Recent Case Studies

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Debate March 21st in London: Can a Big Society Bring Prosperity?
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-03-01 05:24:03 UTC
Monday 21 March at 7.00 p.m. Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity Without Growth, debates with a proponent of the Big Society (Jesse Norman, MP, to be confirmed). Does prosperity require higher levels of investment – in ecological and social goods, in …
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Competition; sustainable design
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-02-15 23:51:51 UTC
The DOEN | Materiaalprijs introduces the designs of the future. Visual artists, designers, fashion designers and architects of today are challenged to use new sustainable materials and innovative technologies. The new designs will help to shape a better …
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Design competition: AGELESS DESIGN - design for all generations
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-02-15 01:40:11 UTC
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is launching a competition to design an innovative, sustainable and creative design product, including packaging, with a strong civil society message. Following the successful outcome of the award first …
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Carbon Disclosure Project reports more focus on carbon reduction in supply chain
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-02-01 13:35:18 UTC
Depending on the product type but typically most of the carbon footprint of an average corporation’s carbon emissions is typically from its value chain rather than within its own four walls. Managing supply chain emissions is therefore critical in addressing …
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GE: Reducing the water consumption of operation with 30% in 3 years
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-01-24 03:00:52 UTC
From GE’s Ecomagination 2009 report As discussed in last year’s report, at our largest water-consuming site, we identified that water use had been substantially higher in 2008 than originally estimated. We identified this through the use of GE Sensing …
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Windturbines extra advantage; cooling and drying crops
by: Mirjam Visser, 2010-12-20 04:22:32 UTC
Researchers from the U.S. Energy Department’s Ames Laboratory have concluded a months-long study that shows that wind turbines may benefit surrounding crops. The purpose of the study was to see if wind farms in rural farmlands have any impact on the …
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Large uncertainties in footprinting; A case study
by: Mirjam Visser, 2010-12-16 04:18:35 UTC
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have taken on the task of walking a mile in the shoes of Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) measurement standards, in the paper (via SmartPlanet) ‘Uncertainty and Variability in Carbon Footprinting for Electronics: Case Study …
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Unilever's plan to half its footprint in a decade time
by: Mirjam Visser, 2010-11-16 03:10:41 UTC
Two billion times a day, somebody, somewhere, uses a Unilever brand. That is a great opportunity to have impact on the sustainability of the world we live in. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan isn’t just the right thing to do for people and the environment. …
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Giving people access to mobile phones without the need to own one
by: Mirjam Visser, 2010-10-27 09:15:59 UTC
The platform enables mobile operators to realise very low cost mobile phone services for the one billion people in BoP who use mobile phone services today, but cannot afford or do not wish to buy a handset. These people share phones with family and friends …
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Bio-energy from soil's metabolism
by: Mirjam Visser, 2010-07-01 03:45:22 UTC
Damp soil contains bacteria that give of a electric load. Copper/zinc electrodes, like the plates in a normal car battery, absorb the electrolytes. While the different metals react with each other they amplify the electric current. By connecting the positive …

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