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One Company’s Story: Getting From Sustainability to Flourishing

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Over the past few weeks, I’ve had some great opportunities to travel, meet new people and learn a lot. I went to Kenya and followed the folks at Vestergaard, makers of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets for malaria prevention as they rolled out a new campaign to address waterborne illness.

Then I went to Cleveland to attend the Flourish and Prosper Conference as Case Western. At the conference, I met Lyell Clarke, CEO of Clarke, an Illinois-based company that, like Vestergaard, also makes mosquito control products. Not one to pass up a coincidence, I followed up with Lyell for an interview, especially when I learned what an exemplary company he runs, particularly in the area of sustainability.

Lyell told me the story of the transformation that he and the company went through, more or less together, that resulted in a convergence between personal values, and a revised set of corporate aspirations that has made Clarke, not only more successful, but also a far more satisfying place to work.

They had licensed a new organic molecule from Dow Agrosciences for a larvacide that could potentially be safer than anything used in this application before. The problem was that the molecule was highly unstable and they needed to come up with a stable formulation. It took eight years of development, but they finally did. It was a great achievement that eventually led to the Natular™ product, which won the President’s Green Chemistry Award in 2010.

The breakthrough in the lab, led to a bigger breakthrough that redefined the company.

“We were doing well, had significant market share, but I wasn’t feeling satisfied. I began to ask myself, what are you handing over to the next generation? We’re a third generation service and distribution company going back to 1946. Is there something else I could hand over that this millennial, my son John Lyell Clarke the 4th, would want to be part of?”

Clarke engaged a strategy consultant who suggested he take his staff on a retreat.  This was back in 2008. They called in the whole company, around 160 people, even those working in other countries.

Vestergaard To Reach 125,000 Kenyan Children with "Follow the Liters" Program

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Western Kenya is a huge agricultural region, with equatorial temperatures and ample rain. Sugar and tea are both grown commercially, along with corn, sorghum and millet. Many fruits and vegetables are also grown and sold  in market stalls along the roadside and in town The two rainy seasons are a boon to farmers, to be sure, but they come with a price.

Apple, Nike, Kohl’s, Nestle, Jamba Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – About one in eight American women, or nearly 12 percent, will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2014, the U.S. had more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer. About 85 percent of the breast cancer cases occur in women who have no family history of the disease. These are some of the statistics shared by the American Cancer Society for 2014.

Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper Pledge to Cut Calories to Fight Obesity

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of American adults are obese. The annual medical cost of obesity in the United States in 2008 U.S. dollars was $147 billion. On average, the medical costs for an obese person are $1,429 higher than those for a person with normal weight. Obesity can lead to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

Gates Foundation Commits $50M to Fight Ebola Outbreak

New White Diesel Fuel Can Save Energy, Reduce Emissions

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - One thing we can say for sure: people are not likely to give up the convenience, freedom and utility offered by motorized transportation as long as there are options available. Given that our current fleet of gasoline and diesel powered cars and trucks are emitting huge amounts of climate-wrecking carbon dioxide, it’s clear that things have got to change. With all the options on the table: hybrids, electric, hydrogen, compressed air, and a myriad of alternative fuels, it’s anyone’s guess how things will look, even a few years from now, never mind a couple of decades down the road.

Ultimately, if we are going to stick around, we’ll be driving cleaner cars—the cleaner the better, and the sooner the better. What if we could drive a car that used today’s technology, only powered by burning water? That would certainly be very clean—no carbon, no methane, no particulates, sulfur or nitrogen. Of course, we know that water doesn’t burn, but diesel fuel does. And researchers have known for years that a small amount of water can be added to diesel fuel to extend fuel economy while also burning cooler and cleaner. Generally speaking, experiments have found reductions as high as 90% in particulate matter as well as a 37% decrease in NOx.

This can be accomplished with a water-fuel emulsion achieved by blending the two liquids together as if making a milkshake. Researchers in New Zealand found that a mixture containing 12-15% water worked best.  The problem with this is, like with a milkshake, that if you let it sit for a while the two liquids will begin to separate at which point the engine will stall. So the challenge has been to find a way to stabilize the emulsion.

Now, a British company called SulNOx Fuel Fusions claims to have found a way utilizing nanotechnology to create fuel-water emulsion that they call “white diesel.” According to a company press release this emulsion improves fuel economy and reduces emissions “by improving atomization of the fuel and lowering engine temperatures. “

The presence of water in the emulsion has the effect of “breaking down the fuel particles [which] increases their surface area which helps the fuel to burn more completely and efficiently.”

Major Leaguers to Launch First “Strikeout Cancer” Day

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Eminent personalities from the world of sports and entertainment often use their celebrity status to support social and charitable causes. Spreading awareness and fundraising for cancer is among the key causes that have received strong support from celebrities over the years.

Kaiser Permanente Pushes for Greener Healthcare

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Affordable and accessible health care is critical to ensuring a good quality of life for all citizens. However, the health care sector also faces a paradox in terms of its environmental impact, which can be a negative in its own goal of delivering good health for all. As much as eight percent of the total annual carbon emissions in the US are contributed by the health care sector.

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