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Nov
8
2012

TAKTL Takes on Concrete Wastelands

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TAKTL Takes on Concrete Wastelands

While not a widely known fact, concrete represents a significant contributor to global climate change, yet it remains widely used because of the lack of viable alternatives. A Pittsburgh-based company called TAKTL is looking to change this by using ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), which is structurally equivalent to steel but …

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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
5
2012
AutoGrid's technology makes sense of smart grid big data

The smart grid generates a massive quantity of valuable data. So far this information has been difficult to capture and is underutilized. As a result, energy production schedules and operations are not optimized and they can be unneccessarily expensive. Palo Alto-based start up, AutoGrid Systems, has developed a technology that uses big data …

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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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Nov
1
2012
Car Sharing Service Helps Planet and Pocketbook

With the proliferation of a number of successful collaborative consumption businesses in recent years, San Francisco-based start up RelayRides has taken that model and applied it to automobile transportation. Unlike other versions of car sharing that specifically rely on high-density urban areas, RelayRides doesn’t actually own the cars themselves. Instead, …

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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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Oct
29
2012
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Handles A Tons of Waste Daily - with Worms

From apartment owners making their own bins, to industrial-scale operations utilizing worm farms the size of a football field, vermiposting — or composting with earthworms — is becoming increasingly mainstream. It is expensive to collect, haul and dispose of materials that worms can otherwise easily digest, and their waste or castings are a commercially …

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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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Oct
25
2012
Tres Amigas Superstation Promises Expansion of Renewables

By constructing a ‘superstation’ near Clovis, New Mexico, Tres Amigas LLC will be able to allow energy to be shared among the disconnected American energy grid, joining the Eastern Interconnection, Western Interconnection, and Texas Interconnection together. The project is being pursued with the main goal of creating the first ever …

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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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Oct
23
2012
Zagster expands the impact of bike sharing

Bike sharing is a proven alternative to fossil fuel emissions that has gained traction in many cities worldwide. Gettting people on bikes helps reduce traffic jams, decreases crowding on public transportation and cuts down on parking shortages. However, for private property owners interested in setting up a bike-share, the options have been limited to buying …

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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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Oct
18
2012
Nuvve Looks to Help Electric Vehicle Owners Profit

California-based start up Nuvve is looking into the future and considering electric vehicles as more than just a renewable source of transportation. By creating the technology and infrastructure, they are making the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) concept a reality. This means that either electrical vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrids communicate with the …

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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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Oct
15
2012
Sanitation Creations is solving the global sanitation crisis one toilet at a time

One of the least enjoyable things about participating in an organized festival, sporting event or athletic race is using the port-a-potty. They are dark, smelly and generally just gross. Portable toilets also contribute significantly to water expenditure problems in the United States. Each year, the processes associated with their cleaning and maintenance …

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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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Oct
12
2012
Method launches soap bottle made of recovered plastic

Method Home, a San Francisco-based cleaning product company, has established a reputation for being environmentally conscious and continues to solidify that with the introduction of a soap bottle made from a blend of plastic recovered from the ocean and post-consumer recycled plastic. It has been estimated that the amount 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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Oct
8
2012
Pasteurization Technology Group - Leaders in the Water Revolution

Clean, safe drinking water is scarce in the developing world. Over a billion people lack access and 2.6 billion lack adequate sanitation. In the developed world, water is often used inefficiently or wasted and water treatment is expensive and highly energy intensive. The result is a global water crisis adversely …

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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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