Green:Net Presentations In One Slide Set

This is one of the events we’re putting on the 2011 calendar.

Nation’s Largest Rooftop Solar Installation


It’s nice to see this type of scale and equally refreshing to see this type of deal-making.

Under an agreement with BP Solar, FedEx would buy the power generated by the system, while BP would install and operate it.


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Ford’s Green Strategy Starts To Take Shape

Ford Motor Company of Canada


Last week VentureBeat ran a piece on how Ford’s technology continues to take on a greener focus. Citing its navigation systems as one example, Ford owners now have the option to choose more efficient routes, according to the VentureBeat story.

Now when Ford drivers fire up their navigation systems, they will have the ability to choose a route that prioritizes fuel economy over speed or distance. These “greener” routes avoid traffic-heavy highways and direct drivers to streets where they can maintain a consistent speed without a lot of starts and stops (that actually sounds pretty nice). Ford — which seems to be following in Garmin’s footsteps — says that drivers that choose the Eco-Route option can see up to a 15 percent improvement in mileage.

The other interesting thing is Ford’s complementary approach to the smart grid, encompassing Microsoft’s Hohm energy automation technology. That piece gives Ford a potential foothold in the “advanced transportation” space mentioned as electric vehicles and charging infrastructure grows over the next 3-5 years.

In the meantime, Ford seems to be making smart plays at the edges of the advanced transportation space. The new MyFord Touch features fit neatly into this category. And at the end of last month, it announced that it was teaming up with Microsoft’s Hohm energy management product to improve the way people will charge their plug-in vehicles in the future.

I don’t think there’s much doubt that Ford’s move to more sustainable practices is beginning to pay off. It was smart enough to see the decreasing demand for gas guzzlers (Ford Focus) and started to re-engineer its production capabilities to adapt. That’s not just sustainable, that’s just smart.


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Smart Grids and Smart Buildings From Johnson Controls and IBM

IBM Smarter Planet Initiative

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If you haven’t bookmarked IBM’s Smarter Planet microblog, get to it. They do a great job highlighting all sorts of tools and technologies that help cities and communities move towards sustainability.  For you techies, it’s also an excellent example of a big company using a simple tool like Tumblr to create and share information.  I pulled the image here from a Johnson Controls’ post looking at the day in the life of a smart building manager. We need more simple depictions like this to break things down and normalize what a smarter building really means. A lot of it boils down to the low-hanging fruit like monitoring energy usage and better automation around power management.


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UPS Leading The Charge On Efficient Packaging

United Parcel Service, Inc.

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I ran across this a few days back from UPS. They’ve started an earth-friendly packaging program encouraging efficiency and conservation.

Through its Eco Responsible Packaging Program, a new contractually based service the company is calling the first of its kind, UPS will evaluate a customer’s shipment packaging processes in three key areas — damage prevention, right-sizing and packaging materials.

I haven’t researched whether any of other logistics companies have similar programs, but it appears UPS is taking the lead so far. Like Wal-Mart and IBM, they have a chance to carry the torch and set some standards. Bravo.


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My Kind Of Supply Chain Visibility – IBM Forcing Suppliers To Become Sustainably Compliant

Image representing IBM as depicted in CrunchBase

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Say what you want about the big corporate machines, but the fact is they set the agenda (too much at times) for many things. Industry standards, supply and demand, and of course best practices for things like sustainability. A company like IBM has a massive amount of buying power. If they pressure their supply chain, it will adjust.

IBM isn’t giving suppliers a deadline for compliance, but the company hopes that changes will be complete by 2011. And if suppliers don’t get on board, IBM will eventually take its business elsewhere. They won’t be able to hide from sustainability audits for long–now that both Wal-Mart and IBM are on board, it’s only a matter of time before other big companies start demanding the same things.


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Goats Instead of Lawn Crews

My wife and I were joking {sorta) this would be an interesting business to start on the side. I bet we’d make some friends just be eliminating the noise pollution alone. Go Google.
"The cost of bringing in the goats is comparable to hiring lawn mowers for the same job and the green benefits are clear: the goats eliminate mower emissions, reduce noise pollution, restore plant species and fertilize while grazing.

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