UC Merced’s Mobile App Challenge will run again this year, supported by Students for a Smarter Planet. Here is a video from last time.
Packaging is perceived by many as a major cause of waste. While some might argue that that perception is misguided, the high visibility of packaging coupled with the tendency for its functionality to be short-lived means that any green credentials are often overlooked.
One emerging innovation gaining traction is the use of more natural, biological waste-derived nutrients such as straw, crops, fruit peelings and bark.
Take a look at what Dell is doing to reduce our footprint in this world:
The European Union is also focusing a bright light on this subject with their recent initiative, the European Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries (BBI). The aim is to trigger investments and create a competitive market for bio-based products and materials sourced locally and “Made in Europe”, tackling some of Europe’s biggest societal challenges.
Rainforest Alliance’s Follow the Farmer contest will give two winners (US contestants only) the opportunity to see first-hand what’s it’s like to pluck coffee beans or harvest mahogany on Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and forests and publish their observations on the Guardian.
● Write an entry of 300 to 500 words
● Include relevant supplemental links if you’d like
● Submission deadline is Friday 19 December 2014, at 11:59 pm EST
Get all contest details and the entry form here