Dell Technologies harvests & recycles plastics from oceans
Anne Wrobetz is an adjunct instructor in CU Boulder's Engineering Management Program, and shared her insights on this project in a recent article, saying, “It's positive for Dell. They've had to make this initial upfront investment but over the long run they are saving a lot of money and they are becoming recognised as an industry leader in the field of sustainable business. They are making all of this information available to other companies in an effort to get them to also start thinking about where their plastics come from and how they can change their supply chain and really leverage these new ideas. It sets them apart from their competitors and gives them a competitive advantage.”
Newlight creates AirCarbon sustainable plastic
Recently featured on CNN, AirCarbon has won many awards for its innovative sustainability. It's a verified carbon-negative material, meaning every step of its production and use is fully green and sustainable. Because it is not made from oil like other plastics, it is also a cost-effective alternative to other synthetic materials.
EONEF brings electricity to disaster zones
It was created to help emergency services deploy telecommunications networks in under an hour when dealing with crises and emergencies, providing field teams with live data using a fixed-point camera.
It’s also used for scientific missions including measuring air quality and observing wildlife, and for extended protection of sensitive sites.
The Svart Hotel: the world’s first energy-positive hotel
Set to open in 2022, Svart is “Inspired by local coastal building traditions and nature, dissolving the boundary between land and water. We aim to transform how we look at hotels and introduce hotels’ future through a sustainable, innovative approach to design, technology, construction, operation and guest journey.”
Designed by architects Snøhetta and engineering consultants Asplan Vaak, this hotel aims to create more energy than it uses. With an annual energy consumption that is expected to be 85% lower than other hotels, it will harvest enough solar power to cover all on-site energy needs, including the energy required for construction.
Pavegen Systems uses steps to generate energy
The company aims to build awareness and help create highly engaging consumer experiences, while educating and inspiring stakeholders in the hope that, eventually, footsteps could power whole cities.
Baby steps towards sustainability
As inspiring as these sustainable engineering projects are, they require big budgets and ambitious clients. Sometimes the best way to become more sustainable is through a series of smaller changes to the way we run our offices and source materials.
To help you think about how your firm can 'go green' we’ve created a handy summary for you to download: