Why Hawaii is leading us to 100% renewable energy

May 31, 2016 by  
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As an island state heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels for its energy needs, Hawaii is uniquely vulnerable to things like volatile electricity prices, rising sea levels and supply chain disruptions.Luis Salaveria, Director of the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, spoke at VERGE 2015 in San Jose about how Hawaii’s challenges act as an impetus for the state to become a leader in the evolution toward a renewably powered future.

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Wanted: Competency in a volatile world

March 2, 2016 by  
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Are the economic and financial models taught in MBA programs to speed with today’s market?

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10 big reasons why it’s looking up for solar PV

March 2, 2016 by  
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SolarCity’s stock drop and state pullbacks on net metering are just distracting outliers.

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COP21 and decoding the economics of climate change

August 6, 2015 by  
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When it comes to business and climate, the bottom line still rules. A rundown of the economic sticking points in the run up to the UN climate conference.

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5 best practices to green healthcare

August 6, 2015 by  
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Hospital food is just one part of the problem, as well as one of a handful of powerful solutions, to make medical care sustainable.

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

July 17, 2014 by  
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This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last century, and Alaska almost 2°C over its average. There’s no denying that climate change is already happening, so the question we need to start asking ourselves now is how is this going to impact our lives, and how can we prepare? Astute business analysts are asking the obvious question: how is this going to impact our economy? A new study highlighted by The Economist magazine looks at precisely this question and tries to calculate the economic cost of climate change . Examining everything from the threat of rising sea levels to coastal real-estate (from Miami to New York City), the economic impact on farming (from increased temperatures and decreased precipitation), to the economic impact of increasingly erratic weather patterns on businesses, homeowners and farming, The Economist takes an in-depth look at what climate change is going to mean for business in the coming decades. Read on to find out more. Read the rest of The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , Climate Change and Business , Climate Change and the The Economy , Economic Cost of Climate Change , Economics of Climate Change , Economics of Global Warming , Impact of climate change on business , Impact of Climate Change on Farming , The Cost of Doing Nothing , The Economist

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US Pavilion at Venice Biennale Focuses on Design Actions for Common Good

August 29, 2012 by  
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Although there are too many interventions to mention in this space, we would like to shed some light on a few of our favorites. Projects such as the Aquaponics Container System address issues of climate-adaptable agriculture with solutions that are deployable, sustainable, and interdisciplinary. The Aquaponics Container System is made from repurposed refrigerated shipping containers in order to house an aquaculture and hydroponic system for farming fish and vegetables. Other projects such as BK Farmyards in Brooklyn help to bring agricultural solutions to urban environments. BK Farmyards is a large urban farming network that brings health, happiness, training, and employment to residents in Central Brooklyn. The projects in the US Pavilion range from the formal participatory interventions to more guerrilla interventions, like the Guerrilla Gardening and Guerrilla Bike Lane projects, both of which leave the public guessing as to who might be the author. Many of these guerrilla interventions are performed out of necessity, while others are done in the pursuit of beauty, culture, and art. All of these efforts venture outside the box as a form of expression. The 13 th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale will run from August 29 through November 25, 2012. It’s the most prestigious architecture event in the world and will be attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors. Some of the participants for the US Pavilion included: Architecture for Humanity, Better Block Project, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Chicago Loop Alliance, City Repair, COMMONstudio, envelope A+D, Freecell, Futurefarmers, GOOD, Fritz Haeg, HOK, Make it Right, MAS Studio, popuphood, the Rockwell Group, Mark Shepard, Street Plans Collaborative, and WORKac. Co-curators Cathy Lang Ho, David van der Leer, and Ned Cramer have performed admirably in bringing such global attention to a wonderful topic that now affects millions of people in the United States. + 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale

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The World’s Largest Bus is 98-Foot Colossus that Can Carry 256 People

August 29, 2012 by  
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At nearly 100 feet long and capable of carrying 256 passengers, the Dresden Autotram Extra Grand bus is a behemoth of mass transportation . Consisting of of three accordion-linked cabins, the bus is the longest in the world. With a bus this large, maybe it should be called “massive transit” instead! Not only is the bus super-sized, any bus driver can drive it thanks to a unique computer steering system, which keeps the length of the bus precisely in line with the front. Designed by the  Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI  and the Technical University Dresden , the bus also incorporates green technology with hybrid fuel and an electric engine. The bus will hit the streets of  Dresden, Germany in October once safety testing has been completed. The system is less expensive to run and cheaper to put into operation than a rail commuter system, prompting other cities to inquire about their own super-sized busses. + Fraunhofer IVI AutoTram via Discovery News

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Furniture Designer Rupert Blanchard Transforms Discarded Drawers into Stunning Storage Units

August 29, 2012 by  
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Blanchard’s supply of orphaned drawers, collected from the street or dumpsters, lines a wall of his workshop, waiting to be incorporated into upcycled dressers , sideboards and cabinets. Using reclaimed plywood from construction sites and a steel base, he artfully builds custom housings and frames to fit the drawers, ensuring for one-of-a-kind as well as practical pieces. A single unit might include components from a ’60s kitchen, a ’30s filing cabinet, an art deco dressing table, and Victorian jewellery cabinet. Even the hardware used, like drawer pulls and knobs, is salvaged from estate sales and flea markets. He’s continually experimenting with new materials, like the large metal vegetable oil tins thrown out by the many Vietnamese restaurants in his neighborhood. Victorian floorboards and wooden fruit crates become tables and chairs. Recent commissioned work includes shop fittings for accessories designer Ally Cappelino , including drawer handles made from leather off-cuts, and Bauhaus-inspired geometric side tables with reclaimed wood tops and handwelded metal bases, for the Barbican Centre’s gallery shop. For the upcoming London Design Festival (September 14-23, 2012), Blanchard will be opening his workshop to the public, with the front room displaying his products and works in progress, and the backroom set up as an open studio, giving people the chance to see him and his team at work. He’ll be launching a new collection of furniture during the festival, including sofas, lamps and a coffee table . Most of his furniture pieces are one-offs or custom-made, but the new collection will have a more streamlined production process and shorter lead times to meet demand. True to his commitment to sustainable design and responsible production, all components will be sourced locally, and the pieces constructed in Blanchard’s workshop. For instance, the metal frames of the sofas, which have a hint of midcentury modern influence, are made by an East London company that usually manufactures roof racks. Stop in to Blanchard’s studio, part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle during the London Design Festival, to get a look at the new collection and see how Blanchard turns waste into something wonderful. You can find his furniture for sale at Elemental in London’s Spitalfields Market. + Rupert Blanchard: Styling and Salvage Product photos courtesy stylingandsalvage.com, all other photos © Charlene Lam

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In search of a sustainable "new economy"

July 18, 2012 by  
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Can a veteran of sustainable business coalitions help rethink our economic system?

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