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Novartis Foundation and Partners Launch Initiative to Tackle Hypertension and Its Root Causes in Low-Income Urban Communities

Better Hearts Better Cities is an initiative to improve cardiovascular health in low-income urban communities by addressing the prevention, management and control of hypertension
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  • Better Hearts Better Cities is a Novartis Foundation initiative to improve cardiovascular health in low-income urban communities by addressing the prevention, management and control of hypertension.
  • Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, are a growing health crisis with 75% of NCD deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries; this is compounded by rapid urbanization.
  • The innovative approach is being tested on three continents: in Mongolia, Senegal, and Brazil.

Infrastructure Week 2017: Keys to Digital Grid Strategy

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At the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we are relying heavily on the impacts of a more digital grid. The previous revolutions had significant impacts on society – introducing steam, electricity and computing, but none that were so closely intertwined with technology.

The Circular Economy Advantage on Bechtel Projects

by James Feiler, Environmental Services Manager and Michael Davies, Project Environmental Manger, SCPx Project
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A defining characteristic of the remarkable industrial development experienced over the last 100 years has been a ‘make-use-dispose’ approach to resource utilization in industrial processes. While this ‘linear economy’ approach has resulted in enormous advances for societies, it also has created an unsustainable demand for and use of resources and materials. With global population expected to swell to an estimated 9 billion by 2050, the intelligent use of limited resources in production and consumption has become a subject of socio-political, environmental, and economic discussion.

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A defining characteristic of the remarkable industrial development experienced over the last 100 years has been a ‘make-use-dispose’ approach to resource utilization in industrial processes. While this ‘linear economy’ approach has resulted in enormous advances for societies, it also has created an unsustainable demand for and use of resources and materials. With global population expected to swell to an estimated 9 billion by 2050, the intelligent use of limited resources in production and consumption has become a subject of socio-political, environmental, and economic discussion.

Collaboration, Creativity and Planning Will Define Smart Cities

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The rise of the smart city will rely on the ability of stakeholders to collaborate, engage citizens and act on data. Partnerships are hard at work and planning is under way to overcome the legacy of siloed services, focus on integrated systems that will ultimately be more adept at delivering critical services, empower communities and elevate our quality of life.

Looking Up: PepsiCo Opens Vertical Plant in Singapore

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On April 27, PepsiCo held a grand opening event for its new concentrate plant in Singapore, a 215,000+ square-foot facility that will manufacture and ship hundreds of beverage product recipes to bottlers throughout the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. The plant will serve as a local beverage hub that will accommodate faster, more streamlined deliveries to its markets––driving cost efficiencies for PepsiCo’s business in the region.

Ecocentricity Blog: Buzzwords

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When it comes down to it, I fear that for many people “sustainable” has become synonymous with “less bad.” That’s not enough, friends.

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When it comes down to it, I fear that for many people “sustainable” has become synonymous with “less bad.” That’s not enough, friends.

Green Microgrids Could be a New Growth Initiative for Duke Energy

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Microgrids aren’t new. But Duke Energy’s efforts to power them with renewable energy have caught the attention of the industry.

In simple terms, a microgrid is an energy system consisting of distributed energy sources – like solar and batteries – that can operate in parallel with, or independently from, the main power grid.

It promotes energy security – giving customers a reliable energy supply without the need of the full energy grid, or even fossil fuels.

Sustainable Brands Set to Debut Innovative Model for Conference Collaboration

The Activation Hub at SB’17 Detroit will foster creative dialogue between attendees and brands including Ford, Amazon, Whirlpool and more
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SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2017 /3BL Media/– Sustainable Brands® is evolving the concept of the traditional conference expo into a collaborative environment packed with tools, solutions and breakthrough ideas to be generated on the spot by the attending crowd.

Qualcomm Urban Mobility Index: Considerations for 35 Global Cities for Future Urban Mobility

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The cities in which many of us live, work, and socialize are changing. There are now 28 megacities with populations of 10 million or more, and an additional 13 cities are expected to evolve into megacity status by 2030.

As anyone that lives or works in a major city can attest, rapid population growth can place extraordinary pressure on transportation networks. Roads are more congested, buses and trains become more crowded, and journeys take longer. If cities are to keep growing, city leaders must ensure that their citizens are able to travel freely and easily.

Long-Term Planning Critical to Harnessing Distributed Energy Resources

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The proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) has resulted in a wide range of technologies that are impacting today’s power grid. Distributed solar energy, wind generation, energy storage, electric vehicles, demand-side management (DSM), combined heat and power (CHP), fuel cells and microturbines are all influencing today’s power grid, affecting affect every level of utility operations and business processes.

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