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As part of our sustainability pledge to discuss best practices openly and honestly, we share insights that allow others to effect change in their community. While companies have responsibility to drive change internally, we believe they also can add to their insights and impact by sharing their experience with others.

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SXSWeco 2012

BusinessEarth has had an exciting week at the SXSWeco Conference here in our home city of Austin, Texas.  Thousands of individuals from businesses, NGOs, governments, and more have interacted and discussed some of the biggest problems and opportunities that lie in sustainability.

There is far too much to cover in one post, but over the next few weeks and beyond, we’ll share all sorts of ideas and insights that we’ve come across at the conference.  So keep a look out for some really interesting stuff!

These are some of the main standout topics we look forward to sharing with you this month:

 

 

  • How to drive corporate sustainability intrapreneurship using internal incubators, etc.;
  • What it takes to get consumers and employees to make sustainable behavioral changes;
  • New tools that will allow companies and individuals to better manage their energy use;
  • Social media strategies for sustainable business;
  • How sustainable architecture and design can take cues from nature;
  • How to use “big data” to drive energy efficiency;
  • Why sustainability is still poised to be the most profitable business opportunity of our time;
  • And much more.

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BE Profiles TechTurn: Transforming Electronic Waste into Social, Environmental and Economic Gain

Sep 13, 2010   //   by Colin Manuel   //   Company Profiles  //  No Comments

One of BusinessEarth’s goals is to prove that socially and environmentally responsible business is possible and profitable. When we find a company that embodies these principles, we highlight their achievements and challenges so you can apply their lessons to your business.

TechTurn: technology recovery, refurbishing and remarketingIn 1999, Jeff Zeigler discovered a problem and a business opportunity. “As Y2k approached, I saw a huge event about to happen. Lots of companies were upgrading hardware and there were no good options for their old units.”

Seeing the financial and environmental potential in reclaiming electronic waste, Zeigler launched TechTurn in Austin, Texas. What began as a small, privately funded startup in a garage has grown into a global operation with sustainability at the core of its business model. Read more >>