BSC Library Articles Tagged: Innovation

  • environment

    RALEIGH-BASED ACCELERATOR INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDING & SUPPORT

    February 10, 2014

    Late last year, we posted an article about the Cherokee-McDonough Challenge - a Raleigh-based accelerator working to provide innovative new sustainable business ideas with the tools they need to scale up and go to market. Applications are now being accepted for a new round of entrepreneurs to rise up to the challenge. The deadline for applications is April 15th. Below are details from the press release: (Raleigh, NC) – January 30, 2014 – The Cherokee-McDonough Challenge, an accelerator designed to identify, fund and develop high impact environmental startups, has kicked off its fourth year of the program. The Challenge is…

  • b corp clinic

    NC State B Corp Clinic Helps Companies Improve their Environmental, Social Impact

    May 10, 2016

    On April 22 – Earth Day – 2016, the BSC hosted its second B Corp Clinic finals at HQ Raleigh. Read more to find out how teams of students from Triangle area business schools worked together to help aspiring companies move toward certification as B Corps.

  • community

    HOW A FISH CAME TO TEACH SCHOOL

    December 30, 2013

    Image: Dan River Basin Association The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA), with the help of coldwater fish and an innovative environmental education program, is instilling a conservation ethic in students from kindergarten to the college level. DRBA adopted Trout in the Classroom (TIC) after Dr. David Jones founded the program in Henry County Virginia in 2005. Dr. Jones realized the imperative to teach young minds about water resources and conservation. He was looking for a way to engage the community in an effort to protect the Smith River in Virginia, home to one of Virginia’s largest populations of naturally reproducing…

  • business sustainability collaborative

    Two Jenkins MBA Students “MBArk” on a Trip to Natural Food Industry’s Biggest Event

    May 27, 2016

    Shannon O'Shea (Jenkins MBA '17) and Graham Givens (Jenkins MBA '17) spent their spring break learning more about the natural foods industry and its latest trends. Find out what Shannon and Graham learned from participating in the MBArk program at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California.

  • conservation

    CITY OF RALEIGH 2014: ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS

    December 10, 2013

    ​ Photo: NCDOT Communication/ creative commons   Every year, the City of Raleigh honors individuals, businesses, charities and public organizations who have shown leadership in environmental sustainability. The city is now accepting online nominations for its 2014 Environmental Awards. Deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 14, 2014.  A 10-person jury will select the winners, honored at a public reception and ceremony on April 22, 2014 at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.Sponsorship opportunities for the celebration are also available. Environmental Awards are given in these categories: Raleigh Environmental Stewardship AwardOverall award for an individual or organization that has shown environmental…

  • b corp clinic

    BSC Director Jessica Thomas Recognized for her Commitment to Teaching “Business as a Force for Good”

    November 2, 2016

    Thomas was awarded the Bill Clark Award which recognizes an individual outside of a certified B Corp who has done the most to support the global B Corp Community.

  • innovation

    A GREEN-BUILT MCDONALD’S SHIFTS THE FAST FOOD PARADIGM

    November 26, 2013

    North Carolina students are already leading the way with sustainable design. Perhaps more surprisingly, so is a North Carolina McDonald’s. QSR Magazine recently ran an article highlighting the effort put forth by Ric Richards designing a McDonald’s in a way that “treats the Earth well.” The freshly redesigned location is aiming for 43 to 44 LEED credits, enough to reach a LEED Gold rating. Key sustainable elements include: ·       Demolition of the old structure resulted in 99.1% of material being reused or recycled ·       An on-site solar canopy generating 7.5% of the restaurant's energy ·       92% of the building is…

  • design

    Designing for Sustainability

    March 29, 2017

    Rosanna Garcia, BSC Faculty Director, Associate Professor of Marketing and Innovation + Design Chancellor’s Faculty of Excellence Cluster talks about her teaching, research and collaboration across NC State. Dr. Garcia discusses how companies can drive innovation through design for sustainability and measuring social and environmental impact in our new Sustainability Perspectives Video Series.

  • environment

    HOW A RALEIGH-BASED ACCELERATOR IS NURTURING DISRUPTIVE NEW IDEAS

    November 7, 2013

    This article originally appeared on StartUp Beat. Reproduced with permission. Why invest in environmental startups? The answer to this question is not simple. In fact, it actually raises more questions. Do investments in these ventures produce lower financial returns in favor of environmental goals? Are policy makers and non-profits better equipped to manage environmental problems? Despite this noise, we at the Cherokee-McDonough Challenge think there are many reasons to invest in this sector. We run an annual competition and accelerator in Raleigh, North Carolina, designed to identify, fund, and develop high-impact environmental startups. By providing select early-stage companies with $20,000 in Seed…

  • business sustainability collaborative

    Jenkins MBA Students Take 3rd Place in Invest for Impact Competition

    April 25, 2017

    For the second year in a row, a team from the Jenkins MBA program participated in, and placed at the annual Invest for Impact Case Competition, hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill.

  • environmental impact

    Zoe B Organics offers baby toys that are better for babies and the planet

    August 10, 2014

    New parents can now get plastic-free toys from Wiston-Salem based Zoë b Organics

  • charlotte

    UNCC TEAM CREATES AWARD-WINNING NET ZERO ENERGY HOME

    November 4, 2013

    Photo: UNC Charlotte/Urban Eden It’s no surprise corporations are leading the solar boom in North Carolina, but our universities are also charging forward with innovative approaches to sustainable construction and design too. A multidisciplinary team from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte entered “UrbanEden” into the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2013, bringing home two awards - tied for third place in the juried Engineering Contest and winning the popular-vote People’s Choice Award.. UrbanEden is a net-zero energy solar powered home “inspired by a commitment to urban revitalization.” Although it’s designed for urban living, it still embraces nature with…

  • environmental impact

    HIGH POINT COMPANY TURNS WASTE PLASTIC INTO DIESEL FUEL

    June 18, 2014

    From old computers through scrapped cars to post-consumer carpets, an awful lot of plastic-based waste ends up in landfill because it is too difficult, or too expensive, to recycle. Clean Blue Technologies, a High Point based technology start up is hoping to change all that, turning waste plastics into commercial grade diesel fuel, syngas and carbon black. Founder John Blair explains more on the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter website:  Clean Blue works with the less desirable and unable-to-be-reused higher numbered plastics, which typically wind up in landfills. Larger companies already contract with municipalities to take the more popular recyclable plastics;…

  • climate change

    EXPLORING CLIMATE RESILIENCE FOR THE CAROLINAS

    October 31, 2013

    Photo: betancourt/Creative Commons  As anyone who has survived a hurricane knows, weather is a source of considerable risk. And given that weather is governed by climate, scientists' warnings of dramatic climate change should usher in, at the very least, a notion of uncertainty for communities and businesses alike. North Carolina businesses are starting to get it. Uncertainty, from a business perspective, is an uncomfortable notion. From physical risks like a changing hydrological cycle and sea level rise, to reputational risks, it’s looking like an increasingly tangible reality. Businesses, communities, society, agriculture, and policy makers need to understand the climate, what…

  • innovation

    START-UP TO MARKET GLEANED, LOCAL FOOD IN YEAR-ROUND, READY-TO-EAT FORM

    May 28, 2014

    Photo: Seal the Seasons Would North Carolinians consume more local produce throughout the year if it were inexpensive, and already in processed, “ready-to-use” form, available for purchase in grocery store freezer sections? Daniella Uslan is looking to find out with an innovative business model she developed entitled Seal the Seasons. What began as a concept to reduce food waste and make local produce more affordable for low-income populations has gained momentum and become a way to improve profits for farmers and make it easier for schools, hospitals, and restaurants to incorporate more local food in their menus, throughout the year.…

  • community

    UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL INNOVATION ACROSS OUR STATE

    October 20, 2013

    Photo: Selena N.B.H./Creative Commons What's the link between erecting solar panels and increasing employee education? What does supporting local fisheries have to do with donating to charity? It's easy to look at social responsibility or philanthropic efforts as individual acts of doing good, of course, but they are also examples of what's known as social innovation. And it appears that social innovation is on the rise.   Stanford’s Center for Social Innovation defines the term as follows: “A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than present solutions and…

  • charlotte

    CAN CHARLOTTE CHARITY CREATE “AMERICA’S MOST SUSTAINABLE URBAN CORE”?

    May 21, 2014

    Photo: James Willeamor/creative commons It's hard to save what you don't measure. But one North Carolina non-profit is hoping to use that insight to turn North Carolina’s biggest city into the most sustainable urban core in the United States. Envision Charlotte has set itself an important goal—to utilize Charlotte's Uptown to develop first-of-their kind programs in energy, water, waste and air to conserve resources and reduce operating costs. But what does the whole integrated approach of building a Smart City entail? And what does that mean for Charlotte's competitiveness as a region? One aspect of Envision Charlotte’s efforts include social-norming energy…

  • innovation

    Sustainability, health care, supply chain and trendspotting projects win 2015 Showcase

    August 20, 2015

    A sustainable approach to healthy eating, a new take on a device used in treating sleep apena, two supply chain solutions, and an international trends study. These are the winners…

  • innovation

    EPA EXPLORES MORE ROBUST TOOLS FOR SCREENING CHEMICAL TOXICITY

    October 2, 2014

    Photo: EPA/screen capture This week, leaders in field of green chemistry gathered in RTP to discuss ways to use newly available data sets to move towards a greener economy. The summit, hosted by the EPA, brought together regulators, academic researchers and industry scientists to review the data emerging from the EPA's new Toxicity Forecaster (ToxCast) and discuss the impact new screening techniques will have on the future of chemical safety regulation. Until recently, screening chemicals for potential toxicity was costly and time consuming. Only chemicals used as food additives, drugs or pesticides and a few other special circumstances required rigorous…

  • innovation

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: NCSU’S POOLE COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT TAKES ON NCSC’S ONLINE PRESENCE

    April 20, 2014

    NCSC board members Maria Kingery, Anne Claire Broughton and Jessica Thomas celebrate at the official announcement of the transition.  Today, NCSC is officially transferring our role as a champion of sustainability and innovation in North Carolina to the Sustainability Initiative at the NC State University Poole College of Management. We're excited about this move. Under the new name of the NC Sustainability Connection, NCSC's online presence will continue to share stories about businesses, communities, schools and institutions who are advancing new models for economic, social and environmental progress. Please see the press release below for full details of this important…

  • asheville

    ASHEVILLE’S GREEN BUSINESS SCENE PROFILED BY FORBES

    December 30, 2014

    Photo: mdl70/creative commons From contributing to the state's solar boom to an expanding green events industry, Asheville, North Carolina has a strong and growing reputation for environmentally conscious business. Now the town is being profiled by Forbes in its ongoing series on innovation around the United States, and unsurprisingly, the focus is on sustainability. Among the initiatives that the article focuses on is Venture Asheville:  The brainchild of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, the Venture Asheville initiative works to energize a local high-growth entrepreneurial ecosystem. Fittingly, investing and growing “green” businesses – those…

  • innovation

    UNC REDUCES ENERGY USE BY 20% PER SQUARE FOOT

    April 9, 2014

    Like NC State's impressive sustainability achievements, the rest of UNC's 17-campus university system is in the midst of a major, long-term transition toward sustainability. With an eventual goal of reaching carbon neutrality at every campys by 2050, individual campuses are enacting interim goals and initiatives that seek to reduce energy, water and resource use, as well as increasing the consumption of renewable and other low-carbon fuel sources. As part of those efforts, UNC has already cut energy use by 20% per square foot in the last decade, and potable water use by 40% in that same time period. UNC's various…

  • agriculture

    Water scarcity breeds innovation

    April 29, 2015

    Nathan Kaufman of Viridis Aquaponic Growers explains how their system uses 95% less water than conventional growing methods. Photo credit: Jacob Levin Part one of this article explains why competition over water is becoming fierce in North Carolina. The following article looks at some of the innovative techniques that people living in water scarce regions are developing to make the best possible use of this precious, life-giving resource. Although a severe drought may seem like a plague, scarcity leads to incredible innovation. Out west and in water-scarce regions around the world, humans are developing ways of farming and living that…

  • innovation

    FORUM EXPLORES CHINA’S CLEANTECH OPPORTUNITIES

    March 24, 2014

    Photo: mckaysavage/creative commons Chinese Premier Li Keqiang recently declared a "war on pollution" in an effort to bring China's now notorious air-quality issues under control. While some have questioned the implications of such an effort for China's economic growth targets, others are pointing to the massive investment opportunities represented by renewable energy, energy efficiency and other cleantech.  With the Triangle positioning itself as a hub for cleantech, there's little doubt that China's energy and cleantech landscape will have a direct impact on the North Carolina economy.  That's why the 2014 EDGE Forum, being held at Duke University this Wednesday (March…

  • innovation

    NC universities consider biological water treatment facility

    May 28, 2015

    Emory University's new WaterHub. Photo courtesy of Sustainable Water. Representatives from North Carolina State University, Duke and University of Chapel Hill were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Emory Universities’ WaterHub. The WaterHub uses a variety of biological organisms to clean waste water and reduce the university’s draw on Atlanta’s water supply.  The treated waste water is sent to chiller facilities, and is used for flushing toilets. The facility will treat 40% of the water that Emory uses, saving 146 million gallons annually and drastically cutting its municipal water bill. Emory’s system is the first of its kind…

  • environmental impact

    DURHAM-MADE SOLAR PEDAL HYBRID VEHICLES TAKE OFF

    March 13, 2014

    Photo: Organic Transit "I saw three ELFs on the way to work this morning, honey." That's the kind of statement that tends to get you funny looks from your significant other. But it's exactly what happened for this author, driving between Watts Hillandale and downtown Durham. The ELF solar pedal hybrid vehicle, made by Durham-based Organic Transit, has become a familiar sight on Durham streets. Offering the work out and environmental benefits of a bicycle with the weather protection, cargo capacity and convenience of a car, the ELF is aimed at getting urban commuters out of their cars.  Designed by…

  • innovation

    Poole College of Management celebrates launch of Business Sustainability Collaborative

    September 20, 2015

    By Hugh V. Fisher, Poole College Communications Students, faculty, staff and friends of NC State gathered Monday to celebrate the launch of the Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative (BSC), formerly…

  • innovation

    BEHIND THE SCENES OF NC STATE’S COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

    March 12, 2014

    When President Barack Obama spoke at NC State University on January 15th, 2014, he was announcing a very important initiative with a somewhat unwieldy name. The Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute is a collaboration between the Department of Energy, NC State University and whole host of other private and public sector actors with a singular mission: advancing the development, manufacturing and commercialization of Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductors. We caught up with Dennis Kekas, the Acting Executive Director of the Institute, to learn more.  Can you explain a little more about the significance of WBG semiconductors?  We use silicon semiconductors…

  • b corporation

    NC State boosts B Corp movement in North Carolina

    October 12, 2015

    By Carla Davis from the Sustainability office at NCSU. Students at the B Corp Clinic launch event network with leadership from the four participating companies, which are based at HQ Raleigh.…

  • farming

    BUILDING A CROWDFUNDED LIBRARY OF FARMER INNOVATION

    March 6, 2014

    Photo: RAFI-USA To be a successful small farmer, you have to be resourceful. And to be resourceful, you usually have to innovate - using the resources available to you to take care of the land, ensure a good yield, and find ways to bring your crops to market without losing your shirt. RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International), a Pittsboro-based non-profit has been awarding grants to farmers for over 17 years, helping farming communities to transition away from tobacco as a cash crop, and toward more diverse, resilient and financially stable forms of family farming - and of these projects, more than…

  • community

    Jenkins MBA Team takes Second Place in Invest for Impact Competition

    March 5, 2016

    A Jenkins MBA team from NC State earned second place in The Invest for Impact Competition hosted on February 26, 2016 by the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC - Chapel Hill. This was the first time the Jenkins MBA program participated in the invitation-only competition.

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