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SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainable Innovation: The Patience to Get it Right
As one of humankind’s truly global industries, commercial aviation can have a powerful impact on the growth of sustainable urban environments around the world.
Last month, leaders in the global water sector convened in Munich, Germany, for the 50th anniversary of IFAT – an influential conference for innovation in water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. Three wastewater treatment trends – and solutions – dominated the discussion.
Seventy-eight cities competed. Only Columbus won. Last week the city in Ohio was announced the winner of the U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge. Joining the U.S. DOT and other sponsors, AT&T is giving the winning city up to $1 million in products and services to help it it solve real environmental and social challenges in order to become the city of the future.
Volkswagen’s future is electrically charged. Or, that’s the way the company sees it. Fresh out of court, saddled with billions in debt and still facing lawsuits, VW is looking forward. And its course may help accelerate the electric car industry as well.
SPECIAL SERIES: MGM Defining Thought Leadership
The circular economy was once dismissed as a pipe dream. But through the persistence of thought leaders like Ellen MacArthur and William McDonough, it is slowly becoming reality.
Eileen Fisher’s journey to sustainability started by falling in love with the kimono, trips to Bhutan to learn about happiness and to favelas in Brazil to observe the human experience. She created a “purpose chair” that she sits in each morning to consider how to add purpose to her day. Her company’s goal is to become 100 sustainable and help the entire fashion industry meet that goal too.
Rough waters are far from over for German carmaker Volkswagen. This week, angry shareholders called for board resignations, while the German regulatory agency BaFin announced further investigations. And there may be even more independent probes to come.
KnowtheChain evaluated 20 global information and communications technology (ICT) companies, including Apple and HP, based on their efforts to mitigate forced labor in their supply chains. The labor-rights group found both good and bad news.
Electric vehicle superstar Tesla just tendered an offer to buy America’s largest solar company, SolarCity. The move would make Tesla “the world’s only vertically-integrated energy company offering end-to-end clean energy products,” the company said.
Three U.S. states aim to pass ‘right-to-repair’ legislation — which requires electronics manufacturers to give buyers the information needed to replace parts. But Apple is doing its best to keep such laws off the books.
Ford’s 2015 sustainability report is a candid summary of where the automaker is today and its goals for the future of sustainable transportation. Executive Chairman William Clay Ford summarizes the challenge as “reinventing this company to make it incredibly relevant for the next 50 years.”
Electric-scooter sharing service Scoot Networks plans to bring hundreds of new, American-made machines to the streets of San Francisco. 3p’s Phil Covington spoke with Scoot’s CEO about the expansion plan, and took a ride on one of the shiny new scooters.