In the wake of superstorm Sandy, it is imperative that storm surge protection design is implemented to protect miles of vulnerable coastline in the tri-state area. The design community and Environmental Protection Agency have collaborated on projects to provide scalable and sustainable solutions that are essentially “shovel ready.” Collective action needs to be taken now in conjunction with the rebuilding efforts, as the threat of rising sea levels poses a significant threat to a densely populated region.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
Papa John has recently stated his opposition towards Obamacare, declaring it would increase the prices of his pizzas. Chik-fil-A also announced its political bias with its opposition towards gay marriage. Nevertheless, it unaffected its customer base after the media storm settled. Can an aggressive political opinion affect a company’s bottom-line? We have yet to determine how Papa John’s is affected by theirs.
There is huge opportunity to innovate and disrupt the current government IT services industry. Until recently, government hasn’t been getting the clue from Silicon Valley that technology and its use in communicating with the citizens who elected them is of the utmost importance.
The Canadian city of Vancouver is using innovative materials to pave its new roads. Asphalt made up of wax from recycled plastic is what the city is currently testing to pave Vancouver’s roads.
The Social Impact Bond is getting a lot of attention, or maybe hype, because it targets core inefficiencies of social programs and, most importantly, transfers the burden of risk from taxpayers to private investors.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is in hot water with the SEC over his announcement earlier this summer that Netflix averaged one billion hours of viewing monthly.
The CTA is in need of improvements to reduce crowding, renovate dilapidated stations, make stations handicapped assessable, and eliminate slow zones. Funding these improvements through cutting service and increasing fares is unsustainable.
Our research shows that the greatest impact to help California get 33% energy from renewable sources is a significant reduction in energy consumption by businesses of all size. Yes, this sounds basic, but please read on.
Since 2004, the San Francisco Giants have offered free, secured valet parking for folks arriving via bicycle to see games (staffed by volunteers from the SF bike coalition). It’s a marvelous way to get to the stadium, far faster & cheaper than pretty much any other way, and a lot more sustainable to boot.
Metabolix markets two biopolymer resins: Mirel™ which is certified biodegradable and just recently announced Mvera™, a film grade product which is certified compostable. Both share the physical properties of petroleum-based resins and can be processed on existing equipment with similar productivity and post-processing techniques. These resins are made using a patented fermentation process and plant-derived sugar. Like nearly all bioplastics and organic matter, Mirel and Mvera will not biodegrade in conventional landfills due to the oxygen-deprived environment.
A letter to the CEO of Walmart requesting the consideration and integration of human-cost accounting as part of their sustainability initiatives.
We are writing to ask you to support an innovative initiative to better fund K-12 schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). During your administration the number of LAUSD schools meeting California’s Academic Performance goal has doubled.
Open Letter to Robert Menendez, Chairman of Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
Low and modest income earners are being stretched too thin to afford a mortgage or they are simply eliminating homeownership as an option altogether. This affordability crisis will continue to worsen unless more flexible and creative forms of ownership are developed.