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UCS: 40% Less Fuel Use by Heavy Duty Trucks, Creating $30B in Savings, Feasible with Existing Technology
UCS: 40% Less Fuel Use by Heavy Duty Trucks, Creating $30B in Savings, Feasible with Existing Technology

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ahead of the release of a new heavy duty truck fuel-efficiency standard from the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this spring, a new Union of Concerned Scientists study, released this week, says new fuel efficiency standards for heavy duty trucks should require at least a 40 percent decrease in fuel use, and shows the target is achievable with existing technology and would result in billions of dollars in fuel cost savings.

United Airlines Recognized For Innovation and Leadership at Bio Business Awards 2015
United Airlines Recognized For Innovation and Leadership at Bio Business Awards 2015

PRESS RELEASE - In 2013, United Airlines executed a definitive purchase agreement with AltAir Fuels for cost-competitive, sustainable, advanced biofuels at commercial scale, representing a historic milestone for aviation. With United's strategic partnership, AltAir Fuels retrofitted part of an existing petroleum refinery to become a 30 million gallon, advanced biofuel refinery near Los Angeles, California.

Ford Aiming to Revolutionize the Commute with New eBikes
Ford Aiming to Revolutionize the Commute with New eBikes

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ford Motor Company is expanding its global Ford Smart Mobility plan with a new experiment to study how electric bicycles can work seamlessly with cars and public transport to deliver faster and easier daily commutes and help businesses operating in urban centers.

Citi Launches $100 Billion Initiative to Combat Climate Change
Citi Launches $100 Billion Initiative to Combat Climate Change

LEADERSHIP - Citi announced a commitment to lend, invest and facilitate a total of $100 billion within the next 10 years to finance activities that reduce the impacts of climate change and create environmental solutions that benefit people and communities. Citi's previous $50 billion goal was met three years early in 2013.

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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.

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.

Uber and Lyft Both Receive an ‘F’ from the Better Business Bureau, But So Does Yellow Cab
Uber and Lyft Both Receive an ‘F’ from the Better Business Bureau, But So Does Yellow Cab

MARKETING AND COMMS - Transportation Network Company (TNC) Uber has received an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the lowest possible rating given by the organization. The failing rating largely was attributed to dozens of complaints related to the company’s practice of implementing “surge pricing” during times of high user demand.Uber received more than 90 complained filed with the BBB over the past three years, most of which focused on surge pricing. Customers claimed they felt misinformed about how they are charged for rides, and say they are unable to receive proper customer service when they try to complain about their fares.

Global Shift to Mass Transit Can Save $100 Trillion by 2050
Global Shift to Mass Transit Can Save $100 Trillion by 2050

NEW METRICS - More than $100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending, and 1,700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2) — a 40 percent reduction of urban passenger transport emissions — could be eliminated by 2050 if the world expands public transportation, walking and cycling in cities, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).In addition, an estimated 1.4 million early deaths could be avoided annually by 2050 if governments began requiring the strongest vehicle pollution controls and ultralow-sulfur fuels, according to a related analysis of these urban vehicle activity pathways by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) included in the report.

Branson, Carbon War Room Call for More Ports Fighting CO2
Branson, Carbon War Room Call for More Ports Fighting CO2

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The number of sea ports using ship evaluation systems to decrease carbon emissions will expand from two to 10 in the next year, according to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Bloomberg reports.Branson is a founder of the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit that rates ship efficiency.Port Metro, Vancouver and the Prince Rupert Port Authority in Canada already use a system that ranks 60,000 vessels in the merchant fleet with an A-to-G scale for fuel efficiency — ships rated A get the biggest discounts on port fees. Metro gave $1.1 million in discounts last year, while Prince Rupert budgeted for $100,000 this year, according to Bloomberg.

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MIT's digital supply chain MOOC set for global launch
MIT's digital supply chain MOOC set for global launch

PRESS RELEASE - Chris Caplice, executive director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, will teach CTL.SC1x Supply Chain and Logistics Fundamentals to more than 9,000 online students. 

Crowdsourcing solutions for global problems with ClimateCoLab
Crowdsourcing solutions for global problems with ClimateCoLab

PRESS RELEASE - Online voting open in 18 contests addressing climate changeVoting is open in the fourth annual Climate CoLab contests, a series of crowdsourced competitions addressing specific aspects of climate change. The contests rely on the power of collective intelligence, inviting and including ideas from all corners of the world to address global climate change.

P&G Utilizes More Than 99% of Materials Entering Its Plants
P&G Utilizes More Than 99% of Materials Entering Its Plants

WASTE NOT - Over the past fiscal year, more than 99.35 percent of all materials entering Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) plants were used in products and through recycling, reuse, and conversion of waste to energy, according to the company’s 2013 Sustainability Report.Additionally, more than 50 of the Company’s global sites now send zero manufacturing waste to landfill, including every site in Germany. Since 2010, P&G says it has reduced manufacturing waste by 56 percent per unit of production — more than double the company’s original goal.

How Aruba Plans to Be Energy Independent by 2020
How Aruba Plans to Be Energy Independent by 2020

THE NEXT ECONOMY - 'Energy independence' is a term we hear a lot of politicians throw around, but not too many actually follow through on their plans or promises.Aruba, however, is actually making good on its goal of energy independence. The tiny Caribbean country is not only addressing its energy concerns but is actually on track to become fully energy independent by 2020, thanks to a number of clean-energy investments and initiatives.Sure, it might be easier for a country that measures about 20 x 6 miles to achieve energy independence than it is for, say, the U.S., but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a thing or two from this country and what it is doing to get its energy situation in order. Let’s take a look at some lessons we can take away from Aruba's example:

Del Monte Foods Partners with Wisconsin Growers, Suppliers and Second Harvest on Innovative Foodbank Program
Del Monte Foods Partners with Wisconsin Growers, Suppliers and Second Harvest on Innovative Foodbank Program

PRESS RELEASE - According to Feeding America, one out of six Americans, one out of five children and about three million senior citizens lack adequate access to affordable and nutritious foods. This equates to approximately 47 million people considered to be food insecure. The urgency is acute and screams for more innovative approaches to help fill the shelves of foodbanks. One such idea emerged at meeting back in 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin between Professor Jed Colquhoun from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, fresh produce companies, Del Monte Foods and other processors, a group of Wisconsin growers, and Second Harvest, a subsidiary of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

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HP Pledges to Reduce GHG by 20% in Supply Chain by 2020
HP Pledges to Reduce GHG by 20% in Supply Chain by 2020

SUPPLY CHAIN - HP recently announced that it has set a goal of driving a 20 percent decrease in its first-tier manufacturing and product transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 2020, compared to 2010, a first for the information technology industry.Developed in consultation with the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Climate Savers Program, HP says the GHG emissions-reduction goal will be pursued through a variety of HP-led activities, including:· Business incentives for suppliers to set and achieve tangible GHG emissions-reduction goals.· By 2020, direct prevention of 2 million metric tons of GHG emissions across HP’s multitier supply chain, cumulatively, through specific supplier environmental improvement projects, including:

UPS Reports Reduction of Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
UPS Reports Reduction of Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions

PRESS RELEASE - ATLANTA, July 25, 2013 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) today released its annual Sustainability Report announcing that while the total number of packages shipped in 2012 increased, the company reduced its total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.  Environmental achievements included ground and air fuel savings, increased investments in alternative fuel vehicles, and retooled routes that shaved 12.1 million miles from ground deliveries.“UPS also set a new alternative fuel goal,” said David Abney, UPS Chief Operating Officer.  “By 2017, the company will reach one billion miles driven by alternative fuel/advanced technology vehicles – more than double the previous 400 million mile goal.”

Reusable Transport Packaging: Good for the Planet, Operational Efficiency and Brand Protection
Reusable Transport Packaging: Good for the Planet, Operational Efficiency and Brand Protection

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Packaging. The term evokes images of wrappers, tubs, pouches and other types of product encasements we see on store shelves every day. Meanwhile, transport packaging such as pallets, cardboard boxes and plastic stretch wrap remain largely hidden from shoppers’ view.

Bridgestone Americas and Yulex Develop Renewable Alternative to Rubber
Bridgestone Americas and Yulex Develop Renewable Alternative to Rubber

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A little-known perennial shrub called guayule (pronounced why-u-lee), native to the Southwestern United States, has been tapped as a potential alternative natural source for rubber by Bridgestone Americas and agricultural-based biomaterials company, Yulex.

Ford's Worldwide Driving Skills For Life Program Now Helping Make India's Roads Safer
Ford's Worldwide Driving Skills For Life Program Now Helping Make India's Roads Safer

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In 2003 Ford Motor Co. launched Driving Skills for Life (DSFL), a program the automaker created to teach newly licensed teenagers the necessary driving skills beyond the offerings of most drivers' education courses.

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UPS to Add 40 Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicles to Its Fleet
UPS to Add 40 Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicles to Its Fleet

PRESS RELEASE - BALTIMORE, October 4, 2012 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced the deployment of 40 new hydraulic hybrid vehicles (HHVs) – 20 in Baltimore and 20 in Atlanta.

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