Author: Adam Aston

Sports sustainability gurus share their all-star plays | GreenBiz

Back in 2008, when the US Tennis Association launched an ambitious effort to lower the environmental impact of its mammoth US Open event, it turned out to be nearly impossible to find a vendor to supply enough recycled paper napkins,…

Are bottom-up sustainability initiatives filling gap left by Rio+20? | The Guardian

Small, grassroots sustainability efforts have proliferated since Rio+20, but a status report signals some challenges and limitations In the absence of a meaningful global agreement at the Rio+20 Earth summit last summer, expectations collapsed – but didn’t disappear. They shifted…

Axion International transforms plastic junk into rugged construction materials | Corporate Knights

Recycling mountains of plastic for smoother commutes, sturdier bridges and a cleaner environment. Every day, thousands of commuters on Miami’s rapid transit system are whisked to work cushioned by a bed of empty milk jugs, discarded laundry detergent jugs and…

Could expensive oil rescue CCS? A talk with energy expert Michael Levi | Global CCS Institute

As oil prices continue to skirt all-time highs, there’s been a gusher of coverage about how oil producers are turning to ever more costly technologies—from going to ultra deep, to mining tar sands—to eek more oil from the earth. Against this…

CCS’ prospects under Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz | Global CCS Institute

Ernest Moniz, President Obama’s newly nominated Energy Secretary, shares much with his predecessor, Steven Chu, outgoing head of the Department of Energy (DOE) and who is returning to an academic chair at Stanford University. Both men are prominent academic physicists, with…

Can smarter storage solve our energy woes? | Ensia

A new generation of technology focuses on supplying a midsize dollop of power exactly when and where it’s needed most. Largely out of sight, tucked into building basements and stashed in garages, a new generation of energy storage technology is…

How recovering water from fresh potatoes helps a PepsiCo chips factory turn off the taps | Corporate Knights

For PepsiCo, one of the world’s biggest makers of potato chips, the key to producing the crispiest chips possible is all about driving moisture out of raw potatoes. Paradoxically, though, potatoes are made up mostly of water. At a Walkers…

How SAP and cities are boosting innovation through open data | GreenBiz

Listening to a couple of coders gush over the virtues of gamification, location-based mobile services and open data standards, I might have mistaken the techies for sneaker-wearing pitchmen at a Silicon Valley hackathon. But this was midtown Manhattan. Instead of…