The 10,000 Solutions

A blog of noteworthy innovations in sustainable design, processes and product development, things I’ve been exposed to in my work and which convince me we are in a time of meaningfully productive creativity. In summary, these stories give me much hope about the future of our planet and the species that inhabit it – including us humans.

May 8, 2019

Facebook data center servers use free outdoor air for cooling in seasons when and where available. But there are many other ways to reduce PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) and greenhouse gases in data centers.

The mad increase in data as an essential part of how our worl...

November 16, 2018

The first urban bike share program launched in Amsterdam (where else?) in 1965 and was a complete failure due to theft and abuse. Simply releasing free bikes onto the city wasn’t an effective strategy.

But we rode a long way, baby. Today, almost all the most sophisticat...

June 8, 2017

America is undergoing an epidemic of ick. While 92 percent of us agree that washing one’s hands after conducting other business in the bathroom should happen, only about 66 percent of people actually do it.

Something equally distasteful: Recycled paper towels are part o...

February 4, 2017

McDonald’s Corporation’s Ray Kroc and the real McDonald brothers might have had a contentious relationship. But they all shared a love of resource efficiency.

The movie, “The Founder,” starring Michael Keaton as McDonald’s Corporation founder Ray Kroc, is a layered, som...

January 11, 2017

Co-locations of wind-solar farms exist in other places, but none not quite at the scale of Swinterton's Arizona installation. What drives it is the need to even out between when the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining.

December 8, 2016

Companies with strong sustainability programs seem to be located where the effects of climate change are most pronounced.

November 12, 2014

By Russ Klettke

Is now a time that future historians will describe as a green technological turning point? Is this the moment when pressing needs, environmental degradation and climate change find solutions in human innovation?

It probably is. I’m reading the latest book...

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