“A sustainable world already exists,” Janine Benyus, co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute, said at the 2016 Sustainable Brands Conference. “And we need to access that wisdom.”
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The Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge seeks to inspire up-and-coming designers to create products for the circular economy — highlighting safe materials that can be perpetually cycled.
When heading out into unfamiliar territory, a map or a compass can keep us on course. Fortunately, there is such a “compass” for businesses staking their claim in a sustainable new energy economy.
In its latest sustainability report, the global electronics and consulting company made several strong public goals to improve sourcing of paper and shift toward greater use of clean energy.
Google, which describes itself as the world’s largest buyer of clean energy, announced another investment in renewables last week. Two new Google-backed wind farms in Norway and Sweden will power all of the tech giant’s data centers within the European Union.
The average cost of electricity from wind and solar energy could drop by 26 to 59 percent, says the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
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.