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  • What Forests Can Do for You
    Tropical Forest Functions

    We present a graph from Biointegrity.net that shows the eight climate functions of a tropical forest.

    Click now to see the graph.

  • Waste to Energy
    Waste to Energy
    Municipal Solid Waste,(MSW)

    It’s often called garbage, used to produce energy at waste-to-energy plants and at landfills in the United States.

    MSW contains:biomass, or biogenic (plant or animal products), materials such as paper, cardboard, food waste, grass clippings, leaves, wood, leather products nonbiomass combustible materials such as plastics and other synthetic materials made from petroleum noncombustible materials such as glass and metals.

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  • Greenest Cities Quiz
    Take the Greenest Cities Quiz

    Mother Nature News With eco-minded government officials and residents, even a concrete jungle can be green. Discover which cities are really looking out for the planet.

    Click now to participate.

• News Stories

• Organics
  • Sustainability Excellence Awards
    3rd Annual Awards for
    Excellence in Sustainability

    American Planning Assoc. The American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) announced the third annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability at the National Planning Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The awards honor project, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities.

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  • Where Sustainability Happens
    Sources of Sustainability

     A list of the sustainability companies and places that you should know about…

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  • Great Environmental “APEEL”
    Sources of Sustainability

    Apeel Sciences We use our natural plant-based technologies to protect crops and harvested produce, helping to eliminate food spoilage and reduce reliance on chemicals.

    Our Purpose

    Accomplishing our mission means we will waste less food, water and energy, helping to preserve our natural ecosystems while creating economic opportunities for the 500 million small family farms worldwide.

    Our Vision

    In the future, less food will be wasted, we will use smarter, more natural methods for growing and protecting crops, and there will be an abundance of fresh food for everyone.

    Click for a website with much APEEL.


Of Interest

  • What Menu of the Future
    Insects, Weeds, and
    Bleeding Veggie Burgers

    National Geographic Peer into the future of what we eat, and you will encounter many questions about what will happen to our meals. As the world’s population climbs above 9 billion by mid-century, our food needs will grow by 70%.

    How do we meet them without mowing down every forest or without resorting to industrial agriculture, which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has cited as the most significant contributor to climate change? How do we maintain soil health, and keep it from washing away, so that crops can thrive? These questions get into murky territory. But here’s one thing that’s clear: Dinner in 50 years won’t look much like dinner today.

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  • How to Make Your Bathroom EcoConscious
    Guide to an Environmentally
    -Friendly Bathroom

    Greener Ideal, Dec. 1, 2018 - The bathroom is probably the most overlooked area of an eco-conscious home. The simplest measures can go a long way to reducing both water and energy wastage in the bathroom.

    The article focuses on nine points to bring your bathroom up to eco-friendly standards.

  • Ok to Eat Insects? Or is it Just Not Cricket?
    Eating Crickets Can be Good for your
    Gut, According to New Clinical Trial

    Aug. 3, 2018 -Valerie Stull was 12 when she ate her first insect.

    “I was on a trip with my parents in Central America and we were served fried ants,” she says. “I remember being so grossed out initially, but when I put the ant in my mouth, I was really surprised because it tasted like food — and it was good!”

    Today, Stull, a recent doctoral graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, is the lead author of a new pilot clinical trial published in the journal Scientific Reports that looks at what eating crickets does to the human microbiome.

    Click now to read more
    from Environmental News Network.

  • What is Regenerative Agriculture?
    Why Regenerative Agriculture?
    Glad You Asked

    Regenerative Agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.

    Click now for more
    from Regeneration International.

  • Beers That Won't 'Ale' the Planet
    After a Long Day of
    Fighting Climate Change,
    This Grain Is Ready For a Beer

    - National Beer Day is the day that brew-loving Americans raise a glass (or several) to commemorate when the sale of beer was legalized in the United States after 13 years of Prohibition. In honor of that occasion, we've picked six eco-friendly beers from our favorite sustainability-minded American brewing companies for you to enjoy. We promise they will make you hoppy!

    Click now to sip on this story.

  • Plant-Based Diet Leads to Good Health
    The Power of Plant-Based Eating

    - A YouTube presentation by Dr. Joanne Kong on the benefits of plant eating,and the the dangers when we don’t.

    Removing animal consumption from our diet can not just save us, but our planet as well.

    Click now for the video.

  • The Delta Works Project
    The Holland Delta Works Project

    The Delta Works, consisting of 13 sections, together form the largest flood protection system in the world and are definitely worth a visit. This imposing project, also referred to as one of the seven wonders of the world, illustrates how the Dutch deal with water. Furthermore, they lie in a gorgeous environment with wonderful beaches, beautiful nature and many culinary spots.

    Click now for much more.

  • Canning For the Climate
    Tips on Minimizing Food Waste

    Making small changes on where you source your food, planting a container or backyard garden, and learning to preserve the seasonal harvest can reduce the amount of carbon your household emits. You can also help reduce your carbon footprint by reducing waste of food at home and cutting the transportation emissions of your food by buying local.

  • Cities 100 - Sectors, Cities and Solutions
    Cities 100 and What it All Means

    learn about the 100 solutions for climate actions in cities and the people behind the movement.

    Click now to put that information at your disposal.

  • Water from Desert Air
    New Solar-Powered Device Can Pull
    Water Straight From The Desert Air

    April 13, 2017 -You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day for every kilogram of spongelike absorber it contains, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people.

  • Chefs Can Save the Bees
    Chefs and Restaurants
    Can Help Save the Bees

    Mar. 29, 2017 - Environment America gets that ”No Bees = No Food” is not a good idea.

  • A Moore’s Law to Reduce CO2
    What If There Were a Moore’s
    Law for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

    Mar. 24, 2017 - Researchers hope that a simple rule could help governments around the world achieve the goal of zero emissions.

  • Landscaping’s Price in Water Usage
    Outdoor Water Use
    in the United States

    WaterSense The average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day, and about 30% of that is devoted to outdoor uses. More than half of that outdoor water is used for watering lawns and gardens.

    Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for almost 1/3 of all residential water use, totaling more than 7 billion gallons per day.

    Other residential outdoor uses include:
    washing automobiles, maintaining swimming pools, and cleaning sidewalks and driveways.

    Click now to read more.

  • Lab Grown Meat - Good or Bad Thing?
    Critical Questions on Laboratory-
    Created Animal Product Alternatives

    -Most recently, significant investment has been made in the research and development of non-plant based products in an attempt to mimic animal-based products, ranging from animal tissue grown from animal cell cultures with animal serum, to proteins produced by genetically engineered algae and yeast.

    The makers of this new wave of products claim to minimize the environmental impact of industrial factory farming by replacing animal products with synthetic products; but these engineered substances may also be resource intensive in their use of energy and water, as well as using feedstocks, like sugar and methane, and chemicals. The new animal replacement products are being marketed or promoted as “clean meat,” “animal-free,”“plant-based” or “climate-friendly,” but with questionable substantiation.

    Click now to learn more on this
    subject from Friends of the Earth.

  • The World’s Most Environment Friendly Airports
    The World’s Most
    Environmentally Friendly Airports

    Airport Technology -Airports are going green in response to increasing pressure regarding the aviation industry’s environmental impact. We locate the world’s most environmentally friendly airports and find out what elements of their design help them to offset carbon emissions.

    The aviation sector is facing increasing pressure to clean up its act when it comes to climate change, but gas-guzzling airplanes aren’t the only culprits. As airports expand, so too does their carbon footprint, with more energy required to power new terminals, ground transport vehicles and the creation of infrastructure. Building capacity for additional aircraft can also create a backlash amongst environmentalists – see, for example, the frenzy over a potential third runway at the UK’s Heathrow Airport.

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  • Reduce Your Lawn and Plant Native Species
    The Importance of Lawn Reduction

    National Wildlife Federation (NWF) -Traditional American landscaping focuses on maintaining a manicured green lawn. However, native trees, shrubs, ground cover, prairie or meadow patches, flower beds, and attractively mulched areas are better environmental choices, for people and wildlife

    Click now to read more.

  • Dubai: The Improbable Green City
    The World's Most
    Improbable Green City

    April 4, 2017 - To plunge headlong into the audacity of Dubai—the sprawling efflorescence of concrete, glass, and steel that has sprung up over the past three decades on the scorched sands of Arabia—you could start by going skiing.

    Smack in the middle of the flat city, the slope looks like a silver spaceship impaled in the ground floor of the Mall of the Emirates. Inside, you can window-shop at Prada, Dior, and Alexander McQueen before pushing through the glass doors of Ski Dubai. Passing a mural of the Alps, you zip up your parka, pull on your gloves. You begin to marvel then at what air-conditioning can do, when pushed to its limits.

    Click for a story you
    won't want to miss.

  • Attainable Sustainable is Maintainable
    Self-reliance at Home

    The whole idea behind this site it that sustainability at some level is within our reach. Sure, we’ll all still have to buy things at the grocery store. And maybe some aspects of living a more self-reliant lifestyle just aren’t your cup of tea. But look around your home or your office. There’s so much room for improvement. And that’s what brought this website’s creators here.

    Click now for more about these ideas.

  • The World Needs More Toilets -But?
    The World Needs Toilets
    That Don't Need Flushing

    Mar. 21, 2017 - The invention of the flush toilet, or water closet, in 1596 ended open defecation and transferred excreta outside of homes for the first time. This was certainly a good thing in the short term, but today the flush toilet probably stands as one of the most unsustainable innovations in human history.

  • Save the Earth - Cut Food Waste
    9 Food Waste Solutions That Are
    Basically Habits to Save the Earth

    Nov. 22, 2018 -The food waste problem has been in existence ever since technology allows us to produce more food than we actually need; and like many other environmental issues, it can’t be solved until every one of us gets involved.

    However, while the bad news is that we have created a real problem, the good news is it’s totally solvable and preventable with minimal efforts from the end consumers.

    Click to examine the
    facts from Greener Ideal.

  • Energy Genrating Bacteria
    Bacteria Fed Synthetic
    Iron-containing Molecules
    Become Electrical Generators

    Feb. 9, 2017 -The bacterial world is rife with unusual talents, among them a knack for producing electricity. In the wild, 'electrogenic' bacteria generate current as part of their metabolism, and now researchers have found a way to confer that ability upon non-electrogenic bacteria. This technique could have applications for sustainable electricity generation and wastewater treatment.

  • Not a House - But a Waternest
    The WaterNest: An
    Eco-Friendly Floating House

    April 2016 -Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit.

    The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful waterfront views. . 60 sqm of photovoltaic panels embedded in the rooftop provide up to 4 kWp of internal electricity…

  • Making Bathrooms Environmentally-Friendly
    Environmentally-Friendly Bathrooms

    Greener Ideal, Dec. 1 2018 -The bathroom is probably the most overlooked area of an eco-conscious home. The simplest measures can go a long way to reducing both water and energy wastage in the bathroom.

    Covered in this story:
    Shower over Bath
    Improve the Shower Head
    Flick the Lights
    Automatic Faucets
    Flushed Out
    Alternative Heat

  • Utilities That Really Serve the Public
    What If Your Electric Utility
    Was a Benefit Corporation?

    Feb. 14, 2017 -In 2014, one electric utility in Vermont shuffled away from historic investor-owned electric utility trends. Green Mountain Power transformed itself into a B Corp, a designation that cements its commitment to sustainability, transparency and accountability. The certification, administered by nonprofit B Lab, mirrors legislation in most states allowing businesses to become “benefit corporations” that uphold similar goals.

  • Global Solutions to Global Problems
    Protecting Irreplaceable Assets

    October, 2016 -There is an effective way for you to help solve the world's most pressing environmental challenges, it's accessible, affordable and actionable, and it starts with preserving and restoring our most biodiverse ecosystems.

    BioIntegrity connects potential donors to environmental stewardship and restoration opportunities of global proportions.

    Click now for their website.

  • Denver's Community of Tomorrow
    Solar-Powered Houses
    Take Starring Role in
    Denver’s Community of Tomorrow

    Oct. 6, 2016 -Zero-emission electric vehicles charge along the street. People walk along LED-lighted sidewalks. A commuter train drops travelers off from the airport to enjoy dinner at a corner café. And the houses? They're entirely powered by sunshine.

  • What You Don't Know About Hemp
    The Miracle Superfood
    You’re Not Eating

    June 3, 2015- The benefits of hemp are boundless. The wonder food balances your hormones, nourishes your skin and hair, calms post-workout inflammation and relaxes your muscles. Once a mainstay crop in the U.S., it’s also embedded in history: The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp, and early American flags were made of the durable, plant-based fabric. In the early 1900s, one report declared 25,000 uses for hemp, everything from ropes and sails to linens and food.

    Click to read about this forgotten staple.

  • Protecting Earth? Try the App
    Apps Teach Preschoolers
    How to Protect the Planet

    January 22, 2015 -The time to get your child thinking about saving the planet is pretty much as soon as they’re aware that there’s a world outside their home. As kids begin to explore and ask questions, they start forming their ideas about their responsibility—or lack of it—toward the environment.

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Sustainability New Stories

  • What If We Ate Less Meat?
    Environmentally Optimal, Nutritionally Sound,
    Protein and Energy Conserving Plant
    Based Alternatives to U.S. Meat

    Aug. 8, 2018 (Nature)-Because meat is more resource intensive than vegetal protein sources, replacing it with efficient plant alternatives is potentially desirable, provided these alternatives prove nutritionally sound.

    We show that protein conserving plant alternatives to meat that rigorously satisfy key nutritional constraints while minimizing cropland, nitrogen fertilizer (Nr) and water use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions exist, and could improve public health. We develop a new methodology for identifying nutritional constraints whose satisfaction by plant eaters is challenging, disproportionately shaping the optimal diets, singling out energy, mass, monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins B3,12 and D, choline, zinc, and selenium.

    By replacing meat with the devised plant alternatives—dominated by soy, green pepper, squash, buckwheat, and asparagus—Americans can collectively eliminate pastureland use while saving 35–50% of their diet related needs for cropland, Nr, and GHG emission, but increase their diet related irrigation needs by 15%. While widely replacing meat with plants is logistically and culturally challenging, few competing options offer comparable multidimensional resource use reduction.

    Click now for more.

  • The Passive House That Generates Its Own Energy
    Certified Passive House in New
    York Generates All Of Its Own Energy

    Aug. 13, 2019 (inhabitat)) -In New York’s Hudson Valley, a beautiful new beacon for sustainable, net-zero design has taken root. New York-based North River Architecture & Planning recently added another energy-efficient build to its growing portfolio of environmentally friendly projects — the Accord Passive House, a modern home that has not only achieved PHIUS+ Certification but also boasts no net energy costs annually.

    Located in the hamlet of Accord, the contemporary house is sensitive to both the environment as well as the local culture and history. The architects drew inspiration from the rural farm buildings for the design of a gabled, barn-like house that emphasizes connection with the outdoors and flexible living spaces accommodating of the homeowners’ changing needs. As with traditional farm buildings, the construction materials were selected for longevity, durability and low-maintenance properties.

    Click for the story and a Slideshow.

  • Technologies That Can Help Feed the World
    10 Technologies To Help Feed
    the World and Not Destroy It

    July 29, 2019 (BioBrief.org)) -

    • How can the world feed nearly 10 billion people while also advancing economic development, protecting and restoring forests, and stabilizing the climate?

    • The new World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, issued by the World Bank, UN Environment and Development Programs, recommends a menu of 22 solutions served over five courses: Reduce demand growth; Increase production without expanding land use; Increase fish supply; Reduce greenhouse emissions from production; Protect and restore natural ecosystems.

    • Some items require farmers to implement best practices that already exist. Others need consumers to change behavior. Others need governments and businesses to reform policies.

    Click now to see the list and a chart.

  • Hope Springs Eternal - Global Reforestation
    Epic Reforestation:
    What is Being Done?

    Aug. 2, 2019 (BioBrief.org)) -
    • The “Great Green Wall” in Northern Africa aims to install diverse trees across nearly 5,000 miles, covering more than 20 countries. +11 million trees have already been planted in Senegal. Ethiopia planted 350 million trees in just 12 hours, Monday, July 29, as part of their effort to plant 4 billion trees.

    • Pakistan aims to plant 10 billion trees in the next five years. They’ve already planted 1 billion.

    • Mexico is investing $100M in reforestation programs that will benefit El Salvador and Honduras, “create jobs,” and “stem migration.”

    Puerto Rico is committed to large-scale reforestation of the island.

    • The UK recently announced plans to plant 10 million trees across the country.

    Click now for the whole story and a map.

  • There's “Green” Power and There's “Blue” Power?
    "Blue Power" Could Make Wastewater
    Plants Energy-Independent

    July 30, 2019 (NEW ATLAS )) -Coastal wastewater treatment plants may be a nasty but necessary way to handle the effluent from our cities, but a new study by Stanford University indicates that they could also double as power plants to make them energy independent and carbon neutral. By mixing fresh water from the plants with seawater, the researchers say they have the potential to recover 18 gigawatts of electricity worldwide.

    Watching a river flow into the sea may seem like yet another bit of variety in nature's rich tapestry, but it also represents a tremendous energy potential. Most people are aware of how rivers can be dammed and their flow controlled to turn turbines and generate useful power, but the simple mixing of salt and freshwater represents a global energy potential of two terawatts.

    Click now to read more.

  • 4 Emerging Concepts that Could Transform Cities
    4 Emerging Concepts
    that Could Transform Cities

    July 28, 2019 (BioBrief.org))

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    Superblocks First implemented in 2016, They limit car traffic to the perimeter of 3x3 block areas, allowing for transportation to be easily accessible to residents while creating oases for pedestrian, recreational and economic activity.

    “Complete” or “Shared” Streets Car-oriented urban design is coming under pressure as many cities experience increases in road injuries and fatalities, poor air quality days and traffic jams.

    Non-motorized Connectivity Giving people new ways to reach destinations and be active on foot, by bike, and by other non-motorized modes is another way cities are reacting to this challenge. Perhaps the most powerful symbol of this new movement is in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Living with Water “Nature-based solutions” are increasingly common across European cities and beyond, reversing a decades-long tradition of favoring “grey” or “hard” infrastructure solutions.

    Click now for expanded details and photos.

  • Think You Hate Maggots? Think Again!
    Maggots, the Future of Food:
    High In Protein With a
    Small Carbon Footprint, the
    Only Issue Is The Cringe Factor

    July 13, 2020 (Post Magazine) -It may be hard to understand the appeal of plunging your hand into a pile of writhing maggots. But the sensation is uniquely tactile, not at all unpleasant, as thousands of soft, plump grubs, each the size of a grain of rice, wriggle against your skin, tiny mouth­parts gently poking your flesh.

    For Lauren Taranow and her employees, it’s just another day at work.

    Taranow is the president of Symton BSF, where the larvae of black soldier flies are harvested and sold as food for exotic pets such as lizards, birds, even hedgehogs. Her “maggot farm”, as she styles it, is part of a burgeoning industry, one with the potential to revolutionize the way we feed the world. That’s because of the black soldier fly larva’s remarkable ability to transform nearly any kind of organic waste – cafeteria refuse, manure, even toxic algae – into high-quality protein, all while leaving a smaller carbon footprint than it found.

    You won’t have to hold your nose
    to read to the story by clicking now.

  • How to Do a True Net-Zero Building
    Inside One of Pennsylvania’s Most Energy-Efficient Buildings

    July 12, 2020 (Allegheny Front) -During the summer, things quiet down at Millersville University. It’s a good time for prospective students and their parents to check out the campus in Lancaster County.

    The first stop on their tour is a brand-new, $10 million building, called the Lombardo Welcome Center. It’s the first building in Pennsylvania to get a zero-energy certification from the International Living Future Institute—a Seattle-based organization that promotes sustainable construction.

    “Net-zero means it produces as much energy as it consumes in a year,” explains Kathy Schreiber, a professor of geography, who teaches about environmental issues and sustainability at Millersville.

    Click now to read and/or
    listen to the story.

  • Feeding the World Without Destroying The Planet
    How to Feed the World
    Without Destroying The Planet

    July 1, 2020 (National Geographic) -Ensuring healthy diets for an expected global population of nearly 10 billion people in 2050, while at the same time improving the world those people live in, will require sweeping changes to farming and how we produce food, according to a new report.

    “There is a pathway to achieve this but the challenge is even bigger than any of us thought,” said Richard Waite of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and co-author of “Creating A Sustainable Food Future: Final Report.”

    Click now for more.

  • From Shipping Containers We Get Housing?
    TRS Studio Turns Shipping
    Containers Into Low
    -Cost Pachacutec Housing

    inhabitat, June 6, 2019  - Improved housing could soon be coming to Pachacutec, a dusty shantytown on the outskirts of Lima. Peruvian architectural practice TRS Studio has proposed low-cost cargotecture dwellings that not only are sensitive to the local vernacular, but also offer improved comfort and safety as compared to existing housing. The single-family homes would be made from shipping containers and recycled materials, including oriented strand board, wooden planks and polycarbonate panels.

    Each modular house consists of two floors. The first floor comprises the main living areas, including a kitchenette, as well as the master bedroom in the rear and an 18-square-meter space for a side garden or flexible recreational space. The second floor houses two additional bedrooms and a study that could be converted into a fourth bedroom. The natural finish of the construction materials would be left exposed yet reinforced for long-term durability. The shipping container frame, for instance, would be reinforced with steel columns, while unpainted OSB boards would be used for dividing walls. Recycled polycarbonate roofing would let in plenty of natural light indoors.

    Interested? Click now to read the story and see a slideshow.

  • Could an Airstream Be Your Next Home?
    A 1989 Airstream is
    Converted Into a Modern Home On
    Wheels For a Family of 6<

    inhabitat, June 5, 2019  - Colorado-based Timeless Travel Trailers has unveiled a bevy of stunning converted Airstreams, but its latest design is by far one of its best. Re-configuring a 30-year-old, 37-foot Airstream Excella for a family of six was challenging to say the least, but the designers came through in spades, creating a sleek, contemporary home on wheels complete with plenty of seating and sleeping space for the family.

    Families often dream of hitting the road in a beautiful RV, but when it comes to large families, the logistics of traveling with so many can be a headache. Thankfully, when the design team was approached by a New York family about renovating an old Airstream that would be able to comfortably hold their family of six, the Colorado-based company took the challenge head on.

    Interested? Click now to read the story and see a slideshow.

  • India’s Garden City of the 21st Century
    UNStudio Envisions a “Garden City
    of the 21st Century” for India

    Inhabitat, May 28, 2019  - UNStudio has unveiled designs for Karle Town Center (KTC), a new innovative tech campus in Bangalore, dubbed the “Silicon Valley of India.”

    Currently under construction, the campus will feature contemporary architecture painted in UNStudio and Monopol Color’s unique and patented ‘Coolest White’ for a striking contrast against Bangalore’s dense green canopy. Resiliency and health are also major themes in the design of KTC, which will not only maximize passive design techniques and feature expanses of green space, but it will also integrate “sensorial technologies” that draw on a user dataset collection to create a more responsive and customizable environment for the betterment of workers and residents alike.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Look What’s New in Texas Pre-Fab Homes
    Texas Solar-powered Prefab
    Home Features a Whimsical
    Pop Art Water Catchment System

    Inhabitat, May 27, 2019  - It’s always interesting to see the homes of architectural professionals, but one Texas home builder is blowing our minds with his custom-made design. When builder Jeff Derebery and his wife Janice Fischer were ready to build their own house just outside of Austin, they reached out to OM Studio Design and Lindal Cedar Homes to bring their dream to fruition.

    The result is a gorgeous prefab home that features a substantial number of sustainable features such as solar power and LED lights, as well as whimsical touches that reflect the homeowners’ personalities such as a water catchment system concealed under the guise of pop art.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Sustainable Development Goals Are Not Being Met
    Despite Global Electricity
    Access Sustainable Development
    Goals Are Not Being Met

    Renewable Energy World, May 22, 2019  - A new report produced by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) and released this week says that despite significant progress in recent years, the world is falling short of meeting the global energy targets set in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030.

    Ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 remains possible but will require more sustained efforts, particularly to reach some of the world’s poorest populations and to improve energy sustainability, according to the report.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • Colorado's Sustainable, Affordable Housing
    Sustainable, Affordable Housing and
    Tiny Homes In Colorado

    Inhabitat, May 13, 2019  -The small resort-town of Telluride in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is known for its world-class skiing, remote location and, until now, lack of low-cost housing. When the tourist numbers begin to pile up during the busy season, those working in the hospitality industry at restaurants, shops and resorts are often forced to endure a long commute from the areas outside of town, where prices are cheaper.

    The buildings are placed at the base of a tree-covered mountain, and the exterior is made of high-quality wooden panels and a variety of metals, including steel. The apartment building utilizes open-air stairs and wooden balconies, while the boarding house has a huge deck with mountain views and a canopy for protection from the elements. Inside the boarding house, communal lounges and two kitchens are available for tenants to use.

    Interested? Click now for whole story and a slideshow.

  • Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Don't Play Chicken
    Can Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Make Crickets the Next Chicken?

    Science News, May 2, 2019  - Trina Chiasson was raised in a log cabin, learned to spin plates in Chicago’s circus arts community, dreamed up a software company and three years later sold it to a bigger company. Her next challenge: building a business, called Ovipost, that brings better technology to cricket farming.

    “I didn’t know any cricket farmers growing up, I know you’ll be shocked to learn,” she says. Yet she’s jumped into this new frontier of insect agriculture and, she hopes, a more sustainable food system. It’s all about reinventing ranching, but with six legs.

    Interested? Click now for the story.

  • Are You Living a Low-Carbon Life?
    Could You Live a Low Carbon Life?
    Meet the People Who Already Are

    The Guaudian, May 4, 2019  - Some want a clear conscience. Others want to see if they are up to the challenge. But none of them want to wait until 2050 to cut their carbon emissions down to near-zero.

    Across the country, environmentalists of all ages – from seven to 75 – are taking action now to lead low-carbon lives.

    Interested? Click now to learn more.

  • Pollinators Need All the Help They Can Get
    A Powerful Force for Pollinators
    – National Garden Clubs

    Mar.26, 2019 National Wildlife Federation -National Garden Clubs, Inc. launched its nationwide effort “Bee a Wildlife Action Hero” in 2014 which encouraged thousands of members to plant garden habitats and be recognized as National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitats®. These habitats replenish resources for wildlife locally and along migratory corridors by providing food, water, cover, and places to raise young through sustainable practices.

    Click to read more and learn about
    the The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.

  • Burgers Will Be “Impossible” at Burger King
    Burger King Is Going To Start Selling
    a Meat-Free “Impossible Whopper”

    M.I.T. Technology ReviewApr. 1, 2019 - The plant-based burger will be available at 57 locations in St. Louis starting today, but it could eventually be available in all the company’s 7,200 US restaurants—and beyond—if the trial is successful.

    The patty incorporates heme extracted from soy plants’ roots. Heme is a molecule found in every living plant and animal, but most abundantly in animals. The company that created the burger, Impossible Foods, says that “heme is what makes meat taste like meat.”

  • Build a Wall, But the Right Kind of Wall
    What If The US-Mexico Border
    Wall Was an Energy Corridor
    That Could Pay For Itself?

    Renewable Energy World, Mar.6, 2019 - Instead of a wall, build a first-of-its-kind energy park that spans the 1,954 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico to bring energy, water, jobs and border security to the region.

    That's the audacious plan put forward by a consortium of 28 prestigious engineers and scientists from across the nation who propose that the two nations work together on an enormous infrastructure project: a complex train of solar energy panels, wind turbines, natural gas pipelines, desalination facilities that together would create an industrial park along the border unlike anything found anywhere else in the world.

  • Avocado-Based Biodegradable Cutlery And Straws
    Biofase Pushes The Eco
    Envelope With Its Avocado-Based
    Biodegradable Cutlery and Straws

    Feb. 8, 2019 Buffalo Rising -Morelia, Michoacán-based Biofase has come up with biodegradable cutlery and straws that are made out from avocado seeds/pits. The reason that this is so significant is that avocado seeds typically equate to huge industrial waste. In the past, using food stock to create biodegradable products has been frowned upon, as there are people still starving in the world. But with discarded avocado seeds, which are essentially considered a waste product, it’s a win-win for sustainability.

    Not only that, but the large masses of spent avocado seeds means that the producing the biodegradable cutlery and straws can be competitively priced to sell. What is especially interesting about all of this is that the process was not discovered by a large company with limitless resources. Instead it was researched and brought to market by a chemical engineering student by the name of Scott Mungía.

  • Powering the Sustainable Future
    How Utilities and
    Consumers Can Join Forces to
    Power the Sustainable Future

    Feb. 4, 2019 Renewable Energy World -Since 1996, the World Bank reports we have massively reduced our energy consumption per capita from 3879kg to 2775kg oil equivalent. However, since 2014 progress has plateaued somewhat, and with some ways towards meeting minimum environmental goals, we have taken all the easiest steps towards greater efficiency and the need to shift our attention to significant minimal gains.

    Initiatives from the smart meter roll out to environmental levies upon suppliers are bringing attention to the way we generate and consume energy. Meanwhile in the retail sector, ‘all green’ energy tariffs from the likes of Bulb and Ovo are gaining market share.

  • Plant-Based Diets Can Lower Our Carbon Footprint
    Plant-Based Diets Can
    Make a Huge Difference In
    Our Carbon Footprints

    Jan. 13, 2019CleanTechnica - Actors Joaquin Phoenix, Emily Deschanel, Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage, and Casey Affleck are in the cohort. So, too, are singers Carrie Underwood, Ozzy Osbourne, and Stevie Wonder. There’s former US President Bill Clinton, heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson, radio personality Don Imus (really?), and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. These prominent vegans are just a sampling of the half of one percent of the US population — or 1.62 million — who are vegan. Statistically, it’s a small percentage, yet their diets could be the single biggest way to reduce their environmental impact on earth.

  • Why the Impossible Burger is More than Possible
    We Tried the New Impossible Burger
    At CES — Here’s What We Thought

    inhabitat, Jan. 8, 2019 - The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 is in full swing in Las Vegas. While smart home technology, televisions and wearable tech takes center stage, many surprising innovations are grabbing media attention. Take, for instance, the latest iteration of an Inhabitat favorite — the Impossible Burger. We tried the newest recipe from Impossible at this year’s CES; keep reading for our thoughts.

    Delicious in tacos or served as a classic burger, the Impossible Burger has become a favorite for vegetarians and vegans since its inception in 2016. Now, the company is debuting a new and improved recipe that boasts a flavor and texture identical to meat with a smaller impact on our planet than its animal-based counterpart.

  • The Future of Sustainable Farming is Here
    Indoor Farm Will Tap Solar Microgrid to Keep Plants Growing Year Round

    Energy Central, Jan. 4, 2018 - Bowery Farming’s New Jersey factory will include energy storage, solar panels, and on-site gas generation.

    A solar-powered microgrid will soon help an urban agriculture startup grow vegetable greens inside a converted New Jersey warehouse.

    Their facility will grow lettuce, kale and up to 100 varieties of plants, all indoors in a carefully controlled climate backed up by batteries, solar panels, on-site gas generators and technology that allows it to operate independently from the electric grid in the event of an outage or other disruptions.

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Organics Map
Campbell’s used a marketing spin to point out that seven out of the 10 cities are (conveniently) located in cold-weather markets where hot organic soup will be in high demand, but it’s also worth noting that half of the cities are listed among the richest cities in America—a reminder that financial restrictions limit access to organic foods.

So did your city make the cut? Here are the top 10 most organic cities in America:
Portland, OR San Francisco, CA
Providence, RI Sacramento, CA
Minneapolis, MN Boston, MA
Seattle, WA Austin, TX
Philadelphia, PA Washington, DC.
 
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Where Sustainabilty Lives
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5 Gyres

Did you know that in the past decade, more and more personal c5 Gyres Logoare products sold in around the world contain micro-plastic particles employed as exfoliants?


These tiny plastic beads are washed directly down the drain and into our water systems, where they harm our waterways and the animals that live there.

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Reduce Your Junk Mail
Reclaim your mailbox! - Stop junk mail — the impact of 41pounds.org
stops your junk mail and catalogs — protecting the environment.

Junk mail wastes an incredible amount of natural resources and contributes to global warming.

Aruba

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It's one happy island, with an approach to sustainablilty. By 2020.
Aruba's Smart Island Strategy will transition the island to 100 percent renewable energy.
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Azotic Technologies

The future in sustainable nitrogen

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Azotic Technologies specialises in natural nitrogen which helps address the problem of nitrogen pollution.
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With approximately 700 brands of bottled water available in stores, it can be tempting for consumers to opt for packaged water instead of more environmentally-conscious choices.

Canon's Environment-friendly Approach



Read all about Canon's environmental activities through the product life-cycle:

Corporate Accountability International


CA

Check out their 'Think Outside the Bottle' campaign, which will ween us off our destructve thirst for bottled water, when you can carry your own refillable container.
It's much cheaper for you, and far better for the environment
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Davies & Company


Davies

A Comprehensive Website Created by a Consulting Forester to Provide Complete Forest and Forestry Information for Western Massachusetts and the World.

Dow Chemical


Sugar Cane
The company will produce plastics from sugar cane, rivaling the petrochemical producers. It is building the world's largest faclity employing this methodology in Brazil, where sugar cane has long been a source for bio fuels.

The project will begin with the construction of a 240-million-liter ethanol plant, a joint venture with Mitsui, that is set to begin later this year. By the beginning of next year, Dow will finish engineering plans for facilities that will convert that ethanol into hundreds of thousands of metric tons of polyethylene, the world's most widely used plastic.

Earth Action Network (EAN)


EAN
A non-profit, environmental/social justice organization dedicated to promoting the healing of our society and our planet. It was founded in 1989.
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Earth Pledge


Earth Pledge

 

Promotes sustainable development by identifying and implementing innovative technologies that balance human and natural systems. delivering viable, replicable models to government, industry, and communities nationwide.

Ecovative Mushroom Packaging


Ecovative Mushroom Packaging
Performs like foam -a high-performance alternative to molded or fabricated EPS, EPP, EPE and more.

Renewable, natural, home-compostable -delight your customers with environmentally responsible packaging.

Cost competitive  -healthy for the planet and your budget

Environmental Defense Fund


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Thousands of species risk extinction from disappearing habitat, changing ecosystems and acidifying oceans. According to the IPCC, climate change will put some 20% to 30% of species globally at increasingly high risk of extinction, possibly by 2100.
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Florida Power & Light


FPL
Just click on the logo to watch a video on what FPL is doing for sustainability, and job growth in Florida.

FinSix


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The world's smallest laptop adaptor. Read the article.

Forestry Degree.NET

Promoting Forest and Woodland Conservation

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Forests and woodlands provide a great deal of economic value by filtering the water and air we breathe, providing habitat for creatures that are vital to the continued balance of the ecosystem, and providing the raw materials for wood and paper, which are integral to the manufacturing of many products.

Conserving and maintaining healthy forests and woodlands is in the best interest of anyone working in the field of forestry, or any field that depends on forests, such as:
• Forestry, agroforestry, and land management
• Logging and timber industries
• Construction

Learn more by clicking on the logo.

Genesis Farm


Genesis Farm
Attempts to address the basic issues of our time in concert with other people. It was founded to make this land and its facilities available to all people of good will.

Here we raise serious questions about the global crises and evoke the rich spiritual insights that are already within the hearts of all people.
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Global Ecovillage Network


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GEN offers inspiring examples of how people and communities can live healthy, cooperative, genuinely happy and meaningful lifestyles --- beacons of hope that help in the transition to a more sustainable future on Earth.

We foster a culture of mutual respect, sharing, inclusiveness, positive intent, and fair energy exchange.

GMZ Energy


GMZ Energy
GMZ Energy specializes in ThermoVoltaics; economically viable energy solutions based on direct heat to electricity conversion.

It's one of the 10 companies General Electric is funding through it's venture capital partners program, to promote alternative energy and energy efficiency. Read all about it.

Google


Google Environment
Company Statement: Clean and affordable energy is a growing need for our company, so we’re excited about launching RE&D

Its' a strategic initiative whose mission is to develop electricity from renewable sources cheaper than electricity produced from coal. Initially, this project to create renewable energy cheaper than coal will focus on advanced solar thermal power, wind power technologies, and enhanced geothermal systems – but we’ll explore other potential breakthrough technologies too.

GreenWave Reality


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Consumer friendly lighting platform utilizes NXP’s JenNet-IP Internet-based wireless technology. Click the image for more on this new technology.

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Innovate Us

(How Much Energy
Does the Sun Generate?)

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The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma (state of matter) interwoven with magnetic fields. It has a diameter of about 1,392,000 km, about 109 times that of Earth, and its mass (about 330,000 times that of Earth) accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System.
Scientists calculate our Sun and solar system formed at the same time - a whopping 4.56 billion years ago. Sun's average distance from Earth is 150 million kilometers (93 million miles).Sun is made of gas. Sun will shine as it is for about another 3 to 5 billion years! It will then evolve into a Red Giant over a few more billion years. Scientists arrive at this estimate by calculating how fast the hydrogen in the Sun's core is being converted to helium. Approximately 37% of our Sun's hydrogen has been used since it formed four and a half billion years ago. Every second, the Sun produces 400 trillion watts, which is the same amount of energy as about a trillion 1 megaton bombs!

That's a lot of enrgy we could be using.

Historic Eco-friendly Village


Mike and Lizzie Thrasher discovered the 100-year-old Island City of Anna Maria in 2005 on a vacation. Since then they have spent most of tAnna Maria Sustainable Villagehe past five years developing seven luxury vacation villas under the Pineapplefish name.

They have also begun to invest in Pine Avenue – ‘Main Street’ for Anna Maria City, where they are looking to restore and renew some of the historic island cottages and group them into a Green Village. More by clicking on the logo

IKEA - All About Sustainability

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From IKEA's Chief Sustainability Officer, Steve Howard: To us it’s about taking care of people and the planet – from tackling the problem of children living in poverty to creating renewable energy.

You can see evidence of this work through innovative IOur co-workers, suppliers and partners have been working on these issues and more for a while. KEA products and solutions, and through the way we do business. If we all take small actions, we can all contribute to big results.

Just Food

Just Food
It's s a non-profit organization that works to develop a just and sustainable food system in the New York City region. We do this by fostering new marketing and food-growing opportunities that address the needs of regional, rural family farms, NYC community gardeners, and NYC communities.


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Luxe Living


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Sexy city views, rooftop yoga, and a luxury movie theater make the Allston Green District the hottest new rental complex in the city. Add in the fact that all the buildings will be LEED-certified and the appeal becomes that much greater.
Boston was the first city in the nation to adopt Green Building Zoning in 2007, which called for reduced emissions from privately owned buildings.

It also required all buildings of more than 50,000 square feet to adhere to the US Green Building Council’s LEED certification standards.

Now Back Bay-based The Mount Vernon Company is leading the way for sustainable housing and living with the introduction of the Allston Green District. Working in cooperation with the city, the company is building and managing more than 500 sustainable studios, one-, and two-bedroom units, including 200 existing apartments in the district. Read more at

Mother Nature Network

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Get involved. Go to their website to see how you can have an impact on your community.

MIT Technology Review

MIT Tech Review

Most Innovative Companies for 2011. Takes you to a list of top energy innovators, the technologies used, and why they were selected.

NextEra Energy

Next Era
NextEra Energy, Inc. is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $17.5 billion and approximately 14,300 employees in 27 states and Canada as of year-end 2015, as well as approximately 45,000 megawatts of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with noncontrolling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP) as of April 2016.
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The Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

OCA

It's an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability.

Pervious Concrete Pavement

Perviuos Concrete

It's a unique and effective means to address important environmental issues and support green, sustainable growth. By capturing stormwater and allowing it to seep into the ground, porous concrete is instrumental in recharging groundwater, reducing stormwater runoff, and meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stormwater regulations. Click the icon to read more.

Planet Forward


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Planet Forward, a project of the Center for Innovative Media at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, teaches, celebrates, and rewards environmental storytelling by college students. It is the premier engagement tool for GW’s many sustainability initiatives.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno formed Planet Forward in 2009 to empower new voices and lead a global conversation on the planet’s future.

You can learn more about Planet Forward by clcking on the logo.

Post Carbon Institute


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Founded in 2003, Post Carbon Institute is leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world.

They provide individuals, communities, businesses, and governments with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated economic, energy, environmental, and equity crises that define the 21st century. They envision a world of resilient communities and re-localized economies that thrive within ecological bounds.

Project Frog


Project Frog
High tech design, low tech assembly. While products may have improved in the last 100 years, the process to deliver a building is nearly identical. Project Frog's mission is to change all that.

It's one of the 10 companies General Electric is funding through it's venture capital partners program, to promote alternative energy and energy efficiency. Read all about it.

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Renewable Oil -

for fuel, for food, for life™

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Solazyme makes oil.

Their unique technology transforms low-cost plant sugars into high-value renewable oils that our world so urgently needs.
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Rocky Mountain Institute


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Directs environmentally responsible investors to specialists who can offer guidance to the companies with the fitting profile.

The Sahara Forest Project


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Using what is in abundance to produce that which is not. Click on the icon for the full story along with some very informative videos.

Solar Electric Light Fund


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SELF's mission is to design and implement solar energy solutions to assist the 1.5 billion people living in energy poverty with their economic, educational, health care and agricultural development.
Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 20 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power such as for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

Star Island Resort


Stars Island
 
- The Bahamas - Make your next vacation a green one at this carbon neutral, LEED certified resort. Their energy requirements are supplied by solar panels and wind . Truly a vacation without Eco guilt.

The Story of Stuff


Stuff

It's a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

Sustainable Cities


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Intelligent traffic solutions, green buildings, wastewater management, and smart grid infrastructure are just a few of the technologies helping to steer today’s urbanization toward sustainability.

The challenges presented by sustainable urban development are immense. In 2010, 82% of Americans lived in cities; by 2050 it will be 90%. Cities are responsible for around two thirds of the energy used, 60 percent of all water consumed and 70 percent of all greenhouse gases produced worldwide. Sustainable cities are looking at ways to improve their infrastructures to become more environmentally friendly, increase the quality of life for their residents, and cut costs at the same time.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Because Every Planet Needs One
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It is a fail-safe seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time — and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters. The Seed Vault represents the world’s largest collection of crop diversity.
Click on the image for an interactive visit.

Synthetic Genomics -The Global Challenge:

Sustainably meeting the increasing demand for critical resources

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The world facies increasingly difficult challenges today. Population growth resulting in the growing demand for critical resources such as energy, clean water, food and medicine are taxing our fragile planet. To fulfill these needs we need disruptive technologies.

We believe genomic advances offer the world viable, sustainable alternatives. Synthetic Genomics is creating genomic-driven commercial solutions to revolutionize many industries. Theystarted by focusing on energy, and imagine a future where science could be used to produce a variety of products, from synthetically derived vaccines to prevent human diseases to efficient cost effective ways to create clean drinking water.
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UPS Innovative Fleets & Facilities


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From retrofitting aircraft with advanced technology and fuel-efficient engines that reduce noise...to developing a powerful computer network that efficiently dispatches their vehicles...to using alternative fuels to run them...these are just some of the ways UPS isensuring the long term viability of our company for our customers, employees, shareholders and communities.
UPS collaborates with manufacturers, government and non-profit organizations to promote sustainable product transportation. UPS is a charter member of the EPA Smartway Transport Program, a voluntary partnership to reduce freight and fleet sector energy consumption, pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2008, UPS became the first shipping company to join the EPA's Climate Leaders program. Climate Leaders is an industry/government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies.

WindAid


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WindAid is a social entrepreneurship project that provides wind turbines to communities in Peru who are in need of electricity and light.

Volunteers who join our WindAid placement program get to build and install a wind turbine in just five weeks. It is the financial contribution and work of the volunteers during the WindAid program that covers the cost of the wind turbine and installation such that the completed wind turbine is presented to the recipient community for free.

Witrcity


Wintricity
Cell phones, game controllers, laptops, mobile robots, even electric vehicles capable of re-charging themselves without ever being plugged in! Flat screen TV’s and digital picture frames that hang on the wall—without requiring a wire and plug for power.
Their technology will deliver power ranging from milliwatts to kilowatts.

It's one of the 10 companies General Electric is funding through it's venture capital partners program, to promote alternative energy and energy efficiency. Read all about it.

World Environment Day


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The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. This is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted.This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.

Worldwatch Institute


WorldWatch Institute
Their work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society—and how to achieve it.
We think this is one of the most egregious sources of plastic pollution, and need your help to ban these products from commerce completely.

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