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’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.

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Desalination is Now a Billion Dollar Industry, Report Shows

The components alone for desalination activity will constitute a $5 billion industry by 2015. While this spend would not be confined to California, a new report conducted by the McIlvaine Co. describes the state as being at the epicenter of global desalination activity.

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Investment Fund Launches Model For Energy Efficiency Financing

“What is missing in the energy efficiency industry is akin to what is allowing solar to take off now,” says Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets, “There has been no ability to create investments, which can be re-bundled and sold to investors down the line.”

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Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’ To Produce More Than Car Batteries

Last week, Tesla announced that it would build a new “Gigafactory” to produce lithium-ion batteries at a rate able to support the manufacture of 500,000 electric cars per year. Additionally, documents filed with the SEC indicted that some of the batteries will be used for “stationary storage applications,” or storing energy for use in homes, commercial sites and utilities.

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Asia Pulp and Paper: One Year After the Forest-Clearing Moratorium

Feb. 5 marked the anniversary of APP’s announcement by company Chairman Teguh Ganda Wijaya that it had stopped the destruction of natural forest lands in Indonesia, and in marking this milestone, the company has announced further areas of focus going forward.

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Greenlots Introduces Open-Standards EV Charging

Based in San Francisco, Greenlots is global provider of open-standard technology solutions for electric vehicle networks — allowing for automated demand response between the utilities and the charging infrastructure.

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally Talks Straight with Bloggers at Detroit Auto Show

CEO Alan Mulally said Ford will continue to improve fuel economy across their range, asserting that the internal combustion engine won’t be going away anytime soon. “The number one thing we can do is improve fuel mileage every year” via a need to “continually improve the internal combustion engine,” he told bloggers this week.