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Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. How far away are 3D printers that are really food...

Don't like to cook? Well, soon it may be possible to have your own Star Trek-esque food replicator in your kitchen. NASA has recently funded...

The 5th annual Angel Investor Conference to focus on sustainability of investment

Sustainability of investment is the main focus of the 5th Annual National Angel Investor Conference. The Melbourne Angels are inviting entrepreneurs to come, collaborate, hear about the latest industry trends and learn of smart investment oppourtunities.

Submit your sustainability-related problem to Deakin University post graduate students

Deakin University is preparing a 5-day intensive workshop for its post graduate students, and if you're an entrepreneur they need your help. Entrepreneurs are invited to submit their sustainability-related problem as a key challenge for a unique workshop. How does it work? A team of students will focus on your challenge while being mentored by professional leaders. They will develop of a solution and present it to a panel of judges who will award cash prizes.

Meet Change2, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [Global Growth Award Category]

Change2 provides an online educations program for large Australian companies that want to make deep, lasting changes in environmental sustainability. Teaching companies how to introduce sustainable practices, by helping organisations reduce their carbon commissions, Change2 is also helping the world become a cooler place... quite literally.

Breed Lewis, 2010 Anthill 5over50 Winner

Breed Lewis' entrepreneurial rebirth happened after she was retrenched in 2009. She took advantage of her over-55 status and started drawing her superannuation while firing up her new business. "Others may have felt like a victim being retrenched at that age, but I felt it was my lucky break," she says.

Green companies have lower overheads, says VECCI

Participants in the "Grow Me the Money" program saved an average of $8,619 on their utility bills this year, ending June 30, compared the previous year. The firms also saved an average of 78.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide, a one-year improvement of 29 percent. That's the equivalent of taking 18 cars off the road.

How to get the clothes off your employees

What happens when a clothing swap takes up shop in your company's break room? The Clothing Exchange, a five-year-old Melbourne-based company, is selling the idea by promoting swaps in corporate environments. And while the concept itself may not be revolutionary, it could give employees a creative outlet for expanding their fashion and social consciences.

Seeing the wood AND the trees: Why Andrew Grant sees 'carbon sinks' when he...

Andrew Grant is chief executive of CO2 Australia Limited, the market leader in the establishment and management of major reforestation projects, forests that operate as carbon sinks, absorbing carbon dioxide to lessen the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate. He talks about the challenges and opportunities of carbon trading schemes.

Seeing the wood AND the trees: Why Andrew Grant sees ‘carbon sinks’ when he...

Andrew Grant is chief executive of CO2 Australia Limited, the market leader in the establishment and management of major reforestation projects, forests that operate as carbon sinks, absorbing carbon dioxide to lessen the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate. He talks about the challenges and opportunities of carbon trading schemes.

Abu Dhabi plans the world’s first zero-carbon eco-city

The United Arab Emirates built the obscenely ostentatious Dubai with oil money that its leaders realised was running out. Now that the hard times have hit, Abu Dhabi is placing its chips on sustainability.

Saving the world with behavioural economics

A recent study revealed that adding personalised smiley or unhappy face icons on people’s energy bills had a dramatic effect on their future consumption. Could something this simple -- playing on bourgeois guilt -- help reverse climate change?

Melbourne to lead Australia with green building retrofit initiative

The City of Melbourne announced yesterday that it aims to retrofit two thirds of the city's commercial buildings in a huge sustainability initiative.

Don’t ask customers why they left you!

Repeat or on-going customers leave a supplier for a combination of three main reasons.

Australian Packaging Awards 2010

The Australian Packaging Awards is an industry sponsored contest that is organised by the Packaging Council of Australia (www.pca.org.au) that invites Australian package designers to showcase their work and compete for top national recognition. This contest allows Australian designers and manufacturers to showcase their talent, people and products both nationally and internationally.

Silex Systems buys collapsed Solar Systems’ assets, raising solar energy hopes (and many questions)

Plans by Silex Systems Limited to buy the assets of Solar Systems, the Melbourne-based solar energy company that was placed into administration last September, injects life into a cherished plan, but uncertainty persists. Government support is in the offing and, worse for engineers, the technology remains unproven at utility scale.

Switched-on innovation converts pedestrian footsteps into energy

There's an interesting post over on Springwise about Pavegen slabs, an eco innovation by UK-based Pavegen Systems, which harvest the kinetic energy from pedestrian footsteps and converts it into electricity.

US business culture is important (but not for the reasons that you think)

With a domestic marketing of 300 million customers, the United States represents an alluring yet often an elusive opportunity for foreign entrepreneurs. Phil Rogers explains why it is vital that foreigners doing business in America understand and respect US business culture -- from nuanced buying processes to seasonality, ethnicity and evolving attitudes towards selling.

Can Obama transform the US into the world’s clean tech nirvana?

US President Barack Obama is hoping to pull his nation out of its economic funk by turning it into a "green machine". But he faces an uphill battle transforming his land of opportunity and hyper-consumption in the face of entrenched interests, scepticism and inertia. However, there is cause for hope. As this report from The SMH's Washington correspondent Anne Davies reveals, Californian venture capital firms are hot for clean tech.

Can Obama transform the US into the world's clean tech nirvana?

US President Barack Obama is hoping to pull his nation out of its economic funk by turning it into a "green machine". But he faces an uphill battle transforming his land of opportunity and hyper-consumption in the face of entrenched interests, scepticism and inertia. However, there is cause for hope. As this report from The SMH's Washington correspondent Anne Davies reveals, Californian venture capital firms are hot for clean tech.

Eco and person friendly wheel with smarts

With the world's environmental attention firmly focused on the emmison-cutting wrangling taking place at COP15, it couldn't have been a better opportunity for the brains from the SENSEable City Lab at MIT to showcase their eco-friendly 'smart' innovation -- the Copenhagen Wheel.

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