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Product, Service & Design Innovation

The latest products, services, design approaches and business models that are helping organizations of all sizes deliver on their sustainability ambitions and establish a new business as usual.

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How Climate Risk Can Inform Climate Solutions

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The fast and yet slow pace of climate change, along with the geographically dispersed nature of the impacts, can make a collective risk accounting seem overwhelming. Yet there is an interplay between climate risk and certain mitigation measures; we need to factor the risks into how we approach solutions.

There’s an Opportunity for Purpose Leadership in the Metaverse Gold Rush

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Companies getting into the gold rush of the metaverse can, like many before them in burgeoning industries, put profit first with little thought to the implications on society. Rarely have we been able to proactively factor in brand purpose and ESG planning into the early stages of an industry; and we have the unique opportunity to get it right this time around.

Why There Won’t Be Quite So Much Waste from the Big Game This Year

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. From cups and straws to the over 300 million gallons of beer expected to be drunk in the US this weekend, companies are stepping up with innovative solutions to rein in the fallout from one of our most wasteful celebration days of the year.

Creating a Ripple Effect: Associates at the Heart of Engagement and Innovation

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. Companies must create opportunities for employees to break down internal and social borders that try to dictate who they are and what they can achieve. By doing so, employees can think beyond their day-to-day role to grow as professionals and individuals, while also creating meaningful value for the company.

Meet the Company Deconstructing Food Products to Reconstruct a More Resilient Food System

Journey Foods is on a mission to transform our food system, one product at a time. Its database of over 17B data points on millions of food products and ingredients is helping companies optimize the complete lifecycle of products, from ideation to market.

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Rural Studio Immersion Program Enriching Students, Reviving West Alabama’s Black Belt

At Auburn University’s architectural-training program, “housing is health.” Associate Director Rusty Smith asserts: “As architects, we have a professional responsibility. It's not only an ethical or moral responsibility; it's a professional responsibility, as well, to act when we see people in crisis.”

Seeing Stars: Reconnecting Humanity with a Flick of a Switch

When the city of Franeker, Netherlands, turned off its lights for a night to reveal the now-rarely seen splendor of the night sky, it was a reminder of our inextricable link to each other and our universe.

14 Innovators Win Grants for Solutions Aimed at Sustainably ‘Seeding the Future’

The startups and NGOs have won the inaugural Seeding the Future Global Food System Challenge, from the Institute of Food Technologists, aimed at scaling innovations that will help transform the food system.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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