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 Issue #20                                                                             October 13, 2011


Edison Awards Salutes Steve Jobs

Steve JobsThe world lost a true innovator last week when Steve Jobs passed away, and in tribute to his tremendous legacy, comparisons between Mr. Jobs and Thomas Edison have been inevitable.  In an article special to CNN, Dr. Paul Israel, Director and Editor of the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University and member of the Edison Awards Steering Committee, shared his view about what the two industry giants had in common and how they differed.  Read more...


Does Sustainability = Competitive Strategy?

MIT Sloan Management Review's 2011 survey indicates a growing interest in sustainability on the part of business, and more respondents this year believe that sustainability-related strategies are necessary to be competitive.  But are sustainability-related topics one of the top three business challenges companies will face over the next two years?  Read more...


Maximize Your Sustainability Investment

CSRware logoIf your company has made a commitment to sustainability, how do you know whether the investments you've made toward that goal are working?  A great solution is CSRware's Sustainability Resource Management (SRM) platform, offering a flexible modular cloud-based delivery system to simplify getting started.  SRM allows you to quickly pinpoint, measure and predict energy and environmental costs.  CSRware, which is powering the 2012 Edison Awards, provides a valuable resource.  Read more...


World's First Carbon-Neutral Laboratory

The scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) (2011 Edison Award winners) are engaged in basic science research that has the potential to change society.  While doing all they can to find solutions to these issues through their science, they're now building what they believe will be the first carbon-neutral laboratory facility in the world, located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.  Read more...

New Jersey Public Schools Go Green

A nominee for a 2012 Edison Green Award, the New Jersey Public Schools' "Journey to Sustainability" program has produced an informative video describing their program, which has put solar panels on 50 public schools. Rodney L. Williams, one of the leaders of the initiative, narrates the video about the critical role that community partnerships and others played in getting it done.  Watch more...


Nothing Wasted. Everything Gained™


Preserve creates recycled products that are authentically green to the core at an accessible price. In 2011, the company was recognized with a prestigious 2011 Edison Green Award. It's powered by the recycling efforts of individuals and companies collecting #5 plastic (i.e. yogurt cups) via its "Gimme 5" program in place at Whole Food stores and other outlets across the nation. Gimme 5 collects and transforms these plastics into new Preserve products, and all recycling and manufacturing is done in the U.S.

Preserve strives to combine socially and environmentally responsible business practices with groundbreaking design to create products that people feel good about having in their homes. The company was launched in 1997 with the Toothbrush. Then as now, they make it and they take it back. When you send your Toothbrush back to them, a partner company will grind it up and turn it into plastic lumber for use in new picnic tables, park benches, and boardwalks. PreserveClick here for more information.

Win a Free Preserve Toothbrush!


When's the last time you changed your toothbrush? Dentists recommend you do so every 3 months. Make your next toothbrush one from Preserve, and do something nice for Mother Earth. The folks at Preserve will send free toothbrushes to 25 lucky winners who enter the sweeps October 10-15, 2011. Just visit the Edison Awards on Facebook and "like" us to enter. Be sure to "like" Preserve as well for a chance at future offers.

About the Edison Awards


The Edison Best New Product Awards™ are among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.  Unique to the world of award programs, the Edison Awards are focused on the innovators as much as the innovations.  The Edison Awards recognize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison and his tremendous legacy. Be sure to visit our website for more information, including award categories, nomination criteria, and a list of past winners.

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Early Nomination Deadline is Almost Here!


If you're nominating for a 2012 Edison Award, you should know that our Early Bird Nomination Fee will go up after October 14th.


So take action now!  For tips on what information you'll need to provide with your nomination, check out our new Nomination Guide.


The Value of an Edison Award


Nominations are now open for the 2012 Edison Awards.  But nominating is only the beginning.  Click here for a summary of how the Edison Awards works on behalf of its nominees, finalists and winners. 


  • Increased visibility - for an expanded customer base, new markets, financing, sales growth, PR exposure
  • Recognition - for the development team, marketing professionals, internal and external
  • Prestige - alignment with the Edison brand offers something that can't be bought
  • Opportunity - meet other innovators, expand your network, become a role model
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"A good idea is never lost. Even though its originator or possessor may die without publicizing it, it will someday be reborn in the mind of another...."


Thomas A. Edison