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  • Urban SkyFarm Soaring With Sustainability

    Inspired by the ecological system of giant trees, the Urban Skyfarm is a prototype vertical urban farm project. Designed to support local food production and distribution, it also improves environmental quality through water and air filtration and renewable energy production. First Place Winner in the 2013 Green Dot Awards Concept category, The Urban Skyfarm is […] More

  • New Bioeconomy Market Grows From Biodegradable Paper

    Across the globe, there is a bioeconomy beginning to mature. For example, approximately 15 million hectares of agricultural land are covered every year with horticultural plastics. Every year, in labor intensive and expensive efforts, all of these plastic covers must be removed after the growing season is over. The land must be cleaned, plowed and […] More

  • The Power of Business as Usual

    The inability of our society to take serious action on problems such as climate change is extremely frustrating to many people. After all we know what it is we have to do; why don’t we just get on and do it? It seems simple, but there are many obstacles to change. Most of these are […] More

  • World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014 Shortlist Released

    It’s not always necessary to reinvent the wheel in order to build a better one, and while some challenges will need to have a whole new framework of innovation and technology to overcome, some of those challenges can be met by ideas that already exist. Acknowledging that solutions to many societal challenges already exist, but […] More

  • This Inflatable Space in a Dumpster Enables Urban Hacking

    With the increasing privatization and commodification of public spaces, how can groups and individuals reclaim pieces of it to disrupt the ‘business as usual’ trend, in order to bring about a better urban environment? In an inflatable space in a dumpster, of course. The Inflato Dumpster seeks to serve as a mobile space for large […] More

  • Bad Bad Packaging

    I can’t help myself! I review the shopping venues shelves, such as my local supermarket and Walmart, to investigate what manufacturers are doing to make the packaging of their products more sustainable. I have to admit that I focus on the negative. I really notice the packaging tragedies, and cringe to see just how bad […] More

  • Growth in the Aerospace Industry Bodes Well for Economy and Jobs

    The aerospace industry has made a major comeback in 2012, with more than 5,000 jobs added to aerospace companies across the country this year alone. President Marion Blakey of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) remarked that the increase was “surprising,” since the increased demand for civil aircraft came seemingly out of the blue. This surplus […] More

  • Crowdfunding strategies for social entrepreneurs

    This is a great panel discussion about crowdfunding strategies in order to get a social-mission-driven company started (or a project developed). Jeff from Sustainablog hosted Tinia from Re-Nuble and Jen & Nick from TriplePundit, both of whom are doing crowdfunding campaigns at the moment, to talk about what’s going right, and what’s going wrong, with […] More

  • New York To Benefit From Delhi Clean Water Project

    As the world’s population grows, so does demand for resources – especially clean water, which is becoming increasingly scarce. But efforts are under way to find solutions to this growing problem. One potentially revolutionary water recycling solution has been developed at the State University of New York at Delhi. The massive project will divert a […] More

  • EPA Allows Illegal Engines As Long As Feds Get Paid

    Diesel engines are a big deal in America. They are used to haul the food we eat and the goods we otherwise consume. The biggest challenge in the wide use of the diesel engine is that its emissions will often pose a problem for maintaining clean air. The good news is that advancements in technology […] More

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