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Google Will Fight for a Bottom Up Grid

Google Will Fight for  a Bottom Up Grid | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Google, long a backer of renewable energy projects, data-center efficiency and home energy management technology, is now diving into the power grid itself.”
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Are you looking for a company that might revolutionize the grid, empower homeowners to be power generators, and catalyze our massive transition to clean, renewable energy? You would hope our utilities might provide the revolutionary inevitability--but we know (except for a few visionary ones such as National Grid)--the leadership will come from outsiders. Enter Google: Google has invested more than $1 billion in solar and wind power projects in the past five years, making it a key stakeholder in the issue of how that intermittent green energy is integrated into the grid. Google is also a stakeholder in next-generation grid projects. It holds a 37.5 percent stake in the Atlantic Wind Connection, a planned $5 billion transmission backbone to connect 7,000 megawatts of offshore wind power via a high-voltage, direct-current 250-mile transmission path between southern Virginia and northern New Jersey. Google has already been laying the groundwork for more active participation in the grid. In 2010, it received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to sell and buy electricity like a utility. The move gave Google more flexibility in how it managed its onsite generation, structured its power purchase agreements, and harnessed electricity for its data centers. Google already has an important foothold in the smart grid space via Google Maps, which serves as the foundation of a host of new GIS platforms for grid mapping and management. Last year Google launched a partnership with General Electric to merge Google Maps with GE’s Smallworld electric, telecom and pipeline network management software.
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Air Pollution Smartphone App Seeks to Shame Toxic Factories: China is Harnessing the Power of Technologies of Transparency and Openness

Air Pollution Smartphone App Seeks to Shame Toxic Factories: China is Harnessing the Power of Technologies of Transparency and Openness | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“A new smartphone app seeks to shine a spotlight on major Chinese polluters by letting users see in real-time which factories are violating air pollution emissions limits.”
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In a world of radical transparency, companies that pollute and externalize costs to society and future generations are going to be seen by everyone. And guess who is leading the way on openness? Would you guess China? Yes it is true. Apple makes it iPhones there, and now Chinese leaders are harnessing the positive power of apps and information to showcase the highly polluting companies. I hope they also showcase the leading positive deviations...this would be even more powerful as the theory of appreciative inquiry articulates. The app, developed by Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), uses data from some 15,000 factories throughout China that are now required to report emissions to local officials and the Environment Ministry on an hourly basis. What if the whole world followed China's example?
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Cities are Planning for Climate Change and the New Economy

Cities are Planning for Climate Change and the New Economy | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ICLEI, the largest worldwide association of local governments, released a study last week showing how climate change has become a priority for cities across the globe, entitled the “Urban Climate Change...”
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...as projects like the New Climate Economy have shown, combatting climate change and economic growth are not at odds. For example, Portland, Oregon, USA has invested in a pilot program called Clean Energy Works, which has simultaneously generated 400 jobs while reducing carbon emissions by 1,400 tons per year.
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Robert De Quelen's curator insight, June 11, 2014 5:55 PM

Nous pouvons subir, anticiper, ou nous préparer - mais une chose est sûre : les villes seront à l'avant-garde de l'adaptation au changement climatique.


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Buffett's $28 billion winning bet on clean energy: let's nominate him for a Nobel Like Prize for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

Buffett's $28 billion winning bet on clean energy: let's nominate him for a Nobel Like Prize for Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Billionaire US investor Warren Buffett is preparing a 'gamechanging' move for its renewable energy assets. (RT @Phil_Radford: Big News! Buffett's $28b bet on clean energy is winning (because clean energy is winning)!”
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The game changing move is coming but at even just today's investments warren Buffet is changing the world through markets. Berkshire Hathaway Energy's spending in the western states included $US10.7 billion to acquire PacifiCorp and NV Energy, $US8.7 billion in renewable investments, a $US6 billion Northwest transmission project and at least $US568 million on the Lake Side natural gas-fired power plant being completed this year in Utah, according to company filings. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/buffetts-28-billion-winning-bet-on-clean-energy-20140605-zry0t.html#ixzz34HUhZyny
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Scientists Politely Remind World That Clean Energy Technology Ready To Go Whenever

Scientists Politely Remind World That Clean Energy Technology Ready To Go Whenever | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
CAMBRIDGE, MA—Stating that they just want to make sure it’s something everyone keeps in mind going forward, an international consortium of scientists gently reminded the world Wednesday that clean energy technologies are pretty much ready to g...
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Ok next generation managers, entrepreneurs, an strategic thinkers: it's all possible today. We need people who can get things done, move collective action forward, get decisions made, and orchestrate high performance. Scientists say we can go 100 % renewable energy. an international consortium of scientists gently reminded the world Wednesday that clean energy technologies are pretty much ready to go anytime. “We’ve got solar, wind, geothermal—we’re all set to move forward with this stuff whenever everyone else is,” said Dr. Sandra Eakins, adding that researchers are also doing a lot of pretty amazing things with biomass these days. “Again, we’re good to go on this end, so just let us know. You seriously should see these new hydrogen fuel cells we have. Anyway, just say the word, and we’ll start rolling it out.”
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Google Invests Billions on Satellites to Expand Internet Access: two Thirds of the world people are ready

“The company's plan to buy 180 small, high-capacity satellites complements its other ventures to expand Internet access to remote and underserved areas -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com”
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This is epic innovation. Google's foray into satellite Internet could speed up coverage for billions of people around the world, a Google spokeswoman told the WSJ. The technology company noted that nearly two-third of the world's citizens have no access to the Internet at all. Can you imagine what global connectivity can mean--at this scale?
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Innovative Sustainable Tree House Design

Innovative Sustainable Tree House Design | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The Toronto based firm Farrow Partnership Architects designed and built a unique, modern tree house, which is made from sustainable materials, and doesn’t harm the tree in any way, or restrict its growth.”
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Sustainability inspires. We think out of the box. It can lead to delight. This is sustainability as enchanting enrichment, not just less bad. The architects will build twelve ( see picture) such tree houses to make a tiny village at the E’Terra Resort. These units will be available for rent, while each of the tree houses will also be equipped with composting toilets and graywater-recycling showers. To have the minimal possible impact on the environment and wild life.
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Army Adds Wind Power To $7 Billion Renewable Energy Project

Army Adds Wind Power To $7 Billion Renewable Energy Project | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
The US Army Corps of Engineers has just announced that it has awarded contracts to 17 private companies to build wind turbines on Department of Defense facilities around the country.
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Evidence

Evidence | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. How do we know it’s happening? Here’s the evidence.”
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Science Can Turn Cow Poop Into Clean Water

Science Can Turn Cow Poop Into Clean Water | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Scientists at Michigan State University say they have developed a system that turns cow manure into clean water, which is as gross as it is impressive.”
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This is counterintuitive sustainable value creation at its best: cow manure to clean, pure water! While the university assures us the water is clean enough to drink, This article suggests that we might still run it through a Brita before downing a glass
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Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World

“Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World - Kindle edition by Nadya Zhexembayeva. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.”
David Cooperrider & Christopher Johnston's insight:
Nadya Zhexenbayeva shows how companies can take cost cutting and innovation to new levels through the inspirational lens of sustainability. Nadya is a great writer, and creates a number of reframes that all leaders should tap into. We all know the proverb about teaching someone to fish, but if there are no fish left, knowing how to catch them won’t do you any good. And that’s the position businesses are in today. Resources are being depleted at an alarming rate and the cost of raw materials is rising dramatically. As a result, scholar and entrepreneur Nadya Zhexembayeva says, businesses need to make resource scarcity—the overfished ocean—their primary strategic consideration, not just a concern for their “green” division.
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The Capitalist Threat to Capitalism--Paul Polman of Unilever

The Capitalist Threat to Capitalism--Paul Polman of Unilever | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The Capitalist Threat to Capitalism Mareeg Media It is therefore time to consider new models for capitalism that are emerging around the world – specifically, conscious capitalism, moral capitalism, and inclusive capitalism.”
David Cooperrider & Christopher Johnston's insight:
When 85 richest people in the world have accumulated the same wealth as the bottom 3.5 billion, there are bound to be debates about the failure of markets, And the failure of governments alike. So are there going to be new models of capitalism? CEOs such as Paul Polman, and many others coming together for a meeting in London, believe that a new inclusive capitalism is emerging. What do you think?
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Park 20|20, Amsterdam: Born to Be Upcycled

Park 20|20, Amsterdam: Born to Be Upcycled | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Rented steel beams? They're the start of a radically reconfigurable green office complex.”
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Net positive is the call that's inspiring people to think out of the box. Sustainability is tired and tiring says Coert Zachariasse. Zachariasse has seized on one of the most innovative trends and positioned his business—founded by his father in 1988—at its radical edge. “The traditional sustainability approach is about buildings being less bad—reducing energy consumption and being more efficient,” he explains. But Zachariasse embraces a circular-economy approach that creates closed cycles for materials, energy, waste, and water, with everything having the potential to be composted or recycled back into industry. “This way, a building has a positive impact on the environment,” he says. It is what Zachariasse perceives as the next step for sustainability, a philosophy at the heart of the Park 20|20 office-led development eight kilometers (5 mi) south of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Zachariasse hopes it will be the first real estate project to create a positive impact for the environment, generate more energy than it consumes (on site rather than through offsets), and employ main building materials that can be endlessly recycled.
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CEO Doug Rauch says Business is all About Relationship and Consciousness of Connectedness.

CEO Doug Rauch says Business is all About Relationship and Consciousness of Connectedness. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Doug Rauch touts conscious capitalism Wicked Local (blog) What do you business owners think? It's not a new idea. Other CEO's like Rauch and Panera's Ron Shaich practiced conscious capitalism before it had a name.”
David Cooperrider & Christopher Johnston's insight:
Former CEO of Trader Joe, Doug Rauch, has a formula for thriving business that leads to full spectrum flourishing., Doug Rauch spoke about conscious capitalism, among other things. Rauch said that any business focused only on maximizing shareholder profits is short-sighted. “The moment you set that as your purpose, you set yourself at odds with customers, employees and communities,” Rauch said. “You have to build value across all stakeholders. Those companies with the most engaged employees have the best returns.” He compared business to a personal relationship and said that neither will work well unless all are putting into it at least as much as they’re getting out of it. Read more: http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/newton/2014/06/10/conscious-capitalism/#ixzz34QSU4AZw Follow us: @WickedLocal on Twitter | 119311408344 on Facebook
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Your Secret Weapon in Sustainable Business: Culture

Your Secret Weapon in Sustainable Business: Culture | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Why do some companies stay competitive, while others fall behind?
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The notion of “innovation” has evolved. A couple decades ago, the world considered technical innovation the big game in town. For example, think about innovations in computers, electronics, and software over the years. Better toys meant better profits. Then, about a decade ago, the game shifted to business model innovation. The “lean startup movement” is a manifestation of that philosophy. The proliferation of subscription services, loyalty programs, and online community platforms are good examples of innovative thinking around business models and customer engagement. Now, things have shifted again. Today, the battleground is cultural innovation. Culture is king. If you can get your company culture right, you will maintain a competitive edge. Culture is what gives rise, on a sustainable basis, to the best technologies and business models. Other companies might copy your gadgets and practices, but by the time they figure those out, you are already onto the next big thing.
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How 3D printing can revolutionize sustainable design by making all manufacturing local, like nature

How 3D printing can revolutionize sustainable design by making all manufacturing local, like nature | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“3D printing is the first technology with the potential to enable large-scale local manufacturing.”
David Cooperrider & Christopher Johnston's insight:
Three-dimensional printing — or more specifically, additive manufacturing, the term generally used to mean commercial-scale production using 3D printing technologies — is a concept that deserves its geek fandom. But I'd wager that few people have appreciated its revolutionary implications as a sustainable technology. Philosophically, 3D printing is the first technology that has the potential to enable a more biomimetic production model by aligning with one of nature's fundamental tenets: the tendency to manufacture locally. (These and other deep design principles from nature are collectively known as the practice of biomimicry.)
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Josh Henretig on Microsoft’s Carbon Neutral achievement

Josh Henretig on Microsoft’s Carbon Neutral achievement | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Microsoft is one of the largest carbon neutral companies in the world - a feat they accomplished in a mere 2 years using a clever internal accounting system and carbon fee.”
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Microsoft is one of the largest carbon neutral companies in the world — a feat they accomplished in a mere two years. When it's been done, we know it can be done.
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The Vision of Jaime Lerner for Curitiba, Brazil

The Vision of Jaime Lerner for Curitiba, Brazil | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Jaime Lerner of Curitiba has placed the city on the map as a leading global example in urban sustainability.”
David Cooperrider & Christopher Johnston's insight:
Great leadership in Curitiba Brazil. I stared working there in the 19990s with CEO Rodrigo Loures, a visionary leader of Nurimental Foods. Rodrigo started using Appeciative Inquiry to do strategic planning in groups of 1000 or more stakeholders in the room for intensive design work and strategic planning. At the same time Curitibas itself was a rising star in the sustainable design of the whole city. Jamie Learner the architect, was now Mayor-- and decades ahead of the times. The system of connected transportation and dedication to green areas that were led by Lerner, were well worth the investment. From 1975 to 1995, the GDP of Curitiba increased 75% more than the general state of Paraná, and 48% more than the GDP of Brazil as a whole. The city has become an attractive location for multinational industries, from automobile manufacturing to information technology. At the same time, Curitiba has maintained high levels of air quality and road safety, as other emerging cities have struggled with such factors in their rush to develop. Curitiba has managed to increase economic productivity and at the same time have a more sustainable modal share among fifteen cities in Latin America. In Curitiba, 42% of daily trips are made on foot and by bike, while the other 28% of trips are by public transport, with only 4.2 traffic fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants (compared with an average of 9.6 in region). Lerner is a celebrated figure among planners for his insightful vision. The current success of Curitiba was possible through two key elements that Lerner identified early on: fewer cars and more garbage recycling. Even though his words may seem simple, Curitiba shows how imaginative, complex and compelling solutions can actually become reality.
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How you can use sustainable design and save the world|

How you can use sustainable design and save the world| | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“'Sustainable design' is a commonly used term these days, but it isn't a separate branch of design, or an optional add-on to an existing design. In this day and age, all design should be sustainable - in terms of environment, economy and society.”
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'Sustainable design' is a commonly used term these days, but it isn't a separate branch of design, or an optional add-on to an existing design. In this day and age, all design should be sustainable - in terms of environment, economy and society.
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Mobile Services Kiosk Wins Global Award for Sustainability, Creates Jobs, and Leapfrogs

Mobile Services Kiosk Wins Global Award for Sustainability, Creates Jobs, and Leapfrogs | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“A solar-powered, portable kiosk selling mobile services and creating jobs for Rwandans was the winning idea for Rwanda at the 2014 Energy Globe Awards.”
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"Power from the sun is available everywhere and for free to everyone," the judges said in a statement. "This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Rwanda harnesses this power to charge mobile phones in areas where electricity still is widely unavailable." Nyakarundi said the choice to use solar energy was as motivated by business strategy as it was by environmental concern. "We make it so the cost of doing business is as low as possible and revenue is as high as possible," Nyakarundi said.
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Temperature Rising

Temperature Rising | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“By The New York Times | New York Times reporters document the climate debate and examine the evidence for global warming and its consequences.”
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Advanced Supercapacitor

Advanced Supercapacitor | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Researchers at Vanderbilt University are developing a new generation of supercapacitors that can function even when they are subject to weight and vibration stress.”
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He's re is the essence of this article: fossil fuels are toast. By toast we don’t mean that fossil fuels will totally disappear because for that matter, after thousands of years plenty of people are still burning firewood and they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. However, just as coal, oil, and natural gas marginalized firewood in industrialized nations, the twin trends toward more efficient energy storage and cheaper, more sustainable energy sources make the marginalization of fossil fuels a historical inevitability.
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Ohio rolls back green energy standards —the state is congratulated for most regressive energy stance in America

Ohio rolls back green energy standards —the state is congratulated for most regressive energy stance in America | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it

“Congratulations, Ohio! Not only do you purportedly enjoy the most heinous unofficial state food in the union (please refer to item No. 52 on the linked list), you’re also vying for the position of Most Regressive Energy Policies in an Already...”

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Why is Ohio rolling back renewable energy goals and the thousands of jobs in manufacturing that Ohio is so skilled with? On what basis could one oppose such a green energy policy? Let’s ask an Ohio Rep. From The Columbus Dispatch: The standards needed to be changed because they

 

“are simply not achievable or sustainable,” said Rep. Peter Stautberg, R-Anderson Township.

 

Alright, then! Let’s keep dreaming big, America.

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Smart Grid: The real reason for grid divorce? It's not cost reduction or green energy

Smart Grid: The real reason for grid divorce? It's not cost reduction or green energy | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - Grid divorce isn’t a new concept, but it has been attracting a lot of attention recently. While a lot of the discussion about customer-owned power plants has focused on cutting
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There is an powerful idea in circulation that is gathering momentum: its the idea that a "personal power plant" could be America's next home applicance. When people think of power plants they think of enormous facilities with heavy machinery. The personal power plants of the future will be very different. Compact solar-plus-battery home energy systems will be nearly indistinguishable from today's freezers and furnaces--thats the idea. But this article by Jesse Berst goes even further. This is what the 3rd Industrial Revolution is really about: the coming together of new energy forms with new communication forms (the internet.) 

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Minnesota-based Marshik Dairy receives national sustainability award

Minnesota-based Marshik Dairy receives national sustainability award | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Minnesota-based Marshik Dairy receives national sustainability award Minnesota Farm Guide ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy recently announced the winners of the third annual U.S.”
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It is exciting to see a whole industry embrace the call for sustainable value creation. The Innovation Center for US Dairy was given birth at an Appreciative Inquiry Summit I helped design and lead with Blu Skye Consulting, and now a powerful awards program is spotlighting stories such as this one featuring Marshik Dairy in Minnesota. The awards program is part of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment, an industry-wide effort to measure and improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the dairy industry. The winners were selected based on results as measured by economic, environmental and community impact, also known as triple-bottom-line success. The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges, which included experts from academic institutions, government, dairy science organizations, nongovernmental organizations and media, and environmental and dairy industry leaders. The panel also assessed the potential for adoption by others, demonstrated learning, innovation, improvement and scalability.
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