The power of social enterprise: Can a forgotten nut boost Nigeria’s economy?

October 15, 2019 by  
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An innovative start-up is leveraging the original ingredient in Coca-Cola to kickstart sustainable development in the country.

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5 startups unlocking the mobility revolution

October 15, 2019 by  
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From data to electrification, these entpreneurs are surmounting barriers to reaching an equitable, sustainable mobility future and empowering first movers to act.

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Making buildings the next great climate project

October 15, 2019 by  
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Sponsored: Buildings are the next frontier for carbon emissions reduction and businesses should leverage a holistic approach.

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Designers made this pavilion out of upcycled paper waste

October 14, 2019 by  
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Originally created for the Copenhagen Art Fair to showcase a new sustainable method of design, the Paper Pavilion is made out of upcycled paper collected from the city itself. The art fair, in its fifth season, had a specific focus on pavilion designs that spotlighted sustainable construction , urbanization and recycling.  The pavilion was created by Denmark-based Japanese architects, PAN- PROJECTS. The architects wanted to combine sustainability with the appropriate amount of durability for their Paper Pavilion design, making sure to sacrifice the longevity of the structure whenever possible for the utilization of the materials that would only withstand through the duration of the three-day event. With this methodology in mind, PAN- PROJECTS decided to use paper as their primary building material due to its strength and recyclability . Additionally, the use of paper adds a certain aspect of uniqueness that sets the Paper Pavilion apart from similar projects at the Copenhagen Art Fair. Related: Mud and recycled materials make up this sustainable Kerala home The designers also took inspiration from the shape of a bagworm moth for the pavilion, taking into account especially the insect’s nesting habits of collecting local materials into a particular shape. The concept will hopefully encourage spectators to find a connection between the natural shape of the moth-inspired design to the urban environment that surrounds it. Moreover, the papers that helped create the paper pavilion were collected from around the city, so the connection between the city’s inhabitants to the artistic structure should provide additional insight. Following the Copenhagen Art Fair, the piece was relocated permanently to the entrance hall inside the Kunsthal Charlottenborg Museum in Copenhagen with slight redesign to fit the new location. The paper used in the piece can be recycled again after the structure comes down, as well. + Pan- Projects Via Archdaily Images via Pan- Projects

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Charting a new course: How innovative businesses can lead the way to greener solutions

October 10, 2019 by  
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Taking on the climate challenge means understanding that “the impossible” is only defined by the limits of our thinking.

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How Mondel?z International is meeting its ambitious global greenhouse gas reduction goal

October 10, 2019 by  
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Sponsored: Learn about this multinational food & beverage company’s global strategy roadmap and new VPPA that will help meet its ambitious emissions reduction goal.

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NASA seeks CO2 conversion solutions for future Mars outpost

October 9, 2019 by  
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The space agency is seeking sustainable technologies to support life far from Earth.

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GRI, IRF and SASB: Updated guidance on reporting frameworks

October 9, 2019 by  
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So many frameworks, so little time.

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The Skai hydrogen-powered aircraft produces zero emissions

October 7, 2019 by  
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Alaka’i Technologies has launched a zero-emissions aircraft with six rotors, electric motors and hydrogen fuel cells as well as a range of 400 miles or four hours. The helicopter-meets-drone aircraft was designed to be piloted either in person, remotely or autonomously, with ample space for up to five passengers. The most impressive feature — that it runs on hydrogen fuel cells — gives this aircraft the potential to become one of the greenest modes of air transportation. The hydrogen fuel cells allow Skai to travel farther and carry more weight, and they are 95 percent reusable, with 99 percent of the remaining materials being recyclable. An Airframe parachute feature adds an additional level of safety, and there is no need for long runways thanks to the vertical take-off and landing capabilities. Related: Germany premieres the first hydrogen-powered train in the world So who exactly designed this futuristic, environmentally friendly aircraft ? The creators are an impressive team of nationally recognized aerospace experts, engineers and veteran pilots that have completed top-level positions at organizations such as NASA and the Department of Defense. Alaka’i Technologies has been around since the 1990s, earning recognition with its development and testing of the world’s first Fly-By-Light aircraft. These days, the company is focused on transportation though hydrogen-powered mobility. For Skai, Alaka’i Technologies teamed up with Designworks, the design studio for the BMW Group. This collaboration promises a sleek, fashionable design in line with the luxury and style for which BMW is known. Skai also offers so much more than commercial air travel. Brian Morrison, the co-founder, president and chief technology officer of Alaka’i Technologies, suggested that this eco-friendly aircraft can provide affordable and responsible solutions to “everything from relieving traffic congestion to delivering supplies during natural disasters.” Currently, Skai is in testing with the FAA, pending certification. The company plans to launch the piloted version of the aircraft initially and follow with an autonomous version. + Alaka’i Technologies Via Uncrate Images via Alaka’i Technologies

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Episode 191: DuPont melds innovation and tech, climate conundrum for shipping, steel

October 4, 2019 by  
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Featured this week: Alexa Dembek, the chief technology and sustainability officer for DuPont, and Ned Harvey, managing director at Rocky Mountain Institute.

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