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Smart Building Tech: Not Just about People

September 22, 2016 by GBIG Insight

David Karpook, vice chairman of the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE), recently published an article in Facility Executive, “Smart Buildings: It’s Still About The People Inside.” He writes, “No matter what the benefits and challenges are, the future of smart buildings is ultimately all about the people inside.”I’m not so...[read more]

How Big Business Can Fix a Problem of its Own Making

September 22, 2016 by Yaniv Vardi
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Our environment today exists under immense strain. It’s no secret that humanity’s current rates of consumption are unsustainable—especially in the developed world. The problem is a mix of over-demand, incredible waste, lack of regulatory oversight and poor material management. Broadly speaking, those factors share one common denominator...[read more]

Growing pains: Hawaii solar sector howls as grid-supply incentives hit caps

September 20, 2016 by Utility Dive

An alternative self-supply program could boost solar-plus-storage, but costs are prohibitive for most Hawaiians[read more]

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Factory as a Forest - What Hong Kong can learn from Interface

September 14, 2016 by William Ng

Blog post by William Ng on an event hosted by Interface Inc. Hong Kong on the 9th September 2016. Speaker Erin Meezan (VP Sustainability) discussed Interface's sustainability journey, from Mission Zero to Net-Works to Climate Take Back.[read more]

Trading in Energy: What the Stock Market Tells Us About Sustainable Development

September 13, 2016 by Anna Johansson

How can we predict the course of energy’s future, both for our planet’s sake and for our own potential investments, profits, and utility choices?[read more]

Nielsen: Sustainability and company growth 'are not mutually exclusive'

September 1, 2016 by Waste Dive

Consumers are doing their homework on companies before they choose to do business with them," said Nielsen Project Development Director Erica Parker at the recent Global Sustainability Summit in New Orleans. Parker and colleague, Elizabeth Kiniorski, presented on the importance of sustainable goods in a session titled "The...[read more]

Apple's China suppliers join efforts to green supply chain

August 31, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Apple, through its clean energy programs, will join with Chinese suppliers to put in place more than 2 GW of new alternative energy in coming years, avoiding the release of more than 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020.[read more]

Health Equity and the Role for Community Development

August 31, 2016 by GBIG Insight

Equity is a hot topic these days as our nation struggles with what is fair and just, and for whom. In philanthropy, equity is high on the agenda among major players, for example, the Ford Foundation, Kresge, Kellogg, the California Endowment, and many others. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s new push for a Culture of Health places...[read more]

US needs White House Climate Change Council to protect lives and economy

August 30, 2016 by Warren Karlenzig

The new national Climate Change Council would coordinate and prioritize domestic protection as well as foreign humanitarian and national security-related planning for climate change resilience across cabinet-level federal agencies.[read more]

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Do you know the value of your city's sewage?

August 26, 2016 by Stockholm Environment Institute

Every day, cities generate huge amounts of sewage that, dumped into waterways with little or no treatment, causes pollution and threatens our health. But these waste streams are full of resources that could us meet our energy needs, grow more food, and create green jobs.[read more]

Comcast Icontrol deal highlights pains in connected home technology

July 1, 2016 by Utility Dive

 

Dive Brief:Comcast and Alarm.com have announced their acquisition of Icontrol, developer of smart home technologies, in a deal designed to bolster security offerings and bring technology development in-house, Greentech Media reports. Comcast will acquire Icontrol’s "Converge" software platform, which powers the Xfinity Home...[read more]

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Cities vs Cities: who’s smarter?

June 22, 2016 by Vitor Pereira

Yes, cities are competing with each other. All of them look to attract the most remarkable, creative, intelligent, innovative personalities and citizens. At the same time, they're competing for tourists, companies, investments. It is a mindless competition, many times aggressive and senseless. Not even very smart. If, by 2050, 75% of the world's population is living in cities, we need to find out which cities are those going to be. Not all of them will have attractive capacities and will eventually lose population.[read more]