Bill Gates Tastes Proof of Latest Breakthrough Concept in Wastewater Treatment

Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently took a leap of faith when he personally put the latest technology for wastewater processing to the ultimate test — by drinking water produced from recycled human sewage.As Gates detailed on his blog last week, the OmniProcessor, designed and manufactured by Janicki Bioenergy, uses sewer sludge as its input and produces clean water, electricity and ash. With the potential to address two urgent global issues simultaneously — sanitation and clean drinking water shortages —

How innovative solar business models can benefit all

By collaborating on opportunities that neither solar companies nor utilities can address alone, everybody wins.

Imagining sustainability in 2030: Smart farms to super batteries

Sure green technology is already humming along — but just wait for a future driven by urban data, natural capital and collaboration.

5 Tips to Make Recycling Easier Around the Home

We’ve all heard the adage, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” but how many of us are actually making a conscience effort to make a difference? Recycling helps the environment, your local economy and your community. It preserves resources. Recycling is also the law in many areas. You do not want recycling to be a burden on your family. Consider making these changes so as to make recycling easier around your home.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Put Recycling Bins All Around the HouseThe best way to make recycling easier

10 Energy-Efficient Home Heating Strategies

Statistics suggest that roughly 40% of the entire amount of energy consumed throughout the United States is done so through home heating. What’s the biggest problem with this statistic? Well, we could actually drastically reduce this consumption (along with heating bills) by putting efficient heating practices into place. If you are interested in keeping your house warmer while still using less energy, give one

Whirlpool Imagines Smart Homes with a Conscience at CES 2015

This week at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, Whirlpool is helping attendees imagine the future of a fully connected home ecosystem — from smart products such as the first connected, donation-enabled laundry pair, to a socially networked kitchen environment concept with smarter surfaces.“We’re using technology’s biggest stage to showcase what our design team does best — visualizing the future of appliance technology that has yet to be invented and its influence on the home,” said Brett Dibkey, VP and general manager of Integrated Business Units for Whirlpool Corporation. “We take special care to merge our designs with cultural observations.

Toyota Opens Up 5,680 Patents to Spur Hydrogen Fuel Cell Innovation

Toyota has announced it will invite royalty-free use of approximately 5,680 hydrogen fuel cell related patents held globally, including critical technologies developed for the new Toyota Mirai.The list includes around 1,970 patents related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, 3,350 related to fuel cell system software control and 70 patents related to hydrogen production and supply.The patents will be made available to automakers who will produce and sell fuel cell vehicles, as well as to fuel cell

AT&T’s Eco-Rating 2.0 Helps Consumers Understand Environmental, Social Impacts of Their Devices

At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, AT&T unveiled Eco-Rating 2.0, an updated rating system that provides consumers an easy way to understand environmental — and now social — impacts associated with their devices. With expanded and more aggressive goals, the ratings also now apply to tablets.Click to enlarge.Building on AT&T’s original eco-ratings, Eco-Rating 2.0 is a simple way to help consumers evaluate the environmental and social profile of the devices they choose to purchase. The refreshed 2.0 rating system includes social and environmental factors related to device manufacturing, including manufacturer usage of environmentally preferred materials, minimization of substances of concern, energy efficiency and responsible end-of

Electronics Industry Will Conduct Shadow Audits to Root Out Forced Labor in Malaysia

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, has announced that it will conduct shadow audits and increase its industry and government engagement in Malaysia to further combat forced labor.The EICC says it has been working for more than a decade to support the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global electronics supply chain. Although the EICC Code of Conduct bans trafficked and forced labor, completely eradicating it in the global electronics industry supply chain remains a challenge for everyone—including

Reporting and transparency en route to a one-materiality future

PG&E and Fibria’s sustainability reports address the myriad definitions of materiality with reports that engage stakeholders.

Solutions That Will Make Your Bath Truly Earth-Friendly

In order to protect the environment, you will have to start by changing a few things around your home, and making sure that your actions and future choices are greener. One of the biggest changes you can make in your home is to make your bathroom greener; not only will you help out the environment, but you will be able to save some money as well.Depending on bathroom size, you can implement a number of eco-friendly choices which will help you stay environmentally conscious. Moreover, you can also lower your overall carbon footprint.Changing the FloorsAlthough tiles go well in the bathroom, they are not the only option; and even though it sounds weird, wooden bathroom flooring

Sainsbury’s Inching Toward 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

UK grocery giant Sainsbury’s has announced that 95 percent of the palm oil used in its own-brand products is now certified as sustainably sourced. The supermarket revealed this statistic late last month, on the day it also became the first UK retailer to launch a dishwashing liquid made with palm oil certified as sustainable by mass balance analysis.Sainsbury’s now has almost 400 certified own-brand products (396 to be precise) — ranging from food items to household, health and cosmetic products — made with fully segregated, certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), meaning the ingredient in each of these products has been fully guaranteed throughout

The Push for Bioplastics and the Myth of Biodegradability

This is the first of a three-part series by TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky that examines the benefits, risks, misconceptions and long-term viability of bioplastics.Since the relatively recent rise in conscious consumerism, bioplastics — plastics made from biomass such as plants and algae – have been receiving significant attention. With the bioplastic market projected to grow in the next few years, many are pointing

10 green business predictions for 2015

From tumbling renewables records to political dog-fights, here are the trends that will define the green economy over the next 12 months.

Austin’s balancing act: Solar policy and affordability

Cities can play a key role in advancing renewable energy — as long as it’s affordable in the long-term.

Hershey Exceeds Sustainable Cocoa Goals in 2014, Sets New Targets

The Hershey Company has announced that 30 percent of its globally sourced cocoa was independently certified and verified in 2014—this reflects an accelerated pace for achieving its goal of sourcing 100 percent of its cocoa supply from certified and sustainable cocoa farms by 2020.The announcement follows the company’s 2013 achievement of sourcing 18 percent certified cocoa globally, nearly double its original goal of 10 percent for the first year of its 2020 commitment

New Report Finds Forest Certification Program Misleads Consumers

On Wednesday, forest conservation NGO ForestEthics released Peeling Back the Eco-Labels, a report comparing the rigor of forest audits conducted in Canada by the two leading forest certification systems: the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The report found that the SFI certification program has serious

Say sayonara to Styrofoam and hello to Mushroom Materials

The fungi-inspired startup Ecovative is making packing, insulation and building materials with mycelium, the root structures of mushrooms.

Stranded assets: One study says just keep coal, oil in the ground

University College London Institute for Sustainable Resources says that if all coal, oil and gas reserves were exploited, the carbon emitted would increase global temperatures way beyond 2 degrees C.

Eco Echoes: Tricks for Keeping a Kitchen Greener

The kitchen is the most high traffic area of any home. It’s a place where everyone gathers, and where memories are made. It is also a great space to incorporate green ideas. Read on for some practical and helpful tips on how to keep your kitchen as earth friendly as possible. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Use Food WiselyPreserve food longer and allow everyone a clear view of what you have, by utilizing clear glass jars for food storage. If you have a small space,

Hope For The Future: What’s Changing In Green Technology Next Year

Making the world a healthier place to live is something on everyone’s mind. With rising pollution and populations, it’s no secret our world isn’t doing well. Going green is such a buzz word today, from changing your showerheads at home, to multi-million dollar industries changing their image, doing our part to save the world is something we all strive for. And whether you’re looking to invest or just looking for hope, these avenues of greener energy are something to watch for in the coming year.

8 Groundbreaking Startups Making the Circular Economy Look Easy

On January 20th, one of these companies will be crowned king of entrepreneurship at The Circular Economy Awards. You’ve already met those leading the charge. So, we’re taking a closer look at the eight finalists for the inaugural ‘Circulars,’ who are undoubtedly biting their nails as they wait for the announcement of the winners at the World Economic Forum in Davos.In this article, we’re looking at the entrepreneurship category, for

22 Million People Displaced by Climate Change in 2013

Twenty-two million people were displaced by extreme weather events in 2013, three times more than the number displaced by war, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), as reported by Reuters. To put this in perspective, in the early 1970s the total number of people displaced by weather events was only about 10 million.Rising sea levels, as well as extreme weather and natural disasters such as heatwaves, floods and droughts linked to global warming are likely to force millions of people to