How Interface realized that the carpet business as usual wasn’t sustainable

September 1, 2018 by  
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The transformation of the CEO and the company created the practice of strategic corporate biomimicry.

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What Facebook and Apple can teach other tech titans

September 1, 2018 by  
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Both are using their clout to bring renewables to companies and communities that today have limited access to these resources.

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Switzerland rules lobsters must be stunned before they are boiled

January 11, 2018 by  
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Lobsters may not really scream when you boil them – they don’t possess vocal cords – but research shows they can feel pain, and Switzerland’s government decided to do something about the common culinary practice of boiling lobsters alive. According to the government order, the crustaceans “will now have to be stunned before they are put to death.” Lobsters in Switzerland now have to be stunned before chefs plunge them into hot water to cook them. The government banned the practice of boiling live lobsters amid concerns the creatures might be able to experience pain. Research from Queen’s University Belfast seems to back them up – a 2013 study on crabs discovered they’re likely to feel pain. Since then, researchers have called upon the food industry to reconsider the treatment of crabs and other live crustaceans like prawns and lobsters. Related: 132-year-old lobster returned to ocean after living in tank for 20 years Switzerland’s new rule is part of an overhaul of animal protection laws that goes into effect on March 1. Swiss public broadcaster RTS said the accepted stunning methods are electric shock or mechanical destruction of the creature’s brain. The government is also outlawing the practice of transporting live crustaceans like lobsters in icy water or on ice, saying they must “always be held in their natural environment.” Some people have contended crustaceans like lobsters can’t feel pain, since they only possess nociception, or “a reflex response to move away from a noxious stimulus,” according to Nature ‘s news blog . Animal behavior researcher Robert Elwood doesn’t agree. He said there’s strong evidence crustaceans do feel pain. Via The Guardian and Nature News Blog Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

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Making Solar Sweeter: Pollinator-Friendly Arrays

October 2, 2017 by  
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Introduced at VERGE 2015, and highlighted recently in training by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, the practice of using the land under and around U.S. solar arrays to benefit pollinators is on the cusp of becoming a standard practice — as it is in Europe. Benefitting pollinators at scale, and producing “Solar Honey,” are new ways to increase support for large-scale solar.

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Mediterranean hunters trap, glue and otherwise illegally kill 25 million birds every year

August 27, 2015 by  
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Wild birds are being hunted by the millions throughout Mediterranean Europe with impunity, despite strong laws against the practice. It is estimated that 25 million birds are hunted annually, using cruel trapping methods, such as tangled nets, metal traps, and glue-covered tree branches. Egypt, Italy, and Syria are the biggest offenders, yet several nations engage in the practice. Why are people getting away with this? Read the rest of Mediterranean hunters trap, glue and otherwise illegally kill 25 million birds every year

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UNStudio to Relaunch as Open-Source Knowledge Sharing Practice

April 10, 2013 by  
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Dutch architecture firm UNStudio — a longtime Inhabitat favorite — made a surprise announcement this week , revealing that it will shift away from being a traditional design firm and relaunch itself as an open-source knowledge sharing practice. The firm will launch a new online platform that will facilitate the open exchange of ideas, replacing the monolithic structure of most architecture firms. The reboot will encourage new collaborations and it aims to fundamentally change the way we think about architecture. Read the rest of UNStudio to Relaunch as Open-Source Knowledge Sharing Practice Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , co-creative design , collaboration , dutch design firm , Knowledge sharing , open-source architecture , sustainable design , UNStudio , UNStudio architecture        

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Why ongoing commissioning can lead to better-performing buildings

December 6, 2012 by  
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Improved energy efficiency and updating the structure's operations to current standards are two benefits of implementing this practice.

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4 lessons Walmart taught one student about sustainability

November 2, 2012 by  
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Be radical: Practice what you know. That's one MBA student's insight from an internship at Walmart, where she found her classroom lessons coming to life.

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Barcelona Holds its Very Last Bullfight

September 26, 2011 by  
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Photo: flydime / cc Centuries after Spanish-style bullfighting first emerged in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, spear-wielding matadores have proven themselves yet again to be victorious in battle against confused, domesticated bulls — and for the last time. Over the weekend, the region held its final bullfight before a sold-out crowd numbering near 20,000, with many voicing their disappointment over legislation that will ban the practice outright to go into effect at the start of 2012. Animal rights supporters, on the other hand, laud Catalonia’s p… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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