Wastewater is an asset, with nutrients, energy and precious metals — and scientists are learning how to recover them

March 22, 2019 by  
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“Used” water to reusable resource.

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Lessons from Orange County, California’s water strategy

January 2, 2019 by  
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And why water is the greatest challenge in resiliency planning.

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MVRDV unveils a three-dimensional city skyscraper for Shenzhen

December 31, 2018 by  
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MVRDV is shaking up skyscraper design in its competition-winning proposal for Chinese real estate developer Vanke’s new headquarters building in Shenzhen. Envisioned as a “three-dimensional city,” the striking 250-meter-tall Vanke Headquarter Tower — dubbed the Vanke 3D City by MVRDV — will consist of eight mixed-use blocks stacked together in a sculptural arrangement optimized for views. Accessible green roofs top the staggered volumes to create a lush, park-like environment integrated with water collection and recycling systems. The Vanke Headquarter Tower will comprise eight interlinked mixed-use volumes, beginning with a base of four blocks and culminating into a single crowning tower. With 167,000 square meters of floor space, the development will consist of leasable offices, retail space, a restaurant, a hotel and plenty of outdoor space. The design and placement of each block was inspired by the core values of Vanke: ‘health’, ‘energy’, ‘open’, ‘team’, ‘green’, ‘nature’, ‘future’ and ‘creative’. In addition to the pedestrian-friendly ground level, four blocks also feature indented facades — dubbed “windows to the world” — to create semi-public spaces lined with greenery for engaging the urban fabric. “Vanke 3D City can be seen as a new type of skyscraper. By stacking the required programmatic entities, initially proposed for two separate plots, on top of each other, the two individual Vanke Group Headquarter buildings are turned into a Vanke City,” said Winy Maas, principal and co-founder of MVRDV. “They turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. By opening the buildings, a series of giant collective halls are created with a view over the bay and to the world. The plazas , gardens and halls are connected by a series of stairs and elevators, linking the many blocks into a continuous urban fabric high off the ground — a true three-dimensional city.” Related: MVRDV completes massive, mountain-like vertical village for 5,000 residents in India The development’s multiple green roofs and gardens are designed for responsible stormwater management in keeping with Shenzhen’s “sponge city” program that aims to reduce the impact of the city on the environment. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2019. + MVRDV Images by ATCHAIN via MVRDV

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EcoLab’s sustainability VP, Emilio Tenuta, on circular water management

November 5, 2018 by  
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The circular economy’s focus on keeping materials and chemicals at play extends to one of the basic elements of human life: water. But localized water systems present certain challenges to maximize water’s “quantity, quality and value,” as EcoLab’s vice president of sustainability, Emilio Tenuta, said.

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UTC adopts circular mindset to put brakes on water usage

April 2, 2018 by  
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Slowly, but surely, purple pipes are becoming more common in commercial and industrial settings.

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Exit Interview: Andrea Asch, Ben & Jerry’s

April 2, 2018 by  
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The inside scoop on the iconic ice cream company’s sustainability journey from a 26-year veteran.

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Salesforce dives headfirst into water recycling with new HQ

January 11, 2018 by  
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Meet the largest commercial “blackwater” system in the United States.

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3 ways the course of water sustainability changed in 2017

December 12, 2017 by  
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And how that’s likely to affect the flow of strategy in the months ahead.

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Diageo, Adidas, Virgin call for climate action

December 12, 2017 by  
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More than 50 major global corporates called for G20 countries to come up with concrete, long-term measures to accelerate the fossil fuel phaseout.

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What innovation looks like when water is a strategic resource

September 27, 2017 by  
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Learning from Israel’s leadership.

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