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Making Change Together with the Cool City Challenge

At this morning’s EPA webinar (part of a dynamite series by EPA's West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum), Annie Leonard shared what she has learned on her journey…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on September 9, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

On the VERGE of a Smarter World

Warmed up by Clean Tech Open last month, I next had the pleasure of wallowing in the creative juices of GreenBiz’ VERGE@GreenBuild conference.   This was PlayLand for anyone interested in building a smarter tomorrow.   Focused on the built environment, VERGE opened with a 48-hour marathon of creativity referred to as HackCity. It continued with…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on December 4, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Giving Thanks for Tech Ingenuity

As the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I am grateful for the technology ingenuity that is busy at work, helping us break down the man-made walls separating us from our own smarter future. 

 

One great way to thank our technology innovators is to join them on their “Hero’s Journey”. This is the raison d'être of the Clean Tech Open, the world-class mentorship program for the clean tech…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on November 14, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

"Post-Recognition" Collaboration

In Austin, Texas last week, the SXSW Eco community convened for its second year to address “the need for a concerted, cross sector approach to solving the recognized challenges facing the economy, the environment and civil society”.  Their aim: “to drive the conversation of sustainability beyond rhetoric and towards solutions. “  

 

The SXSW Eco folks are perhaps naming our era as they reach out to “professionals at the…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on October 2, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Creative Spaces: Summertimes and Showcases

Ah, summertime!  A vacation to Tuscany, a visit from my daughter, a publishing break – such are the spaces that allow creativity to thrive.   And yet, we close our summer breaks fittingly with a celebration of Labor and the generative fruits of our work – which often have their genesis in the creative spaces of summer.  We highlight two such initiatives today.



The first creative initiative comes from the always-generative…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on September 4, 2012 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

100 Years of Innovation

In the after-glow of holiday magic, we are reminded of our power - and responsibility - to create magic in the world.  Suspending disbelief, we stretch our imaginations and, at least for a time, expand our view of what is possible. 

 

Recently, my colleagues and I answered an invitation to consider how to expand our collective view of what is possible in the field of commercial space.  In responding to DARPA’s One…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on January 3, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Prosuming and "Liking" it

Our readers know that Alvin Toffler invented the word, but I might be the first person to "verb" it.  From our friends at Wikipedia:

The term [Prosumer] has ... taken on multiple meanings in business and economics: the business sector sees the prosumer (professional–consumer) as a market segment, whereas economists see the prosumer…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on November 8, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Biggest Risk of All

Like many, I have become discouraged, even angry, in the wake of Silicon Valley solar manufacturer Solyndra's filing for bankruptcy. 



Unlike many others in the blogosphere, I am not angry with the government loan guarantee program for backing Solyndra.  I am not even angry with…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on October 11, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The World is Ripe

Sometimes you just cannot be everywhere you want to be.  The eighth of September was one of those days for me, as Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) held a workshop on Designing for Sustainability through Biomimicry, and I was not available to go.  I heard from colleague Diana Lee of the Biomimicry Institute that SSV Executive…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on September 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

How Might Biomimicry Help Create a Better Battery?

Posted by Diana Lee, of the Biomimicry Institute.  



Be sure to check out the PDF link -- fascinating learnings from nature!

Biomimicry rocks!   Cheers, Sue

 

---------------------  From Diana:

As part of our work with New York State Energy Research and Development Agency, in June we held a workshop with New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium to begin to plumb the biological…

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Added by Diana K.H. Lee on August 31, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Sprint - Your Partner for Smart Grid Innovation?

Brian Huey from Sprint took the time to answer InnovatingSMART's questions regarding communications support for Smart Grid innovators and entrepreneurs.   Check out Brian's detailed answers below.  THANK YOU, Brian! 

 

And check out The Sprint Open Solutions Conference Nov. 2-4, 2011, in Santa Clara, Calif. Registration is now open for the conference -- Half-off…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on August 16, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Scaffolding for the Smart Grid

My husband and I are repainting our historic Victorian home, and hold grand visions for what will emerge.  Today, the workmen came to put up the scaffolding necessary to get the job done. 

 

After a day of them erecting metal structures and laying down planks into strategic and stable configurations, I behold in amazement the result.  There now exist pathways and bridges providing access and support to the painters for every stage of their work to come -- whether removing…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on August 16, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Call to Innovation

You know by now that I like to quote from Vision 2050: A new agenda for business.  If 30+ leaders, mostly from the C-suites of the world's largest companies, took the time to write it, I think it only right that I should take the time to read it.   

This week's quote is a nice support for our spotlighted story (our first "Conversation") on Innovation Alliances for the 21st…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on April 5, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Water - Energy - Smart Technology

On December 6th at Stanford University, Sustainable Silicon Valley held their annual Summit, where Silicon Valley businesses come together to take stock of their progress on the path to sustainability, and to inspire the work for the coming year.



The focus of this year's summit, appropriately, was…

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Added by Sue Lebeck on December 14, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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