Are entry-level sustainability jobs a needle in a haystack?

December 13, 2021 by  
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We need more of young professionals working on sustainability, climate, circular economy and ESG solutions — and we need them right now. 

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Survey says: Quality is king and materials matter

December 13, 2021 by  
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Sponsored: How do brands effectively communicate the benefits of circular and sustainable products to consumers?

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These orgs are constructing reuse infrastructure for the built environment

November 12, 2021 by  
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The circular economy offers an elegant alternative to the siloed, short-sighted and waste-ridden reputation of the building industry.

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Changing the path forward for glass

November 9, 2021 by  
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Glass is adaptable for use in next-generation cars and buildings, and it’s a powerful example for a circular economy.

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Electric trucks make sense — we have the data to prove it

November 9, 2021 by  
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Aside from the decreased maintenance associated with EV technology, fleet managers believe electric trucks will attract those that wouldn’t have otherwise been drivers.

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A desperate hope that we meet this moment

November 5, 2021 by  
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At COP26, it’s clear the circular economy is key to solving the climate crisis.

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These portable factories are solving plastic pollution

November 4, 2021 by  
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Single-use plastic is one of the most pressing environmental problems the world is facing, yet plastic continues to be sold to millions of consumers every single year. It ends up in landfills, on beaches and in oceans, creating a huge plastic pollution problem. BioCyclr, created by Circular Economy Manufacturing and led by Barent Roth, is designed to change all that. To combat plastic pollution, all of that single-use plastic is taken before it reaches the landfills and the oceans and turned into something new instead. How does it happen? Through off-grid, solar-powered microfactories inside portable shipping containers. These microfactories produce no waste, no pollutants and no toxins. Related: Innovative biomaterials to help the world replace plastic The BioCyclr is the first product to be made from single-use plastic that was processed in one of these microfactories. They created a freezer food scrap collection bin. It was made entirely with solar power and recycled plastic. The microfactory only processes recycled plastic. It produces absolutely no waste and no emissions. It’s also portable, small and can be placed anywhere for on-site production . And, to top it all off, the microfactory is made with transparent walls so that anyone can view what’s happening inside. It’s a pretty simple process and it’s totally circular. The solar panels at the top collect energy, feeding it into the batteries on one outside wall. The energy is stored there and fed into the facility, where the shredder turns used plastic products into plastic flakes. From here, they go into the washer, which rinses the flakes. A rotational molding machine spins the clean flakes, coating a product mold with liquid plastic. Circular Economy Manufacturing also wants to create green jobs by placing microfactories around the country. It’s a bold concept and the BioCyclr proves that it’s a concept that can work. Circular Encomny Manufacturing is helping to solve the plastic problem while creating no new environmental problems . + Circular Economy Manufacturing Images via Circular Economy Manufacturing

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Earth911 Podcast: Torii Industries Plots Hot-Water-as-a-Service for the Home

September 22, 2021 by  
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Earth911 explores the circular economy potential of subscription hot-water-as-a-service programs with Gordon Olson, co-founder and… The post Earth911 Podcast: Torii Industries Plots Hot-Water-as-a-Service for the Home appeared first on Earth911.

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Project Legacy earns LEED Gold for circular, sustainable design

August 19, 2021 by  
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William McDonough + Partners announces the opening of “Project Legacy,” an innovative Cradle to Cradle building designed for Universidad EAN (UEAN) in Bogotá, Colombia . The university’s new center for technology and entrepreneurship was designed and built with the circular economy in mind — minimizing waste, contouring sustainable material selections and capitalizing on energy-efficient systems. Both the school and the architectural design set out to focus on the principles of circular economy . “The design elements that make up the building mirror the ambitions of the small and medium-sized entrepreneurs learning how to design and execute business plans guided by Cradle to Cradle and the Circular Economy. What an astonishing privilege to have a building that embodies the principles of the actual pedagogy that is taught in the university’s curriculum,” said architect William McDonough. Related: A LEED Gold-targeted health education hub joins University of Washington campus The most prominent feature is both striking and functional. It’s called the WonderFrame™ shade structure and clads the building with multi-colored and multifunctional panels. Designed by McDonough and constructed in a local Hunter Douglas factory, the WonderFrame™ was built for quick assembly and little  waste . The panels provide shade while simultaneously allowing natural light into the space. The system also provides ventilation, and the glazed windows offer energy efficiency as well as soundproofing. Excess heat is released through a chimney exhaust. These combined systems earned Project Legacy a label as the world’s first building to qualify for a new LEED Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) for naturally ventilated projects.   From the beginning, the project was set up to stand as an example of  green design  and sustainable construction. The circular economy thinking came into play starting with the demolition, where 99% of the construction debris was given new life and diverted from landfills. Not only is this a win for the environment, but the budget too. “Instead of spending $80,000 in disposal fees, we received $55,000 for our residue,” said Miguel Orejuela Duarte, the project leader for Universidad EAN.  Building from the ground up, the UEAN project required suppliers to meet certain standards. The policy is called RISE EAN, or “Route for Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship.” One example of a company embraced through the program is Acemar, which provided FSC Certified  wood  veneer panels for the building. Rising to meet the standards set forth by RISE EAN, Acemar ultimately achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Bronze for its product, which is a first in Latin America.  In addition to innovative design, the space offers functional space for classrooms, administration offices, seminar rooms, a cafeteria, indoor basketball court, exercise gymnasium and a 500-seat auditorium. There’s also a massive outdoor space to gather, relax or study. The building achieved LEED Gold certification and is among the first academic buildings in Colombia to be LEED-certified.  + William McDonough + Partners Photography by Jairo Llano

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The art of kickstarting your heartbeat

October 25, 2017 by  
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A daughter of the Navajo reconnects with what it means to be truly part of the planet that gives us life.

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