How will greener plastics move from lab to market?

August 21, 2018 by  
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Scientists are hard at work, but that’s just the beginning.

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Report Report: Corporate conservation, youth and disrupting luxury

August 21, 2018 by  
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A monthly wrap-up of recent research on sustainable business and clean technology reports you need to know.

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Microsoft’s energy master plan

August 21, 2018 by  
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Ultimately, its innovations could become a big selling advantage for its cloud services.

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How Microsoft computes the business case for water stewardship

January 22, 2018 by  
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Microsoft is at the beginning of a journey towards better water management, responding to increasing global water stress due to climate change, population increases and economic development. “How do we bring better orchestration and a more formalized approach to water stewardship for Microsoft data centers, manufacturing sites and real estate offices around the world?” said Josh Henretig, senior director of sustainability at Microsoft. 

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What does it look like to embed sustainability across an organization?

October 10, 2017 by  
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Hiring a chief sustainability officer is only the beginning of a journey.

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Sustainable development and the end of history

September 11, 2017 by  
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Are we experiencing the end of an era — or the beginning of a new one?

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Airbnb plans to house 100,000 refugees in the next five years heres how

June 7, 2017 by  
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Shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump issued a ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, the founders of Airbnb announced a bold plan to provide short-term housing to 100,000 refugees over the next five years. Until recently, no one knew how exactly how that feat would be accomplished. Today, however, the company announced that it will connect seven nonprofit organizations devoted to assisting those who are fleeing their homelands through a new Open Homes platform. After the ban was issued, the three founders of Airbnb championed the hashtag #WeAccept and said, “To help people around the world facing displacement, we’ll work with our community of hosts to find not just a place to stay, but also a place to feel connected, respected, and a part of a community again.” For months, employees and volunteers have used a highly inefficient system to connect nonprofit organizations with volunteers through emails, phone calls, and spreadsheets. “Dozens of man hours to settle one family in one place,” Airbnb cofounder Joe Gebbia told Fast Company . “Highly inefficient and highly unscalable.” Now that the process is automated, a total of seven nonprofits may easily connect with volunteers to provide short-term housing to refugees who are in need of a secure, safe place to stay. Some of the organizations that have partnered with Airbnb include the International Rescue Committee , Singa Quebec , the Inland Refugee Society of British Columbia, and SolidarityNow. After volunteers sign on to the Open Homes platform, they’ll be able to specify the cause they would like to donate their room or home to. Nonprofits that seek to set up a family or an individual with temporary housing will then be able to view lists of potential volunteers. Related: Sweden lists entire country on Airbnb because ‘roaming should be free’ This isn’t the first time Airbnb has partnered with home owners to help displaced individuals. After Hurricane Sandy left thousands of people stranded, Airbnb launched a platform which now connects people in need with short-term shelter. To date, the company’s efforts have placed 1,900 people worldwide – including around U.S. cities such as Dallas, New York , Oakland, and Sacramento. Additionally, 290 refugees have found short-term housing since the beginning of 2017. Considering 65 million people are still displaced, this number is quite low. However, Airbnb is optimistic many more people can be assisted through the Open Homes platform. + Open Homes Via Fast Company Images via Pixabay

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The dawn of architectural solar

January 3, 2017 by  
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Sponsored: Since the beginning of the modern architectural era, humankind has dreamed of self-sustaining buildings that generate their own power

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How the Fed joined the fight against climate change

January 3, 2017 by  
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The Fed does not influence the opportunity cost of carbon — and whether companies account for it — it does influence the opportunity cost of financial capital.

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Trump, COP22 and asking the hard questions on climate change

November 21, 2016 by  
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Why Paris was just the beginning — and a Trump presidency can’t be the end — for global climate action.

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