Craft Breweries Support Sustainability

Read the full story in Triple Pundit.

The 2014 numbers for America’s craft beer industry are in, and crafties are excited. The industry is in the midst of a renaissance. Craft brewing is at an all-time peak, with diversity reigning and craft breweries contributing to the sustainability efforts of local economies.

According to the Brewer’s Association, in 2014 craft breweries numbered at nearly 3,500, a 19.4 percent increase from 2013. In terms of market share, craft beer sales accounted for 11 percent of intake, with a 22 percent growth in sales from 2013.

Alongside the daily reality of watching these breweries thrive, the growing numbers are heartening for advocates of sustainable economies.

2015 Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge

The goal of this design challenge is to eliminate the concept of “waste” by designing products with materials that may be perpetually cycled to retain their value as nutrients to fuel growing global economies.

The challenge is sponsored by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in partnership with Autodesk, in support of the design-led revolution. It is directly tied to the launch of a new online education program for product designers made possible by the Alcoa Foundation. The free, self-paced, on-line course provides strategies, tools, and examples of the Cradle to Cradle design principles leading to Cradle to Cradle Certified products.

This contest is open to design students and design professionals who have completed the on-line Cradle to Cradle Product Design program. The submission deadline is December 1, 2015.

Making It Less Costly to Become Sustainable

Read the full post at Environmental Leader.

Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” and that certainly applies to facilities as they transfer to greener and more sustainable operating strategies. Planning can be a challenge. Unless building owners and managers are willing or able to pay consultants hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to help with the process, it simply never gets done, and facilities continue to operate in their customary, less environmentally responsible manner.

I have nothing against for-hire consultants; they have helped countless facilities adopt healthier, more sustainable operating practices. It’s just that their price tags can keep many locations from jumping on the green bandwagon, even though they might want to. Fortunately, web-based technologies are being introduced—some at no charge—that help building owners and managers specifically with the planning stages. These technologies can help many more facilities become more environmentally responsible and sustainable in the future.

General Mills brings supply chain into emissions goal

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Taking bolder responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions by its supply chain of farmers and mills and packagers than is typical, General Mills announced a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its entire business — “from farm to fork to landfill” — by 28 percent within 10 years.

11 Ways to Create a Totally Shareable College Experience

Read the full post at Shareable.

Whether you’re going away to college for the first time or simply want to step up your sharing game on campus, here are 11 ways to help bring the sharing spirit to your college experience.

From the Beltway to the Valley: Google nabs White House CSO

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Google is joining high-tech peers such as Apple and Uber in the rush to hire talent well versed in Capitol Hill politicking.

The Silicon Valley search giant, which recently announced a restructuring around a central holding company called Alphabet, quietly has hired away President Barack Obama’s first federal chief sustainability officer, Kate Brandt.