Sustain Design Studio Packs Serious Functionality into 480 Square Foot Solo 40

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What will it take for integrated reporting to go mainstream?

December 3, 2012 by  
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A discussion between SustainAbility’s Lorraine Smith and Leah Haygood of BuzzWord.

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Unilever tops sustainability leadership list for a second year

March 28, 2012 by  
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Patagonia, Nike and Siemens also edge into the roster of the top 10 firms identified as green leaders in the latest GlobeScan and SustainAbility survey.

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8 Ways to Sustain a Stock Exchange

December 16, 2011 by  
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The head of sustainability at the company behind the New York Stock Exchange talks about the internal and external steps needed to make the market greener, as well as navigating the risks of a potential merger with another exchange.

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Better Compressed Power Storage from SustainX

October 19, 2011 by  
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A recent patent issued to compressed air energy storage (CAES) company SustainX could provide a significant improvement in grid storage of energy, especially for wind farms and solar power arrays. Compressed air is one of the preferred methods for storing excess energy from renewable sources during periods of peak production. When there is increased demand, it can then be readily harnessed to provide additional electricity, instead of relying on fossil fuel burning ‘peaker plants’ or other, less desirable alternatives. The problem with compressing air comes from thermodynamic effects . “Without heat transfer, a gas will increase in temperature as it is compressed; and as it gets hotter, it tends to resist further compression (i.e., each increment of compression must be performed on a volume of gas that is at higher pressure than if it had not been heated by prior compression).” SustainX has developed technology to provide isothermal compression and expansion which gives their system conversion efficiencies of over 90%. And, of course, better conversion efficiencies mean less energy is wasted. With this technology, SustainX claims a 7x cost reduction over traditional CAES systems. Additionally, according to the company, “SustainX utilizes above-ground storage in the form of industrial-grade, off-the-shelf gas cylinders, eliminating the siting constraints and permitting concerns associated with classical underground CAES.” via: N A Windpower

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Nissan Builds 10-Minute EV Charger

October 18, 2011 by  
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Nissan has announced that it has built a super-fast EV charger that can take your battery from drained to fully charged in a mere ten minutes — a huge improvement over the typical eight-hour refueling time that most EV chargers require. This new quick charger, built with help from Japan’s Kansai University, was made by swapping out the traditionally-used carbon electrodes for tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide electrodes that proved to be far more efficient.  One major drawback to this swap is that EVs today are made with charging components that work with those carbon electrodes, so EVs themselves would have to be updated to work with this new type of charger. Nissan plans to fully commercialize this new charger, but it’s likely to take about another decade until they’re on the streets or available for your home.  It’s a drag to have to wait that long to see this technology produced, but it’s also really exciting to imagine that in ten years you’ll be able to recharge your EV in the time it takes to eat a snack. via Inhabitat

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Top five prefabricated homes for green living

September 22, 2011 by  
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Ankit Dahiya: Prefabricate homes for green living One of the best prefabricate home for green living. With the evolution of technology and creative minds coming up with newer, unique products every day, there is no stopping to new inventions. The technology has improved so much that these days prefabricated homes, designed by some very famous artist, are up for grabs. These homes are mobile and can be taken to various places and are not only known for their sustainable features, but also for their gorgeous appeal. It’s hard to take eyes off them and they look really stunning. So here is a list of best five prefabricated homes for green living. 1. Prefabricated Sustain Mini Home Prefabricated Sustain Mini Home Prefabricated Sustain Mini Home The sustainable prefabricated MiniHome are in the market and are creating buzz around the globe. This factory manufactured house looks stunning and its interiors are awesome. It is provided with a small living area but still, for its stunning looks, it is a good option. This design is not just beautiful inside and out, but also is sustainable through and through. This house is one of the most beautiful prefabricated houses and is known for delivering perfect comfort and green atmosphere all around. 2. Pre-fabricated Living Homes Prefabricated Living Home Prefabricated Living Home The prefabricated Living Home was designed by Ray Kappe and is known for its elegant and stunning design. People are not much aware about these green homes and those, who are aware, can’t wait to get one. Same goes with this Living room. Made in just 15 days, this Living Home has a high potential for reducing the environmental impact of construction. This Living Home is priced around $2 million. 3. Prefabricated WeeHouse Prefabricated WeeHouse Prefabricated WeeHouse The wee house has super gorgeous interiors with a touch of green technology. The basic unit of the wee house is framed with steel and wood which comes with a bamboo flooring. The wee house is provided with an Ikea cabinetry, kitchen and sinks. This green house is best known for its compact structure and efficient size. The company has planned for constructing many such houses and also provides option for “Not-so-wee Houses” which include some of the basic stacking units, attachable porches and much more. The Alchemy Office is planning to develop such wee house to meet the needs of diverse users. The wee house is available at $125 per square feet. 4. Prefabricated IT House Prefabricated IT House Prefabricated IT House Now finally you can own a prefabricated IT House of your own at a very reasonable price. This prefabricated IT House offers sustainable features with a potential to help out environment from construction effects. This IT house is designed by Linda Taalman and Alan Koch. It is made out of aluminum frame structure by Bosch and fiber glass. This glass house was constructed within an 8 week time-frame and was so appreciated that the company again started developing such designs for all its users. This gorgeous IT House is priced at as little as $175 per square feet. 5. Micro-Mini Home Prefabricated Micro-Mini Home Prefabricated Micro-Mini Home The Micro Mini Houses are in and are very popular for their compact and stunning design. This Micro mini house is inspired by a Japanese tea house and the compact efficiency of a smart-car which is being developed by a bunch of students from Japan. The students have come up with this tiny and mobile Micro mini home that is capable of providing a comfortable stay for few people. The house is really lightweight and is just 2.65 m cubed. This tiny cube provides a double bed facility with working table and dining space for 4 to 5 people on lower level. This compact Micro Mini house is priced at € 50,000.

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The 2011 SustainAbility Survey

April 11, 2011 by  
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GlobeScan Incorporated and SustainAbility Ltd. surveyed 559 sustainability experts from corporations, government, non-government organizations, academia and entities that provide services, such as consultancies, for their research focusing on perceptions of sustainability leadership.  

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GE Invests $600M to Build Largest US Solar Plant

April 8, 2011 by  
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General Electric is making a major bid to become the leading manufacturer of thin-film solar panels in the U.S. with a $600 million investment in the technology that includes plans to build the largest solar panel plant in the country

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What to Do When Forest Ethics Comes Knocking?

April 8, 2011 by  
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The chief executive of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative responds to the latest developments in the controversy over rival certification standards for the sourcing of wood and paper products.

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