Sharing Economy Website Offers Open Market to Swap, Rent, Buy, or Share

The idea of the sharing economy has been getting a lot of press these days, with some hailing the rise of collaborative consumption as a more sustainable model than the current one, where everyone needs to own one of everything, and some decrying the term sharing economy as being nothing of the sort. The phrases that get associated with the concept of the sharing economy are certainly a bit muddy, but at its core, the idea of enabling people to…

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Google Releases Data On Its 2012 Carbon Footprint

Google’s 2012 carbon footprint was recently revealed by the tech giant as part of its annual report on the subject — for the sixth year in a row, Google has been effectively carbon neutral. Of course, that’s not to say that it isn’t the cause of quite a lot of actual carbon emissions, simply that it has offset its emissions through the purchase of high-quality carbon offset credits. The company does seem to be making notable progress with regard to…

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Khi Solar One Tower — First Concentrating Solar Power Plant In South Africa

The Khi Solar One concentrating solar power plant is now one step closer to reality with the recent completion of the Khi Solar One tower in the Northern Cape province, near Upington, in South Africa. The company behind the 50 MW project — Abengoa, together with its partners the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Khi Community Trust — recently held a ceremony to commemorate the important milestone. An important milestone with regard to the project itself, and also with…

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Tesla Opens Assembly Plant In The Netherlands

Tesla’s first assembly plant on the European continent is now open for business! The Tilburg Assembly Plant — located in the Netherlands, only about 50 miles from the port of Rotterdam — will now serve as the final assembly and distribution point for all Model S vehicles sold on the European continent. The plant will also function as Tesla’s European service and parts headquarters. The 18,900 m2 assembly plant will now receive nearly complete Model S units shipped over from…

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$2.9 Trillion In Annual Savings… From Businesses Simply Cutting Waste! (VIDEO)

Originally published on PlanetSave.com Did you know that McKinsey & Co. has estimated that the world could save $2.9 trillion annually just by eliminating wasted energy? The following video explains how… and so much more! In the video, Jonathan T. Scott, who has helped hundreds of companies in over a dozen countries save millions of dollars in costs, explains how and why businesses can reduce unnecessary expenses and increase profits by understanding the basic building blocks of sustainability. The information…

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Earth Overshoot Day Means Humanity Is Bouncing Our Ecological Checks

Anyone who has had their own bank account knows this simple equation: withdraw more than you’ve got, and you’ll overdraw your account and start owing people money. Unfortunately, it looks like the Earth is officially bouncing its ecological checks as of today – Earth Overshoot Day – the approximate day our resource consumption in a given year exceeds the planet’s ability to replenish itself. While it’s only a rough estimate of how fast humanity is drawing down our ecological bank…

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Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 2)

Oringally posted at the  SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability blog, cross posted with permission This blog is a follow up to my prior blog Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 1) where I discuss the book Betterness: Economics for Humans, by Umair Haque as a new standard for how we measure the contributions of business to society. In this second part, my I want to investigate how well this framework can inspire thinking for “betterness” by evaluating common wealth contributions of a…

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Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 1)

This blog originally posted to the SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability Blog, cross-posted with permission. Common Wealth Contributions By Business Much to the annoyance of some past bosses, I have a habit of asking in meetings, “Why are we doing this, and what are we hoping to achieve?” The economic turbulence of the last dozen years has led to me wondering the same thing about how we humans conduct our economic exchange. Asking the question, “what should we want to achieve in our economies,…

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