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low cost inverterless AC/DC solar power system.

low cost inverterless AC/DC solar power system. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Basil Energetic's breakthrough solar power hybrid system switches seamlessly between AC & DC, has less load current, and delivers energy at half the cost and space!”
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Innovation from everywhere. Here is a solar system that is seamless with AC and DC and can cut half the cost for energy in India.
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Companies Are Waking Up to Waste of All Kinds: $250 Billion in Wasted Food

Companies Are Waking Up to Waste of All Kinds: $250 Billion in Wasted Food | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
10 tips to cut food waste at your company, from business and industry leaders.
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Each year:40 percent of the food in the U.S. goes uneaten each year;Globally, this amounts to $250 billion in wasted food;Producing this wasted food uses precious natural resources, including nearly one quarter of total freshwater consumption, and 300 million barrels of oil.

 

See what remarkable values-led companies are doing about it--from the Center for Values-Driven Leadership www.cvdl.org.

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Largest Wind Turbine In World: Blades Near the Length of Football Fields

Largest Wind Turbine In World: Blades Near the Length of Football Fields | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Originally published on ClimateProgress. By Ari Phillips On Tuesday the world’s largest and most powerful wind turbine swung into gear at the Danish National Test Centre for Large Wind Turbines in Østerild.”
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The Danish prototype V164-8.0 MW wind turbine is 720 feet tall, has 260-foot blades, and can generate 8 megawatts of power — enough to supply electricity for 7,500 average European households or about 3,000 American households. I am hoping initiatives such as Mayor Jackson's Green City on a Blue Lake--sustainable Cleveland 2019--can tap into breakthroughs like this for their freshwater offshore wind energy leadership. Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/28/largest-wind-turbine-world-ready-production/#HizHpMiTEhSo9dC4.99
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Plasticbank, Social Plastic, and the Power of Re-purposing

Plasticbank, Social Plastic, and the Power of Re-purposing | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“We are making mixed plastic a currency that can be exchanged for hope and opportunity in areas with an abundance of poverty and plastic waste.”
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The Plastic Bank is setting up plastic repurposing centers around the world, where there’s an abundance of both waste plastic and poverty. They are empowering people to harvest plastics as a currency they can exchange for tools, household items, parts & 3D printing. The mission is to remove plastic waste from the land, oceans and waterways while helping people ascend from poverty and transition into entrepreneurship. The exchange process for recycled “Social Plastic” improves the life of a disadvantaged person while cleaning the planet. Their goal is to lead the movement towards worldwide demand for the use of Social Plastic in everyday products. The higher the worldwide demand becomes, the higher the reward will be for harvesting Social Plastic. You can Join the social plastic movement to start changing the world through your purchasing power.
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Procter & Gamble Commits To Removing Phosphates From Laundry Detergents

Procter & Gamble Commits To Removing Phosphates From Laundry Detergents | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Procter & Gamble announced on Jan. 27 that it’s removing phosphates from all of its laundry detergents worldwide within the next two years.”
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P&G has “long-term visions,” and they are important ones related to sustainable value, innovation, change. They include powering its plants with 100 percent renewable energy and using 100 percent renewable or recycled materials for all of its products and packaging. They also include zero consumer waste going to landfills and zero manufacturing waste going to landfills. Now they are are removing phosphates, all of them, within 2 years. The company’s goals for 2020 help it meet its long-term visions. They include replacing 25 percent of petroleum-based materials with sustainably sourced materials, and moving 70 percent of laundry loads globally to using cold water. Other goals for 2020 include reducing packaging-per-consumer use by 20 percent and having 30 percent of its plants’ energy needs come from renewable energy sources.
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Solar is Beating Natural Gas on Costs, A First.

Solar is Beating Natural Gas on Costs, A First. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
For those who already think natural gas will win out over renewable power, a judge has said, not so fast.
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In what may be the first time, a U.S. solar power project has been declared cost-competitive against natural gas in a competitive bidding process, a judge has said solar is cheaper than natural gas. The ruling could be a road map for avoiding a new fossil fuel age dominated by natural gas as we aim for a renewable energy world. These developments are consistent with the stock price increases in solar funds such as TAN, and stocks such as Solar City. 

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Winners in the Trillion Dollar Green Economic Revolution

Winners in the Trillion Dollar Green Economic Revolution | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The question is no longer whether a sustainable economy is developing. In 2014, the question is: Which companies will be the revenue growth winners?”
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Solar City has caught the attention of Goldman Sachs, Duetche Bank and many others, and it's not simply because of their board chairman Elon Musk's fame. Rooftop solar is emerging as another 21st century revenue winner. Solar has doubled its customer based in just two years. Electric utilities appear posed to be a huge 21st century business loser from consumers adopting solar, LED lights and Nest thermostats as solutions to continued utility rate increases and climate-changing emissions. It is only a question of when during the 21st century that a cost-effective combination of rooftop solar and on-site battery technologies enable customers to reduce their costs and emissions by living and working in Zero Net Energy buildings.
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Google' Swedish wind farm deal puts Renewable Energy investments over a billion dollars

Google' Swedish wind farm deal puts Renewable Energy investments over a billion dollars | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Search engine giant to buy electricity from 29-turbine project with capacity of 59 megawatts (@irritweets @waresnpp #Google makes green energy investment in 4 new Swedish wind farms http://t.co/lnZOtL2jFa...”;
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Google has now invested over a billion dollars in wind and solar renewable energy. Apple has said it will power all its facilities with energy from renewable sources. Microsoft and Facebook both announced new wind power investments in the US in November. However, the size and global reach of Google’s renewable energy investments make it the technology sector’s green leader so far.
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Starbucks Leads in "Leed for Retail": An Interview with VP Ben Packard

Starbucks Leads in "Leed for Retail": An Interview with VP Ben Packard | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
We sat down with Starbucks Vice President of Global Responsibility, Ben Packard, to talk about Starbucks efforts to cement themselves as a sustainable business.
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Starbucks sustainability report raises the bar and shares visionary goals and asseses past accomplishments. One of those accomlishments highlights industry wide collaboration and leadership.  Ben Packard describes one of the most tangible ones:

 

"We joined the U.S. Green Building Council ten years ago, and I chaired the Retail Development Committee of the USGBC for six years. What we worked to do was create a LEED for Retail, originally LEED was written just for owner occupied office buildings, not retail buildings. Through our partnership with developed a LEED for Retail and Commercial Interiors, which is what most of our stores are — in pre-exisitng space. We also helped develop LEED for Retail New Construction, why working with a number of groups to develop LEED for Multi-Building Portfolio Certification. So as you implement the same strategy you don’t have to apply the same documentation and administrative burden each time you finish a location.

With 75% of our new stores this year attaining LEED Certification, we probably have the biggest portfolio of any company. It’s probably the greatest number of LEED buildings built by a single institution, ever. We’re very excited about it.

 

In existing buildings we still deploy the same sustainable strategies — the lighting, the equipment, the paints, the finishes, the communities tables that are reused tables, the refurbished that we’re deploying. They’re all strategies that we use, even when the building type may not allow us to get LEED Certification"



Read more: INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard Starbucks Sustainabilty Report, Interview with Ben Packard - Gallery Page 2 – Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

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Would You Invite an Environmentalist to Your Party?

Would You Invite an Environmentalist to Your Party? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Environmentalism at its best is like life at its best — a celebration. (It's Friday! Time to party? RT @ensiamedia Would you invite an environmentalist to your next party?”
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Environmentalism at its best is like life at its best — it is a celebration. And there’s so much to celebrate. Swimming holes! The nighthawk migration! A desert in bloom! Nature makes our minds sharper, our bodies healthier, and our lives more meaningful. Now that’s worth celebrating. So, what would it take to make environmentalism fun?
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Real Estate Company: Green App for sustainable Urbanization

Real Estate Company: Green App for sustainable Urbanization | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Lotus Green has launched Green app in the form of an online calculator to track and measure your carbon footprint and suggest ways to reduce it.”
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For a real estate company whose motto is “Responsible Urbanization”, Lotus Greens seeks to ensure that the goals of urban development and environmental sustainability are met. Promoting sustainable development holds out solutions to the multitude of problems we face – from climate change and biodiversity loss to resource and water scarcity. The Lotus Greens carbon footprint calculator will help people to understand how different aspects of their lifestyle and consumption habits affect their personal carbon emissions. As it is all of us have a carbon footprint and add to it every day of our lives. Almost everything we do increases our footprint. But most of us may not be able to contemplate reducing or neutralising the carbon footprint that our routine activities generate.
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WTO is about to eliminate all tariffs to enable free trade in green goods: breaking through gridlocks is news.

WTO is about to eliminate all tariffs to enable free trade in green goods: breaking through gridlocks is news. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The world's biggest trading powers pledged on Friday to work toward a global agreement on free trade in environmental goods, but they gave no timeline for talks intended to support the fight against climate change.”
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While it is so seemingly impossible to agree on anything related to climate change at political levels, we need to notice and learn from successes as the do take place. And this one is significant. The WTO estimates that the global market in green goods, technologies and services - ranging from solar panels to wind turbines and water recycling plants - at some $1.4 trillion. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman put the value at $1 trillion, noting that the signatories of the initiative jointly represented 86 percent of world trade. "We announce our commitment to achieve global free trade in environmental goods and pledge to work together, and with other WTO members similarly committed to liberalization, to begin preparing for negotiations in order to advance this shared goal," the statement said. "We are convinced that one of the most concrete, immediate contributions that the WTO and its members can make to protect our planet is to seek agreement to eliminate tariffs for goods that we all need to protect our environment and address climate change."
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Circular economy could generate $1 trillion a year for global economy by 2025

Circular economy could generate $1 trillion a year for global economy by 2025 | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The build-up of 'circular' supply chains that increase the rate of recycling, reuse and remanufacture could generate more than $1trn (£600bn) a year for the global economy by 2025, according to a new report.”
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Once again we see Ellen McArthur leading the way toward a fully functioning circular economy, one which eliminates the very concept of waste and takes the step beyond "less harm" to the creation of common good. Manufacturing industries, in particular, could see their costs reduce significantly by adopting a circular business model. For example, material costs of smartphones could be reduced by more than 60% by entirely rethinking the way they are made and disposed. It's simply the future of business, good business, to think and design this way.
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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Showcase 2014: Masdar is Becoming a Global Platform

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Showcase 2014: Masdar is Becoming a Global Platform | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Hosted by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is a global platform that addresses the interconnected challenges that affect the widespread acceleration and adoption of sustainable development and renewable energy. To seriously address the global energy challenge, the relationships between economic development, poverty eradication, energy security, water scarcity and climate change cannot be overlooked. The largest gathering on sustainability in the history of the Middle East, ADSW encourages actionable outcomes to carve a pathway toward sustainability worldwide.
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Many have heard of Masdar City...its on a pathway to become the most sustainable city on the planet. Its guided by the Masdar Corporation which is an innovator's dream company. It is becoming a global platform for accelerating innovation, especially in advanced energy--renewable, clean, abundant.  

 

Masdar comprises three business units--including Masdar Capital, Masdar Clean Energy and Masdar City--and is complemented by Masdar Institute, an independent, research-driven graduate university. This holistic approach keeps Masdar and the middle east at the forefront of the global clean energy industry, while ensuring it remains grounded in the pursuit of pioneering and commercially-viable technologies and systems. With each unit focused on a key component of the value chain, Masdar operates with the broad scope needed to meet the most pressing sustainability challenges of tomorrow.

 

Major renewable energy focused companies are now locating in Masdar City--a sign of an advancing vision.  An executive at Schneider Electric says: “Moving into Masdar City further strengthens the working relationship between the two companies,” said Michel Crochon, executive vice president strategy and technology for Schneider Electric. “Schneider Electric is in the business of energy management and innovating smart solutions that enable societies and cities to consume less energy. By moving into Masdar City, we are able to integrate our expertise and solutions into one of the most technologically advanced cities — opening the door for future possibilities.”


Masdar City, one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments, is on a mission to discover a "greenprint" for how cities can accommodate denser populations while reducing energy, water and waste. “The recent growth of Masdar City has been tremendous” said Mohammed Al-Ramahi, chief operating officer of Masdar.


We should all keep an eye on Masdar.

 

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Fairmount Minerals’ Alpha Resins Recognized with 2013 Sustainability Award

Fairmount Minerals’ Alpha Resins Recognized with 2013 Sustainability Award | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28, 2014 Media Contact Kristin Lewis Director, Communications and Engagement 216.513.3440 Kristin.Lewis@FMSand.co (Congrats to Fairmount Minerals’ Alpha Resins for being recognized w/ SOCMA's 2013...”
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Fairmount Minerals is one of the finest, high performance, sustainable companies in the world. They are showing that sustainability and inspired people go hand in hand. Keep an eye on this company. Since they were named #1 corporate citizen in the US in 2005, they have proven that "do good, do well" is the leadership formula for joining success and significance.
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Solar City's Asset Based Securitization Could Be "A Breakthrough for the Industry"

Solar City's Asset Based Securitization Could Be "A Breakthrough for the Industry" | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
The resurgence of the asset-backed securities (ABS) market after the 2008 Financial Crisis has been led by the so-called "esoteric" sector of that market, which focuses on off-the-run, non-commoditized asset...
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As much as anything else in management, the sustainability opportunities facing industry will rely on innovations in finance.  Solar City's asset based securitization is an innovation worth watching. SolarCity's (SCTY) recent announcement of an acquisition that will bring the purchase of Solar Asset Backed Securities to a crowdfunding platform, shows the kind of leadership this company is capable of.  The Chairman of the company, Elon Musk, is known for his game changing creativity. We need to follow this story closely: the implications for massive energy transition to a post fossil fuel economy will depend on striking examples of courageous innovation. Read on for more from an analyst commentary.

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Startups Like Lumeter Light the way to disrupt the 'unsolvables'

Startups Like Lumeter Light the way to disrupt the 'unsolvables' | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“It's too easy to think that energy, water, air, food security and public health problems are too complex to tackle.”
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In our increasingly modern world there are still 1.3 billion people, who lack access to electricity. They light their homes with kerosene lamps, that cost them typically $10 out of the total $75 per month they have to spend on everything. These lamps account for 2.5 million severe burns annually in India, and 300 thousand deaths worldwide. They are also a major factor in over 2 million annual deaths from acute respiratory problems, especially among infants. Lumeter helps bring electricity to homes allowing kids to study, and allowing families to supplement their income; charge their cellphones; and start to access the products of a modern society. Lumeter shows how business innovation can almost silently crack the rubrics cube of unsolvables.
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State of Green Business: Collaborative Advantage is Being Recognized and Activated

State of Green Business: Collaborative Advantage is Being Recognized and Activated | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
By working together, companies are driving change within sectors and supply chains.
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So many of our sustainable value opportunties require collaboration across institutions--and we need to notice when systemic innovation succeeds. As an educator, our MBA students and executive education groups need more materials, skills, and data on this trend. 

 

According to a 2013 survey by MIT and the Boston Consulting Group, nearly 40 percent of respondents report increasing collaboration with customers and suppliers on sustainability matters. Thirty-four percent said their companies have stepped up collaboration with governments, policy makers and regulators. "Working collectively, organizations can be more systematic and sophisticated in tackling significant sustainability issues across the value chain — from supply to finished product," it concluded.

 

In some cases, companies are working with competitors, once unheard of. General Motors and Honda have partnered to develop hydrogen fuel cells for their cars. Ocean Spray and Tropicana, beverage companies based in Massachusetts and Florida, respectively, found ways to take advantage of empty delivery trucks to back haul each other's product along the U.S. East Coast, saving fuel and money. Nestle has partnered with Coca-Cola, Danone, Ford, H.J. Heinz, Nike, P&G and Unilever to form the Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance, encouraging the development of plastics from plant matter.

It's the new reality, and frankly, it's refreshing: companies recognizing that progress accelerates when companies pool their best ideas, resources and clout.

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L’Oréal Pledges ‘Zero Deforestation’ by 2020

L’Oréal Pledges ‘Zero Deforestation’ by 2020 | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
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L'Oreal says it will source 100 percent renewable raw materials from sustainable sources by 2020. It joins companies such as Unilever . Zero is a word we are hearing in all domains of sustainability--see John Elkington's book call "Zeronauts"--showing how many many companies are boldlly trying to break the sustainability "sound barrier.  Its a well written book, and now appears prophetic as more companies, like L'Oreal, are setting very clear goals. 

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In search of the game changer: energy storage

In search of the game changer: energy storage | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Too much green energy could lead to sudden collapse of power grid (More technology needed to prevent green energy from causing sudden collapse of power grid http://t.co/UTZBue7Cjd via @HealthRanger)...”
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Building a green energy future will be "one of the greatest technological and systemic change challenges industrialized societies have undertaken," says a group of Caltech scholars in a recent report. The role of the nation's power grid is to ensure a steady, predictable flow of power. At every moment of every day, engineers work to carefully calibrate how much electricity to feed into the system as every electrical device - from a porch light to a factory machine - is switched on and off at all hours. This requires painstaking precision, for at any moment an overload can bring the system crashing down. That's why there is so much fear of renewables. The intermittency. And aging infrastructures, ancient really, are at risk the more renewables are successfully ramped up. One of the technologies being examined now involves the development of some kind of green energy storage device, which would allow energy to be distributed more evenly over time. It's the kind of epic innovation that could create the turning point. "Energy storage has the potential to be a game changer for our electric grid," California Public Utilities Commissioner Mark Ferron said. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/043651_green_energy_power_grid_electrical_infrastructure.html#ixzz2rbTMY31m
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Reality is So Plastic When We Think Like Designers: Quirky parking canopy made from 1,500 recycled plastic bottles:

Reality is So Plastic When We Think Like Designers: Quirky parking canopy made from 1,500 recycled plastic bottles: | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Colourful and unexpected, this installation uses hundreds of bottles to create a simple shelter.”
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Waste, such as tons of plastic bottles, can be made into striking beauty. With gyres of it--plastic of all kinds--swirling in our oceans, to landfills packed to overflowing with it, plastics are a true, non-biodegradable modern day bane. To tackle this pervasive problem, we've found various ways to recycle, upcycle and transform plastics into clothing, architecture and art, often with surprising results. Using 1,500 recycled bottles, this new parking canopy in Lincoln, Nebraska, shows that old plastic bottles can still impart a fresh aesthetic.
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SOLAR EAR: A Business Demonstrating How Inventive Design Can Serve Humanity

SOLAR EAR: A Business Demonstrating How Inventive Design Can Serve Humanity | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
For anyone unfamiliar with hearing aids, know that they require a great deal of two things: money and batteries. Luckily, one humanitarian project aims to make the medical devices much cheaper and more eco-friendly.
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Solar Ear, a Brazil-based company, creates low-cost hearing aids that get their juice from solar-powered batteries. Not only are the devices much more affordable than traditional hearing aids, they decreases reliance on fossil fuel power and seriously cut back on battery waste.

Read more: SOLAR EAR: Affordable Sun-Powered Hearing Aids | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

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Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System

Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Policy Innovations for a Green Economy (Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System - UNEP http://t.co/Jr7Ebbe26L vía @sharethis)...”
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World Economic Forum estimates suggest that globally, investment in infrastructure of an estimated US$6 trillion annually to 2030 is needed to deliver a low-carbon economy. Of this, nearly US$1 trillion is over and above the business-as-usual trajectory. - See more at: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2758&ArticleID=10698&l=en#sthash.tOSLczck.kfHLyvL3.dpuf
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Masdar City is Emerging as the City of the Future and the economic model is attracting the largest companies in the world who care about sustainability.

Masdar City is Emerging as the City of the Future and the economic model is attracting the largest companies in the world who care about sustainability. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“She is also a freelance journalist who frequently writes about sustainability, corporate social responsibility and clean tech. Her work has appeared on the Huffington Post, Sustainable Brands, Earth911 and The Daily Meal.”
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Masdar City – Abu Dhabi’s zero-carbon, zero-waste sustainable eco-city – is showing that sustainability will create jobs, attract people, and draw together like minded businesses in cluster fashion. This week, global electronics powerhouse Siemens inaugurated its new Middle East headquarters at Masdar City – a pivotal turning point in the city’s growth and the beginning of a wave of high-profile corporate tenants.
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The future of regenerative agriculture goes in one direction: vertical and up and up

The future of regenerative agriculture goes in one direction: vertical and up and up | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“According to Green Spirit Farms' Research and Development Manager Daniel Kluko, the future of farming is heading in one clear direction: vertical. “If we want to feed hungry people this is how we need to farm,” said Kluko.”
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Green Spirit Farm is demonstrating a cutting edge business model for food and agriculture. It shows what can happen when you apply the sustainable vale creation lens from the start. Based upon the current success of Green Spirit Farms, it is clear that Milan and Daniel Kluko have managed to create an economically viable and sustainable vertical farming business model. But underlying the ingenuity and business savvy of the Kluko family resides a true desire to positively impact the world through sustainable agriculture. “This is not a niche business, it’s not something novel, this is a necessity for the human race to continue to live,” said Kluko, “We know our systems can be deployed anywhere in the world with maximum production and minimum environmental impacts.”
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