storage in Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Swedish sustainable packaging giant BillerudKorsnäs and researchers at Uppsala University have partnered to bring paper batteries to life. Together, they have taken basic research based on pure cellulose from algae and developed it to work with the same type of fiber that BillerudKorsnäs often uses to manufacture its packaging material — furthering development for both inexpensive and eco-friendly batteries. The long-term aim is to enable large-scale production and the future use of paper batteries for applications in areas such as smart packaging.

UPS To Test New Electric Vehicle
UPS To Test New Electric Vehicle

PRESS RELEASE - Atlanta, GA - UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced a collaboration with Thor Trucks, Inc. to develop and test a fully-electric class 6 delivery truck in Los Angeles, Calif. The truck is expected to be ready for deployment later this year. UPS continues to work with a range of companies to test and deploy promising alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles that will help it meet its sustainability goals. Electric vehicles, and the charging infrastructure needed to support them, play a critical role in UPS’s vision for its fleet of the future.

The Estée Lauder Companies Becomes the First Beauty Company to Partner with LinkedIn Learning
The Estée Lauder Companies Becomes the First Beauty Company to Partner with LinkedIn Learning

PRESS RELEASE - As the world of work is changing faster than ever, employees and potential talent are seeking out learning and development opportunities to not only keep up, but to stay ahead and be challenged. A recent study by Gartner shows that companies that offer learning and development opportunities have an employee-base which is 66% more engaged; 4.2x more likely to stay with their current company; 8x more likely to be high-performers; and learns skills 25% faster* – which is why The Estée Lauder Companies is pleased to be the first-ever beauty company to partner with LinkedIn Learning.

Ford Releases Exoskeleton Wearable Technology Globally to Lessen Worker Fatigue, Injury
Ford Releases Exoskeleton Wearable Technology Globally to Lessen Worker Fatigue, Injury

PRESS RELEASE - Imagine lifting a bag of flour or a watermelon over your head up to 4,600 times a day as part of your job – that is similar to what some Ford employees do every day as they work to build vehicles around the world. Repetitive motions like those can lead to fatigue and injury for workers, but now Ford is rolling out a new wearable technology globally called EksoVest that helps reduce injury risk in some plant workers after a successful trial in two U.S. plants.

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Rheem Unveils the Econet Smart Thermostat
Rheem Unveils the Econet Smart Thermostat

PRESS RELEASE - Rheem® has announced the launch of the new EcoNet® Smart Thermostat, the latest innovation in the company’s EcoNet enabled product line. Designed to optimize the performance of Rheem communicating HVAC and water heating systems, this new thermostat includes intelligent management features for both homeowners and contractors. The ultra-thin programmable thermostat has a full-color glass touchscreen and is equipped with features modern homeowners expect, such as local weather, one-touch away mode, motion activation, and integrated Wi-Fi, in addition to being compatible with Rheem’s EcoNet mobile app. It also works with Amazon Alexa for convenient hands-free voice control. Just say “Alexa, set home to 72 degrees” or “Alexa, make home warmer” to an Alexa-enabled device.

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