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Social Infrastructure: Construction Projects as a Force for Good

Social Infrastructure: Construction Projects as a Force for Good

If an organization commissions a multimillion-dollar building or renovation, how can it double or triple the social and environmental benefits from its investment? Many green building standards already exist, but what if it was possible to go beyond them — to design a building process that was transformational in its execution?

These ‘Friendly’ Insects Could Make Our Most Deadly, Destructive Pests Drop Like Flies

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Oxitec’s Friendly™ technology has created self-limiting versions of some of our most deadly and destructive insect pests — a safe, targeted solution that has the potential to protect human populations, food crops and livelihoods globally.

The Future of Meat: Likely Somewhere Between Regenerative and Alternative

The broad spectrum of choices in today’s ‘meat’ aisle will continue to diversify as brands work to satisfy the appetites of ever-growing climate-conscious consumer market — and each product has its own benefits, challenges and impacts.

Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund Propels Completion of LanzaJet’s First SAF Plant

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The financing partnership will enable LanzaJet to bring its alcohol-to-jet, net-zero sustainable aviation fuels to commercial scale.

Enterprise-Wide Engagement Unearths Sweeping Solutions for Reining in SO2 Emissions

The team at Vestolit — part of polymers, materials and infrastructure leader Orbia — worked closely with the corporate sustainability team to find modifications to plant operations that promise significant reductions in the entire enterprise’s sulphur dioxide emissions.

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Intrepid Travel Introduces 22 New ‘Impact Initiatives’ for 2022

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. To provide experiences that enrich destination communities and travelers alike, the new initiatives span 16 countries and include activities such as meals at local establishments supporting women, migrants and seniors; and immersive tours preserving Indigenous and ethnic minority legacies.

Unique Public-Private Partnership Ensures Climate-Proof Future for Sake Production

Companies and industries are being forced to innovate to ensure success in a climate-changed future. One win-win partnership epitomizes the ingenuity of a legendary, highly particular sake brewery and a city government seeking to leverage local characteristics to revitalize the region.

Dome Sweet Dome: Geoship’s ‘Livingry’ Model Aims to Reconnect Home and Nature

Geoship’s bioceramic, climate-resilient dome villages offer a glimpse into a new model of zero-carbon community living and a future-proof world built through regenerative architecture.

NYC’s New Battery Playscape Combines Education with Climate-Resilient Design

A global exemplar for playgrounds located in flood-zone communities, Playscape features five distinct ecology zones, each fostering cultural and environmental awareness through sustainable, biodiverse and water-conscious design.

Transforming Plastic Waste into Asphalt: Paving the Way for Sustainable Roads

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. In order for truly sustainable and circular systems to be realized, every facet of normal life must be re-considered — from the cars we drive to the roads we drive them on.

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How Carbon Removal as a Service Is Poised to Aid the Clean Energy Transition

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Energy company Occidental and its subsidiary, Oxy Low-Carbon Ventures, are on a path to achieve net-zero emissions in their own operations and those associated with their products before 2050. And they are helping others reduce theirs, too.

Racing to Zero, Part 2: It’s the (Circular) Economy, Stupid.

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Many organisations have not yet connected the dots between climate-change mitigation and a circular economy — the successful shift to which could be our greatest tool. Here, we examine the climate math for circular strategies, and the role of the humble car door in radical climate action.

Purpose & the Stakeholder Factor: 10 Trends for 2021 and Beyond

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. To capture the top trends of 2021, Porter Novelli reviewed and analyzed a year’s worth of Purpose-driven and stakeholder news, activities, campaigns and announcements to deliver the latest in stakeholder intelligence. Here are our 10 need-to-know trends for today and tomorrow.

Why Material Is Material: Another Definition of Double Materiality

What is 'material'? And how can a slight play on words help brands make more sustainable, healthier material choices in the built environment to reduce risk and benefit all stakeholders — from investors to employees and communities, to the planet?

Biomimicry Institute Awarded €2.5M to Pilot, Scale Decomposition of Textile Waste

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The Design for Decomposition initiative is the next step in the Institute’s effort to transform fashion, stopping millions of tonnes of textile waste escaping into the environment each year.

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Parsons’ Healthy Materials Lab and Library Offers Resources for Designers, Architects, Students

Shaw’s Tim Conway recently spoke with the Lab's director, Alison Mears, about how it is raising awareness about building material ingredients and educating the next generation of designers and architects.

Innovation for Good Driving Both Internal and External Impacts for Kohler

What happens when a company empowers its associates to think creatively and innovate with a social purpose? You find yourself with a potent strategic framework for solving for some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

Conscientious Consumption: The SB 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. With no end in sight to the pandemic and its many ripple effects, we can all use a little bit of brightness in our lives! So, here are some of the many companies, platforms and products aligned with a more intentional approach to consumption, that we’d be happy to support anytime.

$1M Innovation Challenge to Fuel Upcycled Solutions to Pomegranate Waste

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The Wonderful Company has chosen two winners to create value-added solutions from 50,000 annual tons of pomegranate husks, to reduce food waste and create a more circular supply chain.

Racing to Zero, Part 1: On Track, or Playing with Numbers?

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Many companies say they’ve reached their net-zero goals, but is it really that easy? We can make the numbers look good, at least in the short-term; or we can strive for greater impacts — towards real zero and beyond. If we don’t take this challenge seriously today, we won’t be in business in ten years’ time.

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