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Massachusetts Green Bond

The Green Bond of Massachusetts, USA, sought to support clean and drinking water projects, energy efficiency in state buildings and open space and land remediation. Green Bonds are fixed-income securities, designed to raise capital for sustainability projects. They build upon the well-developed Municipal Bonds in the US, which are issued by states, cities and counties to fund investments in public infrastructure and capital intensive projects. In the case of Green Bonds, the proceeds are diverted towards green investments.

Green Suppliers Network

The Green Suppliers Network aims to minimise carbon footprints by reducing energy consumption, increasing productivity, and driving innovation. Its members, who are large manufacturers from across the value chain, benefit from customised, hands-on assessments of production processes to develop their business in a more sustainable way.

Increased recycling and reuse of advertisement material

AdVinylize is an innovative upcycling business that repurposes vinyl used in advertising into various useful products such as shoulder bags, wallets and shopping totes etc. and thus reduces landfilling of vinyl used in the advertisement industry

Authoritative information about health, environmental and social performance of products and companies

GoodGuide focuses on rating everyday household products that consumers buy from offline or online retail outlets such as supermarkets or e-commerce sites. Core product categories include personal care products and household chemical and food products. GoodGuide has developed a simple 10 points rating system and a bar-code scanning iPhone app which enable consumers to receive simplified and easily accessible information on the products they are purchasing in terms of their environmental and social impacts.

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool EPEAT® –supporting informed consumer decisions on green electronics

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT®) is a rating system in the USA allowing consumers, purchasers, manufacturers and resellers to identify environmentally preferable electronic goods. The registry is based on a set of environmental performance criteria that cover the full product lifecycle – including eco-design, production, energy use and recycling. It ranks products as EPEAT® Gold, Silver or Bronze. 

Providing support for behavioural change to increase efficiency of consumers’ energy usage.

The energy service company Opower aims to encourage households to be more energy efficient with the help of a software tool which uses statistical algorithms to generate Home Energy Reports. The tool analyses the energy (e.g. electricity, gas etc.) consumption patterns of consumers and alerts consumers in advance if their behaviour, for example by prompting the risk of an increase in the price of their energy bill.

NUVVE- Cars as battery for the grid

Linking electric vehicles to the grid is a new way of reducing emissions and at the same time generating revenue for Electric Vehicle (EV) owners. By connecting electric vehicles to a grid operator, excess energy can be sold to the grid, making a profit for the owner and a more sustainable transport.

Zero Waste Network

The Zero Waste Network (ZWN) is a group of environmental professionals dedicated to finding money-saving options for conserving natural resources. It works to identify pollution prevention options for large and small businesses as well as consumers by helping companies become more efficient.

Locally run food cooperatives and outlets to encourage consumption of locally grown food by the communities.

Community food co-operatives are up and running in countries such as the United States, the United KingdomSwitzerland and Germany with the goal of sourcing good quality, fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as meat and fish products, locally for the members of the community food co-op. Products sold through food co-ops come from local sourcing.

Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA)

The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) seeks to move the clean tech market by investigating, screening, and advising excellent clean tech companies worldwide.  GCCA acts as an open platform inviting all global clean tech players to participate, providing support including access to global capital, networks, technologies, and markets to accelerate a sustainable global economy.[1]

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC)

The Sustainability Consortium® (TSC®) seeks to improve consumer product sustainability by engaging various global participants to drive innovation in this field. By providing support, developing transparent methodologies, tools, and strategies, a new generation of products and supply networks shall be developed, in turn addressing environmental, social, and economic imperatives.[1]

Global Alliance of Waste Pickers

The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers supports thousands of waste picker organisations covering mainly Latin America, Asia and Africa.[1] Its goals are raising awareness and providing support in an area which is often forgotten in resources discussions: municipal solid waste treatment in poorer countries.