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Researchers Discover Process to Absorb Toxic Metals from Water, Using E-Waste
Researchers Discover Process to Absorb Toxic Metals from Water, Using E-Waste

WASTE NOT - A team of Hong Kong researchers has found a way to use ground-up circuit boards from discarded cell phones, computers and other gadgets to absorb toxic heavy metals found in water, according to Chemical & Engineering NewsEach year, around 20 to 50 million tons of electronic waste is produced worldwide, most of which is incinerated or dumped into landfills. Burning the plastic/metal combo in printed circuit boards releases toxic compounds such as dioxins and furans. In landfills, the metals on the circuit boards can contaminate groundwater.

Follow-Up to SB'13: Lucid's Michael Murray on Using IT to Drive Behavior Change
Follow-Up to SB'13: Lucid's Michael Murray on Using IT to Drive Behavior Change

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Michael Murray is the president and co-founder of Lucid, a software company providing real-time information feedback designed to “teach, inspire behavior change, and save energy and water resources in buildings.” Since the company’s founding in 2004, over 275 schools and organizations have adopted Lucid’s Building Dashboard, which it describes as a social network for buildings that allows people to view, compare, and share resource usage data online.

New Documentary 'Sparks' Collaboration That Could Benefit People in Need Locally and Globally
New Documentary 'Sparks' Collaboration That Could Benefit People in Need Locally and Globally

MARKETING AND COMMS - At the dawn of the 21st century, America’s spiraling energy consumption hijacks our democracy and gambles our planet’s future. Meanwhile, 50 million Americans live in poverty, while our government stalls behind party lines. Next spring a new documentary, The Spark, will reveal a blueprint for realistic, immediate solutions.

The Next Wave of Healthcare Innovation: Healthy Aging?
The Next Wave of Healthcare Innovation: Healthy Aging?

If you want to find hotbeds of innovation, just look where there’s tension and instability.Healthcare is a great example. On one hand, chronic conditions are spiraling out of control at the same dizzying rate as healthcare costs. On the other hand, there’s an unprecedented interest among citizens in taking control of their own health, working to stay well instead of waiting to get sick.

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From Food to Human Tissue, How 3D Printing Is Changing the U.S. Manufacturing Game
From Food to Human Tissue, How 3D Printing Is Changing the U.S. Manufacturing Game

ICT AND BIG DATA - As 3D printers are being used to make everything from pottery to human tissue, the domestic manufacturing industry is evolving into something new and robust. As manufacturing begins to step into a growth phase, we examine the brands Stratasys and Organovo and take a closer look at what the introduction of their products means to the marketplace.There is no shortage of areas that were crippled by the financial crisis, and United States manufacturing ranks high on that list. Production jobs were already fleeing overseas in favor of inexpensive labor in the mid-2000s, and the combination of the domestic consumer recession and a burst of Chinese market dominance only amplified the situation.

Ford Outlines Progress, Newest Goals with Release of Latest Sustainability Report
Ford Outlines Progress, Newest Goals with Release of Latest Sustainability Report

In a webinar this morning, Ford’s Global Director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters John Viera and EVP & CFO Bob Shanks briefly outlined the company’s newly released 2012/13 Sustainability report.

Toyota, Ford and Tech Companies Top List of ‘Best Global Green Brands’
Toyota, Ford and Tech Companies Top List of ‘Best Global Green Brands’

MARKETING AND COMMS - For the second year running, Toyota has topped Interbrand’s list of “Best Global Green Brands,” followed by Ford and Honda. Rounding out the rest of the top ten are Panasonic, Nissan, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, Danone, Nokia and Dell. Overall, the technology sector clearly dominated.

Study: "Meaningful Brands" Outperform Stock Market by 120%
Study: "Meaningful Brands" Outperform Stock Market by 120%

MARKETING AND COMMS - During last week’s SB’13 conference in San Diego, Havas Media unveiled new research that could provide further insight into the minds of consumers. Results released this week from Havas’ latest Meaningful Brands study statistically demonstrate that “meaningful brands” outperform the stock market by 120%. The Meaningful Brands Index (MBI) — Havas’ new metric of brand strength — is considered the first of its kind to connect human well-being with brands at a business level. It demonstrates the relationship correlation between people and brands, and how this can affect the volume of measuring, communicating and delivering increased well-being — on a personal and community level.

Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson To Lead Apple’s Environmental Efforts
Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson To Lead Apple’s Environmental Efforts

LEADERSHIP - Apple CEO Tim Cook announced at the D: All Things Digital conference this weekthat he has hired former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chief Lisa Jackson to head up the technology company’s environmental activities.

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LaborVoices Using Worker Feedback To Paint More Accurate Pictures of Supplier Practices
LaborVoices Using Worker Feedback To Paint More Accurate Pictures of Supplier Practices

SUPPLY CHAIN - In the final week leading up to the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) finals on June 5th, where the runner-up will be decided via live online public vote, we will feature daily articles introducing our semi-finalists. Today, meet LaborVoices.As an AAAS Science Policy Fellow for the U.S State Department’s Office of International Labor and Corporate Social Responsibility office, Dr. Kohl Gill was inspired to found LaborVoices while on a trade and labor delegation to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

BMW i Poised to Redefine Sustainable Mobility
BMW i Poised to Redefine Sustainable Mobility

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The BMW brand arguably defines automobile performance, engineering and technology.

Shelton Group Hires Brooks Clark as Managing Editor
Shelton Group Hires Brooks Clark as Managing Editor

PRESS RELEASE - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Shelton Group, the nation’s leading marketing communications firm entirely focused in the sustainability and energy efficiency sectors, announced today that it has added Brooks Clark as Managing Editor of Shelton Insights, the agency’s soon-to-be-launched, web-based news service. “This is an exciting move for us a company because we’re expanding our service offering and exploring more ways to share our insights,” said Suzanne Shelton, founder and CEO of Shelton Group. “With Brooks’ extensive writing and editing experience, I know he will do a great job in pioneering this initiative.”

Shelton Group Study Shows Decline in Energy-Efficient Product Purchases and Home Improvements
Shelton Group Study Shows Decline in Energy-Efficient Product Purchases and Home Improvements

PRESS RELEASE - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Shelton Group, the nation’s leading marketing communications firm entirely focused in the sustainability and energy efficiency sectors, announced today that its latest Utility Pulse study shows that energy-saving habits have declined in the last three years. The national poll shows decreases in many behaviors, including those listed below: • Replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient CFLs or LEDs, down 13 percent • Adding sealing, caulking or weatherstripping, down 17 percent • Purchasing a higher-efficiency/ENERGY STAR qualified appliance, down 6 percent In addition, the survey found: • 50 percent of Americans still don’t unplug chargers and un-used appliances • 40 percent don’t use energy-saving thermostat settings

Solar Conduction Dryer Wins Grand Prize in 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Solar Conduction Dryer Wins Grand Prize in 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge

PRESS RELEASE - •Student team from India addresses the 20 to 30 percent food spoilage rate for poor rural farmers, via cost-effective dehydrators powered by solar conduction •Finalist projects range from new cancer diagnostic tool and nonprofit fundraising platform to solar power crowdsourcing and recycled shoes •Entrepreneurial students and their innovative ventures celebrated at finals event

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Dell Social Innovation Challenge Think Tank a Booming Online Success
Dell Social Innovation Challenge Think Tank a Booming Online Success

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A dozen or so experts on social innovation and sustainability gathered in Austin, TX, on Tuesday for the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, a yearly program that inspires social entrepreneurship all over the world.

EcoShift Launches Enterprise Supply Chain Sustainability Platform
EcoShift Launches Enterprise Supply Chain Sustainability Platform

SUPPLY CHAIN - An Ecoshift development team led by three PhD environmental scientists and policy analysts has developed a cloud-based system to help companies engage with their suppliers and use sustainability information to improve supply chain performance and reduce risk.

SAP Launches Carpool App To Help Businesses Save Money and Engage Employees
SAP Launches Carpool App To Help Businesses Save Money and Engage Employees

ICT AND BIG DATA - SAP this week introduced a new cloud-based carpool app to help companies reduce costs by encouraging employees to ride-share to work rather than commute solo.

Rennovia Develops Process To Produce 100% Bio-Based Nylon
Rennovia Develops Process To Produce 100% Bio-Based Nylon

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Rennovia last week announced that it has created a process to make bio-based nylon materials that are nearly 25 percent cheaper to produce and emit half as much greenhouse gas emissions as conventional petroleum-derived substances.

Nike, NASA, State Department & USAID Seek Innovations To Revolutionize Sustainable Materials
Nike, NASA, State Department & USAID Seek Innovations To Revolutionize Sustainable Materials

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Nike last week partnered with NASA, USAID and the U.S. Department of State to bring together some 150 materials specialists, designers, academics, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and NGOs to catalyze action around one of the world’s biggest challenges — the sustainability of materials and how they are made.

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Cisco, Google Top Greenpeace's Cool IT Leaderboard for Energy Innovation
Cisco, Google Top Greenpeace's Cool IT Leaderboard for Energy Innovation

ICT AND BIG DATA - “Tech giants have the capacity to lead society to cleaner, smarter energy systems, as both Cisco and Google have demonstrated,” announced Greenpeace International Senior IT analyst Gary Cook. The two companies tied for first place in a recent evaluation of the top 21 IT and telecom firms that prioritize energy solutions to climate change as a core aspect of their business model.

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