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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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Get Innovative: Inspiration from Energy’s Cutting Edge

Jun 24, 2010   //   by Colin Manuel   //   Energy  //  No Comments

Find inspiration to innovate in other industriesWhen you picture your company’s future, what do you see? New and exciting activities, or just more of the same? If you take the time to look outside your industry, you might discover inspiration that could reap rewards for your business. Studying innovation in other fields will help you approach old problems with radically new ideas.

Energy: Innovating Inside and Outside of the Box

1. Process old inputs in new, more efficient ways

Company: The Bloom Box
Technology: Fuel Cell
Problem: Power plants don’t burn fuel sources as efficiently as possible.
Solution: The Bloom Box is a fuel cell that delivers electricity to large-scale structures. Tapping natural gas, biogas and other existing fuel sources, the Bloom Box delivers lower electricity bills and more predictable costs with fewer emissions. eBay’s 500 kW Bloom Box installation mitigated 650,000 tons of carbon dioxide in the first six months of its operation.
Commercialization: Today


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