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Biome Bioplastics Singled Out for Single Cup BusinessGreen Leaders Awards--great news for a more sustainable coffee industry

Biome Bioplastics Singled Out for Single Cup BusinessGreen Leaders Awards--great news for a more sustainable coffee industry | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Intelligent plastics, naturally.(Biome Bioplastics shortlisted for Business Green Leaders Awards 2014 - Innovation of the Year | http://t.co/FWu4E94rU0)...”
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Biome Bioplastics, a leading developer of natural polymers, has been shortlisted for the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2014 in the Innovation of the Year category. The shortlisting recognises Biome Bioplastics’ work to develop a biodegradable coffee pod, offering one of the first sustainable packaging alternatives in the single-serve market.
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Consumers To Take Control Of Solar Energy Supply: PWC Predicts a Kodak Moment for the utilities Industry

Consumers To Take Control Of Solar Energy Supply: PWC Predicts a Kodak Moment for the utilities Industry | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Originally published on RenewEconomy. Last week we wrote that some utilities in Australia – particularly those in regional areas – accepted that the future would bring big changes to the way energy was produced and delivered, and that communities...”
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Big Change has been predicted for distributed, internet enable smart energy solutions that will shift power to the producers, that is people who have essentially turned their home or office into a power plant. But what if that change came quicker than even these utilities expected? And if that extended into big towns and the suburbs of major cities? And what if it resulted in a reduction in electricity prices for nearly all consumers? That is the scenario being painted to network operators and the utilities industry by global consulting firm PwC, which says the sector is about to go an unprecedented and rapid transition as dramatic as that which affected other industries. Electricity utilities, it says, are about to face their “Kodak moment” and the key is the emergence of rooftop solar, and its ability provide a cheap source of electricity, as well as other “enabling” technologies such as storage and smart software. Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2014/05/10/consumers-take-control-solar-energy-supply-usage-storage-costs/#cA2Mb0acDL59CL8j.99
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Environmental pioneers honoured with Zayed International Foundation for the Environment award | The National

Environmental pioneers honoured with Zayed International Foundation for the Environment award | The National | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Prince Albert II of Monaco was among those recognised at the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment ceremony in Dubai
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This was an amazing event...so much happening in Dubai:

Prince Albert II of Monaco received an award for his global leadership in environmental and sustainable development.

“I am honoured to have been selected for this award,” he said during a short acceptance speech on behalf of all the winners.

“Environmental protection is too important and there are too many problems and issues we need to overcome to ever think we can rest.



Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/sustainability-efforts-recognised-by-zayed-environmental-awards#ixzz318HtEIJe ;
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air-purifying billboard in peru cleans 3.5 million cubic feet of pollution per day--just like 1,200 trees

air-purifying billboard in peru cleans 3.5 million cubic feet of pollution per day--just like 1,200 trees | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“the air-purifying billboard filters the air as efficiently as 1,200 trees - the equivalent to approximately 3.5 million cubic feet of fresh oxygen per day. (Love the idea of advertiser subsidise pollution clean up.”
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When we think of billboards we do not think of sustainable design inspirations. But suppose we did. And suppose that everything we make was intended to create more regenerative, positive good than harm. This air-purifying billboard in peru cleans 3.5 million cubic feet of pollution per day--just like 1,200 trees. It's just a start, but it's more than a vision; it's a real prototype. "What if...?"--this is a designers question, and this is how the world changes:one question at a time.
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Scientists create world's first 'green' jet fuel using SUNLIGHT

Scientists create world's first 'green' jet fuel using SUNLIGHT | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
The achievement was made by the European Solar-Jet project which designed an solar reactor that uses focused sunlight to heat up a metal oxide.
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In a significant step towards reducing emissions, European scientists have created the world’s first renewable jet fuel using only sunlight, water and carbon dioxide.

If proved on a larger scale, the process could provide the holy grail of renewable energy by creating an on-demand supply of fuel for planes, cars and other vehicles.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2615980/Now-thats-solar-power-Scientists-create-worlds-green-jet-fuel-using-SUNLIGHT.html#ixzz30nYvOlPY
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Abu Dhabi Ascent led by Masdar

I’m headed to Abu Dhabi yet again right now*, this time for Abu Dhabi Ascent, a major UN event that is supposed to feature former US Vice President and elected-by-popular-vote (but not officially elected) President Al Gore, UN Secretary-General Ban...
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Masdar is a leading force advancing the cleantech revolution globally. Aside from coverage of Abu Dhabi Ascent, we will be getting a closer look at some of the work going on at Masdar Institute during this trip. While the UAE is still very clearly in the oil and gas industry, it is always very uplifting to see what Masdar is working on.

Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala, Abu Dhabi’s strategic investment company, has invested in or developed nearly 1 gigawatt (GW) worth of grid-connected renewable energy projects across the world. And then there’s also the work it is doing at Masdar City and Masdar Institute. It’s a very bright spot in the world.


Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2014/05/03/abu-dhabi-ascent/#dzBWbtedBUPImIlo.99
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Tesla Gigafactory Moving Forward In Two States: Changing the World Requires Great Management

Tesla Gigafactory Moving Forward In Two States: Changing the World Requires Great Management | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Originally published on Gas2. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is reportedly ready to announce the two finalists for the location of the coveted Gigafactory, and may break ground at both sites. Why?”
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To move thing forward Tesla is going to do groundbreaking in 2 states--then they will decide where to start first based on acceleration. Some states are nightmare slow on things. Others are more agile. The location of the Tesla Gigafactory had been whittled down to just four states; Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas, though California has also made a last-minute bid to snag the massive manufacturing facility. But Musk has said California won’t work because regulatory issues would delay the factory, and time is apparently a big issue…to the point where the Tesla CEO is ready to break ground on two locations simultaneously. There are some management lessons here. Changing the world requires great management. Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2014/05/01/tesla-gigafactory-moving-forward-two-states/#sPPE9ZbdEPcl2HmJ.99
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Amazing Group: The CNN World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators and Eco-Investors

Amazing Group: The CNN World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators and Eco-Investors | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Want an antidote to the grim news about climate change? Here are the business leaders, academics, regulators, and entrepreneurs doing the most to make our world smarter and more sustainable.”
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Take Coert Zachariasse as an example. These people inspire. An economist by training, Zachariasse, 47, is the real estate developer behind the Park 2020 project, outside Amsterdam in the Netherlands. So far he's completed half the project -- six office buildings totaling 600,000 square feet -- including an office for FIFPro, the international soccer players union, and a new headquarters for Plantronic. Zachariasse's buildings generate more clean energy than they use, have rooftop farms, and are constructed of recyclable materials. Imagine if every building in the world generated more renewable energy--clean, abundant, and ever decreasing in costs over time--than it needed? What might we do with the surplus? End energy poverty? End petrol conflict and war? Create assumptions of abundance versus scarcity?
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Crazy E-Waste Statistics: Where Does it all End Up?

Crazy E-Waste Statistics: Where Does it all End Up? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Exactly how much electronic waste do we produce? Which electronics become e-waste, and at what rate? A new infographic from WellHome explores these stats, and it's quite a wake-up call!”
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Imagine this pile up: a 125,000 boeing 747's all piled up. This article estimates that this comes close to picturing our electronics waste. And with only 10 % of that being recycled, the is a huge business opportunity here.
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Buzz Cafe named Green Business of the Week: Going Green Now Seen as a "Tradition"

Buzz Cafe named Green Business of the Week: Going Green Now Seen as a "Tradition" | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Buzz Cafe named Green Business of the Week by business association Oak Park Leaves Oak Park's Buzz Cafe, the iconic establishment in town founded in 1998 by Laura and Andrew Maychruk, is being featured as the Green Business of the Week by the...”
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In my own hometown (where I grew up) green business is now becoming a "tradition." For the past 15 years Buzz Café has been a vibrant part of the Oak Park Arts District showcasing local art and music, serving as a community center and serving delicious food and coffee! Specializing in locally sourced, organic, vegan and vegetarian foods as well as fair trade coffees from around the world, Buzz Café, they say, has become an Oak Park tradition.
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This Sandwich Restaurant Hasn't Taken Out The Trash In Nearly Two Years: there isn't any.

This Sandwich Restaurant Hasn't Taken Out The Trash In Nearly Two Years: there isn't any. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“A restaurant owner in Chicago who hasn't emptied the trash in nearly two years has a simple explanation: There isn't anything to take out. Justin Vrany, 36, had the goal of being a "zero waste" restaurant in mind from the day he first o...”
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Justin Vrany, 36, had the goal of being a "zero waste" restaurant in mind from the day he first opened his quick-service eatery, Sandwich Me In. Two years in, Vraney's remarkable efforts are the subject of a new short film, above, produced by NationSwell.
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Sustainable Consumption and the Global Environmental Crisis

Sustainable Consumption and the Global Environmental Crisis | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Sustainable Consumption and the Global Environmental Crisis Huffington Post (blog) Every elected leader in the country stops talking about everything except for job creation.”
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This article, and the debate involved, is important. What about the argument that we should curb growth? The idea of reducing consumption is a popular idea with some in the environmental community, but on a world-wide basis has no real relevance. People with few possessions and little food are not interested in reducing consumption. In nations with a growing middle class there is also the problem of the connection of wealth and consumption to political power and political stability. Once achieved, people fear the loss of material security and well-being. Look at the public opinion polls in America when the economy is in decline. Every elected leader in the country stops talking about everything except for job creation. Reducing consumption and reducing economic growth are politically infeasible prescriptions for environmental sustainability. We need to protect the planet, but we will not get very far if our method of protection is to slow down the economy. We know what won't work, so what will work? In my view, the solution is something we have come to term positive design. What we need is a massive shift from no growth to good growth. If all growth were good growth--leading to full spectrum flourishing, not just sustaining--then we would want more growth. This article is good, but does not go far enough.
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From Living Earth to Reinventing Earth's Energy

From Living Earth to Reinventing Earth's Energy | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“From Living Earth to Reinventing Earth's Energy Scoop.co.nz (press release) Monday 28 April, 2014: Leading New Zealand businessman and company director, Rob Fenwick, whose experience is closely aligned with sustainable development and innovative...”
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The new CEO of Greenline BioGas will help New Zealand play a global leadership role in the transition to a sustainable world. I just got back from New Zealand and their Royal Society's recent report is a thoughtful analysis Of hoe to turn sustainability into an innovation engine for the country. I think New Zealand is special and has already been ranked tops in the world on social well being.
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Strategic Sustainability: The Abundance mindset will replace the deficit mindset.

Strategic Sustainability: The Abundance mindset will replace the deficit mindset. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
With the Abundance Cycle and a five-step process, companies can innovate to simultaneously create abundance for shareholders, society and the environment.
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Now the managerial tools for turning sustainability into an abundance mindset are growing, and so are the innovators. Consider zip car. Zipcar is at the forefront of companies using the 3p model (in this article). In just 14 years the company has grown exponentially from a few VW Beetles to igniting a $10 billion industry and serving over 810,000 members driving roughly 10,000 Zipcars in cities from Boston to Barcelona. Read on for more.
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New Energy Could Inspire Democracy Itself

New  Energy Could Inspire Democracy Itself | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“In this week’s TalkSolar/CleanTechnica podcast, Beth Bond chatted with John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.”
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Democratic energy--could this be a way to restore political democracy? It was great listening to John Farrell talk about distributed renewable energy benefits, net metering, value of solar tariffs, different types of utilities, community solar power, and more. I encourage you to grab some food or a coffee, sit back, and listen in on this one Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2014/05/10/talksolarcleantechnica-podcast-democratic-energy/#o0zChgGeKoEmFPl5.99
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Xcel Energy Sets Wind Power Record in Minnesota

Xcel Energy Sets Wind Power Record in Minnesota | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Xcel Energy achieved a milestone when wind power met 46% of customers’ electricity needs in the company’s Upper Midwest service territory.
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There is an amazing eco conciousness in minnesota--and now it is leading the country with companies such a Xcel Energy. The Ceo is so excited by the future: “This record reinforces Xcel Energy’s position as the No. 1 wind energy provider in the nation,” said Dave Sparby, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company. I cant wait to see what this company does over the next 10 years!

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Innovation is event sustainability’s call-to-action

Innovation is event sustainability’s call-to-action | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Take a look at the event sustainability industry and you will see that it's on the cusp of a major period of innovation and growth.”
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The conference industry--a $ 250 billion dollar industry--is embracing the innovation engine of the call to sustainability. Leaders there have been inspired by Paul Hawken when he says: “We have the capacity and the ability to create a remarkably different economy, one that can restore ecosystems and protect the environment while bringing forth innovation, prosperity, meaningful work, and true security.” (pp.2)
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Tweet from Timberland

Tweet from Timberland | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
In 2013 we saved 4 million pounds of rubber from landfills by putting it in our shoes! #sustainability #greenrubber http://t.co/kWkjtZTBop
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Saving 4 million lbs of rubber from landfills--and putting it into shoes--is great business. Seems obvious enough--that waste is wealth-- but it's not commonplace enough. When it happens it is news, and we should applaud every tiny step.
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Solar Cells the Size of a Pencil Point: record Breaking efficiency

Solar Cells the Size of a Pencil Point: record Breaking efficiency | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“North Carolina startup Semprius says its new solar cells can convert nearly 50% of the sun’s energy into electricity.”
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This breakthrough is now ready for commercialization. Wow. The things we are going to see in the next decade are amazing.
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Tesla Model S for Free

Tesla Model S for Free | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“eBay Garage is running a sweepstakes to give away a 2014 Tesla Model S. You just have to be a resident of the US, 18 years of age or older, and a registered member of eBay to participate. The contest runs until May 16 of this year.”
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This company is a revolution and people want to participate in positive revolutions. So eBay is giving one away.
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Solar power to the people: green energy could boost African development

Solar power to the people: green energy could boost African development | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Electricity deficit is slowing progress, report says, as Labour party calls for UK and African cities to 'twin' on energy projects (Move over Power Companies! Renewable Energy is on the rise!”
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Green energy for all is important all across the world but hold special promise in contexts where leapfrog innovation is possible. Two things are needed: take advantage of decentralized energy and second: end fossil fuel subsidies. According to experts, reducing or eliminating harmful fossil fuel subsidies, along with properly pricing energy to account for environmental impacts, is one of the most promising ways governments can promote a transition to a greener economy and even the playing field for investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Experts explained that subsidies to producers support inefficient state-owned energy companies as well as stifle incentives for greater efficiencies and innovation; to consumers, this encourages excessive consumption, leading to more pollution and affecting human health and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Steelcase President & CEO Jim Keane on Full Spectrum Sustainability

Steelcase President & CEO Jim Keane on Full Spectrum Sustainability | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
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Why do companies embrace sustainability? For this CEO it centers on bringing out the best in people. And "wow" does it pay--radical energy productivity gains, better products, and passionate people. This is one clear articulation.
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Corporate America pledges to boost sustainability in agriculture: Wal-Mart Continues to Be A Driving Force

Corporate America pledges to boost sustainability in agriculture: Wal-Mart Continues to Be A Driving Force | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Agriculture.com Corporate America pledges to boost sustainability in agriculture DesMoinesRegister.com More than a dozen companies, including Walmart, Monsanto and Kellogg, agreed Tuesday to focus on increasing sustainability in agriculture as the...”
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The earth's population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, leading food producers to explore ways to feed more people with increasingly scarce resources such as land and water. A total of 842 million people – roughly one in eight – suffered from chronic hunger in the period from 2011 to 2013, most of them in developing regions, according to the United Nations. Here in the US the issues of water, energy, toxins in the waterways and food chain, and outmoded agricultural methods are calling for change.
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Google's 'green' energy plan: Build, learn, expand

Google's 'green' energy plan: Build, learn, expand | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Google and other top US corporations are switching to renewable energy as a way to burnish their brands. The corporate push – and government mandates – are encouraging utilities to provide that energy, although it's not a risk-free proposition.”
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In rapid prototyping fashion Google is jumping to action:the it will learn and adapt, then expand. This past week, Google announced its seventh and biggest “green” investment yet: the purchase of renewable energy certificates from MidAmerican Energy that equate to 407 megawatts of electricity, which increases the amount of renewable energy that it essentially finances by more than 60 percent. Google has also invested $1 billion in hard assets, owning a piece of actual renewable projects.
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Green jobs see huge growth globally: Why is Canada missing out?

Green jobs see huge growth globally: Why is Canada missing out? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Sustainability and economic development are no longer opposing forces - renewable energy and green jobs are among the hottest growth sectors today.”
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Canadians are being hard on themselves. And so should we in the US. According to the International Energy Agency, we are subsidizing greenhouse gases at the level of $110/ tonne. Particularly telling is the data churned out by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 2011 fossil fuels direct subsidies, plus the costs of externalities – such as the impacts of climate change on infrastructure and pollution on health. The IMF came up with a global total of $1.9 Trillion/year in subsidies and government costs associated with fossil fuels. Among nations evaluated by the IMF, Canada ranked 14th in public subsidies for fossils at $26.4B/year. Consequently, ending these subsidies would not only level the playing field for more equitable competition from clean technologies, but would also free up financial resources to support the shift to a green economy. And the payoff is green jobs – lots of them. That is, a green shift offers 6 to 8 times more jobs for a given unit of investment when compared with government investments in the fossil fuel economy. To this effect, the BlueGreen Alliance published a report indicating that $1.3 billion in subsidies for the oil and gas sector supports just 2,300 Canadian jobs, while the same amount invested in the green economy would support 18,000 to 20,000 jobs. And this is just in Canada.
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