June 19, 2014

Innovation and sustainability in the value chain-

A project by FGV in Brazil. Many company examples

May 8, 2014

Three trends in design:

open source, the maker movement, and the share economy, from NYT.

May 6, 2014

African Transformation Index

a better measure of economic progress than GDP

May 2, 2014

Upcycling in China-

some interesting contacts in Beijing, an old tradition becoming a new trend?

April 22, 2014

Bamboo Bicycle Beijing

Very cool kickstarter!

March 25, 2014

the resource revolution

Nice sustainability trend summary by McKinsey

February 26, 2014

Ecosystem marketing

ala Chipotle.

November 26, 2013

Brazil and 'ecosystem services'

A 'running in packs' solution by multinationals to reducing their environmental footprint.

November 14, 2013

Brazil political view

Economist interview with Eduardo Campos, governor and probable presidential candidate in 2014. Nice overview of Brazil's issues today.

November 8, 2013

China water

from the NYT this should part of every China SWOT

November 7, 2013

Great packaging by Natura

October 24, 2013

Braskem named as Brazil's best firm in carbon management

April 23, 2013

Yale China India class

Great themes- urbanization and sustainability. Nice website!

March 7, 2013

ecotourism ideas for Mata Atlantica, Brazil

I wish this was available near Sao Paulo.

3D printed car in Minneapolis

article about RedEye On Demand, a subsidiary of Stratasys. Case? Guest speaker? Site visit?

February 5, 2013

Trends in federal spending

explain why innovation around social and environmental problems is likely to come from social entrepreneurs and not government. graph

October 24, 2012

Green world cup, Brazil

a new LEED platinum studium

Carbon negative biofuel?

From MIT technology review. Interesting comment at the end.

October 17, 2012

renewable chemicals in Brazil

Higher margins than sugarcane ethanol, Amyris as partner.

June 12, 2012

green supply chains

A nice report from Wharton.

June 3, 2012

sustainable Olympic tower design for Rio


May 31, 2012

green marketing ideas

A helpful blog post on green marketing. Lots of overlap with innovation principles. It would be interesting to present to students and let them make the connections.

April 24, 2012

Start Some Good

Like Kickstarter, for social entrepreneurs

April 3, 2012

Rethinking bamboo

Chinese design perspectives from a recent Beijing conference. Some INBAR references

January 24, 2012

Blue Honey Bio-Fuels

WI based org helps restaurants recycle cooking oil. Lots of partners. Interesting contrast to Brazil efforts.

December 5, 2011

Chipotle award winning ad and Stratasys

The role of a 3D printer in an innovative ad for Chipotle.

November 30, 2011

Common Threads Initiative

Patagonia has an interesting way to help customers sell their used stuff on Ebay, using the Patagonia website.

November 1, 2011

Brazil ethanol trends

exports, cold weather and infrastructure constraints.

October 26, 2011

Concerns about Brazil ethanol industry

from NYT: "In Brazil, the question of sustainable energy is often seen as a dichotomy between petroleum and biofuel. But more and more critics question whether ethanol truly is a sustainable energy source in the long term. Few dispute that in the very short term it is a better source of fuel than petroleum, but sugar production takes up land and potentially raises the cost of food, and its production is far from carbon-neutral." Are these real issues?

October 15, 2011

Future of Biofuels conference in Sao Paulo

October 11, 2011

award winning sustainable crafts in Brazil

SEBRAE Top 100 awards, including EVAMARIA in Sao Paulo.

September 21, 2011

Brazil 6th in clean energy investment

From Pew Charitable Trust report: "
Brazil is sixth among G-20 members for
investments in clean energy and second
only to China among emerging economies.
Brazil's total clean energy investment in
2010 was $7.6 billion, with 40 percent
invested in biofuels, 31 percent in wind,
and 28 percent in other renewable energy
sources. Brazil also places sixth among
the G-20 for five-year rate of investment
growth, which stands at 81 percent. Brazil
is also among the top 10 countries for
amount of GDP invested in clean energy.
With almost 14 GW, Brazil has the world's
seventh largest installed clean energy
capacity to complement its significant
biofuels capacity."

Brazilian green polypropylene

Braskem announces green polypropylene unit to be operational 2nd half 2013. Working with Fundação Espaço Eco, consulting from DOM Strategy Partners. Also the Akatu Institute. Currently making sugarcane plastic bottles for Natura, Odwala, P&G among others.

August 10, 2011

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Part of U MN, second generation biofuels research. Biodiversity and carbon sequestration matter, per David Tilman. Field trip?

July 11, 2011

Thunderbird's Brazil sustainability course

A student blog with good content from in winter term class.

June 14, 2011

Aoka- Brazilian ecotourism

Aoka has some interesting connections with Quilombo communities and NGOs.

June 10, 2011


I like the clean slate approach to the designs, renewable power manufacturing and smart transit apps. It is a start...

May 6, 2011


is a business incubator for young, sustainable entrepreneurs in Shanghai.

April 18, 2011

eco friendly fabrics made from flax

Naturally Advanced Technologies

April 2, 2011

Autodesk sustainability center

Great videos and ideas sustainable design

Velolet bike rental

Innovative website matching bikes with visiting cyclists.

March 9, 2011

Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability

A great looking capstone class at Stanford on BOP innovation

March 2, 2011

MacDonald's oatmeal

The more you know , the less you like. NYT 2/22 Bittman

February 22, 2011

organic cotton is complicated,

fortunately Brazilian organic cotton uses much less water.

simpler Toyota plants

A blue ocean approach, since 60% of car manufacturing is plant costs. Less carbon footprint as well?

solar cell efficiency

Nice chart on trends.

February 11, 2011

Green Cane Project

Organic ethanol in Brazil made by Native, working with UN grant.

February 10, 2011

Pepsi Refresh 2011

How they are refining the project with social media.

February 8, 2011

urban sustainability index

Interesting article looking at cities as a unit of sustainability, focusing on China.

solar power cheap as fossil fuels

DOE efforts to improve infrastructure barriers.

January 29, 2011

Year Up

and other approaches to unemployment problems. Building cultural awareness is a great educational skill.

January 20, 2011

Cargill sustainable supply chain

Nice video on Truvia sweetener. I wonder how it will become carbon neutral by 2020?

December 6, 2010

Barefoot University

Creative solutions to solar electricity infrastructure constraints in Africa:

November 30, 2010

Brazil to the rescue with US biofuel mandates

Commercial flight using biofuel|gul|11-30-2010|gulliver

November 16, 2010

Natura and sustainable sourcing in Brazil

Need access to CourseLib/ U of MN library.

November 12, 2010

It's Not About Ethanol, It's About Sugarcane

Can Brazil's success be replicated?

November 8, 2010

Rise of the 'citizen consumer'

How can organizations authentically support causes?

October 29, 2010

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Brazilian supermarket chain uses a tracking system to make sure beef doesn't come from rain forest cleared land. Greenpeace role as well.

Biofuels webs of relationships

Many shared bets on advanced bioenergy, with Cargill in the mix.

Brazil sugar crop concerns

According to FT: "Brazil, which accounts for more than half of world exports, may fall for the first time in years in 2011 as farmers are forced to renovate their ageing sugar cane plantations." Becoming more sustainable?

October 28, 2010


We need to set up a better way to measure electric car efficiency ,

The future of biofuels

from the Economist 10 28 10

October 25, 2010

Shade grown, Brazilian cacao and Mars Inc.

Cabruca works with cooperative in Bahia. More info, partnership with Mars, more on Mars sustainable chocolate, new product

October 17, 2010

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

A large Brazilian supermarket chain with many sustainable activities

Equator Initiative

The UN awards prizes for sustainable ventures. Treetap uses latex from rubber coop to as a material for bags.

October 14, 2010

triple bottom line and Natura

Only up to 2005, but good background on Natura

October 13, 2010

Certified sustainable lumber in Brazil

Bio diesel plans in Brazil

Good article describing challenges of expanding Brazilian biodiesel.

October 12, 2010

Cargill Biofuel

10 of Cargill's Next-Gen Biofuel Bets

Amyris Brasil

Amyris industrial synthetic biology platform using Brasilian sugarcane operating a pilot plant in Campinas. 2nd generation ethanol. Working with Usina São Martinho, Al Santos, 1893 - São Paulo

Embrapa AgriEnergy

Embrapa AgriEnergy is the R&D arm of Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, focusing on biofuels. Good stats and charts.

2010 Brazil Biofuels report

Great history, facts and future directions of Brazil's biofuel industry. Grupo Sao Martinho, Amyris Biotechnologies, Dedini and Novozymes look interesting.

October 11, 2010

Fair trade coffee near Sao Paulo

Poco Fundo is a coffee cooperative 4.5 hrs from Sao Paulo, working w/ Caribou and Peace.

October 6, 2010

eco store in Brazil

Greenpeace has a store full of sustainable products. Sadly it is in Curitiba. One more reason to go there.

Ciao Mao

Sustainable and innovative Brazilian shoe co. Not much in English, but doing all the right stuff.

September 8, 2010

How Pleasure Works by Paul Bloom

Here is the link to interview with Paul Bloom about his book How Pleasure Works. I think there is a strong connection to design concepts. People enjoy things more when they connect to the stories behind them. Essentialism, "the notion that things have an underlying reality or true nature that one cannot observe directly, and it is this hidden nature that really matters."

Innovative and sustainable products/services have deep elements that are not readily apparent. The opportunity is to connect customers to the deeper meaning of the innovation.

August 24, 2010

Arcimoto and Clean Tech Open

Alternative electric vehicle Arcimoto is gaining credibility through external validation from 2010 Cleantech Open Business Competition

August 11, 2010


Nice video Also reality TV show Garbage Moguls

Sustainable architecture

Very inspiring discussion on the challenges and benefits of sustainable architecture.

June 16, 2010

US uses of oil

50% goes into products. Opportunity for better labeling? Score like Monterrey Bay fish?

ecotourism, Brazil

from NYT

April 30, 2010

Bribery game

Interesting academic article, possible to model in the classroom? Introduce Nash Eq. concept to MGHMT 1001? Could be interesting while they are taking econ. Other bribery activities?

April 21, 2010

sustainabilty job

at Scotts Miracle Grow

April 2, 2010

Caribou coffee fair trade Brazil

Poco Fundo coffee, possible site visit from Sao Paolo

March 19, 2010

"Of course, China will lead everything."

March 4, 2010

Dragon Power, biomass energy in China

This could be an interesting IBUS 3010 case and site visit in Beijing

Wharton view on sustainability

good report from 3 3 10

February 9, 2010

biodiesel setbacks in US

Good MinnPost article by Rolf Westgard, is a professional member of the Geological Society of America and teacher of energy subjects for the U of M College of Continuing Education

January 26, 2010

Dow and sustainable design

Dow creates plastic with soy bean waste, then partners with designers to create products

December 23, 2009

Atlantic Rainforest sustainability

Pro-Natura project

November 25, 2009

U of M forest biofuels research

A $2.7 MILLION GRANT FOR FOREST BIOMASS RESEARCH awarded by the federal agriculture and energy departments will fund a U-led multistate study of whether forest-based biofuels are viable and sustainable. The study, led by assistant professor Anthony D'Amato, will involve analyzing the potential ecological and economic costs and benefits of harvesting woody biomass from forestland in the lake states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. For more information, see forest research grant.

Could be good compare and contrast w/ Brazil

November 3, 2009

Counterpart's Analog Forestry system in Brazil

ResearcghPro-Natura, the Juruena Project and General Mills role. From Counterpart website

Green is the new black

"If green is the new black, then the University of Washington is one of the trendiest campuses in the nation."

October 30, 2009

Brazil, sustainability and competitive advantage

2004 article from knowledge@Wharton, good quote from Sergio Braga, coordinator of the Center for Sustainability Studies (CES) at the Getulio Vargas Foundation. and their energy dilemma

October 29, 2009

Impact of US biofuel policy on Brazil

"Though Gardner concentrated
his attention on the domestic economy, it is important to remember that
the opportunities and challenges of biofuels are global and policy in the U.S. has
ramifications well beyond its borders. U.S. blend mandates, for instance, have
been blamed for destruction of tropical forest in Brazil, where ethanol production
from sugar cane is sufficiently cheaper than U.S. corn-ethanol to overcome a
$0.54 import tariff."

Journal of Agricultural & Food
Industrial Organization
Volume 6 2008 Article 8
Special Issue In Memory of Bruce Gardner 1942-2008:
Contributions to Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
The Economics of Biofuel Policy and
Gal Hochman Steven E. Sexton†
David D. Zilberman‡

October 26, 2009

Wal-Mart green labelling running in packs example

NYT 7 15 09 At Wal-Mart, Labeling to Reflect Green Intent

October 1, 2009

Brazil Bioethanol presentation

UNICAMP in Campinas, Brazil. Not too far from Sao Paolo. 2008 presentation to McDonald Fellows, 2nd International Symposium on Energy and Environment, Hong Kong 12 9 08 Luis Cortez

September 29, 2009

Ever Cat Fuels

Interesting MN biofuels startup that addresses many of the environmental problems with biofuels. Star Tribune article 9.29.09

Doug Cameron, a scientist and head of alternative-energy investments at Piper Jaffray also a good source

"The technology is rooted in a 2006 research project on a better way to make biodiesel by then-Augsburg College student Brian Krohn, now a Rhodes Scholar, and chemistry professor Arlin Gyberg. They turned to McNeff, also an Augsburg-trained chemist, and Ben Yan, chief scientist at McNeff-owned SarTec"

September 25, 2009

Cargil, Amazon, Geenpeace Nature Conservancy

Great examples of web of relations between Cargill and NGOs over soybean and related infrastructure, businesses

Brazil ethanol industry

Good list of infrastructure and external partners

September 10, 2009

Green Palm oil

Good case on how certification can sustain rain forests. NYT article Indonesia and SE Asia focused, but refernce made to soybeans and the Amazon. Interesting role of NGOs, GreenPeace in particular.

August 31, 2009

Ranching, the Amazon, Greenpeace, Amazon Herb Co.

Interesting example of external relationship impact. Zamu drink.

AOM teaching sustainability

Teaching Sustainability and Business: Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Context
Teach Sustainability

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Chair: Jacob Park; Green Mountain College;
Presenter: Rick Bunch; The Aspen Institute;
Presenter: Robbin Derry; U. of Lethbridge;
Presenter: Masachika Suzuki; International U. of Japan;
Presenter: Bruce Paton; Monterey Institute of International Studies;

August 26, 2009

Better Place launch strategy

A good launch strategy in Tokyo?

July 8, 2009

Sabazon and EcoLogic

An article about Sabazon and non profit financing harvests. Good discussion of innovative changes in the infrastructure.

March 9, 2009

donut shaped bottle

Interesting video about Finnish designer Stephan Linfoss. Great design does help market entry. There is an environment aspect, maybe not intrinsic enough. video I also like the other topics on the site

February 11, 2009

Google PowerMeter project

This is a great smart meter innovation by Google. It will be fun to watch it roll out.

November 24, 2008

Sustainability by Design, Green to Gold

New text that could be assigned to 4050 students:

Sustainability by Design
A Subversive Strategy for Transforming Our Consumer Culture
John R. Ehrenfeld

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage (Hardcover)
Daniel Este and Andrew Winston

November 21, 2008

Chinese investments in brands

This article shows the trend of Chinese seeking value added brands through investment. Vicarious by Nature would be a good case.

August 25, 2008

Lapa Rios

Sustainable tourism site run by MN couple in Costa Rica.

Sustainable tourism in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Leads Latin America in Certified Sustainable Tourism Industry

Curitiba Brazil

Great energy sustainability examples in Brazil:

Largest Water Solar Heater with PET Bottles Installed in Parana, Brazil