Innovations

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

Oct
5
2012
EcoScraps collects a store's food waste - then sells it back in the form of compost

According to a study done by the USDA, approximately 30 million tons — over a quarter — of America’s food is thrown away every year. As bad as this sounds, the EPA has gone on to report that disposing of said waste costs over $1 billion a year. If that …

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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
1
2012
A VA Farm Flourishes by Copying Earth's Natural Regeneration Process

It’s possible to rejuvenate an entire room just by moving some furniture around. Joel Salatin, who has been described as America’s most influential farmer, is doing exactly that on his 500-acre farm in Swoope, Virginia. But Salatin isn’t moving tables and chairs – he’s moving fences, animals and hen houses …

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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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Sep
17
2012
Free Webinar: Employee Engagement for 21st Century Success

Join us for this free Green Plus Webinar (Weds., Sept. 26, at 2pm EST) to talk with experts from The Hitachi Foundation, the SJF Institute, and business leaders about best practices for employee engagement you can adopt to help your company and your employees succeed in a competitive marketplace. Learn about the Hitachi Foundation’s ground-breaking …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Sep
12
2012
Promoting the Resilience of Natural and Built Environments: 9/24/2012

September 24, 2012 – 9a.m.: Through the support of State Farm, BCLC is convening to discuss the role of the private sector in promoting the resilience of built and natural environments. Natural and built environments are critical infrastructures to consider when promoting robust communities. The pace that communities can recover after …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Jul
30
2012
Tremont Electric Seeks to nPower® Handheld Electronics

Ever trekked through a crowded airport only to discover that every electrical socket at your terminal was occupied? Tremont Electric’s patented nPower® Personal Energy Generator (PEG) hopes to eliminate this hassle. Aaron LeMieux started the Green Plus Certified business in the basement of his home five years ago. Named after …

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Willie Wright is a first year PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina. Prior to his admittance he worked as a Research Assistant on the Research on Food and Farming for All (ROFFA) project, a National Science Foundation sponsored initiative, which assessed the...
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Jul
25
2012
Great Lakes Brewing Company is serving up great beer, sustainably

  Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) has taken many measures to produce high-quality, award winning beers at low costs to the environment. Two brothers, Daniel and Patrick Conway, started the Cleveland, Ohio-based business in the 1988. As the first microbrewery in the state, GLBC signaled a new era of beer brewing …

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Willie Wright is a first year PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina. Prior to his admittance he worked as a Research Assistant on the Research on Food and Farming for All (ROFFA) project, a National Science Foundation sponsored initiative, which assessed the...
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Jul
24
2012
'Business Delivering Environmental Innovation'

By Intel’s Gary Niekerk for the Business Civic Leadership Center “Today, businesses are using their passion for innovation to develop and build new technologies that can address some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainability challenges. For example, the development and application of “smart” technologies to manage buildings, transportation systems, …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Jul
24
2012
Kings Daughters Inn

The King’s Daughters Inn, a Green Plus certified business, is working to integrate sustainable technologies with historic preservation. Through extensive renovation and restoration, the Inn’s owners, Colin and Deanna Crossman, turned the former “residence for single, older women,” originally opened in 1911, into a high-end 17-suite bed and breakfast. During …

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Scott Brennen, native of no-where-in-particular, earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Grinnell College in 2008. After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps, which put him to work teaching 9th grade Chemistry at a rural high school in Mozambique. He is currently studying science...
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Jul
12
2012
PlotWatt's Home Energy Monitoring Innovation Reduces Utility Costs

A Durham, North Carolina-based Green Plus company has developed software to help residential and business clients reduce their monthly energy bills.  PlotWatt, founded in 2008, provides users with detailed information about the energy consumption of individual appliances within their homes or businesses. PlotWatt analyzes the energy-use data to produce practical …

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Scott Brennen, native of no-where-in-particular, earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Grinnell College in 2008. After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps, which put him to work teaching 9th grade Chemistry at a rural high school in Mozambique. He is currently studying science...
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Jul
9
2012
Great Lakes Brewing Company: Brewers' Environmental Innovations in Cleveland, Ohio

 Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) has taken many measures to produce high-quality, award winning beers at low costs to the environment. Two brothers, Daniel and Patrick Conway, started the Cleveland, Ohio-based business in the 1988. As the first microbrewery in the state, GLBC signaled a new era of beer brewing …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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