From global democracy to creating a new fish-based food system, nine ideas that could change the world for the better in 2017 and beyond.Read the full article at: www.fastcompany.com In times of disruption, some companies are able to anticipate the...
Talk presented by Flora Moon based on a paper authored by Sophie Theys and Flora Moon at the Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources…The Circular Economy is on the minds of many in the fields of sustainability. Circular systems...
ReGen Village, outside of Amsterdam, doesn't need a grid or food systems. It's a model for a future, fully closed-loop settlement.Read the full article at: www.fastcoexist.com The ReGen Village outside of Amsterdam has been designed to be fully self sufficient. Why is this important? Waste is a huge issue entirely created by humans. In nature, every waste output of animal, plant and natural system is an input for another animal, plant or natural system. Humans are just learning how to emulate nature. Want to learn more? Head over to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation or take a look at a presentation Expressworks gave at a Circular Economy Conference in Denver, February, 2017. We present a perspective on how the oil and gas industry could reduce waste outputs and create more a more circular system. If your company needs help learning how to become circular, we can help.
Investment opportunities to shift the EU towards a circular economy pathwayRead the full article at: www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org The circular economy has some industries abuzz. McKinsey, Accenture and others are guiding companies who view this take on business as an engine for. Making waste "disappear" by identifying uses and users for industrial and production waste products calls for the reinterpretation of your value chain. Waste has traditionally been counted as a cost center. The circular economy holds the promise of making it a potential income center. Expressworks' Sustainability Director, Flora Moon, recently addressed an engineering conference: Engineering Solutions for Sustainability devoted to the topic. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has just published a report highlighting innovation and investment priorities for Europe that are focused on mobility, food and built environment value chains. Need help getting started? Get in touch today.
Despite political gridlock over global warming, the Pentagon is pushing ahead with plans to protect its assets from sea-level rise and other impacts. Here's how.Read the full article at: news.nationalgeographic.com "Norfolk station is headquarters of the Atlantic fleet, and flooding already disrupts military readiness there and at other bases clustered around the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, officials say. Flooding will only worsen as the seas rise and the planet warms. Sea level at Norfolk has risen 14.5 inches in the century since World War I, when the naval station was built. By 2100, Norfolk station will flood 280 times a year, according to one estimate by the Union of Concerned Scientists...The Defense Department has been planning for climate change for more than a decade, often in the face of roadblocks set up by climate science skeptics in Congress." Regardless of the political climate, business leaders need to ask themselves if climate change will or could pose a risk. It will take long term vision and planning to be able to mount an approach if climate change is deemed a potential risk. If you need help getting started we can help. Contact us.
IBM's supercomputer, Watson, made a trailer for sci-fi/horror film, Morgan. How does it measure up?Read the full article at: www.weforum.org Apparently computers don't understand narratives or art...yet...When a studio asked the IBM supercomputer named Watson to create a trailer for an AI horror film the results were deemed not commercial enough. Missing was a storyline that weaves narrative threads. Art and story telling concepts require original thought. Judge for yourself by comparing the AI generated and the Studio trailers.
The company is expanding from its acclaimed Austin flagship to two more Texas locations. But that's just the start of 34-year-old foundeRead the full article at: www.fastcoexist.com Rethinking home improvement through the sustainability lens led founder, Jason Ballard, first to try head to head competition with the retail giants Lowes and Home Depot to be the "green alternative" for DIY. He then realized that the smart move would be to solve the problem of planning for and installing green solutions in the home with the big idea of moving to green construction. His journey will be an game changer if he succeeds. If you're in Dallas, you may want to check out his new TreeHouse facility in Dallas built with greenest building concepts, it will have no net energy costs. If you're ready to rethink your business using the sustainability lens, we can help.
2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA™s 119th National Western Mining Conference | Creating Value in a Cyclical Environment
SME ACE - Annual Conference & ExpoRead the full article at: www.smeannualconference.com If you're in Denver the weekend of February 18 & 19, you can catch Sustainability Practice Director, Flora Moon, at this conference. She'll participate in the Plenary Session, "Building Blocks for the Circular Economy" and will give a presentation entitled, "Waste as a Useful Circular Economy Indicator." If you can't make it to Denver but want to know how to move your company into the circular economy, get in touch.
John Elkington invented the idea of the triple bottom line. Now he's focusing on how we can move past incrementalism and toward fastRead the full article at: www.fastcoexist.com "Last year, the Harvard Business Review shifted how it assesses its "100 best-performing CEOs," including for the first time a variety of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. In the new reckoning, Jeff Bezos fell from first place to 87th, and Netflix's Reed Hastings didn't even make the list. That HBR, hardly a flag-waver for the Socialist International, now sees performance this way is solid evidence that Elkington's ideas have finally reached mainstream." The UN Sustainable Development Goals will have the force of law as governments create regulations to meet them. Contact us if you need help aligning company environmental, social and governance metrics with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Why Mary Tyler Moore's decision to wear pants on TV was a total game-changerRead the full article at: www.facebook.com Television has long been a mirror of society and an outlet for change. When Mary Tyler Moore broke with convention and wore pants in a TV world where women only wore dresses, she modeled behavior and culture as she viewed it, not how some executive wished to represent "real life." There are hundreds of channels to choose from and many versions of "real life" represented at any hour, day or night, how is one supposed to navigate in such a universe? Imagine that you're the star of your own TV show. Are you a one of those executives who try to perpetuate ideas long past their prime or a game changer? Are you ready to make changes for your company? We're here to help. Contact us to find out how.