• Accoya Uses Chemistry Trick To Detoxify Exterior Wood Treatment Process

    Most options for wood used in decks, outdoor furniture and siding are rarely entirely earth friendly, since they are often treated with heavy metals or toxic chemicals, or logged from unsustainable forests. One company is innovating in the space by altering the chemistry of the wood itself to make it weather and decay resistant. Read More

  • Playmatics Raises $1 Million To Make Reality-Based, Social Games

    Social and mobile gaming startup Playmatics attained a $1 million investment from several Swiss-based angel investors to develop a “real world game” franchise calledShadow Government the company revealed today. Initially a Facebook platform game, Shadow Government will use economic and sustainability data, and government-modeling software from the Millennium Institute to give… Read More

  • Number Of U.S. Companies With Green Programs Increased 54 Percent In 2010

    The number of American businesses with formal green programs in place increased 54 percent last year according to new research from Buck Consultants (a subsidiary of Xerox). Of about 120 businesses surveyed — including hardware and other technology firms, government offices, consultancies, non-profits, hospitals, and the makers of consumer packaged goods — 69 percent said they… Read More

  • GoodGuide Rolls Out New Social Features

    Good Guide — the mobile app and website that helps people find products that measure up to their environmental and social values — quietly rolled out new, social networking and product recommendation features this month. Groups of friends and colleagues can now follow each other via Good Guide, share product reviews, and either warn to avoid, or encourage one another to try… Read More

  • Sustainable Brand Setbacks: Tesla Roadsters Recalled, SunChips Packaging Shelved

    Advocates for environmentally sustainable business are having a rough week. Two products beloved by the movement, the Tesla Motors Roadster, an all-electric vehicle, and PepsiCo Frito-Lay’s SunChips, the snacks sold in biodegradable bags, are suffering setbacks. Tesla voluntarily recalled Roadster models 2.0 and 2.5 due to a fire risk… and PepsiCo Frito-Lay announced it would… Read More

  • Web Services for Mother Earth: Living PlanIT's Vision for Data-Driven Cities

    Steve Lewis wants to use data for good. His company, Living PlanIT, works with hundreds of partners to create sustainable cities and improve business and construction efficiency. Living PlanIT aims to bring high tech tools to the construction industry to help create sustainable, data-driven cities. We wrote about one such city in Portugal, where each building within the city will be able to… Read More

  • Cisco and Living PlanIT Go Green With Sustainable City

    Networking equipment maker Cisco intends to build a sustainable city in Portugal. The company will work with Living PlanIT, a startup focused on developing large-scale sustainable technologies. What will this city look like? For one thing, it’ll be wired with tens of millions of sensors providing real-time data to help manage common urban issues like traffic and crime. The… Read More