The Value Trifecta Driving Green Buildings

Posted on December 6, 2016

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I recently helped host 300 green buildings leaders in London and Dubai. These are quite different environments but the discussions were remarkably similar. Green buildings save energy and water and will help the world urbanize more sustainably. Another recurring theme may surprise you. Green buildings add economic value for three distinct stakeholders:

Investors. In my conversations with some pension fund managers, traditionally big real estate investors, they told me they would only invest in certified green buildings, otherwise they feared the investment would not hold its value. That’s a...

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Wasting Less Gobble This Thanksgiving

Posted on November 17, 2016

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Next Thursday is Thanksgiving and, if you’re like me and the 88% of Americans celebrating with friends and family this year, you might already be loosening your belt in anticipation of a holiday feast. This remarkable day is famous for celebrating the bounty of our food.

As someone who focuses on food waste – and food waste solutions – every day, these numbers got me thinking. Nationally, we waste up to 40% of our food each year. If we waste 40% of our already large Thanksgiving meals, what are we really throwing away?
A Typical Gathering of Eight
Let’s take a typical Thanksgiving gathering of eight people. I wanted to know, on average, how many...

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The Climate Issue You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted on October 17, 2016

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Yesterday, on October 16, we celebrated World Food Day, which reminds us of some hard truths. Although we find many ways to celebrate food throughout the year, we waste 40% of it. Nearly 1 billion people around the world go to bed hungry every night. Food security is a major issue around the globe.

The amount of food we waste around...

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Fewer Than 18 Percent Of People Have Flown: What Happens Next?

Posted on October 11, 2016

© 2016 United Technologies Corporation, reproduced with permission, all rights reserved.

© 2016 United Technologies Corporation, reproduced with permission, all rights reserved.

As incomes rise with the global middle class growing from 25% today to 60% in 2030, the remaining 82% of the world that has yet to step foot on an airplane will start flying in big numbers. So big, the number of commercial airplanes is expected to double to around 44,000 in the next 20 years. More air travel means an increase in carbon dioxide emissions from airplanes. But does it have to? I don’t think so.

Today I released a ...

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How Large-Scale Urbanization Changes the Future of Food

Posted on September 8, 2016

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Sustainable urbanization isn’t a term that rolls off the tongue. Say it three times fast and you’ll see what I mean. But if you care about food waste like I do, it’s definitely a term you should know.

Sustainable urbanization is so intimately tied to food waste that you can’t talk about one without the other. If we don’t get it right, we might miss the most sustainable opportunity to feed our growing planet. In fact, getting the food we already grow and produce today onto people’s plates instead of the one-third or more that’s lost or thrown away could feed everyone that suffers from hunger.
What Happens as Urbanization Continues at an Historic Pace?
The world’s population...

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The $1 Trillion Mountain: The Actual Cost of Food Waste

Posted on August 29, 2016

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Imagine receiving just 60% of your pay. Or when you send email, 40% are never delivered. We don’t tolerate 40% inefficiency in anything, yet we’ve come to accept it with the major resource that sustains the human race: our food.

One-third or more of food never makes it from the farm to our fork. The food is lost to waste or spoilage. At the same time nearly one billion people go to bed hungry every night.
The $1 Trillion Mountain
Setting societal and environmental issues aside for a moment, the...

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Sleeping Giant of Climate Change (Hint: It’s Before Your Eyes)

Posted on August 2, 2016

Food waste at the Hong Kong Food Distribution Center (photo by John M. Mandyck)

Food waste at the Hong Kong Food Distribution Center (photo by John M. Mandyck)

This post originally appeared on my new blog on The Huffington Post. Check it out here, and look for more blog posts soon! 

One-third or more of all the global food produced never makes it from the farm to our fork. In fact, if measured as a country, food waste would be the third largest for greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization which revised upward its estimated carbon footprint of food waste to a ...

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114 Years of Cool Air and Cool Innovation

Posted on July 21, 2016

This week we celebrate the 114th anniversary of “cool” just as a major heat wave settles over the United States and experts predict record warmth on a global basis for the year.

On July 17, 1902, Willis Carrier invented modern air conditioning to help solve a production problem at the Sackett & Wilhelms printing plant in Brooklyn, New York. Once Carrier identified the way to reduce the dew point and lower the temperature via his new “cooling machine,” the heat and humidity no longer wreaked havoc on the printer’s supply of paper and ink.

From that first installation, which effectively helped avoid waste and preserve resources, to today’s modern and energy-efficient systems, sustainability has consistently...

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The Powerful Role of Aviation in Sustainable Urbanization

Posted on July 5, 2016

This post originally appeared on TriplePundit.com.

Urbanization is a 21st-century megatrend impacting the future of aviation.

In 2007, for the first time in human history, more people around the world lived in cities and towns than in rural areas. The United Nations forecasts the addition of 2.5 billion more city dwellers by 2050, meaning two out of every three human beings will live in an urban area.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has captured the impact of this growth, saying “Urbanization is a driving force, as well as a source of development.  It has the...

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