Needed: A systematic effort to monitor and report greenwashing related to the SDGs

November 18, 2019 by  
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There is a need for an independent institutional arrangement to call out companies that are overstating SDG commitments in corporate reporting or financing declarations.

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Is governance the unexplored secret behind Patagonia’s business success?

November 18, 2019 by  
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Contrary to what you might expect, the company doesn’t offer employee stock options, in part so it can continue to push boundaries of corporate behavior.

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Flow Batteries for Household Power Storage

March 31, 2016 by  
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Residential power storage options are starting to get more competitive with a flow battery being introduced to the market in Australia. Flow batteries have been something we’ve looked at for grid-scale storage , and the research into the technology has been making advances. But it has been primarily a utility-scale technology. However, the technology has been developed to suit a smaller scale, and a commercial version of a household-scale flow battery is coming to market in Australia with a 10kWh flow battery called ZCell . The ZCell uses a zinc bromide flow battery developed by the parent company Redflow . The Redflow battery offers several advantages over lithium-ion battery packs, including high temperature tolerance without a need for active cooling; full cycle depth available and no cycle depth limitations; no concern about thermal runaway; and an electrolyte that is also naturally fire retardant. The system has been announced with an installed price of “between $A17,500 and $A19,500 a system” (around 14,000 US dollars or 12,500 Euro). The annual average household energy demand for Australia (in 2010) of 7,227 kWh translates to about 19.8kWh per day, so the ZCell would only account for half of that if it was fully charged and then discharged on a daily basis. However, it is likely that many of the homes and businesses with the greatest interest in the ZCell would be more efficient than average. Local power storage such as the ZCell or the Tesla Powerwall allows direct storage of energy produced by solar panels or other on-site generation when that production exceeds demand, and then allows that stored energy to be used later, when needed. Local power storage can also be used for load-shifting in areas with tiered electricity rates, where higher prices charged for power during peak periods and off-peak periods have lower rates. In cases like that, the battery is charged during less expensive, off-peak times, and then the battery is used instead of the higher-priced grid power for things that need power during the peak periods of the day.

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Is Interface’s Sustainability Strategy Still Relevant?

November 9, 2010 by  
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Interface’s Ray Anderson asks, "Is there still a need for the Interfaces of the world now that some of the world’s biggest firms are also climbing toward the summit?"

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OLEDs: Where We’ll See Them, and What Will Beat Them

February 1, 2010 by  
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Photo via Jaymi Heimbuch Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) have been the talk of green lighting and display for what feels like ages now.

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Transformer Furniture: From Table to Table Tennis

December 21, 2009 by  
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photos by Douglas Ljungkvist Why do we show so much transformer furniture? Ryan Vanderbilt puts it succinctly: “We no longer work solely in the office, play in the game room, or eat in the dining room. Work, live and play have morphed together.

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TWTC: Grassroots Recycling in Atlanta

December 14, 2009 by  
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Rhonda and I have gotten to talking, and it turns out that despite living on opposite sides of the country, our neighborhoods have a lot in common. She lives in the Bayview area of San Francisco, CA and I’m living in Edgewood, just east of downtown in Atlanta, GA.

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300 Million-Year-Old Limestone Cave to Cool Data

December 14, 2009 by  
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After a good 20,000 years out of caves, we are heading back to them – and just like your worst fears, it’s the damn global warmers and Al Gore-ists leading the way, because it saves so much energy. It turns out that limestone caverns might be the cheapest and best option for carbon neutral data-center cooling , because by nature limestone can absorb 1.5 BTUs per square foot for free. And data centers need lots of energy for cooling.

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Special Offer :: Duchess Marden Is Your Secret To Ageless Beauty.

December 14, 2009 by  
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It used to be that the powerful and heady scent of the rose was something only the extremely wealthy could afford, not surprising given that it takes anywhere between 1,500 to 10,000 pounds of rose petals to make only one ounce of oil. There are more than 300 compounds that can be found in a rose but the key flavor compounds that contribute to the distinctive scent of rose oil, are beta-damascenone , beta-damascone , beta-ionone , and rose oxide .

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All I Want for Christmas is A James Beard Award

December 13, 2009 by  
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Well, guess that’s a lot to ask since I have not published a book yet. I’ll ask Santa for that one next year. I don’t think I stand a chance up against Cindy Mushet’s Art and Soul of Baking , a 2009 International Association of Culinary Professionals Award Winner and nominated for the 2009 James Beard Award.

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