Phil Covington holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. In the past, he spent 16 years in the freight transportation and logistics industry. Today, Phil's writing focuses on transportation, forestry, technology and matters of sustainability in business.

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Ford to Focus On Urban Cyclists

Ford is about to launch a data-driven initiative to track urban cyclists as they commute through city streets. By mounting a device on a thousand bikes across the country, the automaker hopes to understand more about urban cycling and how it fits into a modern multi-modal transportation system.

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Rainforest Alliance Reviews Paper Giant’s Forest Conservation Efforts

Feb. 5 marked the two-year anniversary of paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper’s commitment to halt further felling of the natural rainforest in all of its 38 supplier concessions in Indonesia. This month, Rainforest Alliance published its evaluation of the first 18 months of its conservation efforts — revealing some success but still much work to be done.

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Electrified Truck Power-Train Can Cut Fuel Use in Half

Four-year-old California company Wrightspeed, started by Tesla co-founder Ian Wright, has developed a technology that zeros in on a specific niche of the commercial fleet market, bringing both fuel savings and emissions mitigation for commercial fleet operators.

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Dropcountr Launches a New App to Manage Water Usage

The average Californian estimates they use half the amount of water than they actually do use. People want to do their part, but don’t have the tools and direction to make a contribution.

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Abu Dhabi Launches Solar Car Challenge

This week at the Abu Dhabi Ascent meeting in the UAE, renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), announced that it will sponsor the region’s first solar electric car competition to take place in the United Arab Emirates next January.

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Ford’s Corporate Responsibility Continues Under New Leadership

David Berdish recently turned over his seat as social sustainability manager at Ford to fellow company veteran Thomas Niemann. Having served in the seat since 1999, Berdish leaves a vast legacy behind, but Neimann told us he plans to keep the momentum going.

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U.K. Companies Share Clean Tech Expertise at Globe 2014 in Vancouver

Last week a delegation of British companies supported by U.K. Trade and Investment attended the sustainable-development advocacy conference Globe 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to showcase the country’s expertise in low-carbon solutions and sustainability innovations. I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Rosenfeld, Vice Consul – USA Clean Technology Sector Lead for UKTI, about the strengths of the U.K. clean tech industry and how its businesses are poised to be competitive players on the global stage.