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A Soup Company and a Sporting Goods Manufacturer Walk into a Bar…

What does a Massachusetts-based soup company have in common with a global sporting goods manufacturer?  Industrial facilities – spaces where they both need to understand energy consumption and improve energy efficiency to operate optimally. 

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“Last Stand” Against Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam Raises “True Cost” Questions

Opponents of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam system in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon are mounting a “last stand” attempt to halt development in the wake of the government awarding the contract to Norte Energia and the start of construction. Opposition groups say building what would be the world’s third-largest hydroelectric system would be a “folly” of epic proportions on economic, technical and environmental grounds.

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Renewable Energy 2010: 16% of Global Energy; Nearly 11% in the US

REN21’s “Renewables 2011″ Global Status Report is a remarkable one, particularly in light of the lasting effects of the “Great Recession” and all that took place in 2010. The REN21 report shows that renewable energy growth was strong last year. Renewable resources wound up supplying 16% of global final energy consumption and showed strong growth … Continued

Eco-Entrepreneurship Opportunity: Natural Foods Co-op

There was an interesting startup in Austin, TX, using IndieGogo last month to get a natural foods store off the ground as the first zero waste grocery store. It’s a brilliant style of business that an aspiring eco-entrepreneur, or perhaps more fittingly, a team of aspiring eco-entrepreneurs, might consider. A natural foods co-operative is a grocery … Continued

Eco-entrepreneurship Opportunity: Salad Restaurant

What do you get for takeout when you are on the run and want something healthy? Tougher question than it might first appear. Burrito? Maybe. They tend to be huge, have lots of calories, and plenty of ingredients you might not use in meals you prepare for yourself. Burger? Riiiiight….. You may not think of … Continued

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Mojave Desert Grown Shrimp Could Be on Your Next Vegas Surf n’ Turf

Did you ever think that shrimp grown in the desert would be possible? Everybody talks about declining fish stocks but few companies have ventured to grow seafood on dry land, let alone in the Mojave Desert. Blue Oasis Pure Shrimp is setting the bar by becoming the first company to grow shrimp on land with the aim … Continued

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Where are the Jobs? Increasingly, They’re in Sustainability

Unemployment is still hovering around 9%, an unencouraging picture for politicians looking to get reelected in 2012. For President Obama, the good news is in the green movement. Sustainability related job postings continue to surge forward, even as the rest of the economy stagnates. Even the Wall Street Journal, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News … Continued

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Solar Power Solutions for Rural Africa

Rural electrification is a serious challenge all over the world. In Tanzania, 75% of the population lives in rural areas with an electrification rate so low, it’s barely worth mentioning. The Lighting Africa Project estimates it to be around 2%.

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AA’s Huge Aircraft Order Claims 35% Gain in Fuel Efficiency

American Airlines’ blockbuster narrowbody aircraft order this month places a huge emphasis on achieving major gains in fuel efficiency over a short period of time. AA says that the order for 460 jets—with options and purchase rights for an additional 465—from Airbus and Boeing will “replace and transform” its fleet within about five years. The … Continued

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Detroit: Stakeholder Power at Work

The reporting on Detroit seems to be shifting away from the narrative of the once great American City disintegrating into a burned out warzone-like state as citizens flee to greener, safer, more vibrant locales.

CFO Engagement on Shareholder Social and Environmental Expectations

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. Deloitte’s CFO Signals report summarizes the issues that CFOs are increasingly confronting with 4 words: Major Change Initiatives Stress. 56% of CFOs cite this stress with more than half placing it as a top three stress. One of the “Change Initiatives” confronting … Continued

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Eco Ventures Group: A Growing Family Sustainable Businesses

Florida’s Eco Ventures Group is building a family of businesses management says is grounded in Triple Bottom Line principles, including recovering of precious, rare earth and industry metals; producing advanced biofuels from recovered and virgin oils and animals fats; and growing tropical oilseeds using sustainable methods that protect the environment.

Innovation: Aluminum Shipping Pallets

The worldwide transportation of goods within the global supply chain has a carbon footprint of around 2,800 mega- tonnes CO2e (see PDF). Weight is a major factor in transportation fuel consumption and green house gas (GHG) emissions. Less weight means the potential for lower fuel consumption and lower GHG emissions. A ubiquitous component of the … Continued

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The Great American Suburban Ponzi Scheme

Suburbs are a uniquely American and relatively recent phenomenon; an experiment, if you will, that came about as the result of the simultaneous surge in prosperity with the emergence of the automobile and the availability of relatively cheap land surrounding our cities. Given the enormous growth that this suburban lifestyle has experienced, it has truly become equated with the American Way of Life.
But a number of people are beginning to question the wisdom of this outward migration, leaving many cities on the brink of collapse after having drained the rural landscape of its inhabitants. Are the suburbs sustainable?