BSC Library Articles Tagged: Technology

  • technology

    NEW RESEARCH TOOL EMPOWERS SUSTAINABILITY PROFESSIONALS WITH QUALITY DATA

    June 23, 2014

    Photo: G-Bit/screen capture When the day comes to start incorporating plant-based, paint-on solar panels into green building designs, many cutting-edge green building professionals may first hear about it on g-bit, a new online service designed to help professionals in the green building, clean energy and corporate sustainability sectors to keep track of the latest relevant research and trends. It is hard to predict the tipping point when a technology transforms from a costly mistake to a wise investment. Many too well-intentioned green business projects end up bankrupt because decision-makers paid more attention to hype than to reliable data. For example,…

  • north carolina

    The Quest to Find Sustainable Materials for 3D Printing

    March 29, 2017

    A quest is underway to find sustainable materials for 3D printing by a group of NC State researchers from the College of Textiles and College of Natural Resources in association with Cotton Inc. Learn more about how cotton can be a game changer for printing and sustainability.

  • 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…

  • business

    What is NC signaling to investors? A few words from the 2017 Clean Tech Summit

    March 16, 2017

    What signals are we sending on behalf of our state to the benefit or detriment of our economy and commitment to job creation? A few words from the 2017 Clean Tech Summit by Larissa Via, Jenkins MBA '18, Sustainable Energy Editor, NC State Net Impact Chapter.

  • 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…

  • 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

    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…

  • 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…

  • sustainability

    BUILDING SMART CITIES IN NC AND BEYOND

    March 3, 2014

    Despite major advances in cutting edge technology, the Smart Cities panel suggested basic infrastructure like bike routes are qually important. Photo: JoelInSouthernCA/creative commons With RTP positioning itself as a Cor Rademaker, President, STRATEQ John Marriott, VP, OSIsoft LLC , which greatly improves air quality in port cities, through wireless electric bus charging, to Raleigh-based WasteZero's trash metering solutions, which have delivered dramatic reductions in landfill waste in municipalities around the country (see chart below), it was clear that technology has a huge role to play in reducing emissions and improving city budgets.    Fancy new technology, however, can be a distraction too.…

  • sustainable

    NC CLEAN TECH SUMMIT: FEB. 26, 2014

    January 13, 2014

    Arndt Solar Farm (6.4MW), Catawba County, NC - Photo: Strata Solar RTP is at the forefront of a truly smart electrical grid, but that's not the only thing the North Carolina economy has going for it in the search for a low carbon, sustainable future. The Research Triangle is also home to firms specializing in efficient water management, and efficient transportation, and companies across the state have been contributing to the push that has NC near the top of league tables for installed solar capacity last year. It's beginning to look like the clean tech sector has the potential to drive…

  • 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…

  • renewable energy

    EX PHILIP MORRIS PLANT BECOMES HOME OF $1BN BATTERY START-UP

    October 29, 2014

    Photo: Alevo/video screen grab On Tuesday, October 29th, international press, dignitaries and energy leaders gathered in Concord, NC to hear plans for a brand new battery plant that could bring thousands of jobs to North Carolina in the coming few years. Backed to the tune of $1bn by anonymous Swiss investors, and headed up by Norwegian former dot com entrepreneur Jostein Eikeland, Alevo plans to be manufacturing its "Gridbank" energy storage and analytics systems by July of 2015 on a corporate campus located at a former Philip Morris plant which closed in 2009.  This technology, if proved viable (no full-scale…

  • environmental impact

    How will fiber broadband impact sustainability?

    March 19, 2015

    Fiber Optic Spools. Photo credit: woodleywonderworks North Carolina is well on its way to having some of the fastest and cheapest broadband in the whole country. With private companies, municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives all investing in fiber, people across the state will soon enjoy significantly faster speeds at a much lower cost. These new networks have the potential to move our state towards a more sustainable future. They can change how work gets done, and reduce the need to travel or own a car. Abundant bandwidth creates new opportunities to develop sensors to track and communicate environmental indicators, like…

  • community

    NC GreenPower tests new focus on solar for schools & community

    March 4, 2015

    Photo Credit: Alex Snyder / Creative Commons NC GreenPower has announced two new pilot projects that signal a shift in the organization's focus. After more than a decade of helping to boost the state's voluntary renewable energy portfolio through production-based incentives, the group is transitioning its direction toward school solar installations and other community impact projects more likely to galvanize contributor support. A Changing Landscape for Renewable Energy Launched in 2003, NC GreenPower is a Raleigh-based non-profit that has supported nearly 1,000 projects across the state, with emphasis on residential solar PV. The first initiative of its kind in the…

  • charlotte

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Durham schools can save millions by going solar

    February 3, 2016

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Durham school districts can meet electricity needs, save millions by going 100 percent solar. In a press release published today, February 3, 2016, two reports by the North…

  • 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.

  • 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.

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