sustainable industries

Kenton Living Building: Pioneering Net-Zero Sustainability in the Heart of North Portland

As the Pacific Northwest glides through its dry summers, most residents in traditional homes seldom worry about conservation. However, for the future inhabitants of North Portland’s Kenton Living Building, a paradigm shift in conservation becomes imperative. In this innovative residential project, energy and water needs are anticipated to be met entirely on-site, presenting a bold […]

Navigating the Green Building Landscape: A Decade of Progress and Key Resources

In tandem with the release of the 2007 Top 10 Green Building Products supplement to the August 2007 issue of Sustainable Industries, this special online feature explores the significant strides made in the realm of green building over the past decade. For an in-depth look at the 2007 winners, download the supplement on the Downloads […]

Revolutionizing the Future of Retail: Sustainable Transformation of America’s Malls

In a transformative journey that echoes the visionary ideals of designer Victor Gruen, the pioneering mind behind the first mall, the landscape of American retail is undergoing a sustainable metamorphosis. Gruen’s original concept, birthed around 50 years ago, envisioned malls as vibrant community hubs, but that vision seemed lost amid the rise of massive shopping […]

Aurora Organic Navigates Certification Challenges Amidst Allegations: USDA Places Strict Demands on Major Dairy Supplier

BOULDER, COLO. – In a recent development between the Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy group, and Aurora Organic, the Boulder-based dairy giant, the spotlight intensifies on the organic certification status of Aurora’s Platteville, Colo.-based plant. A narrowly averted crisis unfolded, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a news release on Aug. 30, […]

Organic Frozen Foods Market Thrives: Blue Horizon Organic Seafood Joins the Wave

Breaking the Ice: Natural Frozen Foods Sector Outpaces Conventional Market Growth In the dynamic landscape of frozen and refrigerated foods, the organic sector emerges as a force to be reckoned with, surpassing the growth rate of its conventional counterpart. The 2006 Natural Products Marketplace Report, presented by San Francisco-based SPINS, a leading market research firm […]

Cultivating the Future: Nurturing New Farmers for Sustainable Agriculture

In the World of Farming, Pragmatic Wisdom Guides the Greenhorns Embarking on a journey into the world of farming comes with a sobering piece of advice from Jim Leap, the farm operations manager at the University of California at Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. For those setting roots in their first […]

Navigating the Seas of Sustainability: Consumer Guides Redefine Sustainable Sushi

Reviving the Wave: Pioneering Guides Bring Clarity to Sustainable Sushi Choices In a groundbreaking initiative, three prominent environmental groups—Blue Ocean Institute, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium—unveiled the nation’s inaugural consumer guides to sustainable sushi in October 2008. Inspired by the widely embraced Seafood Watch pocket guides from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, these […]

Unveiling the Trader Joe’s Enigma: A Green Giant Behind Hawaiian Shirts

Revisiting the Green Aisle: Trader Joe’s Secret Sustainability Dance Renowned as “your neighborhood grocery store,” Trader Joe’s has carved its niche with Hawaiian shirts, attractive deals, and an eclectic mix of products flaunting environmental claims. Positioned as a budget-friendly alternative to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s has earned its stripes as a favored destination for those […]

Organic Fresh Fingers and Diva Catering Join Forces to Bring Organic Lunches to Oregon Schools

Promoting Sustainable Nutrition in School Cafeterias Salem-based Organic Fresh Fingers has embarked on an innovative partnership with Diva Catering to revolutionize school lunches in Oregon. The collaboration aims to provide hot lunches made exclusively from organic, locally sourced ingredients, addressing the growing demand for sustainable and nutritious meals in educational institutions. Expanding Organic Fresh Fingers’ […]

Unpacking Trader Joe’s: Behind the Quirky Image and Private Labels

Exploring the Environmental Landscape of the Beloved Neighborhood Grocery Store Trader Joe’s, often hailed as the neighborhood grocery store with its signature Hawaiian shirts and unique product mix, has cultivated a devoted following for its affordable prices and perceived commitment to sustainability. However, beneath the quirky facade lies a complex corporate structure and a deliberate […]