Google launch new pilot aiming to measure the environmental impact of the fashion industry

Google have started working together with the Stella McCartney Foundation on a new pilot to measure the environmental impact that the fashion industry has on the environment. Nick Martin, Head of Retail, Google Cloud, has written a blog post about the new pilot which I have reproduced below: Now more than ever, the fashion industry is heeding the call to sustainability. Its environmental impact is significant and growing—among other statistics, the fashion industry accounts for 20 percent of wastewater and 10 percent of carbon emissions globally. Much of this impact…

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“Diversity Pledges” Are Not Enough: Women Startup Challenge at Google to Showcase 10 Finalists Who Are Spearheading Innovation

To combat the severe lack of funding for women-led startups, Women Who Tech, one of the largest organizations that funds and showcases women-led ventures, announced the ten finalists selected for the Women Startup Challenge at Google. These early-stage, technology startups who are addressing serious gaps in innovation pertaining to Biotech, Education, Agriculture, Humanitarian issues, and more, were selected from 800+ applications. The Women Startup Challenge aims to close the gender gap in the tech sector, providing founders a platform to showcase their ventures which are propagating meaningful change. On May…

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Google commits to first-ever solar power agreement in Asia – Greenpeace statement

Google has signed a long-term contract to buy 10MW of solar power generated from 40,000 solar panels in Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan, in its first ever Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in Asia. The electricity Google has purchased from the solar farm will be wheeled to the same grid to help power Google’s data center in Changhua County, and the solar project will be built on commercial fishing ponds and coexist with local ecology. Greenpeace Taiwan’s Energy project manager Chih An Lee said: “For years, Greenpeace has been challenging…

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London Mayor launches world’s largest air quality monitoring network

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched the world’s most advanced and comprehensive network of air quality monitors to help investigate and improve London’s toxic air. Breathe London will use a range of cutting-edge fixed and mobile sensors to build up a real-time, hyperlocal image of London’s air quality. The data these monitors collect from across the capital will provide an unprecedented level of detail about London’s air quality crisis and deliver new insight into the sources of pollution.   To deliver this world-leading project, the Mayor has collaborated with…

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Google & The REC Foundation Empower More Girls To Enter Stem Fields With Second Annual Girl Powered Workshop

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation was excited to help host the Google Girl Powered VEX Robotics Workshop, uniting 565 middle and high school girls for a weekend of STEM fun last weekend at the Google in Sunnyvale, CA. The students gathered with Google engineers to build and program VEX EDR robots, network and meet others during a series of Girl Powered activities, and put their newly built robots to the test playing a version of the VEX Robotics Competition game Turning Point. The Workshop is an effort to…

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