Browsing the "Eco-cities" Category

MindMixer Helps Communities Get Involved

April 10th, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

Are you trying to engage your community in the true sense of the term, but all you get are the same perspectives from a certain section? Successful community campaigns do just that - involve the community. Good ideas are out there, but so many of those ideas don’t make it to the surface or are drowned out by the volume of usual voices. If it has been impossible to hear from everyone in your community, MindMixer can offer a fresh perspective

SideCar Offers Rides in More Cities

February 14th, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

This could be a great Valentine's Day gift for some of you. SideCar expands reach to LA, Philadelphia and Austin. Even better news? Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington DC are next!

Won’t You Be My Neighborland Neighbor?

January 15th, 2013 | by Pattie Kettle

For those of us who remember Mr. Rogers, we will always associate him with a comfy blue cardigan sweater and a theme song called “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Well, in our modern Web 2.0 world, there are plenty of opportunities to be an online neighbor. What Neighborland has done is combine the ability to connect online with community activism offline. It’s a way to make your physical, real-world, non-virtual neighborhood better by sharing ideas, supporting insights, and connecting with others who share your passions for neighborhood initiatives and improvements

City Harvest: Diverting Excess Food to the Hungry

January 2nd, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

Getting around NYC can be tough for anyone, let alone surplus food. Watch as a Tomato navigates the New York City subway in an effort to reach New York's hungry. Now serving New York City for 30 years, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children

DESERTEC Foundation Begins Work on Asian Super Grid for Renewable Energy

January 2nd, 2013 | by Pattie Kettle

The DESERTEC Concept is a development by a network of scientists, politicians, and economists from around the Mediterranean. The sole goal is to provide climate protection, energy security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable energy sources are most abundant. Energy is available in abundance and we have the technology to use it

Learning Tool For Social Entrepreneurs: A World Map of Innovative Business Projects

November 21st, 2012 | by Pattie Kettle

The Global Transition to a New Economy is a world map of innovative projects which challenge business as usual and make a contribution to the systemic change to the world economy which is urgently required. Together, the projects work to create a world which prioritizes human wellbeing with sustainability and within healthy environmental limits. This mapping tool is great for social and eco-entrepreneurs to see and learn from all the great new economy projects happening all over the world

HopeMob is like Kickstarter for Do Gooders – So, Do Some Good, Would Ya?

November 15th, 2012 | by Pattie Kettle

Everyone loves the surprise of a well-executed flash mob, so why not apply that concept to promoting issues and perpetuating more random acts of kindness? Well, that is exactly what the folks at HopeMob are doing. They are using the power of story and online media to generate interest and aid for a number of helpful causes; including, recently – Hurricane Sandy

Paris Car Share Autolib' Enjoys Success After First Year

October 25th, 2012 | by Leon Harris

Many cities around the world are familiar with car sharing programs, by which citizens without a means of transportation may "rent" cars on a pay-as-you-go basis in order to save money. In most cases, these programs help to cut traffic congestion because they encourage patrons to give up personal automobiles in favor of public transportation with occasional car usage. As a result, they may also significantly decrease carbon emissions in an urban environment. This is especially true of modern ride share programs that are choosing to use hybrid or electric vehicles

Saudi Arabia Taxes Gasoline to Research Solar Energy

October 10th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

The use of renewable and clean energy is taking a boom in America, but it is a process that will take decades. But nowadays, other countries are taking advantage of those opportunities and Saudi Arabia has joined the movement of investing in clean energies, especially solar energy

iPhone App JouleBug Encourages Sustainable Behavior And Saves You Money

October 9th, 2012 | by Priti Ambani

JouleBug is a new free iPhone app that helps you cut out energy waste and save more than $200 a year. JouleBug was designed to encourage sustainable living through gaming and social interaction making it fun and simple! It combines the best parts of mobile gaming, social media, and educational tools and "rolls them all into a giant burrito of wonderment and awesome that's free to download from the App Store."

SXSW Eco Austin: Our Pick of Programming and Discount on Registration

September 20th, 2012 | by Priti Ambani

SXSW Eco 2012 is in two weeks and Ecopreneurist is a proud media partner. SXSW Eco is a unique three day conference, Oct 3- Oct 5, 2012, that is bringing together innovators and decision makers from the public and private sector as well as academia to network and strategize about solutions to challenges facing the economy, the environment and society.

Urban Prototyping San Francisco: Design For Public Space Contest. Apply now!

August 13th, 2012 | by Priti Ambani

Calling designers, architects, artists, makers, coders, activists — lift your city UP! Do you see the public realm as a canvas? Do you have a design or technology project that could transform the way people experience the city? Bring your projects to life at San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping (UP) Festival – you’ll get a materials stipend, a downtown street exhibition, and a chance to change cities forever through your work

Crowdfunding Platform: Bitponics Simplifies Hydroponic Gardening for Urban Areas

May 31st, 2012 | by Priti Ambani

"Too many people are afraid to grow their own food.", says Amit Kumar, founder, Bitponics and, "Even more folks cannot due to limited land and space resources." Bitponics was founded by Amit Kumar and Michael Doherty to help with just that. The two Californians who grew up growing their food and working home gardens, missed plants and growing vegetables when they moved to urban New York City. Amit dabbled in hydroponics for two years and met future partner Michael (who was probably doing the same things during that time!) at a drop-in class at NYU. They had similar interests and ideas-that hydroponics (growing plants without soil, using a nutrient-rich medium) and software is a win-win combination

Hawaii Becomes First State in U.S. to Ban Plastic Bags

May 16th, 2012 | by Scott Cooney

Following the City Council’s 7-1 vote in favor, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle signed SB2511, a bill banning plastic bags in retail stores yesterday across Honolulu County, which comprises the island of Oahu and Hawaii’s capitol city of Honolulu. What makes the bill’s passage extra significant is that Hawaii’s other counties had previously banned plastic bags, meaning that Hawaii has just officially enacted the first full statewide ban on plastic bags in the nation

CleanTech Mixer in San Francisco! Apply to Demo Your Product

April 23rd, 2012 | by Priti Ambani

Parisoma's CleanTech Mixer in San Francisco is bringing together startups envisioning a cleaner, more sustainable future. Each month a different industry is in focus and about 15 startups are invited to showcase their product and vision for a better future. Themes range from CleanTech and Gaming to The Future of the City. Don’t get left out of the conversation between hundreds of founders, VCs, startups, journalists and industry professionals

Mexico’s New Climate Change Law Almost a Reality

April 16th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

Mexico’s new General Climate Change Law will be the second such law in the world, positioning Mexico as a competitive economy in the renewable energy sector. Already approved by the Mexican House of Representatives with 280 votes in favor and 10 against, the General Climate Change Law will become a reality once approved by the Mexican Senate

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