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How Dell Turned Bamboo and Mushrooms Into Environmental-Friendly Packaging

At Dell, the sustainability team, working with suppliers and recyclers, has developed new compostable packaging materials made from bamboo and mushrooms. As John Pflueger, Principal Environmental Strategist, says, “It’s absolutely amazing.” Long a “pain point” for customers, the new lighter and compostable packaging is a big step forward, improving many sustainability metrics.

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Leverage Points for Creating a Sustainable World

If political and ideological boundaries really are “invisible fences in the mind,” as MIT Sloan professor John Sterman puts it, then what kind of image of how the world works will best serve us as we think about issues of economic growth? These are some of the questions that MIT Sloan’s Jason Jay raised in a thought-provoking presentation at the Dynamics of Globalization Executive Education program held at MIT on June 13-14.

Peggy Ward, director of the Enterprise Sustainability Strategy Team at Kimberly-Clark Corporation

The Four Organizational Factors That Built Kimberly-Clark’s Remarkable Sustainability Goals

Peggy Ward, director of the Enterprise Sustainability Strategy Team at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, says that having strong support from the company’s Chairman & CEO, his global strategic leadership team, four business units and an external sustainability advisory board have been crucial to building and meeting aggressive sustainability metrics.

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What Really Goes On When Boards Talk Sustainability

Christoph Lueneburger, head of the sustainability practice at Egon Zehnder, the executive search and human capital advisory company, says that boards and executives are all talking about the issues that make up the sustainability conversation, “even if they’re not using the word ‘sustainability’.”

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Duke Energy’s Plan To Take Over Your Kitchen — and Take Down Your Energy Use

Can a company that supplies electricity really become a partner in helping customers optimize their electric use? Absolutely, says Jim Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy: “We can make it totally back of mind for you, and we can create huge productivity gains in the process.”

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New Sustainability Study: The ‘Embracers’ Seize Advantage

How fast are businesses adopting sustainability-driven management? The new Sustainability & Innovation Study identifies two distinct camps — ‘embracers’ and ‘cautious adopters’ — and offers a snapshot of how the management future will look.

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Sundance Film Fest highlights “The Last Mountain”

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The Sundance Film Festival, which was held January 20-30, featured an online side venture sponsored by Timberland. That mini-site has trailers for four films that the boot company especially wanted to highlight, and those four films vied for the title Timberland Flick Pick.

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“The Efficiency Dilemma”: Does Saving More Mean Using More?

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If our machines use less energy, will we save energy? Or will we just use the machines more?

That’s the engaging question explored in the 6-page story “The Efficiency Dilemma” by David Owen in the Dec 20 & Dec 27, 2010, issue of the New Yorker.

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Obama, at MIT, declares clean energy key to global economic leadership

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The nations of the world are in a "peaceful competition" to develop the energy technologies that will power the 21st century  -- and the nation that wins that competition will be the nation that will lead the global economy, U.S. President Barack Obama told an audience at MIT today.

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Innovation to the rescue?

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Will technology innovation eventually help lead the economy out of recession?   Simon Johnson of the MIT Sloan School of Management is predicting "a wave of entrepreneurship,"  which will start "right away" but whose total effect won't be felt for about five years, according to a recent article in The Boston Globe.

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