Walmart sustainability at 10: The birth of a notion

November 16, 2015 by  
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Part one of a two-part series looking at the first decade of the retail giant’s journey to sustainability.

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More Efficient Flight in Formation

January 22, 2014 by  
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Many people are very familiar with the V formation used by migrating flocks of birds, and scientists have determined that this is an efficient mode of travel which helps the birds conserve energy, especially on long migratory journeys. But the same concept is being considered to improve the efficiency of commercial jetliners. Among aircraft manufacturers, Airbus is one of the companies looking at the advantages of commercial flocking. “In a V formation of 25 birds, each can achieve a reduction of induced drag by up to 65 per cent and increase their range by 7 per cent. While efficiencies for commercial aircraft are not as great, they remain significant.” It is possible that, in the future, commercial flights might flock together in this way to save fuel. The initial tests of this approach might be carried out with trans-ocreanic flights originating in separate Australian cities which would coordinate their schedules and meet up in order to cross the Pacific together, before they “peel off and head to their separate destinations.” image credit: Airbus via: Quirks & Quarks

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How to choose a customer engagement strategy that works

December 6, 2013 by  
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An energy company tried three strategies to enroll residents in a conservation program. One approach beat the others. Can you pick it?

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Why sustainable pay is the future of executive compensation

December 6, 2013 by  
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Looking at the bigger picture and providing incentives for holistic corporate performance has a proven impact.

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The Environmental Cost of Electronic Fabrics

November 2, 2011 by  
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E-textiles sound great, but are we really looking at the big picture of environmental impact?

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Profile: An American in Amsterdam Talks About Bike Culture (Video)

November 2, 2011 by  
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Julie A. Ruterbories, the U.S. Consul General in Amsterdam, discusses her experience with bike culture in the Netherlands and what we can learn from it.

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How to Keep Custom Design Thriving in an Economic Downturn (Video)

November 2, 2011 by  
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Maker Brian Moore discusses commodities, furniture, and keeping custom, high-end designs available.

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French Physicists Want to Use Giant Lasers to Make it Rain (Video)

November 2, 2011 by  
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A group of researchers is pioneering a new technology that would employ giant lasers to create condensation in drought-stricken areas. Consider it geoengineering-lite …

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Why Software Is Eating The World

August 22, 2011 by  
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There is an excellent article by Marc Andreessen on the Wall Street Journal about how the world’s goods and services are morphing into software programs. We discuss the idea of digitalization and dematerialization, looking at the environmental pros and cons of moving from physical objects to information on computer screens. This article will open your eyes to how quickly the world as we know it is making this very shift. Andreessen points out how today’s dominant book, video rental, and music companies are all dominated by software — … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Mindfully Looking at The Way of Natural History (Book Review)

August 18, 2011 by  
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The Way of Natural History , edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas), recently came across my desk for review. The premise of the compilation is to bring together “scientists, nature writers, poets, and Zen practitioners” to “show how mindful attention to the natural world can bring rewarding and surprising discoveries” and is “a key pathway to nurturing our humanity.” Or so the b… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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