How technology accelerates resilient cities

September 30, 2016 by  
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In the new, resilient city, the role of technology is everywhere, from traffic sensors and smart lighting systems to apps providing access to city services to the broad populace. What does it take to deploy technology and harness data in a way that enhances city services and serves all residents, all while saving money?

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Tim O’Reilly on the WTF economy – What’s the future?

September 30, 2016 by  
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What’s the future of work? While engaging some of the world’s smartest people in fields as diverse as robotics, AI, the on-demand economy, and the economics of labor, Silicon Valley’s leading intellectual describes the key drivers of some of today’s most successful startups and about what technology like driverless cars, Siri, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana, and IBM Watson teach us about the future; specifically, how he’s starting to see their connections and how this will catalyze positive action across all industries.

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Beyond panels and turbines

September 30, 2016 by  
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Increasingly, renewable energy technologies are moving from standalone solutions to integrated systems that align companies energy, finance, operation and resilience objectives. As the number of clean-energy solutions grows, so do the opportunities to create a portfolio of approaches — including both onsite and offsite wind and solar systems. In this conversation, a leading independent power producer and one of its largest customers discuss the secrets of their success.

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How UPS navigates the logistics clean tech ‘Valley of Death’

May 3, 2016 by  
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Logistics giant reveals how its route optimization and alternative fuel fleets are slashing emissions and saving money.

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Virginia’s climate and energy future comes into focus

May 3, 2016 by  
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The mid-Atlantic state is aiming to bridge economic development and climate resilience with a new integrated plan.

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These tech startups are turning a profit on food waste

May 3, 2016 by  
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Creative businesses aim to get food that would otherwise be wasted into the hands of those who can use it.

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Student Discovers That the Government Could Save $400 Million Simply By Switching Typefaces

March 31, 2014 by  
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How important are the little details? Just ask the middle school student in Pittsburgh who discovered that the government could save $400 million dollars just by change the typeface it uses. Suvir Mirchandani, inspired by a class project on saving ink, discovered that by switching from Times New Roman to Garamond, his school could reduce ink use by a quarter. Applying that information to the government, he found that it could slash its ink usage by a similar margin and save $400 million. Read the rest of Student Discovers That the Government Could Save $400 Million Simply By Switching Typefaces Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: font ink use , Government cost savings , government fonts , government ink usage , Government printing , government saves money switching typefaces , Government saving ink , government spending , government typefaces , saving ink , saving money , student projects , switching fonts , switching typefaces , typeface ink use , typefaces        

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How to reclaim water and turn it into gold

November 7, 2013 by  
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Measuring your water footprint is the first step to eliminating risk and saving money.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Recycle

December 13, 2011 by  
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The benefits of recycling far outweigh the minimal extra effort it takes to practice the habit. It’s natural to be very tempted by the convenience of being able to throw everything into the same rubbish pile and never have to worry about it again, but the extra effort made now could save you in many other ways.

 

You can make your life simpler and easier, and contribute to a healthier planet at the same time! Here are 6 reasons why you should rethink your recycling habits.

 

1. It’s Easy.

It really isn’t a complicated process to become more environmentally friendly and recycle where you can.

 

Your local council will usually supply you with specific rubbish bins and let you know when they are collecting what type of recyclables. Furthermore, most containers now carry symbols to let you know whether they are recyclable or not, and packaging is become more and more reusable.

 

If you think about it, the only issue is in finding the little extra space in your kitchen or backyard to sort your rubbish. This can be a positive thing, because your actual garbage will now be smaller and easier to manage!

 

2. Most Packaging can be Re-Used. Remember those promotional bags that stores hand out to you? Particularly if they’re a cloth bag of sorts, holding on to them will mean they’ll come in handy at a later stage.

 

There’s always an occasion where you need a sturdier bag but don’t want to carry an extra handbag. Furthermore, plastic containers are great for freezing meals, taking lunches to work, or even to use for a picnic!

 

3. It Can Save You Money. Buying a few green bags at the supermarket now will save you having to pay 10c per every plastic bag you use – a charge that is becoming more and more common in supermarkets and other big stores.

 

Not only can these bags carry more, you won’t have to worry about the plastic bags splitting at the most inconvenient moments or wonder where to store your ever-increasing pile of them.

 

4. Great Storage Options.

Boxes, bags, and plastic containers: they can all be reused and can help you organise your pantry, your basement, or anywhere in the house where you might need some creative storage solutions.

 

It’s also a healthy habit to make sure you are covering your meals in the fridge, meaning they stay fresh longer and you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination.

 

5. It’s a Feel-Good Thing.

Taking a little extra effort to help reduce waste, and making innovative use of what is essentially an expensive and wasteful use of paper, plastic or other materials – is something you can feel good about! Not only are you saving money, you are helping towards saving the planet.

 

6. You Need To.

The simple fact is, you need to start now if you haven’t already, because eventually you won’t have a choice.

 

In many countries you are now required to pay a bond for when you purchase anything that is plastic or glass. Why not get into the habit now so you benefit from the convenience and savings earlier rather than later?

 

Recycling is necessary so we can attempt to reduce the speed at which our landfills are overflowing. But it’s also beneficial to you personally in so many ways – so why not start today?

On Parentables: 5 Ways to Save Money When Eating Out

August 25, 2011 by  
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Back in the Bush Recession, TreeHugger did a lot of posts on Frugal Green Living, , but talking about depressions got depressing. However now that we appear to double dipping, it may be time to recycle the subject. Sibling site Parentables picks up the story with 5 Ways to Save Money When Eating Out , assuming that … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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