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).
The iPhone maker's master plan features extensive green space, aggressive water conservation and one of the largest corporate solar arrays in the world.
The Fish 2.0 competition matches social entrepreneurs with investors in an effort to improve ocean sustainability.
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- VERGE Boston: How ARPA-E creates the future of energy
- 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
Del Monte Foods is embracing food metrics for its growers.
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- Jones Lang LaSalle's early M2M success story
- VERGE Boston: M2M's 'huge leap forward' on energy savings
- Enlighted raises $20M to expand energy-efficient office tech
- What it takes to change all the lights in New York City
A biogas process being used in Turkey reduces plant operations while providing potato farmers with more sustainable soil nutrients. Read more
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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