Innovations is designed to showcase technological and organizational sustainability advancements. Efforts are two part, sharing innovations being developed by faculty, researchers and students at Duke University. In addition, a student-led initiative supported by the Center will allow Duke students to research products and services around the globe and highlight solutions to pressing sustainability imperatives.
These Duke students will conduct interviews with the people behind the innovations to capture their inspiration, obstacles and strategies in a question and answer document. Additionally, they will work with the organizations to quantify the benefits of the innovation in a fact sheet.
Many times organizations focus on new and emerging technologies as solutions to reduce both water and energy consumption in their own and their supplier manufacturing facilities. At the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce our researchers and students also continually explore ways to create technological innovations.
gDiapers offers a flushable, plastic free alternative to disposable diapers that offers the conveniences of a disposable diaper while preserving some of the environmental benefits of cloth diapers. The project was born of personal necessity, and has grown into a well known product as new parents seek out alternatives to traditional diaper choices.
In 1988, Nike assessed the chemicals used in rubber against a core set of human health and environmental criteria. By integrating more benign accelerators and vegetable oils and modifying the processing, Nike launched Environmentally Preferred Rubber in 2002. Nike has shared this sustainable design among 400 of its other patents on the green product IP-sharing Web site, GreenXchange.
Approximately 1.6 billion people, or one quarter of the global population, do not have access to electricity. Over 80% of these people live in rural areas of the developing world. In Sub Saharan Africa, only 8% of the rural population has access to electricity. EGG-energy has a unique strategy of supplying portable rechargeable batteries that its customers can use to power their homes.