Uber’s new headquarters has a special “respiratory system” | Feel Good Weekly

  • Uber’s new headquarters building has a new “respiratory system”
  • 50 Apple Chinese suppliers pledge to switch to 100% renewable energy
  • This company that Amazon is new to, needs to customize the packaging for each of your express delivery.
  • U.S. small city Duluth welcomes its first batch of climate immigrants
  • O My Bag: India’s leather industry is not sustainable, so we chose to initiate changes there

Uber’s new headquarters building has a new “respiratory system”

Uber's newly completed San Francisco headquarters is equipped with a series of windows that open and close automatically, like a set of "breathing system," which improves indoor air quality through automatic ventilation.

Created by the architectural firm SHoP, the automatic opening and closing windows of the two buildings also create a special public space "Commons" for the office building-this is neither all outdoors, but also indoor offices-called by the architectural team It is an extension of the "sidewalk".

With this area, the building can not only be properly ventilated, but also become an intersection where employees can rest or discuss, connecting through the entire building, just like "Uber's balcony." Uber has also been deeply involved in the design of these spaces, aiming to better serve employees:

We see that these designs are really useful. We noticed that people will really gather here.

According to the local sunshine and wind direction model, the construction team placed 180 openable glass windows at specific locations, which also contributed to the temperature control of the entire building, reducing the overall central cooling/heating usage by approximately 20%.

In the early 20th century, closed office buildings became popular in the United States. The indoor temperature was controlled by a thermostat, and it was often set according to the needs of "men in suits."

Now, we have come to the post-epidemic era. When the environment allows, people are more inclined to clean air and pay more attention to the connection between people and the environment than closed air-conditioning. Christopher Sharples, co-founder of SHoP, said:

We make things that are usually invisible visible, just like the air flow and temperature changes in the environment, (through the change of the opening and closing of the windows, we will make it) a kind of physical display, you through the change of the facade Can be seen.

For us, this is a new kind of architecture. A building that is always changing.

50 Apple Chinese suppliers pledge to switch to 100% renewable energy

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Recently, Apple announced that 50 Chinese companies have joined Apple’s supplier clean energy project, promising to switch to 100% renewable energy, a number that has more than doubled over the past year.

Sarah Chandler, senior director of Apple's environment and supply chain innovation, said in an interview with Ai Faner and other media that Chinese suppliers participating in the clean energy program are all over the country, and these companies are also promoting the development of local communities in the process of transformation.

The new suppliers that have joined the commitment in the past 6 months include: Chengdu Hongming Shuangxin Technology, Shantou Ultrasonic Printed Board Company, Sichuan Furong Technology, Guangdong Eton Electronic Technology, Dongguan Jiebang Precision, Jiangsu Jingyan Technology, Dongshan Precision Dimension Xin Electronics, Shandong Innovation Metal Technology, Shenzhen Changying Precision, Shenzhen Derun Electronics, Singleton New Material Technology, Sunny Optical Technology, Suzhou Wanxiang Technology, Suzhou Yingke Industrial, Suzhou Good Value Electronics, Senke Hardware, and Shenzhen City Zhenghe Zhongxin.

Globally, the total number of suppliers participating in this project is 175, which means that Apple and its suppliers will bring more than 9 GW of clean energy. These measures can avoid the emission of more than 18 million tons of carbon dioxide each year, which is equivalent to reducing nearly 4 million vehicles on the road each year.

According to Apple's 2021 Progress Report on People and the Environment in the Supply Chain, carbon emissions from product manufacturing are the largest source of Apple's entire value chain.

Therefore, helping suppliers to transform and optimize is an important task for Apple to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality in 2030 as a whole.

In 2018, Apple launched a clean energy fund in China , and ten suppliers invested nearly US$300 million in the fund. The transition to clean energy is a complex and whistleblower task, especially for small businesses. The fund can help member companies provide better purchasing power and bring them more attractive and diversified clean energy solutions.

This company that Amazon is new to, needs to customize the packaging for each of your express delivery.

Amazon set up a US$2 billion Climate Pledge Fund in 2019 to support its goal of achieving “net zero” carbon emissions by 2040.

The fund's latest investment is a company called CMC Machinery, which focuses on creating technology that can customize packaging for each express delivery to avoid the use of cushioned inflatable bags.

Amazon said the company's technology is expected to reduce the use of plastic inflatable bags by approximately 1 billion by the end of 2022.

In addition, the fund also invested in Resilient Power, a company that aims to create more efficient electric vehicle charging facilities.

The technology of the Resilient Power facility can currently charge 24 electric vehicles at one time, and its footprint is only 1/10 of the same amount of traditional facilities. The technology created by the company will help improve Amazon's delivery work in the future.

U.S. small city Duluth welcomes its first batch of climate immigrants

Since the beginning of this year, many extreme weathers have been experienced in various parts of the world. They have become an introduction for more people to pay attention to and think about climate issues, and they have also become reasons for some people to move.

Climate-related researchers divide "climate migrants" into two groups: one is forced to leave their homes due to climate-related disasters, and their resources when relocating are relatively limited; and the other is due to climate-related factors. , Take the initiative to choose to move, have more choices and more resources.

Now, Duluth, Minnesota, USA has become the latter's choice.

"The Surging City Hall" recently compiled a report on Duluth's climate immigrants , telling the story of several "climate immigrants" who moved to Duluth.

Among them, Doug Kouma, who moved from Sonoma County, California to Duluth City two years ago, has experienced wildfires and floods consecutively, so he decided to move. In his opinion, in the next 3-5 years, the city of Duluth may become more and more well-known due to its climate advantages.

After communicating with the new residents, the Mayor of Duluth learned that at least part of their relocation was due to climate change.

Last year, an online real estate company Redfin survey found that about half of Americans planning to relocate took extreme weather and natural disasters into consideration. Many people are also hesitant to buy homes in areas with high climate risks. Many interviewees said that even if the price is cheaper, they will not relocate to climate-risk areas.

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O My Bag: India’s leather industry is not sustainable, so we chose to change there

The Amsterdam brand O My Bag was established in 2011. When its founder Paulien was in college, he was moved by a saying-"support trade, not aid," and decided to use business to drive change.

After graduating, after spending more than a year on research, she decided to set up the bag brand O My Bag, and also decided to put the production in India for two reasons:

First, leather is one of India’s most important exports; second, India’s leather industry is also notoriously unfriendly to the environment. Therefore, this is an area where there is a need and potential to create change.

When O My Bag chooses an Indian partner, it will only cooperate with companies that have passed certification and provide a reasonable working environment for employees, and will spend 1% of its revenue every year to support the education and growth projects of local women in India.

In addition, in the process of manufacturing products with leather, O My Bag eliminates the use of any harmful chemical substances, and the source of the leather is selected from the extra leather produced by the meat and dairy industries. Today, they will also produce vegetarian leather made of apple peel, providing more choices for consumers who pay more attention to the environment.

As for product recycling, O My Bag also launched its own recycling program "Pre-Loved Program".

Consumers can send their second-hand O My Bag products back to the brand to get a discount or exchange for another second-hand product. The recycled products will be put on the shelf "Pre-Loved Library" after being processed, and can be bought online and offline.

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