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How to Hack Buildings to Increase Productivity

We may be familiar with computer hacking, but what about hacking buildings? Future360 investigates that a hackable building is one that’s been adapted or modified to be almost unrecognizable from its original form. Architecture firm Gensler first coined the phrase “hackable buildings” and became a case study for this exciting new concept. Gensler’s Los Angeles […]

April 26th

It’s Electric! Fighting Poverty By Providing Sustainable Electricity

Husk Power Systems is a rural empowerment enterprise which focuses on inclusive rural development on the backbone of electric power.

Unlike other sustainable electricity efforts in the world, Husk Power Systems creates a self-sustaining ecosystem in the villages it serves. By doing this, it enable economic development along with environmental protection, providing physical well-being and strengthening rural communities.

April 22nd

Don’t Buy Fancy Pants – Lease Them!

Everyone loves wearing well-fitting designer jeans, but no enjoys paying designer prices.  A new program in the Netherlands allows consumers to eliminate wasteful spending on clothes.   Instead of owning a pair of jeans for life, fashionistas can now keep them for a year before sending them back to be recycled and receiving something fresh […]

March 20th

Japan Sets Its Sight on Water

Japan has the 3rd largest economy in the world and is the 4th largest exporter. They produced prominent technological advancements, from reliable and fuel efficient cars to flat screen televisions. Now, Japan is taking interest in water technology markets and innovative water companies. Napoleon said, “Let China sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.” […]

March 5th

All Roads Lead to Zero

What if leading manufacturers could produce zero discharge of hazardous chemicals? What if they could get it done by 2020? Well, in 2011, a group of major apparel and footwear brands and retailers made the shared commitment to lead their industry to Zero Discharge.

February 27th

Can We Feed 7 Billion People?

Our food system is inherently flawed. Food wastage and hunger are prevalent in both first world and developing nations, though underlying reasons for them are different.

Inspired by a recent Wall Street Journal article written by Anna Lappe and Danielle Nierenberg, Sustainable America has created this visual representation of the food waste problem in developed and developing nations while millions go to bed hungry. What are some solutions?

January 30th

Fighting Faeces and Flies at Ghana Hackathon

Hackathons have brought software developers, programmers, and even venture capitalists together to collaborate intensely on a software project with a given data set over a short period of time – usually 2-5 days – since 1999.

Currently, with the support of social entrepreneurs and do-gooders, hack-a-thons are not just for techies. Instead, data sets are supplied for social problems like water distribution in India or energy efficient solutions in New York City or stopping the worldwide spread of Malaria or HIV/AIDs.

January 21st

How to Compost Year Round in Your Apartment

According to the EPA, the single largest component of solid waste reaching landfills in the U.S. is food waste where decomposing food becomes a significant source of methane. Composting a big way we can reduce food waste going to landfills, but many people are hesitant to give composting a try, because they live in smaller space and not sure about composting in an apartment. The folks at Sustainable America show us how it’s completely possible and relatively easy to compost in a small amount of space!

January 12th

Starbucks and $1 Reusable Mug: Trying to Fit a Shoe on the Wrong Foot

Starbucks introduces the $1 reusable plastic mug that bears the Starbucks logo and is white to match its disposable cups. The coffee chain will offer a dime discount to anyone with the reusable mug, hoping this will encourage coffee lovers to bring them in. This new offering comes in the wake of the Starbucks sharply reducing its goal of having 25% of its cups be reusable by 2015 to 5%.

But will it drive change?

January 3rd

City Harvest: Diverting Excess Food to the Hungry

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.

January 2nd

How Eco Friendly Is Your Floor?

If you’re looking to renovate your house in the near future, one of the fantastic and brilliant ways to freshen up your home is to install brand new flooring. If you’re a little more eco minded however, you may want to know exactly which flooring types are more sustainable and friendly for the environment.

December 21st