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Sustainability reporting is a great way for consumers to have a better understanding a company’s of the environmental, economic and social impact. When done right, which generally means that it is certified by a regulatory organization, this is an important tool that many companies can use to showcase their efforts to participate in global change.

Elephants in the Glass House: Contextualizing Sustainability and Integrated Reporting | Sustainable Brands.

University of California, San Diego will be the home base for the innovative energy storage technology that combines ultracapacitors with concentrating photovoltaic. This system is being designed to improve integration and saturation of solar power plants into the grid which will ultimate help the state of California attain it renewable portfolio standard goals of 33 percent.

Maxwell Technologies, Soitec Join Forces To Demonstrate Benefits Of Integrating Energy Storage With Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) Technology – MarketWatch.

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How awesome is this solar-powered boat!?! It didn’t only complete its trip around the world but it set a new record doing so. The crew beat the boat’s previous 2010 record by 4 days, 6 hours and 38 minutes.

World’s largest solar-powered boat completes its trip around the world.

The ARPA-E (Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy) program is funding some very exciting high-risk clean tech projects. The projects include from biofuels made from non-food crops, a freezer system that powers from soundwaves, and wind turbines made out of fabric.

5 super-cool energy projects being backed by the U.S. government | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

This is beautiful sight for green technologies! In 2012, Apple upgraded their facilities so that the data centers are now running on 100% solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. They also updated their corporate facilities so that they are now powered by 75% renewable energy (previously 35% a year ago).

Apple Says Data Centers Now Use 100% Renewable Energy – Bloomberg.

The new H&M Conscious Collection makes Sustainability cool. The eco-friendly Spring Line that was represented by A-Lister Helen Hunt at the Oscars is available in stores around the world on April 4th. The Line is exclusively made from organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled polyamide (plastics) and Tencel. What’s more, they are providing an outlet for consumers to drop off used clothing that will be re-purposed for second-hand wear, reused in other products or recycled into new textile. Hopefully, this is the wave of the future for major retail chains.

Sustainability Becomes Stylish in H&M’s New “Conscious Collection” | Corporate Social Responsibility.

Should companies be allowed to patent living organisms like seeds and use those patents to monopolize food production globally?

A small farmer from Indiana named Vernon High Bowman is taking on the biotech giant Monsanto in a seed patent infringement case. Monsanto sells to farmers under a contract that requires the farmers to purchase new genetically engineered seeds each year. This means that they are prohibited from saving and replanting the next-generation seeds.

Monsanto’s Patents on Life.

The government will reduce carbon emissions and energy use per unit of gross domestic product by at least 3.7 percent in 2013 and carry out carbon-trading trials, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a report today.

China Boosts Energy and Emissions Goals After Record Smog – Bloomberg.

Would you ever buy reusable cotton balls or coffee filters? Check out today’s post from Earth 911 for more reusable product ideas!

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Buy Reusable – Earth911.com.

The President outlined some very exciting improvements to current environmental policies in the State of the Union address last night. What a great platform to demand change. And if the parties can’t come to common ground to implement the necessary policies then the White House has promised to act on it’s own accord. How exciting!

“If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will,” Obama said. “I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

Obama gives Congress climate ultimatum: back me, or I go it alone | Environment | guardian.co.uk.