In this section we explore the ways that designers are just beginning to integrate environmental considerations, harnessing such approaches as biomimicry (designs inspired by nature), cradle-to-cradle (closed-loop production systems involving benign materials), green chemistry (less- or non-toxic alternatives to petrochemicals), and local sourcing (to reduce transport energy use and emission).
Cheryl Martin, deputy director of the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy talks energy innovation at the 2013 VERGE conference in Boston.
- Patagonia's new VC fund to invest in trailblazing green firms
- Solar power finally makes more energy than it uses
- Unilever's sustainability program saves $395M since 2008
- BMW and Fiat reduce EV range anxiety with loaner gas cars
- Is GE now the world's top turbine maker?
New technologies that enable billions of devices to collect and analyze data can help systems operate with startling efficiency.
- Enlighted raises $20M to expand energy-efficient office tech
- What it takes to change all the lights in New York City
- Volvo puts trucks on autopilot
- Energy efficiency finds its cell phone: Part II
- House Democrats release energy app
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The sixth annual edition of research has been expanded to include data on 1,600 companies worldwide, as well as on the U.S.-based S&P 500. Find out where the world of sustainable business is headed -- and the leading indicators of future progress.
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