Antonio Pasolini

Antonio Pasolini
Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist currently based in Berlin who writes about clean energy, green living and sustainability. He also works as a translator (Portuguese-English) and promotes animal rights and veganism in his spare time. He is the proud guardian of a dog called Dylan, who was rescued from a public shelter in Spain. Pasolini recently launched a book of short stories in Portuguese called Ponto de Fuga.

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6 years 3 months ago

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is now accepting entries to the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The annual global competition recognizes “bold, visionary, tangible initiatives that take a comprehensive, anticipatory, design science approach to radically advance human well being and the health of our planet's ecosystems.”

Metropolis Magazine has named it “socially-responsible design's highest award”. It’s also very generous as the winner gets a cool $100,000 money prize.

“No other public design competition...

6 years 3 months ago

An increasing number of people are concerned with animal welfare and whether a company tests its products on animals is one of the sustainability criteria that many consumers watch out for.

Europe leads the way when it comes to replacing animal tests with humane, ethical alternatives. Since 2009 animal testing is banned for cosmetics in the EU. The UK, one of the countries with the highest standards of animal welfare in the world, recently announced it intends to introduce a legislation to ban tests for household products as well.

According to a recent BBC report...

6 years 3 months ago

2010 was the year when the electric vehicle went closer to the mainstream with the launch of two models: Nissan’s Leaf and Chevrolet’s Volt. The Leaf has been the most successful of the two so far, with sales of 10,100 units while the Volt has sold 2,029 units.

Nissan is working hard to promote its electric vehicle offering as an icon of an emissions-free age. Last week, the Japanese automaker unveiled a charging system whereby the Leaf can feed power back to a house, effectively doubling as a backup storage battery. It can store enough electricity to power an average Japanese...

6 years 3 months ago

What do Sir Paul McCartney, Leonardo Dicaprio, Cameron Diaz, Helena Christensen, Sting, Gael Garcia Bernal, Angelique Kidjo, Rahul Bose, Don Cheadle and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen have in common?

Besides fame in their respective fields, these celebrities are also known for their work related to green issues and sustainability. And a new award called Green Awards has been created to highlight their example and inspire others.

Celebrities, with all their power and influence, can make a huge contribution to raise awareness of green issues and sustainability. In a world...

6 years 3 months ago

Information technology use is growing fast in Kenya. To make the most of it, the Eastern African country has moved to tap into technology to improve services by 2030 and tackle endemic corruption that plagues the country. As part of this plan, Kenya has counted on help from IBM, who put its social responsibility arm to work on this plan.

The Kenyan government recently launched an open data portal that provides essential information on government services, income and expenditure to increase transparency and promote best practices. IBM assigned a team of 12 employees from its Corporate Services...

6 years 3 months ago

Natural products company Tom’s of Maine decided to embrace wholeheartedly the democratic ethos of the social media age. It has invited the public to help it make a decision as to which organizations should be getting financial support from its 50 States for Good initiative, which has arrived at its third edition. Each one of them will receive $20,000 as well and a single $50,000 award.

Voting started yesterday through a dedicated website and will run through September 13. All types of sustainable projects are on the...

6 years 3 months ago

A new initiative by German automaker BMW and the Guggenheim Foundation kicked off today in New York City. The BMW Guggenheim Lab, described as a mobile laboratory, will travel to nine major cities worldwide over six years.

The project is a multidisciplinary affair involving urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, alternative energy, and sustainability. The...

6 years 3 months ago

A new paper published by the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development examines how governments, donors and businesses can work together to provide poor communities with sustainable energy supplies.

The paper focuses on PERMER (Project for Renewable Energy in Rural Markets), an Argentinean program that has successfully delivered basic electricity access to remote, rural...

6 years 6 months ago

Anyone who follows news on new solar technology is probably aware that conversion efficiency, that is, the amount of solar light, that actually becomes electricity, is the top challenge for this industry. Currently the top conversion rate is around 18% which means there’s definitely room for much more efficiency.

In a recent interview, Hypersolar’s CEO Tim Young said what we should be looking for “disruptive technologies”, which are technologies that represent game-changing breakthroughs, not traditional technologies that may not be economically viable over the long term without...

6 years 7 months ago

The idea of turning windows into solar cells in not exactly new. It is, in many ways, an ideal solution. It can be seamlessly integrated into the architecture of a building and generate power at the same time, making the most of a larger solar harvesting area in the case of tall, vertical buildings. It’s a win-win situation.

But the technology is not ready yet, even though one company called New Energy is developing its trademark Solar Window and making considerable progress with it.

This week...