CleanTech Open Winners 2012 Highlights

On November 8th and 9th, the Cleantech Open 2012 Global Forum was held in San Jose, CA. In this “Golden Globes” of Cleantech, the latest in national and international entrepreneurs, members of the investment community, corporate partners, the cleantech community, and like-minded business leaders were brought together for the mutual goals of launching successful cleantech companies.

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Call for Applications: Acterra’s 2013 Business Environmental Awards

Acterra, an environmental non-profit organization located in Silicon Valley, CA, is accepting applications for its 2013 Business Environmental Awards. All businesses and public agencies located in the following Bay Area counties are eligible to apply: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz County. Non-profits may also apply if environmental work is not their central mission.

This year’s categories are: Environmental Project, Environmental Innovation, Sustainable Built Environment, and the Acterra Award for Sustainability.

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How to be Perfect – It Only Takes 10,000 Hours!

In the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, there is much discussion of the ’10,000-hour rule.’ The rule states that it takes about 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to truly have mastery of any skill – whether it be playing bass guitar, web development, skateboarding, or ping-pong playing.

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Telluride Venture Accelerator: Inspiring Innovation, Investing in Success

As the title indicates, Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA) wants to invest in the success of your entrepreneurial endeavor. The 2013 year will be its inaugural season and you can apply to be a participant in this program through November 15, 2012. If you’ve ever started a business, you know first-hand how difficult it is. There are a bazillion little things that come up which may have never crossed your mind. Ultimately, every entrepreneur wants to get their product to the…

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Establishing Green Business Goals for 2013

Can you believe that another year is already steadily approaching? It seems like just yesterday, we were entering into 2000 and now we’re almost 13 years in. And, just like there are people who make New Year’s Resolutions for their personal lives, this is also the time for businesses to start setting some serious (and realistic) goals for the upcoming year as well.

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Staxxon: A Shipping Revolution with A Smaller Footprint

It’s not every day you get excited about something as mundane as shipping containers. When was the last time you were driving next to an 18-wheeler thinking, “That is a sweet shipping container.”? Yeah, I don’t do that either. However, when I first checked out Staxxon, my interest was piqued with their tagline, “revolutionary vertical folding and nesting container technology.”

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Top 5 Ways to Save Energy in the Office

For those that want to go sustainable within the office setting and save money, there are all kinds of options to reduce waste and pollution, adopt a circular production cycle (recycling) in lieu of the traditional linear path (that leads to the landfill), and of course, conserve resources. Here are just a few of the best options for saving on energy in your office.

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Cleantech Challenge Mexico Names Its Winners

Last month, Cleantech Challenge Mexico honored the competition’s eight finalists during its award ceremony held in Mexico City. The winner of the completion took away MX$250,000 in cash, while the eight finalists were eligible for up to US$30 million in venture capital investments.

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Paris Car Share Autolib' Enjoys Success After First Year

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.

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