Los Angeles-based OriginOil says its Solids Out of a Solution (SOS) technology “could help the aquaculture industry reduce toxin levels and adopt algae as fish feed on a wide scale.”
Connecting impoverished homes with electricity and access to safe drinking water has always been a challenge in South Africa. The iShack is a low-cost housing structure that incorporates solar power for basic electricity needs.
The debate continues over immunizations and people are shying away from getting the flu shot. However, the financial, environmental and health costs of not getting the flu shot far outweigh the simple cost of the shot itself.
Due to rising material costs and growing awareness of the health impact of frequent soda consumption, prices are rising and sales are down. Is this the beginning of the end of the soft drink era?
Due to the Syrian civil war, purchasing and receiving life-saving drugs is a lengthy logistics exercise. Novo Nordisk is recognizing its Syria team with its 2012 TakeAction award for the team’s on-the-ground efforts to replenish and protect the country’s supply of insulin.
Skeo’s Walkable Watershed plan for the Bellemeade community in Richmond, Virginia shows how the sharing economy has the potential to dovetail with neighborhood revitalization, public health and environmental protection goals.
“Africa is the world’s most underappreciated, undervalued growth story.” China sees its potential, but when will more businesses in the west take the investment plunge in Africa?
A rural electrification program in Nicaragua highlights the cross-cutting advantages and benefits adding a microfinance element contributes to improving their viability and sustainability.
The UK Green Deal allows people that live homes that are hard to heat to make improvements that are then paid for in installments over the next twenty years. These installments are added to their energy bill, which will have been reduced by the home improvements. In other words, you should never pay more than you save. Will it catch on?
Now there is another element of urgency to the clean cookstoves movement. In addition to causing high levels of indoor air pollution and making a significant contribution to the “black carbon” element of global warming pollution, new studies are showing a link between primitive cookstoves and outbreaks of meningitis in the “meningitis belt” of Africa.
The similarities between microfinance and the sharing economy together with the differences in their maturity level provide a great opportunity for the sharing economy to learn some valuable lessons from the more mature microfinance industry.
If you build a culture that cares about its social purpose and its spiritual purpose on this earth, you will realize the goals of social and environmental responsibility.
In 2012 we had many entrepreneurs that worked hard to create a more sustainable future. While we don’t have the space to mention each and every new entrepreneur and start-up, we did choose a list of 10 start-ups that we loved in 2012 and believe we’ll hear more about in the upcoming years.