Unicef and Target, in collaboration with Disney, are launching a Fitbit-like wearable device for kids that has the potential to be this holiday season’s hottest gift. If it does become the gift sales winner for 2015, it will not because it promotes exercise. It will be a sales success because it is a cool wearable with Star Wars branding that enables Generation Z (those aged 10 to 16) to make a difference.
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Corporate responsibility programs are on autopilot. Donate to the local nonprofit. Fill up backpacks for school kids. Assemble bicycles for Christmas gifts. Those are good deeds but … they’re about as exciting as the 2-year-old PB&J sandwich you found under the seat of your car. Sometimes, your community engagement program needs a dose of the novel, exciting and adventurous. Here are some ideas.
Despite improvements in prioritizing the recycling of e-waste in recent years, we still aren’t doing it enough. Here are a few of the roadblocks that get in the way.
Every large coal plant is leaving behind millions of tons of ash that needs to be safely contained lest it leach into nearby farmlands, rivers, lakes and other public water sources. But a small startup, together with a large multinational, is set to launch a pilot-scale “waste-to-value” solution for the ash.
What do you get when you put a real estate developer, a large neighborhood association, a state environment agency and a whole lot of contractors in one room? If it’s Portland, you get dialogue and a way to accomplish green goals few would have thought were possible a few years ago.
At the SXSW Eco Data + Tech competition last week, each contestant addressed a traditionally boring topic: air pollution, fire hydrants and lamp posts, river recovery, a solar garage, and dilapidated cultural sites. Are you asleep yet? These beautiful and fun projects will wake you up.
How will we feed our rapidly expanding global population, set to hit 9 billion by 2050, while not contributing to climate change in the process? This past week at SXSW Eco, a panel of experts from business, academia and the farming community took on this question, asserting that we’ve got part of the answer right under our feet: microbes.
Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media and ‘Web 2.0’ fame calls his new conference the WTF Economy summit. “WTF” stands for “What’s The Future,” but it also means what you think it means.
Talk doesn’t help someone out of poverty; that takes doing. And Manoj Bhargava, billionaire CEO of 5-Hour Energy drinks, is committed to doing just that.
The idea of a city where real objects could communicate and send messages seems like something out of a film — but it’s happening right now. What are the sustainability/energy efficiency implications?
Last week I attended the New York City Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s demo day, where the accelerator’s latest cohort of startups presented themselves to a large audience of investors and venture capitalists. The presentations were great, but one thing caught my attention: None of the startups (well, except maybe one) could be considered a sustainable startup.
A panel at SXSW Eco 2015 discussed how cars will become substantially greener and leaner in a decade, due in large part to advanced lightweight materials such as carbon fiber-reinforced plastics.
How do you reuse a dirty, smelly waste material like the sludgy mess from industrial food production to create bioplastic? One team is doing just that. Whether driven by the desire to be gold star eco-citizens or because they hope to succeed where others have failed, Brian and Ian with Full Cycle Bioplastics shared their team’s award-winning plan with me and at SXSW Eco this week.
What exactly is the Volkswagen emissions scandal, and why is it such a big deal? Spend a few minutes consulting our cheat-sheet, and you’ll have all the information you need to keep up with those conversations at the water cooler.