Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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4 years 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) -- Clarkson University's Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE) has joined hands with the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) to promote innovative and sustainable technologies for heating. People with no access to piped gas usually rely on wood combustion appliances to heat their homes and offices, which waste energy and generate air pollution.

The Director of ISE, Prof. Phillip K. Hopke, says that much research has been directed in recent years toward getting more energy-efficient wood burners in place. To achieve concrete results in this direction, the teaming up of ISE and BTEC makes good sense. The ISE has a mission to facilitate development, promotion and...


4 years 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Southwest Airlines has become the first passenger airline to implement the revolutionary Water Vapor Sensing Systems (WVSS-II) on it aircraft for improved weather forecasting. The meteorology team at Southwest has worked closely with Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and SpectraSensors to help provide a missing link in the weather forecasting data.

As a part of this water vapor technology initiative, Southwest has installed the WVSS-II weather forecasting systems on 87 of its Boeing 737 aircraft. The project is designed to improve the ability to forecast weather...


4 years 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The introduction of solar energy to Haiti is bringing transformation to one of the poorest countries in the world, where electricity is a rare commodity and most of the population relies on kerosene oil for light. The world’s largest solar powered hospital has recently opened its doors in Haiti, which is showing to the world how solar power can bring hope and change to the world’s less privileged communities.

The hospital, equipped with an array of 1,800 solar panels, is not only saving lives in Haiti, but also saving the environment in this small, but very beautiful part of the world. Haiti’s dwindling forest cover, which became the only source for light and heat for...


4 years 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nike has come up with an innovative green technology called “ColorDry,” which entirely eliminates the use of water and process chemicals from fabric dyeing. Nike’s CEO Mark Parker calls it a “manufacturing revolution” that strengthens the company’s efforts to make its business more sustainable and earth-friendly. The technology has been introduced recently at the launch of a water-free dyeing facility at FENC, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer of Nike.

According to the data released by Nike, an estimated 12 to 18 gallons of water is required to process one pound of textiles today, on average. More than 86 billion pounds of polyester will be dyed each year by 2015, as...


4 years 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – With its eyes firmly set on the green market as a lucrative investment opportunity, Ironridge Global Partners, LLC has launched a green initiative to fund sustainable public companies. The institutional investor views the micro-cap sector, the focus of its green investments, as highly promising. The new investment initiative will fund sustainable companies, including emerging growth enterprises that target environmental sustainability and eco-friendly products and services.

The launch of Ironridge Global’s green initiative has been marked by a direct financing deal worth $10 million for Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. Ascent manufactures flexible thin-film solar...


4 years 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and MIT Sloan Management Review have brought out a new report that shows the changing face of corporate strategy worldwide. In a global survey of more than a thousand business executives, BCG and Sloan found that businesses are increasingly integrating sustainability into their mainstream corporate strategy.

Companies are discovering that a large number of consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable goods and services, and prefer to buy from businesses that provide them. In the survey results, customer preference and customers’ willingness to pay a premium came up as the single most important...


4 years 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed an innovative continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil within minutes from harvested algae. The development has been reported recently in the journal Algal Research. The technology has been licensed by Genifuel Corp., a biofuels company based in Utah. The company is working with an industrial partner to build a pilot plant employing this technology.

In this unique chemical process, wet algae are pumped into a chemical reactor, which produces crude oil from it in under an hour. The byproduct material...


4 years 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sims Metal Management, along with the New York City Department of Sanitation, has invested $110 million to create the largest recycling facility for NYC’s curbside residential metal, glass and plastic recyclables. The 11-acre complex has the capacity to process 1000 tons of material per day and will ship sorted items to markets worldwide.

The state of the art recycling facility marks the first time in history that the city of New York has a facility located in the five boroughs that can process and recycle all of its metal, glass and plastic. The facility constitutes a vital part of the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan that will...


4 years 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Iconic investor Warren Buffet has made the largest investment to date in land-based wind power through his utility company, MidAmerican Energy Holdings, Co. The company has placed an order for 448 wind turbines to the German manufacturer Siemens. These wind turbines will operate in the windy state of Iowa at a capacity of 1,050 MW.

Buffet had previously announced plans to make investments of $2 billion in wind energy in the state of Iowa, which is moving towards sourcing 50 percent of its power needs from wind energy. In addition to promoting environmental goals with this investment, Buffet has also shown his legendary business acumen by investing in wind energy at a...


4 years 4 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Pfizer has earned the top position, followed by Kaiser Permanente in the second position in the fourth annual list of “50 Happiest Companies in America in 2014” released by CareerBliss. The list is prepared each year after evaluating several thousands of independent employee reviews and a detailed analysis of the work environments of hundreds of leading companies. Employees rank their employers on several key factors that contribute to overall employee happiness.

Pfizer and Kaiser Permanente have managed to outshine globally admired corporations such as Apple (No. 15) and Google (No. 21). The other companies that made it to the top...


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