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Teaching Sustainability at Business School

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Slowly but surely, the sustainability agenda is seeping into business education

From clean energy to green building, energy efficiency to footprint reduction, there are plenty of business opportunities in the sustainability space. Naturally, one might assume that business schools offer programs that speak to the eco-aware agenda. In fact, sustainability programs are only recently infiltrating business school curricula. But, as SustainAbility founder John Elkington notes,......read more

Saving Our Way to Cleaner Air

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Want cheaper gas and a stable economy? Keep combating climate change

Margo T. Oge for The Huffington Post: It's the end of 2014, and we are enjoying a remarkable convergence. Gas prices are down, the auto industry is booming and we have the most environmentally clean vehicle fleet ever. In fact, if we'd been listening to industry over the past several decades, this should be an impossible confluence of events. These industries repeatedly told Americans that......read more

Obama Flexes Executive Muscle to Address Climate Change

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Task force created in new plans to combat global warming

President Obama on Friday used his executive powers to take control of climate change policy. Through a stroke of the pen, he issued an executive order establishing a task force to advise the administration on how to respond to severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other potential impacts of climate change. According to the Huffington Post, Obama is directing federal agencies to revise programs......read more

McSwain and Chambard: Off the Grid

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Outdoor product design comes indoors for an exhibition at NYC's Gallery R'Pure

As lovers of both product design and the great outdoors, we're pretty into this collaborative project from designers François Chambard of UM Project and Frederick McSwain. Currently on display at Gallery R’Pure  in NYC, "Off the Grid" is an eclectic collection of objects inspired by the outdoors.  Included among the items are a tent that doubles as lighting, travel......read more

B.C. or Bust

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Patagonia ambassadors take a road trip from Santa Barbara to Tofino

Here's the ultimate photo series to get you lusting after your next road adventure. With some help from Patagonia, surf comrades Trevor Gordon, Foster Huntington, and Jeremy Koreski packed up Huntington's 1987 4WD Vanagon in search of waves along the west coast, from Gordon's hometown of Santa Barbara, California to Koreski's hometown of Tofino, British Columbia. As with all the best road trips,......read more

Poler's Nicaraguan Surf Adventure

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Adventure brand ambassadors go shredding in Central America

Good looking adventure brand Poler Stuff turned up on our radar a few weeks ago, when the company sponsored a Portland screening of Corey Adams' weirdo skateboard flick, Machotaildrop. The PDX-based company offers tents, accessories and apparel for anyone who's "looking for something that looks good, is a good value and is all about having fun on road trips and in the outdoors." That would......read more

Solar-Powered Boat Circumnavigates the Globe

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Boat's captain hopes to inspire new solutions to combat climate change

In September of 2010, the Tûranor PlanetSolar left its mooring in Monaco with the intent of becoming the first solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the globe. Last Friday, May 4, the 115-foot long catamaran fulfilled its mission when it returned to the same harbour to the delight of its crew and onlookers. "The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is much more than a ship," Immo Stroeher, the the......read more

Wind Power Partners Bridge Mideast Divide

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Two engineers, one Palestinian and one Israeli, unite to bring renewable energy to embattled region

In a place where peace between Muslims and Jews seems a far-off dream, an unlikely alliance is bringing the opposing sides together... in the name of renewable energy. Muhammad Salem, a Palestinian engineer who designs and installs small wind turbines, has teamed up Israeli engineer Yanir Avital to design and manufacture turbines for both the Israeli and Palestinian territories. At NYT's Green......read more

SHFT Sampler 3-18-11

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Greenland's shrinking, Brooklyn's getting bike sharing, Rush Limbaugh is still an asshole, and more.

Plant Plastic: Drinking soda is bad for you, yes, but petroleum-based plastic bottles bad for everyone. In 2012, Pepsi will drop the world's first fossil fuel-free plastic bottle, made from 100% plant-based materials like switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. Bike Share, Yo: Inhabitat reports that Brooklyn will join Washington D.C., Boston, Denver, and Minneapolis as the first cities in the......read more

Road Warriors

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Surface treatment technology combats emissions.

We all know that cars are responsible for more than their fair share of air pollution. What if the very roads that they drive on could clean up pollution before it hits the atmosphere? Sustainable tech company Pureti is on the case. The firm has a plan to treat roadways with a substance that would actually help dissolve auto emissions. The roadway treatment would utilize "naturally-occurring......read more

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