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20 Inspiring Quotes from SXSWeco 2013

SXSWeco 2013 had business leaders, nonprofit leaders and some people who were both. Benefit corporations, municipalities, the media, disruptors and even a celebrity or two. Here are 20 inspiring quotes.

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O2E Technologies Helping Turn Waste into a Revenue Generator

Meet the first finalist of Sustainable Brands Innovation Open London, O2E Technologies. The UK-based startup is on its way to cleaning up the world’s overflowing landfills. O2E has developed a full waste-to-energy conversion system with which it turns various types of solid waste into new products, such as plastic into fuel or food waste into compost for use in vertical growing systems.

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SXSWeco Interview: Emma Stewart, Autodesk on Smart Cities

We’ve long been impressed with Autodesk’s contribution to the smart or “green” building design movement so it was only logical that I ask Emma how that contribution spreads to the greater idea of smart cities.

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Why International Paper Says It’s OK to Print Your Emails

International Paper’s James McDonald reminds us that countering deforestation isn’t print out their emails, that the true destruction of forests comes from other use, and above all, it is most important to practice responsible, sustainable forestry.

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Startup Develops Eco-Friendly Material to Replace Wood and Plastic

Australian-based materials company Zeoform claims to have developed a new material made of cellulose fiber and water, which has the potential to replace plastic and wood in a variety of applications. The company says the 100 percent non-toxic material has the beauty of wood, the strength of fiberglass and the versatility of plastic.

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Interview: Modavanti on “Making Sustainability Sexy”

I had a chance to sit down with David Dietz, Modavanti’s founder at SXSWeco last week to learn a little bit about the company, and the kind of impact he expects to be able to make – in addition to running a successful company.

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Asian Energy Expansion Means We’re Probably Too Late to Avert Climate Change Disruption

Home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies and populations, an energy forecast for Southeast Asia bode ill for efforts to curtail fossil fuel emissions. Coal-fired power generation is projected to account from nearly 60% of new power generation among ASEAN countries while dependence on imported oil will double as the regional economy triples and population grows 25% to 2035, according to an IEA rep.

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SXSWeco Interview: Roy Johnson of EcoFactor

EcoFactor’s software actually builds a schedule around household behavior, doing things like turning down the heat or air conditioning when a homeowner is not in the house. To top it off, data is provided to customers offering them information about where they’ve made strides in saving energy and how one’s household use stacks up to their neighbors.

I sat down with EcoFactor’s CEO Roy Johnson to learn more…

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Venture Capitalists Invest More Funding in Solar

Solar energy project funding and capital raised by third-party solar finance companies have exceeded that for all of 2012 through 3Q 2013, according to Mercom Capital’s Q3 2013 Solar Funding and M&A Report.

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How Lenovo, the World’s Largest PC Vendor, Sets Green Standards

By Jessica Oaks It can be hard to rectify the conspicuous discrepancy between the modern “green” movement – with its philosophies of reducing, reusing and recycling – and the disposable consumer culture that has seemingly taken over the world. The average life cycle of a smartphone is shockingly short; in fact, more than 125 million … Continued