GreenBuzz Oct 14th

Taking Care of Business
By Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor

It’s nearly showtime!

Tomorrow morning we’ll kick off VERGE San Francisco. (You can download the official program here.) We’ve got more than 1,000 people coming, so it’s going to be quite a gathering (and party!). There’s still room for you, too, if you’re able to join us at the last minute.

If you’re in town, you can also attend VERGE Interconnect, the world’s first ballroom-sized microgrid — as well as the closing keynote, with Amory Lovins and Andrew Revkin. Claim your free ticket here.

Failing that, I am pleased to invite you toVERGE Virtual, where you’ll be able to watch the morning plenary sessions live online, chat with other viewers and even ask questions of speakers, via our virtual (but real-live) host,Mohammed Al-Shawaf. It’s free — just registerhere.

The human side of smarter cities: We’ve got another terrific webcast coming up next week:Engaging Human Systems for Smarter Cities, focusing on what it takes to collaboratively design a solid smart-city master plan, leverage existing networks and partnerships and form new ones. The goal: build a new framework comprising smart infrastructure, smart aspirations and a smart community. The webcast, on October 22, is free. Register here.

And look for reports from VERGE SF all week long.

VERGE Preview

SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive: From Burning Man to the NASDAQ
By Martin LaMonica

SolarCity breaks the mold by offering solar as a service. Can it ramp up to 1 million customers by 2018?…Read More

Google Glass stars among building apps from Hack City SF
By Sue Lebeck

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at GreenBiz Group’s hackathon tackling environmental and social challenges.…Read More

GreenBiz Group will flip the switch on first ballroom-size microgrid
By Shana Rappaport

The microgrid will be a living demonstration of the technologies driving innovation and sustainability on a larger scale.…Read More

Complimentary GreenBiz Webcast

Engaging Human Systems for Smarter Cities
Sponsored by Schneider Electric

To succeed, smart cities need to become customer-centric; they must look to technology as an enabler to solve complex problems in a customer-centric way. Join us for a free, one-hour webcast where you will learn how to bring together the full spectrum of stakeholders, including the private sector, why operating systems need to be integrated into a single management platform, with data collected, used and fed back in, and more. Register Here.

In Other News…

The world’s first natural capital management system
By Joel Makower

Can a new tool revolutionize how companies view and manage their supply chains?…Read More

High-profile CEO survey signals a shift in sustainability strategy 
By Mark Trexler

If you think the latest U.N.-Accenture report on CEOs sounds a rallying cry for business to do better, read between the lines.…Read More

Fashion and tech startups go toe-to-toe at SXSW Eco
By Mary Catherine O’Connor

Fashion designers, hydrologists and hackers mixed it up in this competition, which introduced Cleanweb and Social Impact categories.…Read More

Sponsored Content

Achieve your Facility Energy Savings Goals

On Wednesday, October 16 at 2:30pm ET the VP of Smarter Physical Infrastructure at IBM, David Bartlett, will be hosting a 30 minute live interactive discussion on energy management. He will be discussing the steps and resources required in order for your company to better achieve, and potentially surpass, your energy savings goals. We encourage all participants to ask questions and engage with the panel. Click here for more information.

Follow the Leaders

Target and GoodGuide team up to rate sustainable products 
By Joel Makower

Can the retail giant and the UL Environment brand out-Walmart Walmart?…Read More

How IBM, SAP, PepsiCo and MTV link sustainability to career development
By Heather Clancy

More companies are recasting corporate philanthropy as a strategic investment.…Read More

Anheuser-Busch InBev puts a new price on water 
By Will Sarni

Beverage companies are among the most visible users of water. Some are using payments for ecosystem services to treat water differently. …Read More

New York’s Green Bank casts wide net over clean energy sector
By Ann Goodman

New York energy czar Richard Kauffman explains how the state’s Green Bank would fill the gaps in clean energy financing.…Read More

Sponsored Content

Potential vs. reality: Sustainability’s value when investing in technology

We need to talk — and talk the same language. That’s the overriding directive for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) executives and sustainability leaders in research recently conducted by GreenBiz Group and AT&T. There is good news, as a wide range of opportunities exists where the combined efforts of ICT and sustainability professionals can make a significant impact. The use of collaboration technologies, cloud computing, machine-to-machine communication and telematics point to the potential for increased cost savings and efficiencies that also result in reduced environmental impact. Download your copy of the report.

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October 14, 2013

GreenBuzz

Views and Analysis

Stuart Hart:Building the corporate innovation white space

Denise Van Valkenburg:How office furniture makers tackled chemical transparency

Danielle Peacock: 5 ways companies are making packaging more sustainable

Libby Bernick: Don’t forget water in the true cost of biobased packaging

John Davies:How to help IT and sustainability communicate better

Joel Makower:The state of SASB, one year later

» Browse All Blogs

Coming Up

VERGE San Francisco 2013
Mon, Oct 14 – Thu, Oct 17

Engaging Human Systems for Smarter Cities
Tue, Oct 22
Webcast

VERGE Sao Paulo 2013
Tue, Nov 12 – Wed, Nov 13

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