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Drones: Not Just for Military or Surveillance Purposes Anymore

So-called “eco-drones” are helping a growing variety of public and private sector groups monitor, collect and analyze high-resolution images and data to address some of our most pressing social-environmental issues. A report from UNEP’s Global Environmental Alert Service highlights the advantages, benefits and challenges posed by their use.

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Integrated Reporting Done Right at Novozymes

At last week’s GRI conference in Amsterdam, Integrated Reporting was on everyone’s minds. I sat down with one company who has got it figured out.

The International Energy Agency estimates that one-third of emissions reductions must come from energy efficiency in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Energy Efficiency Can Make Billions While Fighting Climate Change

Energy efficiency could be a several hundred billion dollar investment opportunity in the United States, but better policies are required to unlock broad-based financing from institutional investors, according to a new study by investor advocacy group Ceres. Power Factor: Institutional Investors’ Policy Priorities Can Bring Energy Efficiency to Scale surveyed nearly 30 institutional investors and other experts from the energy, policy and financial sectors to identify three areas of policy – utility regulation, demand-generating policies and innovative financing policies – that have the potential of taking energy efficiency financing to a scale sufficient enough to attract significant institutional investment.

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SBIO Semi-Finalist 2013: Blue Box

James Metropoulos founded Blue Box as an innovative method of cleaning industrial equipment with very few chemicals and at very low cost.

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Tesla Pays Off Department of Energy Loan Nine Years Early

In another piece of good news for electric vehicle maker, Tesla Motors, the company announced on Wednesday, May 22, that it has paid off the remainder of its Department of Energy loan, nine years early. The sum of $451.8 million was wired to the DOE, repaying the full loan with interest.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Community Apps Recargo and Xatori Merge

EV owners have come to rely on tools that ensure they are up-to-date as to where they can plug in. The two leading companies in providing such tools via their apps for EV owners, Recargo and Xatori, have just announced that they will merge to combine their resources to deliver a more powerful offering to their users.

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The Solar Energy Window Plug: Sign Me Up Too, Scotty!

The solar-powered window plug is the latest rage – at least according to the chatter on the prestigious tech magazine yankodesign.com and the viral postings on the Internet. So does it really matter that the gadget is still in early concept mode? Apparently not to its growing fan base.

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The Missing Ingredient in the Sustainable Consumption Sauce? Excitement!

In their ongoing quest to scale up sustainable consumption and make it the norm rather than the exception companies have managed to identify multiple obstacles – from cost and availability to lack of consumer awareness. However, one factor can be a real game changer in sustainable consumption – the excitement factor.

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Kroger Uses Food Waste to Power California Distribution Center

The Kroger Co. came up with an inventive solution to prevent food that is not fit to be sold or donated from ending up in a landfill. The retailer installed an anaerobic conversion system at its distribution center (DC) in Compton, California.

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E-Bikes Continue to Expand in the U.S.

Unlike many manufacturers that just sell one e-bike amongst a range of human-only powered bicycles, A2B under Hero Eco instead focus just on e-bikes, while providing a range of different models for riders with different needs.

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O’Hare Goats are Just the Tip of the Sustainability Iceberg

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is welcoming a herd of goats this summer to landscape the airport grounds. This unusual move has garnered a lot of attention, which has, in turn, highlighted their many other sustainability efforts.

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Will ‘Resilience’ Replace Sustainability?

In the past, the “sustainability” movement has struggled with language. “Global warming.” “Climate change.” “Rising sea levels.” And perhaps the most problematic, “sustainability” itself. Will “resilience” be the newest, best-understood term?

Key Speakers At The Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Summit

The Promise of the New Energy ROI (Resilience, Optionality, Intelligence)

Last month, BNEF introduced the concept of New Energy ROI: Resilience, Optionality and Intelligence. The idea is not to replace the traditional ROI (return on investment), explains BNEF’s CEO Michael Liebreich, but to create a checklist to see whether your strategy can stand up to the realities of the world. “If your strategies are not new ROI, they probably won’t deliver old ROI,” he added.

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SBIO 2013 Semi-Finalist Interview: EOS Climate

Joe Madden, a pioneer in the North American Greenhouse Gas Markets, and Jeff Cohen, a 2008 Nobel Peace Prize honoree, created EOS Climate in 2009. Their mission is to tackle climate change by managing greenhouse gases with market-based approaches.