Category Archives: Goods, Services & Product Design

BrightFarms to Build the World’s Largest Urban Greenhouse for Giant Food Stores

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Giant Food Stores has inked a deal with BrightFarms, a pioneer in constructing greenhouses attached to supermarkets, to build the world’s largest urban greenhouse. The greenhouse will extend over an area of 100,000 square feet. It will deliver nearly one million pounds of fresh produce a year to about 30 Giant supermarkets in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

BrightFarms specializes in building as well as operating greenhouses, and expects the new greenhouse to open this fall. In addition to providing produce through the greenhouse, the company plans to open this massive facility to schools as an educational tool on urban agriculture and sustainability.

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Transformational Company Case Study: Sustainable Customer Offerings

Sustainable Customer Offerings – Integrate sustainability into the full life-cycle if product and service design, use and disposal, and advance sustainability through continuous improvement of core products and services

Philips (Royal Philips Electronics) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving lives through innovations.  As a leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions. Through their EcoVision program Philips has set a target to increase their sustainable customer offerings to 50% of total sales by 2015.  In 2012 Green Product sales increased to 45% of total sales ($15 billion USD) putting them on track to reach their target.  By design, green product sales contribute significantly to Philips total revenue stream.

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Barrier-Breaking $10 Cree LED Bulb Now Even More Affordable with Utility Rebates

DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its ongoing mission to drive 100 percent adoption of LED lighting, Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) has earned ENERGY STAR® qualification for the game-changing soft white Cree® LED Bulbs. ENERGY STAR qualification signifies these Cree LED Bulbs now qualify for incentive rebates through certain local utilities. Not only do the ENERGY STAR qualified Cree LED Bulbs look and light like traditional incandescent bulbs, use 84 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than typical incandescents, but now they will be even more affordable in select markets with utility rebates.

“ENERGY STAR qualification can enable the Cree LED Bulbs to be purchased with an instant utility rebate delivering consumers a quality LED bulb for under $5”

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Darden Digest: Celebrating Darden’s Restaurant Leaders

Summer is my favorite time of year at Darden because I have the opportunity to work on a rewarding project that engages our restaurants and celebrates our leaders. As a media and communications manager for Darden, part of my role involves telling stories about our restaurant brands. The best stories are often the ones told through our people – the men and women who operate one of our 2,100 restaurants or lead teams comprised of our more than 200,000 employees. They are also the ones I treasure the most because they bring to life why our company is a great place to work and why Darden is the only restaurant company to be named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Continue reading

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Duracell Introduces Quantum – the World’s Most Advanced Alkaline Battery

BETHEL, Conn.–()–Duracell® today announced the launch of Duracell Quantum, the world’s most advanced alkaline battery with unbeatable, long-lasting power, and its biggest innovation since CopperTop. With its revolutionary Hi-Density Core™ and proprietary PowerCheck™ power indicator, the distinctively red and copper Duracell Quantum has been engineered to deliver the performance consumers demand.

“As a touring musician, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of first responders across our country, the brave guys and girls who show incredible bravery in the face of natural disasters and other emergency situations”

To celebrate the launch of Duracell Quantum, Duracell is donating one million Quantum batteries to first responders across North America. Duracell recognizes that the heroes who protect our families and communities need these batteries to power their critical devices. This donation ensures that they are equipped with the most advanced battery in the world. Continue reading

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Smiles for the People Charts a Green Future with CurrentState

Luke-Logo-with-TMTulsa, Oklahoma – April 8, 2013 - Smiles for the People is a small company with a BIG vision.  Smiles for the People is a for-purpose business. The purpose of the profit they earn is to sustain their development activities and expand their movement of doing what they can to promote better oral healthcare for those who may not be able to afford it. Continue reading

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Blue Oak Energy Builds 4.2 MW Utility Scale Solar Facilities in Gridley, CA

home-solar-panel1DAVIS, Calif.–()–Blue Oak Energy, a commercial and utility photovoltaic system engineering and construction company, has completed the delivery of a 4.2 MWp utility scale solar power generation facility in Gridley, California. The electricity generated by the Gridley solar facility will be directed to two members of the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) through separate energy meters: the City of Gridley and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The project was developed by LightBeam Energy, Inc.

The Gridley solar facility is a ground-mounted solar electric system comprised of 17,584 solar panels manufactured by Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL). The solar modules are mounted on a single-axis tracker system which follows the daily movement of the sun to increase energy harvest. The solar energy facility is monitored and scheduled by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) through a secure remote information gateway. Continue reading

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Smiles for the People launches Toothbrush made entirely of Bamboo

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A dentist providing care to a child in Buenos Aires supported by our Giving Parter, Todos Juntos.

Did you know that Americans toss about 50 million pounds of plastic toothbrushes into landfills every year?

Concerned with the way our everyday purchases are affecting people and the planet, Smiles for the People recently launched an adult toothbrush made entirely of bamboo. The brush is biodegradable and uses limited paper packaging from sustainable forests.

Here’s the best part, though: for every toothbrush you buy, Smiles for the People will donate the equivalent of ONE toothbrush to a child in need of dental care. Continue reading

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