By Ben Goldhirsh
From businesses selling vegetables grown locally with less energy than those grown and shipped from different parts of the world, to companies creating sustainability objectives, the proliferation of the smartphone and green initiative apps are influencing, enabling and creating more responsible and sustainable business and consumption decisions.
In fact, as sustainability becomes a greater strategic initiative for organizations, more sophisticated apps are appearing to help them address such pressing objectives as sustainable sourcing, the paperless office, and supply chain management.
The first wave of sustainability apps was focused largely on consumers, providing guidance, for example, on reducing energy consumption at home. But this year, of the estimated more than 400 million green mobile application downloads, an increasing number of them will be aimed at corporate green initiatives and sustainability. Continue Reading »
By Vince Ward
What started out as a community-based energy project on the Isle of Wight has morphed into a bona fide social movement.
Encouraged by the work of IBM Distinguished Engineer, Andy Stanford-Clark, who created a “smart” house that monitored, managed and optimized energy use, three years ago the Village of Chale created the Chale Community Project, which seeks, among other things, to reduce home energy costs by up to 50 percent. While the project has indeed raised awareness and helped residents lower costs, it has also had a serendipitous outcome – it has brought the community together.
From the very beginning of the Chale Community Project – during planning and roll-out phases – we worked on ensuring the local community was on board. Going from door to door, the team would communicate with residents about the plan of action, encourage participation and try to boost morale. Continue Reading »
By Andrew Hoffman and Terry F. Yosie
The students of today are the business leaders of tomorrow. It’s important for them to understand how to solve the big, vexing problems that impact the quality of life for current and future generations.
With that in mind, the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, together with the World Environment Center, have announced a partnership to get graduate students involved in planning and implementing sustainable development initiatives while working with leading global companies.
The program, which will be called the Erb/WEC Fellowships, will be supported by IBM as part of the company’s long-term commitment to environmental sustainability and developing next-generation skills for the 21st century workforce. IBM was recently recognized for the second consecutive year as the greenest company in the U.S., according to the Newsweek 2012 Green Rankings survey, and the company is working with WEC and other companies to solve major sustainability challenges.