Posts tagged with 'business'
FedEx: "I'm Off to See the Wizard" in Curitiba
FedEx: "I'm Off to See the Wizard" in Curitiba
Brandon Tidwell, the program advisor for philanthropic investments in education and the environment at FedEx Corp., shares his story about a recent trip to Curitiba, Brazil, where he learned about innovations in transportation, like bus rapid transit, that have transformed ...
How Much Money Does Public Transportation Save?
How Much Money Does Public Transportation Save?
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released its monthly “The Transit Savings Report” detailing how riding public transportation on average saves money. The report found that individuals save $9,515 annually (up by a few hundred dollars from this time last year) ...
Q&A with Dick Alexander: A New Private Sector Path for Mass Transit in New Orleans
Q&A with Dick Alexander: A New Private Sector Path for Mass Transit in New Orleans
This interview is part of a bi-weekly series with sustainable transportation advocates, planners, engineers, journalists, sociologists, and other experts working to shed light on best practices and solutions from across the globe. We welcome your suggestions for future Q&As. Veolia ...
Can Pop Culture Push Sustainable Mobility?
Can Pop Culture Push Sustainable Mobility?
Popular culture shapes our lives in countless ways, both directly and subconsciously.  Since Leave It to Beaver, American popular culture has been deeply rooted in car-centered suburbia.  That may be changing. There was a time when being car-less was tantamount ...
Metro Rail: The Solution for India?
Metro Rail: The Solution for India?
According to Parisar, an environmental organization that works on sustainable development with a focus on urban transport, India is expected to spend 40 billion dollars in metro rail over the next 10 years. The proposed metro rail system for Pune (and ...
Between Urban and Rural: Mobile Slaughterhouses Approved by USDA
Between Urban and Rural: Mobile Slaughterhouses Approved by USDA
The Hudson Valley is the epicenter of innovative ideas around food distribution and agriculture. New York City’s demand for sustainable food is driving much of that change as residents increasingly seek food from organic, small-scale farmers. Innovations like the modular ...
Load-Carrying Bikes Ease the Burden of Delivery
Load-Carrying Bikes Ease the Burden of Delivery
What are your favorite business and public service ideas that use bikes? We’ve profiled several examples, from mobile schools in the slums of India to FedEx Corp.’s electric tricycle delivery service. There are businesses like MetroPedal Power in Boston, which ...
Government by the People: The Importance of Public Engagement
Government by the People: The Importance of Public Engagement
According to a recent report from the National League of Cities, 75% of American cities report an overall worsening of economic conditions and 68% have shelved or canceled capital projects. Cities are hurting and officials are asking “What to do?” ...
Not Your Grandfather's Greyhound: Buses Take Off for Inter-City Travel
Not Your Grandfather's Greyhound: Buses Take Off for Inter-City Travel
Buses are a transportation success story, according to this article in the New York Times. Last year, the story says, bus service increased by 5 percent, and it rose nearly 10 percent in 2008, according to research led by Joseph ...
Recycled Printer Cartridges Pave Bike Path
Recycled Printer Cartridges Pave Bike Path
The next time your printer cartridge runs out of ink at just the wrong moment, remember this story – and recycle it. A new bike path made with Replas recycled plastics – mostly recycled printer cartridges – opened recently in Central Australia, stretching ...
Are VMT and GDP Really Correlated?
Are VMT and GDP Really Correlated?
People tend to drive more when the economy is in better shape.  Research has shown that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and gross domestic product (GDP) tend to follow the same trends over time (see for example the Federal Highway Administration’s Summary of ...
New Bike-Powered Phone Charger Could Encourage Sustainable Micro-Business
New Bike-Powered Phone Charger Could Encourage Sustainable Micro-Business
Microfinanciers may soon have a new market in developing countries:  aspiring cycling cell phone chargers. On Thursday, June 3, Nokia Oyj released a bicycle-powered phone charger, which charges your phone as you ride. The complete charge kit comes with a ...
Socially Responsible Business for India's Auto Rickshaws
Socially Responsible Business for India's Auto Rickshaws
In March 2010, my team of five U.S. MBA students had the opportunity to connect with a sector of society that was previously unknown to us – the auto rickshaw drivers of India. As part of our Global Connections course ...
The Sims Test-Drive Electric Vehicles: What Does it Mean for the Real World?
The Sims Test-Drive Electric Vehicles: What Does it Mean for the Real World?
“Today it is no longer the world that must adjust to the automobile; it’s the automobile that must adapt to people.” That’s an official quote from French automaker Renault, which yesterday announced it has partnered with Electronic Arts Inc. to ...
A Day Without Auto Rickshaws: Inconvenience, Intimidation and Corruption
A Day Without Auto Rickshaws: Inconvenience, Intimidation and Corruption
An estimated 55,000 auto rickshaw drivers went on strike in Delhi last week, complicating commutes by putting extra pressure on other modes of public transit. The strike was led by auto rickshaw drivers’ unions, which demanded a fare increase and ...
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