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Caltech Reactor a Breakthrough for Sustainable Business
December 27, 2010 09:44 AM - Nick Engelfried, Justmeans
From wind turbines to solar photovoltaic cells, sustainable business ventures have produced a plethora of well-tested methods for converting renewable energy into electricity. Though much remains to be done when it comes to actually replacing coal and other fossil fuel-based electricity with a clean energy grid, there is little doubt that the technology to do so exists. A far greater challenge has been finding a truly renewable and sustainable energy source capable of replacing the petroleum-based liquid fuels used to power motor vehicles and aircraft. But scientists at the California Institute of Technology may finally be closing in on a solution.
Japan, Tunisia Forge Sustainable Business Partnership in the Sahara
December 17, 2010 07:18 AM - Nick Engelfried, Justmeans
This past weekend at the second annual Japan-Arab Economic Forum, the governments of Japan and Tunisia formally sealed a deal to collaborate on a sustainable business project that takes advantage of Tunisia's ample solar resources. Together the two countries will be building a solar power plant in the Sahara desert, which is rapidly becoming a hot spot for some of the most innovative solar power projects in the world.
Have yourself a Merry Green Christmas!
November 23, 2010 07:33 AM - Akhila Vijayaraghavan, Justmeans
I'm guessing Christmas shopping has already started for many and I know of some people who have put up trees already. Christmas is a nice season: it wraps up the end of the year, gives us time to contemplate, spend time with families, shop and eat. Who doesn't like all of that? Modern Christmas is also supremely consumerist, so like with other holidays, it is essential to consider your personal footprint.
Caffeinated alcoholic beverage ban: A lost health CSR opportunity
November 22, 2010 08:09 AM - Editor, Justmeans
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has weighed in on the health merits of caffeinated alcoholic beverages, declaring that caffeine added to malt beverages constitutes an "unsafe food additive." That essentially makes it illegal to manufacture the beverages which currently bear vivid, youth-inspired names like Four Loko, Joose, and Max.
First rigorous health study of BPA-levels in food
November 11, 2010 08:20 AM - Ano Lobb, Justmeans
The first ever peer-reviewed study of BPA levels in specific US foods was just published, and the results are surprisingly comforting. The headline you might read is that BPA levels are 1,000 times lower than the health levels for "tolerable daily intake" set by US and European food safety authorities.
Denver Airport Parking, World's Greenest, to Open November 2010
October 22, 2010 08:47 AM - Editor, Justmeans
In today's world, parking garages are important elements of the urban infrastructure. So it's exciting that Denver International Airport's (DIA) newest parking facility incorporates cutting-edge technologies to provide both environmental conservation and energy efficiency.
The silk road meets the information superhighway
October 21, 2010 08:50 AM - Editor, Justmeans
The Kohtrad Silk Project is a social enterprise that works with the silk producers in the Isaan area of North East Thailand. The project provides an online platform for the silk producers to sell their products worldwide. This is done via two online shops www.silkshirtstore.com - specializing in high quality men's silk shirts and www.silkscarfshawls.com - specializing in beautiful silk scarves. Despite being only six months old the social enterprise has already begun an ambitious project to provide better internet access to it's silk suppliers. Using profits from the silk shirts and scarves sold though the project, building is underway for a community internet hub in the rural Thai village where many of the silk products are made.
Verizon Is Set To Start Selling The iPad On October 28
October 19, 2010 09:51 AM - Editor, Justmeans
Early Thursday morning, Verizon Wireless announced that it will begin selling Apple's iPad at its 2,000 retail stores nationwide on Oct. 28. This announcement, ends AT&T's exclusive grip as the sole distributor for Apple's fanatically popular tablet, and sets the stage for a broader partnership between Apple and Verizon.
Bring on Enviropig?: Can Genetic Engineering Make Meat a More Sustainable Food?
October 12, 2010 12:14 PM - Editor, Justmeans
Food safety advocates may shudder at the thought, but a team of scientists in Canada have come up with a new breed of pig that is intended to make meat a greener, more sustainable food. The Enviropig is engineered to have the same meat quality as your typically breeded Yorkshire pig, with all the ideal protein and fat content developed for the market. But in addition, it is also engineered to produce less toxic manure that releases fewer pollutants into the atmosphere, thereby making it a more environmentally sustainable option for large scale pig farmers.
Toward a Generation of Green Vehicles: 60 MPG is Next Step
September 22, 2010 06:34 AM - Nick Engelfried, Justmeans
This spring the Barack Obama administration took a first step toward achieving a nation-wide fleet of (comparably) green vehicles. The administration officially confirmed that by the model year 2016, the US car fleet must measure up to an average fuel economy standard of 35.5 miles per gallon. The announcement marked the first time fuel economy standards had been raised since 1990, and remains perhaps the single largest thing the Obama administration has done to combat global warming. However much remains to be done before we'll see truly green vehicles in this country.