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One man’s garbage is another man’s … house?

Can garbage be used as an eco-material to construct a house? That’s the intriguing premise behind the recently-completed Waste House project, which is believed by those involved to be the first permanent British building built almost solely from waste and recycled materials. Constructed at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade campus, the Waste House is […]

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Green Building Initiative Launches Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors Certification Program

The new program, Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, focuses exclusively on the sustainable design and construction of interior spaces in non-residential buildings and can be pursued by both building owners and individual lessees of commercial spaces. When pursuing Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors certification, tenants can focus on both designing new and/or improving their exciting […]

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Partners go green with floor-cleaning product

Call them the green team, or the green machine. Whatever the name, Ron Timmons, a Lumberton resident, and Nat Anderson, of Willingboro, want you to call them. Timmons and Anderson are owners of Nothing But Green Living, based at the Burlington County College incubator. The company offers green-certified cleaning services and products. Founded by Timmons, […]

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In Venture Capital, Sustainability Is the New Buzzword

Investors who have shied away from cleantech companies for the past two years haven’t lost interest, they’re broadening their scope into more areas of sustainability, according to a report by Cleantech IQ. “The definition of ‘cleantech’ has expanded greatly. There is still some perception that when you talk about cleantech, you’re talking about a technology […]

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Exit Interview: Ben Packard, Starbucks

Exit Interview is an occasional series profiling sustainability professionals who recently have left their job. For 15 years, Ben Packard was on the front lines of Starbucks’ sustainability initiatives, rising from environmental manager in 1998, a freshly minted MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, to become its VP of global responsibility […]

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Kimberly-Clark Named to ‘Natural Capital Leaders Index’

Kimberly-Clark Corporation has been named to the first “Natural Capital Leaders Index” of global companies that have successfully reported growing revenues in recent years while reducing environmental impacts. The Natural Capital Leaders Index was published this month by GreenBiz Group, in association with Trucost plc, as part of its seventh annual report, State of Green […]

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Co-operatives the sustainable business model – a view from Davos

The value of Co-operatives is poorly understood by society and by Government and the regulation of co-op enterprises remains less developed than for investment driven enterprises. World Economic Fora have themes. Last year’s Davos was about “Resilient Dynamism”. This year’s leitmotiv is “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business”. The Forum […]

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Caribbean Climate Innovation Center to promote green business, reduce climate risks

The World Bank says business hub inaugurated on Monday will support the growing number of clean energy and climate technology ventures in the Caribbean. It said the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC), the first of its kind in the region, would help reduce the significant threats posed by climate change through the creation of new […]

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Thinking Outside the Box: Solar-Covered Bridge, Bike Highway for London

Originally built in 1886, the Victorian-era bridge has a brand new look – a canopy of 4,400 solar PV panels! They supply half the energy for the busy railroad station underneath, Blackfriars Station. Built by Solarcentury, the 6,000-plus square meters of solar panels can generate 900,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, reducing the carbon […]

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New Green Hyper-Efficient Servers for Data Centers

Cleantech Server line literally pays for itself by reducing server power, cooling, space, weight, water and carbon footprints by up to 80 percent. In response to a growing energy consumption and sustainability crisis in data centers globally, Cleantech IT innovations company Servergy, Inc. has delivered to market its Cleantech Server® line, a new clean and […]

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Gates letter challenges three development ‘myths’

Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates have used the sixth annual letter from their foundation to tackle what they see as development myths undermining efforts to save lives and cut poverty. The founders of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, take on three such myths: that poor countries are doomed to stay poor, that foreign aid […]

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Westpac crowned world’s most sustainable company

Speaking from Davos, Switzerland where Prime Minister Tony Abbott will give a speech tonight, Westpac chief Gail Kelly welcomed the global recognition and said the bank had focused on ensuring social, environmental and economic responsibility was key to its culture. “It is wonderful recognition of the work of our people to help create a sustainable […]

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The World’s Most Sustainable Companies Of 2014

Australian corporation Westpac Banking is the most sustainable company on earth this year, according to a new ranking from Corporate Knights. But what does sustainability mean, exactly? Doug Morrow, vice president of research at Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media company, says it’s a multifaceted concept. “On the one hand, it means doing more with less; […]

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Marketing can drive the major shift we need for sustainable business

When it comes to tackling the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges, leading thinkers believe that a major shift in business is indispensable. Yet many believe that progress has stalled. Who can be surprised? Are things really going to change in a corporate universe where $600bn (£370bn) a year is spent convincing people to […]

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How Cities Can Address the Critical Need for Sustainable Development

Sustainable cities, or “smart” cities, focus economic and technological resources on conserving water, improving energy efficiency, reducing waste and enhancing their citizens’ quality of life. Innovations for renewable energy, the development of efficient waste management systems and community planning for smart growth ensure the viability of cities for years to come. Critical Water Conservation Planning […]

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Has the Era of Greenwashing in Resource Sustainability Passed?

I should have bought a Hummer when I had the chance. I could drive it without feeling any guilt. Know why? Because I hardly ever drive. I work from home most of the time. And even if I have to go into the office I usually ride my bike to get there. I could be […]

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Indian school aims for energy self-sustainability

At a school in India’s southern state of Karnataka, power cuts often disrupt studies. And the lack of electricity access means that many pupils return home to unlit houses. But the Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya’s passion towards sustainability, including the establishment of environmentally-friendly buildings and an ongoing project to increase the use of solar lighting, have […]

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Sustainability is impossible until companies admit environmental cost

While companies’ impact on the environment remains ignored the quesiton of how society deals with the consequence of this damage will remain unanswered. On holiday recently, I visited the Japanese sacred area of Kumano Kodo. Miles of treks mark pilgrim routes from the ancient capital of Kyoto to a number of shrines located around the […]

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Impact Investing: It’s Time

Imagine a future with an abundance of quality jobs, affordable homes in environmentally sustainable and thriving neighborhoods and continuous innovation in the delivery of basic services that saves taxpayers billions of dollars, all supporting Benjamin Franklin’s maxim that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is the country that people envision […]

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Shortcomings tarnish social responsibility index

THE average investor readily acknowledges that compliance with environmental law is a requirement for listing on the JSE’s socially responsible investment (SRI) index. Yet, despite pressure from the Centre for Environmental Rights and other leading environmental organisations, compliance with environmental law is still not mandatory. It is therefore not surprising that a number of companies […]

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