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Research Institute and BASF Subsidiary Cooperating to Further Develop Thin Film Superconductors

PRESS RELEASE - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH establish joint laboratoryResearch institute and BASF subsidiary cooperating to further develop thin film superconductorsKarlsruhe and Rheinbach, October 29th, 2014 – The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH have made it their goal to develop tailored high-temperature superconductors for energy technology applications. The research institute and the BASF subsidiary New Business GmbH have signed relevant cooperation agreements.

Novozymes recognized by CDP as world leader for corporate action on climate change

PRESS RELEASE - As a result of its actions to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change, Novozymes has been awarded with a position on the A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014 by CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies. Novozymes is one of the 187 companies that has been awarded an A grade for its climate performance, earning a position on this global ranking of corporate efforts to mitigate climate change. The index presents 187 listed companies identified as demonstrating a superior approach to climate change mitigation.

Sustainable Brands Releases 2015 Global Event Calendar

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, October 16, 2014 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced its 2015 global events calendar. Nominations for dynamic business leaders challenging current paradigms on topics related to sustainability and brand innovation are now being accepted for several upcoming 2015 events. Companies looking to advance their sustainability agendas are encouraged to sponsor community engagement activities at each of these events.SB’15 Bangkok  |  March 18-19, 2015 in Bangkok, ThailandSB’15 Barcelona  |  April 27-28, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain

The UPS Foundation Awards Nearly $2.5 Million in Environmental Grants

PRESS RELEASE - More Than Three Million Trees Planted Across 47 Countries to Support Global Environmental SustainabilityThe UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS® (NYSE: UPS), announced it has awarded nearly $2.5 million to non-profit organizations with an emphasis on environmental sustainability. The UPS Foundation's largest environmental grant recipient is The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization that works globally to protect ecologically important lands and bodies of water.

Global Sustainable Brands Community Leaders to Gather in London for Purpose-Driven Brand Innovation Conference

PRESS RELEASE - Sustainable Brands® recently announced program details for its pan-European conference to be held at the Lancaster London, November 3-5. The conference will bring together hundreds of influential brand leaders and cutting-edge practitioners of environmental and social innovation who are driving business success towards a regenerative economy.

Sustainable Brands Community Reveals Leading-Edge Business Performance Metrics

PRESS RELEASE - The Sustainable Brands® community announces several initiatives focused on identifying, measuring and quantifying entirely new forms of business risk and value. Global senior executives across diverse industry sectors are convening at New Metrics ’14 in Cambridge, MA today to launch research results and initiatives that quantify environmental and social impacts and tie them to financial performance.Co-Presented this year by MIT Sloan School of Management Sustainability Initiative, New Metrics ’14 showcases the following companies with either exclusive launches or results presented for the first time to a live audience.

MIT Sloan MBA program draws highest female percentage in school history

PRESS RELEASE - Women seek to make all business sectors more “female friendly”New MIT Sloan students at orientation in August They comprise the highest ever female percentage of an entering MBA class at MIT Sloan, but some of the women now beginning their studies hope to reshape gender lines far beyond their Cambridge campus.

Air pollution and CO2 reduction policies net same health benefits

PRESS RELEASE - Study: Cutting emissions pays for itselfSavings from healthier air can make up for some or all of the cost of carbon-reduction policies.

A liquid metal battery for grid-level energy storage

PRESS RELEASE - Re-inventing the grid

MIT's digital supply chain MOOC set for global launch

PRESS RELEASE - Chris Caplice, executive director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, will teach CTL.SC1x Supply Chain and Logistics Fundamentals to more than 9,000 online students. 

MIT Sloan expert on why paternity leave matters

PRESS RELEASE - Getting away from the cult of motherhood: Why paternity leave is so important — Lotte Bailyn Sports radio isn’t a typical venue for impassioned debate on work-family issues and employment policy. But recently when Daniel Murphy took three days off from his job as second baseman for the New York Mets to be with his wife as she delivered their newborn son, it became just that. Two WFAN broadcasters — Mike Francesa and Boomer Esiason — took to the airwaves to rebuke Murphy’s absence.

Crowdsourcing solutions for global problems with ClimateCoLab

PRESS RELEASE - Online voting open in 18 contests addressing climate changeVoting is open in the fourth annual Climate CoLab contests, a series of crowdsourced competitions addressing specific aspects of climate change. The contests rely on the power of collective intelligence, inviting and including ideas from all corners of the world to address global climate change.

From chemical detoxifiers to sustainable biorefineries: new materials derived from or inspired by biology

PRESS RELEASE - Following biological clues to better materialsMIT Professor Brad Olsen creates bioinspired and biofunctional materials for widely diverse applications. 

MIT Professor recognized for micro-building services: distributed, versatile public amenities

PRESS RELEASE - Sheila Kennedy honored for design innovationExploring intersections of architecture, digital networks and public space 

Novozymes joins the top 3 percentile in new Dow Jones Sustainability Index category

PRESS RELEASE - The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) announced that Novozymes received 86 points out of 100 within their new category, the Chemical Industry Sector. Novozymes’ score is in the top 3 percentile of sustainability leaders in their sector. This year Novozymes achieved the highest score for the Chemical Industry sector in both the Climate Strategy and Environmental Policy categories. “We are very proud of our achievement, and see this as a result of Novozymes truly prioritizing the integration of sustainability into our business,” says Mads Bodenhoff, Vice President of Novozymes' Corporate Finance. Novozymes highest increase in scores was found in the Operational Eco-efficiency, Social and Environmental Reporting and Talent Attraction and Retention categories.

MIT Sloan Social Entrepreneurship Students Recognized for Foodwaste Prevention & Innovation

PRESS RELEASE - Meet Ricky Ashenfelter of Spoiler Alert, Runner-Up for the CommonBond Social Impact AwardThis year marked the first-ever CommonBond Social Impact Award for the country’s top MBA social entrepreneur, for which we received over 600 nominations in just a week. Among them was MIT Sloan MBA 2015 Ricky Ashenfelter, Co-Founder of Spoiler Alert and the CommonBond’s First Runner Up. Below, Ricky shares his story and describes the impact on food waste that Spoiler Alert is hoping to achieve. How has your background lent itself to your goals for business school and for Spoiler Alert?

Where Economy Meets Ecology

PRESS RELEASE - Think of a city as a complex organism powered by human activities and consumption. John E. Fernández, associate professor in the Department of Architecture, wants to understand how the urban metabolism works—what it needs in terms of energy, materials, and water to sustain the work and lives of its residents, and what gets discarded as waste. “When we speak of a healthy city,” says Fernández, “we are really focusing on whether it strikes a balance between economic growth and resource efficiency.”

BASF’s Product Portfolio Evaluated for Sustainability

PRESS RELEASE - Around 50,000 product applications analyzed using new method More than 20% of BASF products analyzed (by sales) today already make a particular contribution to sustainability In order to better help its customers align environmental and societal aspects with business success, BASF has developed a new process for steering its portfolio based on sustainability criteria. The Sustainable Solution Steering method is used to systematically review and evaluate the sustainability aspects of the approximately 50,000 relevant product applications in the company’s portfolio, which represent sales of €56 billion.

What’s Your Sustainability Personality?

PRESS RELEASE - From planting trees in community gardens or supporting disaster relief efforts, to mentoring start-up businesses or starting a recycling program at work, everyone has a cause that's important to them.