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Panasonic, DIRECTV, Microsoft, Sony, Xerox Form New Recycling Coalition
Panasonic, DIRECTV, Microsoft, Sony, Xerox Form New Recycling Coalition

Waste Not / DirecTV, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sony and Xerox are among the founding partners of the R2 Responsible Recycling Leader Program, which encourages companies to responsibly reuse and recycle electronics. The program is a coalition of 10 partners and includes Goodwill Industries International, Greeneye Partners, Keep America Beautiful, SourceAmerica and Wistron Corporation.The R2 electronics recycling standard and certification process is managed by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI). - 10 years ago

Kaiser Permanente Commits to Flame-Retardant-Free Furniture
Kaiser Permanente Commits to Flame-Retardant-Free Furniture

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Kaiser Permanente has announced that it will stop purchasing furniture treated with flame retardants. Its new standard specifies that upholstered furniture in new or remodeled buildings should not contain added fire-retardant chemicals.The medical group says it spends roughly $30 million a year to furnish its hospitals, medical offices and other buildings. It is the first health system in the country to make this commitment; the decision could impact more than 38 hospitals and 600 medical offices in eight states and the District of Columbia. - 10 years ago

Europe Unleashing Full-Scale Attack on Food Waste
Europe Unleashing Full-Scale Attack on Food Waste

Product, Service & Design Innovation / The issue of food waste has rightfully come front and center in the Western world, with staggering figures such as 40 percent waste in the US alone forcing us to find solutions. The problems that lead to food waste lie throughout the chain from production to distribution and consumption, which means countless opportunities for organizations across all sectors to innovate to tackle it.Europe is leading the way with a rash of new technologies and collaborations working to minimize waste generated in the food cycle, many of them at the retail level. - 10 years ago

Philips and Green Sense Farms Using LEDs to Grow Crops Indoors
Philips and Green Sense Farms Using LEDs to Grow Crops Indoors

Cleantech / Royal Philips and Green Sense Farms (GSF), a Chicago-area commercial grower, have partnered to develop one of the largest indoor commercial farms using LED grow lights. This farming method allows them to harvest 20-25 times a year by using ‘light recipes’ optimized for their produce and uses 85 percent less energy, Philips said in a release. - 10 years ago

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Energy Upgrade California Aims to Promote Energy-, Water-Saving Behaviors
Energy Upgrade California Aims to Promote Energy-, Water-Saving Behaviors

Behavior Change / California recently launched Energy Upgrade California, a statewide education campaign to help Californians manage their energy usage, save money and help the state meet its climate goals. Energy Upgrade California will engage people to better manage energy and water through a multi-cultural advertising campaign, a comprehensive website, retail education, community-based outreach and education, and social media. - 10 years ago

Raffle for Good: Reinventing Online Philanthropy
Raffle for Good: Reinventing Online Philanthropy

Product, Service & Design Innovation / In the weeks leading up to the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) finals on June 4th, where the runner-up will be decided via live online public vote, we will get to know our 11 semi-finalists. Today, meet the winner of our public vote, Raffle for Good. - 10 years ago

Startup Growing 'Zero Carbon Food' in London Underground Tunnels Has Investors Clamoring
Startup Growing 'Zero Carbon Food' in London Underground Tunnels Has Investors Clamoring

Product, Service & Design Innovation / It is not often that a new venture with an unbelievable, yet-to-be-proven concept is overwhelmingly backed by investors. Zero Carbon Food (ZCF) is just such a venture — throwing conventional wisdom aside, the company's Growing Underground SW4 project has set out to grow food underground, away from the sun and fresh air. ZCF's equity crowdfunding campaign on CrowdCube has elicited a fantastic response from investors, already raising over 200 percent of its £300,000 (~US$500,000) goal with four days still remaining. - 10 years ago

FoodLoop Helps Shoppers, Retailers Work Together to Eliminate Grocery Waste
FoodLoop Helps Shoppers, Retailers Work Together to Eliminate Grocery Waste

Product, Service & Design Innovation / In the weeks leading up to the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) finals on June 4th, where the runner-up will be decided via live online public vote, we will get to know our 11 semi-finalists. Today, meet FoodLoop. - 10 years ago

The WaterBean: The Newest Solution to Plastic Bottle Pollution
The WaterBean: The Newest Solution to Plastic Bottle Pollution

Products and Design / In the weeks leading up to the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) finals on June 4th, where the runner-up will be decided via live online public vote, we will get to know our 11 semi-finalists. Today, meet the WaterBean. - 10 years ago

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Ford Fined Nearly $3M for Violation of Air-Quality Laws in California
Ford Fined Nearly $3M for Violation of Air-Quality Laws in California

ICT and Big Data / The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has fined Ford Motor Company $2.96 million for violations of air-quality laws related to the sale of vehicles with non-compliant On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) systems in California.OBD systems constantly monitor critical engine and emission control system operations, alert drivers to problems and provide service technicians detailed information that can be used to quickly and accurately pinpoint malfunctions causing operational problems and excessive pollution from vehicles. The systems are a key part of California’s efforts to reduce pollution caused by malfunctioning vehicles. - 10 years ago

Roundtable: It's 'Time for Action' for the Indian Organic Cotton Sector
Roundtable: It's 'Time for Action' for the Indian Organic Cotton Sector

Stakeholder Trends and Insights / Organic cotton has enviable growth potential but trends suggest a supply crunch in the years to come, warns Time for Action: Key Issues and Actions Facing the Cotton Sector in India — a report outlining the agreements arrived at the inaugural Organic Cotton Roundtable held in March this year.The Roundtable, which convened over 170 industry players, was organized by CottonConnect and curated and funded by the C&A Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dutch fashion retailer C&A. - 10 years ago

Bacardi Reusing 2,300 Tons of Concrete Rubble to Build New Warehouses
Bacardi Reusing 2,300 Tons of Concrete Rubble to Build New Warehouses

Waste Not / Spirits giant Bacardi Limited announced it has built three new warehouses at its rum distillery in Cataño, Puerto Rico using recycled concrete. The waste was derived from the demolition of six older structures on the 127-acre campus.“We took all the rubble from the demolition and reused it as backfill material in building our new warehouses,” says Julio Torruella, project director for Bacardi in Puerto Rico. “This was a zero-waste project designed to reuse steel and concrete, rather than sending material to the landfill.”Bacardi called it “a major cost- and environment-saving move” as construction crews recycled more than 2,300 tons of rubble, amounting to 153 truckloads of concrete, eliminating the need for the company to buy equivalent new material for construction. - 10 years ago

REI Foundation Awards $410,000 to Groups Engaging Youth in Nature
REI Foundation Awards $410,000 to Groups Engaging Youth in Nature

Behavior Change / The REI Foundation has awarded a total of $410,000 to nonprofits that work to engage younger and more diverse populations in the outdoors. Children & Nature Network (C&NN), Futuro Media Group, Outdoor Foundation and YMCA of the USA were the chosen recipients.“The REI Foundation’s mission is to better connect the next generation of adventurers and environmental stewards with the outdoors by partnering with key organizations,” said Marc Berejka, president of the REI Foundation and REI's Director of Government and Community Affairs, in a release. - 10 years ago

Ford Launches New Buying Tool to Help Businesses Keep Fleet Costs, Emissions Low
Ford Launches New Buying Tool to Help Businesses Keep Fleet Costs, Emissions Low

ICT and Big Data / The Ford Motor Company has developed a new tool — the Ford Fleet Purchase Planner™ — designed to help businesses purchase a better fleet, keeping in mind cost and environmental concerns. “The tool offers guidance in choosing from Ford’s vehicle lineup, while helping to manage cost and informing buyers how their choices will aid in reducing their company’s carbon footprint,” Ford said in a release.A finalist for the 2014 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award by INFORMS, the largest association for professionals in analytics, the planner is available only to companies maintaining fleet vehicles. - 10 years ago

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Armani's Acqua for Life Campaign Expands to Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast, Senegal
Armani's Acqua for Life Campaign Expands to Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast, Senegal

Collaboration / The Acqua for Life campaign — a partnership between Giorgio Armani and Green Cross International (GCI) that has been targeting water-scarce communities in West Africa (Ghana) and Latin America (Bolivia and Mexico) to roll out sustainable drinking water systems since its launch in 2011 — announced this week it will now extend its work to Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast and Senegal for the first time this year. - 10 years ago

Apple's Campus 2 'Mother Ship' to Run on 100% Renewables
Apple's Campus 2 'Mother Ship' to Run on 100% Renewables

Cleantech / Apple’s Campus 2 in Cupertino is on its way to redefining sustainable office spaces. In a recently released video detailing the sustainability aspects of the building, the company says that the idea is to “bring California back to Cupertino,” and it believes it has a shot at building the “best office building in the world.” - 10 years ago

ASU Awards $40K to Student-Led Innovations in Waste, Agriculture, Community Development
ASU Awards $40K to Student-Led Innovations in Waste, Agriculture, Community Development

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Now in its fourth year, the ASU Innovation Challenge, which provides ASU students “an opportunity to create products and services that address some of the greatest challenges facing the world today,” has awarded a total of $40,000 to 11 student-innovator teams, according to a recent announcement. - 10 years ago

British Airways, Solena Fuels Set to Build GreenSky London's Waste-Conversion Facility
British Airways, Solena Fuels Set to Build GreenSky London's Waste-Conversion Facility

Cleantech / British Airways and Solena Fuels' GreenSky London project is set to build the world's first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel at the Thames Enterprise Park in Essex. The location is part of the site of a former oil refinery and has existing fuel storage facilities and transport links. - 10 years ago

ASU, Nature Conservancy Study Highlights Economic Benefits of Forest Thinning
ASU, Nature Conservancy Study Highlights Economic Benefits of Forest Thinning

The Next Economy / A recent study by Arizona State University's Sustainability Solutions Services (S3) and The Nature Conservancy reveals that forest thinning could benefit the state by making its forests more resistant to environmental extremes and also strengthening rural economies. Just in the past decade (2002-2011), Arizona lost a quarter of its forests to wildfires, drought and bark beetle infestation. - 10 years ago

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Ryman Eco: The World's Most Sustainable Font?
Ryman Eco: The World's Most Sustainable Font?

Products and Design / “It isn't just what you write that can make a difference, it's how you write it,” declares the ad for Ryman Eco, a new font by stationary brand Ryman and ad agency Grey London. - 10 years ago