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Why Urban Homesteading Could Be a Key to More Livable, Resilient Cities
Why Urban Homesteading Could Be a Key to More Livable, Resilient Cities

THE NEXT ECONOMY - How do I love thee? Let me count the ways ...There's been lot of love shown recently to the notion of cities being 'resilient,' 'good' … or just plain fabulous. Take, for example, The Rockefeller Foundation's well-known 100 Resilient Cities initiative, which offers support to cities attempting to become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges being faced today.

General Mills Makes ‘Significant Progress’ Toward Sustainable Palm Oil Goals
General Mills Makes ‘Significant Progress’ Toward Sustainable Palm Oil Goals

NEW METRICS - General Mills made “significant progress” in 2014 toward its commitment to sustainably source 100 percent of its 10 priority ingredients by 2020, according to the company’s annual Global Responsibility Report.It is furthest along towards the goal of sustainably sourcing 100 percent of two raw materials: palm oil (83 percent) and fiber packaging (99 percent).The 10 ingredients represent more than 50 percent of the company’s annual raw material purchases and cover a broad range of raw materials including oats, wheat, corn, dairy, fiber packaging, cocoa, vanilla, palm oil, sugar cane and sugar beets.

Banks Now Realizing Importance and Potential for Water Investments
Banks Now Realizing Importance and Potential for Water Investments

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - According to the World Economic Forum, water scarcity ranks first among all long-term risks worldwide. Australia, Brazil and the United States are only a few examples of where droughts have affected everything from agriculture, hydropower and those everyday tasks most of take for granted. California’s annual snowpack this year was only 12 percent of normal — which has had a huge impact on the state’s skiing industry as well as its growing dairy sector. Finding solutions has proven to be a political minefield.

Study: More Awareness of Environmental Regulations Needed to Tackle Water-Related Supply Chain Risks
Study: More Awareness of Environmental Regulations Needed to Tackle Water-Related Supply Chain Risks

SUPPLY CHAIN - A brief released Friday by Sedex Global and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) finds that the majority of environmental non-compliances in global supply chains originate from a lack of understanding of relevant laws and regulations, despite the fact that the majority of self-assessors believe they meet all relevant requirements. The brief concludes that although positive efforts are being made to manage and set targets around water risks, improved, more collaborative systems are needed to help suppliers ensure environmental legal requirements are met.

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#ThrowBackThursday: Akwamag Moves Beyond Softening to Become One-Stop Shop for Water Purification
#ThrowBackThursday: Akwamag Moves Beyond Softening to Become One-Stop Shop for Water Purification

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In the lead-up to this year’s Sustainable Brands Innovation Open — our competition for startups poised to make scalable, sustainable impacts — we’re catching up with some of our favorite game-changing solutions from past years. This week, we have an update from SBIO 2014 finalist AkwaMag.

Nestlé Shares Challenges, Progress, Renews Partnerships in Efforts to Create 'Shared Value'
Nestlé Shares Challenges, Progress, Renews Partnerships in Efforts to Create 'Shared Value'

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - This week, Nestlé released the summary of its 2014 Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value report, which highlights the company’s progress — and challenges — in meeting its societal commitments. The report gives stakeholders the opportunity to scrutinize Nestlé’s progress during 2014 against 38 specific objectives. The full online version of the report will be available from April 7.Three new commitments cover responsible marketing to children, ensuring that all employees and stakeholders can easily report possible compliance violations, and working against corruption and bribery.

New York Startup Wants to Clean Up the Hudson River One Pool at a Time
New York Startup Wants to Clean Up the Hudson River One Pool at a Time

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Taking a dip in the Hudson River typically is not something New Yorkers would advise — centuries of city sewage discharges have left the river toxic and harmful to human health. Although public policies aimed at cleaning up the Hudson have improved conditions over the past several decades, leftovers from past pollution remain, and new problems are becoming evident.

Hong Kong Cleantech Companies Showcase in San Francisco
Hong Kong Cleantech Companies Showcase in San Francisco

CLEANTECH - Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation ("HKSTP") is showcasing Hong Kong's sustainable innovations to the world by leading a delegation of cleantech companies at an event this week in San Francisco.The HKSTP delegation includes five cleantech companies that will showcase sustainable innovations ranging from a water filtration device to renewable energy technologies and energy management platforms.The participating companies in the HKSTP delegation are:

Levi's Has Saved 1B Liters of Water Through Its Water<Less Process — Now It's Asking You to Wash Less
Levi's Has Saved 1B Liters of Water Through Its Water<Less Process — Now It's Asking You to Wash Less

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Levi Strauss and Co. today announced it has saved one billion liters of water since 2011 through its Water&lt;Less™ process, which reduces the water used in garment finishing by up to 96 percent. This announcement coincides with the release of LS&amp;Co.’s new Product Lifecycle Assessment (LCA), an update on the company’s groundbreaking 2007 study on the environmental impact of its products.

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On-Site Water Recycling Could Create Drought-Resilient Homes in California
On-Site Water Recycling Could Create Drought-Resilient Homes in California

CLEANTECH - California builders, water &amp; sewer agencies and homeowners are one step closer to being able to construct bona fide drought-resilient homes.Nexus eWater, maker of home water and energy recyclers, has received certification to the NSF/ANSI 350 global standard for residential grey water treatment for its ‘NEXtreater’ home water recycler. The water recycler is capable of safely recycling two out of every three gallons of grey water in the home for non-potable, approved uses.Grey water is drain water from showers, laundry and hand sinks and is the largest potential source of on-site water in homes — typically, this makes up two-thirds of indoor water.The potential water savings associated with in-home grey water recycling are “unprecedented”, Nexus eWater says.

#ThrowBackThursday: Amazi Will Not Only Lead You to Water, It Will Tell You What's in It
#ThrowBackThursday: Amazi Will Not Only Lead You to Water, It Will Tell You What's in It

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In the lead-up to this year’s Sustainable Brands Innovation Open — our competition for startups poised to make scalable, sustainable impacts — we’re catching up with some of our favorite game-changing solutions from past years. This week, we have an update from SBIO 2014 finalist and Target Award winner Amazi.

New Reports Say Sustainable Investment Can Stabilize Global Water Risk, European Economy
New Reports Say Sustainable Investment Can Stabilize Global Water Risk, European Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This week, non-profits Ceres and WWF published resources that provide guidelines for how strategic investment at the private and public level can help avert environmental and economic crises felt the world over. The reports also present compelling arguments for how said environmental crises fuel — and could easily eclipse — the global economic crisis.On Tuesday, Ceres released a report and cheat sheet (right) designed to help global investors improve their analysis and decision-making with regards to water scarcity.

Heineken, UNIDO Team Up to Drive Sustainability Efforts in Water-Scarce Developing Markets
Heineken, UNIDO Team Up to Drive Sustainability Efforts in Water-Scarce Developing Markets

SUPPLY CHAIN - Heineken last week announced plans to team up with The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as part of a new sustainability initiative to support environmental and social growth movements in the developing world.

General Mills, Coke, KB Home Launch Campaign Urging Bolder Business Action to Conserve Water
General Mills, Coke, KB Home Launch Campaign Urging Bolder Business Action to Conserve Water

COLLABORATION - As California’s devastating drought enters its fourth year and local organizations are appealing to residents to rein in their water use, a diverse coalition of companies with skin in the game — food and beverage giants General Mills, Driscoll’s and Coca-Cola North America, Gap Inc., Symantec and home builder KB Home — are coming together to launch a new campaign urging companies to enact more aggressive measures to maximize California's local and state water resources.

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Waste2Watergy Helping Beverage Companies Brew Power from Wastewater
Waste2Watergy Helping Beverage Companies Brew Power from Wastewater

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Waste2Watergy, a Corvallis startup formed at Oregon State University, has secured a $225,000 federal grant to advance technology that cleans organics from brewery wastewater while producing electricity. The company says the technology could revolutionize wastewater treatment for the entire food and beverage industry.Developers have created a microbial fuel cell (MFC) system that generates energy from treating wastewater. Tiny microbes were designed to consume organic material; as an added bonus, the electrochemical energy created from microbial reactions in the fuel cell produce electricity.

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.

GE Launches Platform to Explore Tools, Trends in Water Reuse, Energy Efficiency
GE Launches Platform to Explore Tools, Trends in Water Reuse, Energy Efficiency

MARKETING AND COMMS - GE Water &amp; Process Technologies recently launched UsedtoUseful, a new platform that explores the impact of water reuse on industrial and municipal sectors. The site shares industry insight and discusses interesting concepts surrounding the impact of water reuse on industrial and municipal sectors.UsedtoUseful focuses on water reuse, tough-to-treat water, energy efficiency, and monitoring through interesting articles, original content, and water stories from around the globe in a non-commercial way.

Report: Reduction, Recycling and Recovery Key to Resolving Water-Energy Crisis
Report: Reduction, Recycling and Recovery Key to Resolving Water-Energy Crisis

WASTE NOT - The most effective technologies for addressing growing global water and energy interdependence — known as the water-energy nexus — are based on reduce, recycle, and recovery and zero-water/zero-energy, according to new research from analyst firm Frost &amp; Sullivan.The report, Technology Convergence Resolving Water-Energy Challenges, identifies six types of technology that contribute to solving the water-energy challenge: renewables-based desalination, wastewater treatment and recovery, hydraulic fracturing, thermal power, water efficiency and energy efficiency.

The Shared Imperative: How the Humble Pint Is Helping to Advance Sustainability Science
The Shared Imperative: How the Humble Pint Is Helping to Advance Sustainability Science

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Last week saw the launch of a new initiative that will offer 15 post-graduate scientists from nations across Africa the opportunity to work with UK academic institutions in subject areas such as water management, sustainable farming, energy and waste.The ‘SABMiller Royal Society Exchange Programme’ is a seemingly unlikely collaboration between one of the UK’s leading science establishments and a multinational brewer. I went along to Wednesday night’s launch event at the Royal Society in London to find out how beer is helping to fund new sustainable technologies.

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CDP: US, Brazil, China and India Least Resilient Against Climate-Related Supply Chain Risks
CDP: US, Brazil, China and India Least Resilient Against Climate-Related Supply Chain Risks

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Lack of preparation has left supply chains in Brazil, China, India and the United States more vulnerable to climate risks than those in Europe and Japan. However, suppliers in China and India deliver the greatest financial return on investment to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrate the strongest appetite for collaboration across the value chain. This according to research released Tuesday by CDP and Accenture.

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