The reinvented, sustainable toilet model (thank you, Switzerland)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The reputation of Switzerland for its amazing variety and quality of toilets that impressed a recent American guest of mine is not about to take a beating: very much the opposite. A team of researchers from Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology), working with a group of Austrian designers, […]

Harder rules for concrete published in Geneva

Sustainability issues increasingly faced by industry GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Concrete is second only to water as a resource consumed on our planet, according to ISO, the International Standards Organization, and its potential to harm the environment is huge. A new ISO standard was published Wednesday 13 June, designed to reduce the impact of concrete, which […]

Ecolabels in today’s world

Have ecolabels had their day? The truth behind sustainability labels from the people who integrate them By Ralf Seifert and Joana Comas, IMD business school in Lausanne (republished with permission) More than three decades after the first ecolabeling program was introduced, what is the verdict on their effectiveness? To find out we asked managers and […]

Bill Clinton teases Lausanne

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Shhh, Bill Clinton was in town. And Sean Penn tagged along. But a loud silence surrounded the visit by former US President Clinton, who gave a “private” keynote speech (no journalists invited) to participants in what IMD business school labelled  an “Inspire for Excellence” regional symposium Sunday 20 May at 17:00. Clinton’s […]

Barry Callebaut to double chocolate, cocoa supplies to Unilver


Zurich company to help increase Unilever’s sustainability efforts ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Barry Callebaut and Unilever Monday 23 January signed a long-term partnership agreement that will double the cocoa and chocolate the Swiss-based company delivers to the Dutch-based consumer goods and foods producer. Barry Callebaut will invest CHF22 million under the terms of the agreement to […]

UK, Swiss, Swedish retailers killing fewer tropical trees

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Some of the largest retailers in Britain, Sweden and Switzerland are leading the pack when it comes to saving tropical forests by using sustainable palm oil, according to a new survey by Gland-based environmental organization the WWF. Migros and Coop in Switzerland scored 9, the highest possible number on the Roundtable on […]

EPFL and Boeing join forces for biofuel certification

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – EPFL, the federal polytechnic institute in Lausanne and Boeing have jointly created this week a new research initiative, called the Sustainable Biomass Consortium. Its focus is on “increasing collaboration between voluntary standards and regulatory requirements for biomass used to create jet fuel and bioenergy for other sectors. The consortium also will […]

New Zurich area mini-autoroute boast new eco-features

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – They don’t make autoroutes like they used to, and for sustainability fans, this is a good thing. The new 11 km stretch of four-lane divided highway in Weinland, the A4, was opened at noon Friday 22 October between Schaffhausen and Winterthur, near Zurich. It has two underpasses and an overpass for […]

WWF to show home-owners how to respect environment

WWF session on building and renovation: how to respect the environment, maintain quality of life Lausanne, Switzerland ( – WWF Switzerland is hosting a day-long seminar 10 September  to show home-owners or those aspiring to buy, how to build and renovate with respect for the environment, while maintaining good quality of life. The programme, at […]

US Mission in Geneva calls on landscape students for greening help (update)

Meeting at the US Mission in Geneva

Update 11:55  Geneva, Switzerland ( – The US Mission to the UN in Geneva has begun a project with a group of nine American and three Swiss university landscape students  to help “green” the grounds of the Mission. The students, selected by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in Washington, DC, which is the […]