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Strength in Numbers: Erb Institute Harnesses the Power of Consensus
Strength in Numbers: Erb Institute Harnesses the Power of Consensus

Collaboration / Tom Catania’s role at Whirlpool Corporation wasn’t specifically to shape the company’s sustainability efforts. But in more than 25 years with the appliance manufacturer, the last 14 as Vice President for Government Affairs, Catania’s job called on him to help identify public policy conflicts and bring together diverse interests to find consensus.His role at the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise is much the same. “My focus had always been on trying to identify public policy issues and turning them into business opportunities, and I think we were pretty successful at doing that,” Catania said. - 9 years ago

Sustainable Startups Finding More Than Cash on Crowdfunding Platforms
Sustainable Startups Finding More Than Cash on Crowdfunding Platforms

Product, Service & Design Innovation / When the principals behind Peppermint Energy decided to tap into crowdfunding in 2012 to boost their start-up solar enterprise, they found money, but they also discovered another type of equity.“What became obvious to us is that the type of people who support crowd-funding initiatives can be very helpful to vet out what is, what is not and what should be,” said Chris Maxwell, president of Peppermint. “We used our Kickstarter campaign to get market feedback, to get a bunch of people to tell us whether we are on the right track.” - 10 years ago

Lux Analyzes Winners in Growing Field of Energy-Use Monitoring
Lux Analyzes Winners in Growing Field of Energy-Use Monitoring

ICT and Big Data / As new companies find their niche helping building designers, owners and managers lower energy consumption, the measurement and verification (M&V) industry is rapidly moving toward real-time performance-tracking, according to a new study by Lux Research. The report also analyzes these new players, both the ones focusing on sub-metering hardware and other specializing in data analytics, as they improve building energy management systems (BEMS) and making M&V tools that give a continuous picture of performance. - 10 years ago

From Problem to Product: Enterprising Companies Making a Resource of Marine Plastic
From Problem to Product: Enterprising Companies Making a Resource of Marine Plastic

Waste Not / Incorporating post-consumer materials into products has become common practice for numerous brands. But a growing number of companies and NGOs are going a step further, looking to upcycle harmful plastic debris from the ocean, even if it means creating a supply chain and tapping new technology. Aquafil, a company that makes nylon textile fibers, recently joined the Healthy Seas Initiative to retrieve and recycle nylon fishing nets. The company already is one of the world’s leading recyclers with an insatiable demand for plastic waste. - 11 years ago

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“Eco-Business” Explores Big Business's Motivation Behind Green
“Eco-Business” Explores Big Business's Motivation Behind Green

Marketing and Comms / The lingo of sustainability didn’t offer a descriptive enough term for modern brands that integrate energy savings, waste reduction and innovative sourcing goals into the framework of the way they do business. So professors Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister coined one: Eco-Business. - 11 years ago

Assembling for Disassembly: Alcoa, Honda Back Automotive Manufacturing Research at OSU
Assembling for Disassembly: Alcoa, Honda Back Automotive Manufacturing Research at OSU

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Aluminum company Alcoa is lending its support to a longstanding research partnership between Honda and Ohio State University that could innovate auto manufacturing. - 11 years ago

Experts Look Beyond Reporting Trends on 'The Changing ESG Landscape'
Experts Look Beyond Reporting Trends on 'The Changing ESG Landscape'

Finance & Investment / Smart brands are going a step beyond environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting to assess the material costs and benefits of their sustainability investments, according to "The Changing ESG Landscape," a quarterly analyst program hosted by MetaVu and CRD Analytics. - 11 years ago