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“Bikes vs Cars” Wants to Liberate Cities from Traffic Jams and Urban Sprawl
“Bikes vs Cars” Wants to Liberate Cities from Traffic Jams and Urban Sprawl

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Could the bicycle be the tool for change that our cities need? A new documentary and a related app are hoping to inspire better design, smarter political decisions, and reduced CO2 emissions in the urban planning process by shining a light on the bicycle and its growing conflict with the car.

Green Freight for a More Sustainable Supply Chain: Accelerate Performance and Declare a Goal
Green Freight for a More Sustainable Supply Chain: Accelerate Performance and Declare a Goal

SUPPLY CHAIN - For great sports teams, the big win marks a beginning, not an end. It whets their appetite for excellence, and more wins.So it is with companies who’ve had success in meeting sustainability targets through greener freight transportation strategies. Early wins trigger a planned effort, with dedicated resources, to uncover more opportunities. It’s a pattern we’ve seen time and again at brands that have made green freight a linchpin of CSR efforts – the green freight heroes.Freight accounts for 16 percent of corporate-driven climate pollution, so there’s no shortage of impactful opportunities. The challenge comes in assessing the priority projects and maintaining a focus on continuous improvement.

Starting Your Green Freight Journey
Starting Your Green Freight Journey

SUPPLY CHAIN - Logistics can be a sustainability manager’s “secret weapon,” because this theater of operations often gets passed over. It’s easy to think addressing logistics will be too complicated, given that most of the emissions are from equipment owned and operated by suppliers (i.e. scope 3). But freight operations often sit in the top five contributors of greenhouse gas emissions at any given corporation, so there are rich pickings to be had here.

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

PRESS RELEASE - UPS today announced the deployment of 18 electric, zero emission delivery vehicles to the Houston-Galveston area in Texas. The truck purchases are the result of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), local governments and non-profits. These vehicles, designed and built specifically by the Workhorse Group for the “stop and go” needs of a UPS delivery truck, will avoid the consumption of an estimated 1.1 million gallons of diesel fuel over 20 years.

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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

Freight: Ripe (and Largely Uncharted) Territory to Add to Your Company's Sustainability Map
Freight: Ripe (and Largely Uncharted) Territory to Add to Your Company's Sustainability Map

SUPPLY CHAIN - In a recent review of corporate responsibility reports from major consumer-facing brands, Environmental Defense Fund found that barely half of the companies mentioned the environmental impact of their freight supply chain and the steps they were taking to reduce this impact. This is unfortunate for two reasons: Freight transportation is a major source of corporate-caused climate pollution, and it’s ripe for rapidly achieving significant cost-savings and emissions reductions.

Sustainability Mythbusters: Is Minimizing Transportation Always Good?
Sustainability Mythbusters: Is Minimizing Transportation Always Good?

NEW METRICS - As a science-based method, life cycle analysis (LCA) is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this monthly series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they aremyth or truth. In today’s episode: transportation.

Carlsberg Saying 'Cheers' to Crowdsourced Solutions for Sustainable Beer
Carlsberg Saying 'Cheers' to Crowdsourced Solutions for Sustainable Beer

COLLABORATION - Carlsberg Group is inviting companies and members of the public to submit their ideas on how to make Carlsberg beer more sustainable. The competition, “Cheers to Green Ideas,” was launched in partnership with Scandinavian think tank Sustainia on Monday.

Cutting GHGs by 25% Among Carnival’s New 2020 Sustainability Goals
Cutting GHGs by 25% Among Carnival’s New 2020 Sustainability Goals

NEW METRICS - After meeting its initial goal a year ahead of schedule, Carnival Corporation has renewed its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from its 2005 baseline by 2020, according to a recent announcement of the travel and leisure company’s 2020 sustainability goals.As part of the effort, the company and its 10 global brands have developed strategic energy reduction and conservation initiatives, many of which exceed current laws and regulations.

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Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ on Track to Start Construction in 2016
Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ on Track to Start Construction in 2016

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Two years ago, billionaire CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX visionary Elon Musk made headlines when he released designs for the ‘Hyperloop’ Transport System, which would be capable of rapidly transporting people from Los Angeles to San Francisco via a tube in under 30 minutes.The proposed system would use pods about two meters, or around 6.6 feet, in diameter. Musk described the Hyperloop as a “cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table," instilling images of people-packed pods being blasted pneumatically through vacuum tubes.

UK Trialing 'Electric Highways' That Will Wirelessly Charge EVs
UK Trialing 'Electric Highways' That Will Wirelessly Charge EVs

CLEANTECH - Highways England and Under Secretary of State for Transport Andrew Jones MP announced today that off-road (test track) trials of technology needed to power electric and hybrid vehicles on England’s major roads are due to take place later this year.The trials are the first of their kind and will test how the technology would work safely and effectively on the country’s motorways and major A roads, allowing drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles to travel long distances without needing to stop and charge the car’s battery.

GE Says Predix Cloud Will Save Industrial Data, Analytics Operators Billions Annually
GE Says Predix Cloud Will Save Industrial Data, Analytics Operators Billions Annually

CLEANTECH - As a digital industrial company focused on answering the unique needs and scale of customers across aviation, energy, healthcare and transportation, GE has announced plans to enter the cloud services market with Predix Cloud. The world’s first and only cloud solution designed specifically for industrial data and analytics, this platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will capture and analyze the unique volume, velocity and variety of machine data within a highly secure, industrial-strength cloud environment.

UPS Halfway to Driving 1 Billion Miles With Clean Fuel Fleet By 2017
UPS Halfway to Driving 1 Billion Miles With Clean Fuel Fleet By 2017

NEW METRICS - UPS logged 154 million miles in 2014 toward its goal of driving 1 billion miles with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet by the end of 2017 — an almost threefold increase from 2013, according to the company’s 13th annual Sustainability Report.To put this into perspective: it took 13 years for the company to drive the first 350 million miles with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet, but in just one year UPS was able to build dramatically on that number and is now more than halfway to its 2017 goal.

Hyundai Heavy Industries, Accenture Building Connected 'Smart Ships'
Hyundai Heavy Industries, Accenture Building Connected 'Smart Ships'

CLEANTECH - Hyundai Heavy Industries, a leading shipbuilder, and Accenture are collaborating to design a ‘connected smart ship’ that will enable ship owners to better manage their fleets and achieve potential operational savings through the application of digital technologies. The collaboration is part of Hyundai Heavy Industries’ plans to expand its business, moving from manufacturing to services.Using a network of sensors that will be built into new vessels, ship owners will be able to capture a range of ship voyage information including location, weather, and ocean current data, as well as on-board

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This Startup Wants to Sell You a Solar-Powered Scooter
This Startup Wants to Sell You a Solar-Powered Scooter

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Canadian startup Daymark has developed a fully electric, solar-powered scooter capable of playing music from built-in speakers, charging your phone and traveling up to 10 miles using its 24V battery pack, which is available in lithium or lead acid varieties.The Photon scooter re-charges under daylight during any kind of weather, gaining approximately 0.2 miles for every hour of exposure the 6W solar panel receives.

Common, Rigorous, Robust Standards Needed for Sustainability to Fly in the Airline Industry
Common, Rigorous, Robust Standards Needed for Sustainability to Fly in the Airline Industry

CLEANTECH - If you think about air travel and sustainability, a couple of things might occur to you: First, that you are not involved or interested; second, that since airlines are so dependent on liquid fuel, reducing their carbon emissions is a lost cause. But, you probably are involved, and flying can become less disruptive of the planet’s systems.

Can a Tuktuk Ride Change the World?
Can a Tuktuk Ride Change the World?

CLEANTECH - If changing the world for the better was easy, we'd all be doing it. But thinking that you can make a difference is audacious. It takes a sort of beneficent arrogance to set out to push humanity in a positive direction. To believe you will succeed is madness, but to believe otherwise is to surrender. I think of giving up as a form of death, so I'll gladly side with the crazy ones who are trying to make things better.But the world needs change as we’re headed toward multiple planetary boundaries, so someone needs to take the wheel and point us in a better direction.I was invited to an intriguing event last week, where I learned about the plans for something audacious.Let’s start with the details:

How Brands Can Act Now to Benefit from New Efficiency Standards for Trucking
How Brands Can Act Now to Benefit from New Efficiency Standards for Trucking

SUPPLY CHAIN - Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed new fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.I spoke with Jason Mathers of the Environmental Defense Fund to find out how these new regulations affect U.S. brands. Jason leads EDF’s Green Freight initiative, which works with consumer product companies and large fleets to reduce the environmental impact of product distribution in the U.S.

Wearables, Startups, 3D Printing Helping Ford Drive Progress in Autonomous Vehicles Technology
Wearables, Startups, 3D Printing Helping Ford Drive Progress in Autonomous Vehicles Technology

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, Ford announced progress on its commitment to developing autonomous vehicle technology, including innovations in wearable technology and collaborations with startups in Silicon Valley to make mobility solutions more accessible. The announcement, made at the Further with Ford trend conference, marks a transition from Ford’s investment in autonomous vehicle technology as a research effort to an advanced engineering program.

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Ahoy! Five Global Shippers Collaborate to Drive Sea Freight Sustainability
Ahoy! Five Global Shippers Collaborate to Drive Sea Freight Sustainability

COLLABORATION - This week, five major companies from the beverage and chemical industries announced a collaboration on sustainability initiatives in the shipping sector. FrieslandCampina, AB InBev, AkzoNobel, DSM and Huntsman will join forces under the BICEPS (Boosting Initiatives for Collaborative Emission-reduction with the Power of Shippers) network to create momentum for sustainability improvements in shipping.

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