Innovations

The Environmental Help Desk features environmental innovations that help your business reduce both costs and environmental impacts.

Feb
25
2013
Eco-Friendly Shipping Company Arrives in the US

If you think about the number of cardboard boxes that are used to ship products around the world every year, it’s difficult to imagine how many of these boxes are used once and then recycled – or worse, thrown away. In fact, cardboard is used for about 90 percent of …

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Drew Nitschke is a first-year graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, working towards degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is especially interested in sustainability and how it relates to business of all sizes. He graduated from UCLA in June 2012 after...
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Feb
18
2013
Edison2 Designs Lightweight, Efficient Car of the Future
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Drew Nitschke is a first-year graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, working towards degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is especially interested in sustainability and how it relates to business of all sizes. He graduated from UCLA in June 2012 after...
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Jan
31
2013
ThermaPAVER Sustainably Heats and Cools From Underneath Pavement

While renewable energy sources continue to become cheaper and more efficient, for some, the aesthetic stigma remains. Because of this, Therma-HEXX has developed thermo hydronic panels called ThermaPAVER, which act as heat exchangers, collecting and storing energy from the atmosphere on hot days, while remaining out of sight. The panels …

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Drew Nitschke is a first-year graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, working towards degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is especially interested in sustainability and how it relates to business of all sizes. He graduated from UCLA in June 2012 after...
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Jan
24
2013
Tidal-Energy Project Aims to Power New York City

 In January of 2012, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission awarded the first ever license for a tidal-energy project to New York-based Verdant Power. This allows the company to simultaneously monitor the financial feasibility and environmental effects of their 1,050-kilowatt turbine installation, which is being installed in the East River …

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Drew Nitschke is a first-year graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, working towards degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is especially interested in sustainability and how it relates to business of all sizes. He graduated from UCLA in June 2012 after...
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Jan
17
2013
Hard-to-Recycle Plastics Find New Life

Recycling has long been established as an effective form of waste management, along with being a vital part of moving towards becoming a sustainable society, but how much do you really know about it? For some people, it might be surprisingly little. When it comes to plastic, most recyclers only …

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Drew Nitschke is a first-year graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, working towards degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is especially interested in sustainability and how it relates to business of all sizes. He graduated from UCLA in June 2012 after...
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Dec
13
2012
Reusable Pizza Pan Rethinks Food Packaging

With thousands of Americans ordering pizza every day, not only are they merely getting a pizza, but also the cardboard that serves as packaging for it. In a year, over 3 billion pizza boxes are discarded and only a small portion are recycled – the grease and food that tends …

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Drew Nitschke is a first-year graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, working towards degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is especially interested in sustainability and how it relates to business of all sizes. He graduated from UCLA in June 2012 after...
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Dec
6
2012
TS Designs Brings Triple-Bottom Line to T-Shirts

Originally founded in 1977 as small screen printing shop, Burlington, NC-based TS Designs quickly grew in scale; the small company found itself printing shirts for major brands like Gap, Nike, and Polo. Changes in the labor market in the 1990s, mainly brought about by the introduction of the North American …

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Drew Nitschke is a first-year graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, working towards degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is especially interested in sustainability and how it relates to business of all sizes. He graduated from UCLA in June 2012 after...
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Nov
29
2012
InterContinental Miami Goes 100% Wind Powered

Hotels aren’t traditionally thought of as environmentally sustainable, with their countless tiny shampoo bottles and piles of dirty laundry. Despite this, the InterContinental Miami is one of the industry leaders in looking to change this negative perception about how hotels affect our planet. Through a broad sustainability focus that encompasses …

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Drew Nitschke is a first-year graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, working towards degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is especially interested in sustainability and how it relates to business of all sizes. He graduated from UCLA in June 2012 after...
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Nov
15
2012
Using Creativity to Close the Loop on Textiles and Materials

After seeing how wasteful the fashion industry could be, Scott Hamlin and Gary Peck – who, in combination, have decades of experience at Nike, Adidas, and Royal Robbins – made the decision that if they ever went in to business for themselves, they would never create anything new. This may …

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Drew Nitschke is a first-year graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, working towards degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is especially interested in sustainability and how it relates to business of all sizes. He graduated from UCLA in June 2012 after...
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Nov
9
2012
Brioni's Coffee Company Designs an Eco-friendly Alternative to the K-Cup

In a society of consumers seeking efficiency and personalization, the Keurig® machine has snatched market share, appearing on kitchen counters in a reported 6 million households. Meanwhile, waste from single brew K-cups made of non-recyclable materials like heat sealed plastic and polyethylene-coated foil is accumulating quickly at landfills. Brioni Coffee …

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Susannah Brouwer has worked for more than a decade to help organizations build their brand, engage the community and pursue sustainability to achieve business development goals. Susannah earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University in 2012. Her concentration was...
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