Beyond Recycling: On the Road to Zero Waste

This week, Other Worlds launches the blog series “Environmental Possibilities: Zero Waste,” featuring new ways of thinking, acting, and shaping government policy. Each week, we highlight a success story in the zero waste movement.

Arab-Israeli Team Develops Innovative Clean Energy Solution

Four Arab-Israeli engineers are currently working on a solution that could revolutionize the way poor industrialized countries produce and consume energy. The company has recently won the EU’s EUREKA grant and plans on making their unique solar technology operational within two years.

Google Tests On-Site Biofuel Production

The company Cool Planet Energy Systems has an intriguing idea about biofuel: instead of churning out fuel from large, central refineries, Cool Planet would rather manufacture modular, shippable micro-biorefineries and sell them to you for on-site biofuel production. According to Cool Planet, the system can produce biofuel for only $1.50 per gallon. According to Cool … Continued

Co-ops: Sustainable Solution for Economic Growth

Nouriel Roubini, the economist from New York University’s Stern School of Business who earned the nickname “Dr. Doom” when his predictions of an economic meltdoom came true in the 2008 recession, sees co-operatives as part of the solution.

Health Insurer Humana Gamifies Fitness

Humana, a Fortune 100 healthcare company, recently got serious about its commitments: it published its first CSR report and is busy embedding CSR into its core activities. Here’s how.

Interview: Marilee Mcinnis, Senior Manager, Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is a company with an excellent reputation for employee satisfaction, proactive integrated GRI reporting, and an agressive commitment to fuel and operational efficiency. I had a chance to talke to Marilee Mcinnis today about some of the major areas of sustainability that the company is focusing on.

Rising Cost of Coal Mining Makes Wind Power Look Even Better

While the cost of wind power has been dropping, a fascinating article in The Washington Post describes how coal mining is becoming more difficult and expensive. The coal industry cites environmental regulations as the main source of upward pressure on costs but WaPo writer Steven Mufson makes a convincing case that factors within the coal … Continued

Mobile Technology: Are Women “Getting It” More than Men?

This article is part of our coverage of Net Impact 2012.  To follow along, visit this page. By Erica Schlaikjer “Across the board, nobody wants to do accounting,”  said Shivani Siroya, founder and CEO of inVenture, a global credit scoring company. “It’s difficult or  they’re lazy or they don’t see the purpose.” Her company, currently working in India, … Continued

Ben & Jerry’s Now Certified B Corp

Ben & Jerry’s becomes a B Corp because of its work on community, environmental, governance and employee engagement issues.

How The New Mobility Grid Can Spark Transportation Solutions

Imagine a day when steps from your door, you could enter a vital network or grid of New Mobility options, places that connect a whole range of transport amenities including buses, trains, parking, streetcars, clean fuel taxis, auto rickshaws and car share or bike share vehicles. Would you still need your car?

Interview: Steve Howard, COO of Sustainability, IKEA

At yesterday’s BSR conference in New York, I had the privilege of sitting down with Steve Howard, IKEA’s COO of Sustainability to talk about IKEA’s take on sustainability and their new sustainability strategy, known as “People and Planet Positive.” The concept won’t be new to TriplePundit readers, but the application to a company with as … Continued

Why the Sharing Economy Should Be Given the Green Light

I often have to remind myself that as a San Francisco-based-CouchSurfer working in sustainability, I live in a bubble full of tree huggers and innovative tech professionals. I’m now realizing more and more that my enthusiasm for the sharing economy is not shared by all, especially not the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Earlier this … Continued