Environmental Help Desk for Businesses

Dec
4
2012
Supply Chain Requirements: Trucking and Freight Industry

Sector Name: Transportation – Trucking/Freight SIC Code: 48-49   Major Players   J.B. Hunt UPS Atlas U-Haul FedEx DHL C&K Trucking Con-Way International: YRC Worldwide   Major Issues   The biggest issues with freight trucking managing the truck emissions that are harmful to air quality.  This involves either reducing fuel …

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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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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
27
2012
Supply Chain Requirements: Transportation

Sector Name: Transportation SIC Code: 48-49   Major Players   Rail: CSX, Norfolk Southern, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe, Union Pacific Truck: UPS, J.B Hunt, U-Haul, Atlas Shipping: NYK, Evergreen Marine Corporation, Maersk, COSCO Air: FedEx, UPS, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines   NOTE: The Environmental Help Desk will …

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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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Nov
26
2012
Report by the BCLC: The Role of Business in Environmental Innovation

The Role of Business in Environmental Innovation takes a look at how companies create better opportunities to be a good steward of the environment. This report is the second in BCLC’s year-long report series “The Role of Business,” learn more about this series on our report series page. The report features a …

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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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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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Nov
8
2012
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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