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Phoenix Open is largest zero waste event in the world

When the Waste Management Phoenix Open begins this week at TPC Scottsdale, it will do so having been internationally recognized and verified as being the largest zero waste event in the world. Since 2013, all tournament waste – nearly 5 million pounds – has either been recycled, composted, donated, reused or used to create energy.

2018-02-07T13:47:15+00:00 Tags: |

New “smart neighborhood” planned for Highland Park

Thompson Elementary School in Highland Park has been vacant for 20 years. It's a scrapped-out shell of a building, reflecting the economic troubles of the city overall. But now, there's a plan for it. The proposed Parker Village project will convert the school into a community center surrounded by energy efficient, net-zero homes that its

2018-02-07T13:36:45+00:00 Tags: |

The world is failing to achieve a circular economy—here’s how

The world economy is only 9 per cent circular, and more than 90 per cent of the raw materials used to do business and sustain the global population go to waste instead of being cycled back into the economy, a new report by Dutch social enterprise Circle Economy has found. Released on Tuesday in Davos,

2018-01-29T13:07:52+00:00 Tags: |

5 Pieces of Startup Advice from Social Entrepreneurs

Last month’s Echoing Green Summit brought together over 400 funders, academics, politicians, and business and nonprofit leaders to discuss some of the top challenges we face in social change today, such as civic engagement, combatting bias, and addressing climate change. At the Summit, I got the chance to talk with dozens of Echoing Green’s Fellows

2018-01-29T13:05:45+00:00 Tags: |

Researcher taps water from air, wins Tata Social Enterprise Challenge

CHENNAI: A city-based independent researcher has won a national-level research competition at IIM-Calcutta for coming up with a solar-powered device that produces a litre of potable water per hour straight from air. Kumar Loganathan developed the product keeping in mind the concerns of depleting groundwater resources. The device requires only 2% of water present in

2018-01-24T02:57:01+00:00 Tags: |

Evian Will Make All Its Water Bottles Out Of 100% Recycled Plastic

One million plastic bottles are sold around the world each minute. Most are used for bottled water, and most end up in the trash. As demand for bottled water grows–particularly in China–so does the bottle problem. By 2021, humans will use an estimated half a trillion bottles plastic bottles a year. Evian, the France-based mineral water brand,

This social enterprise capitalises on Cambodia’s plastic problem to empower local women

Trash has built a business on finding gems in the rough. It’s also helped 24 families from poor communities in Siem Reap find their feet. Set up in 2015, the social enterprise has taught disadvantaged local women how to turn plastic bags into a range of colourful household items and accessories, and gives them the

2018-01-22T04:32:05+00:00 Tags: |

This social enterprise capitalises on Cambodia’s plastic problem to empower local women

Rehash Trash has built a business on finding gems in the rough. It’s also helped 24 families from poor communities in Siem Reap find their feet. Set up in 2015, the social enterprise has taught disadvantaged local women how to turn plastic bags into a range of colourful household items and accessories, and gives them

2018-01-17T07:53:00+00:00 Tags: |

Feeding the Future of Agriculture with Vertical Farming

Average global food prices have gone up by 2.6 percent annually in the past two decades. If that trend continues, not only does it threaten a baseline quality of life as more disposable income goes toward food, it also threatens our overall food security. Hunger and malnutrition issues persist, especially in developing countries. Food scarcity problems have

Secrets of ancient Egypt may spark better fuel cells for tomorrow’s cars

Egyptians artists at the time of King Tutankhamun often covered cheaper metals (copper, for instance) with a thin layer of a gleaming precious metal such as gold to create extravagant masks and jewelry. In a modern-day twist, the Johns Hopkins-led researchers have applied a tiny coating of costly platinum just one nanometer thick -- about

2017-12-27T12:13:11+00:00 Tags: |

Pittsburgh’s Microgrids Technology Could Lead The Way For Green Energy

When President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, he said he represented "Pittsburgh, not Paris." Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto disagreed. He traveled to Germany this week as part of an unofficial delegation of more than 100 Americans, American officials and business owners who say they are still committed to

2017-12-11T20:18:01+00:00 Tags: |

Conference to focus on sustainable construction using 3D technology

The fifth International Conference on Sustainable Building Materials gets underway this week with a focus on sustainable applications and construction using 3D technology. The event, organized by Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) of Dubai Municipality, will be held Wednesday and Thursday in Dubai and feature a number of researchers from around the world. Khalid Mohammad Sharif

2017-12-11T20:12:04+00:00 Tags: |

California Readies $398-Million Green Truck Incentive Package

California wants to turbocharge electric trucking by offering a $398-million round of incentive funding for buyers of the green vehicles. It’s part of the state’s plan to promote technologies that can reduce the harmful effects of diesel emissions. Such incentives are expected to encourage the purchase of electric trucks and powertrains like those that Tesla

2017-12-11T20:07:15+00:00 Tags: |

In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics

Imagine a bottle of laundry detergent that can sense when you're running low on soap -- and automatically connect to the internet to place an order for more. University of Washington researchers are the first to make this a reality by 3-D printing plastic objects and sensors that can collect useful data and communicate with

2017-12-09T08:16:55+00:00 Tags: |

How electric vehicles and renewable generation will affect oil and gas demand

We hear a lot about upcoming disruptive green technologies, that are poised to end the era of hydrocarbon energy in the economy.  Let’s have a look at the numbers, to see how these new technologies will impact future requirements for oil and natural gas. In the transportation sector, oil is the dominant fuel by far,

2017-11-24T14:55:19+00:00 Tags: |

Tesla Powerpacks Accelerate Puerto Rico’s Transition to Renewable Energy, Aid Hospital

Although the infrastructure crisis in Puerto Rico is an ongoing humanitarian disaster, there is a bright spot in news from the beleaguered island. Tesla is swooping in with Powerpacks and solar panels to help re-establish Puerto Rico’s power grid, starting with a major children’s hospital. When Hurricane Irma made landfall on Puerto Rico, some of

2017-10-31T08:04:35+00:00 Tags: |

Solar Windows Could Meet Nearly All of America’s Electricity Demand

There's an estimated 5 to 7 billion square meters of glass surfaces in the U.S. For windows on homes, cars and buildings, these glass surfaces perform a few basic functions—letting light and fresh air in when open, and blocking bugs and keeping the cold out when closed. Now they could all serve another, altogether revolutionary, purpose—generating electricity.

Renewable electricity set to grow 40% globally by 2022

The world’s renewable electricity capacity is set to rise sharply over the next five years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says, expanding 43% on today’s levels. The forecast – a significant upwards revision of the IEA’s renewables projections last year  – is largely driven by increasing expansion of s in China and India, says the Paris-based organisation. The global dynamics of

The most effective clean energy policy gets the least love

Back in the 1990s and 2000s, when Democrats had more power in state governments, 29 states (and DC) passed some form of renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a policy that requires a state’s utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources by a certain year. Standards range from California’s wildly ambitious 50-percent-by-2030 to Ohio’s modest12.5-percent-by-2026, and everywhere in

Air Conditioning System Beams Excess Heat Into Space–And Uses 70 Percent Less Energy

Air conditioning use takes a toll on the electrical grid--and on wallets. Now, a California startup has a space-age idea for changing that. SkyCool Systems, a company spun out of Stanford, has created a system that could change the way people cool their homes. It doesn't just involve keeping your home or office pleasant. The system will