Zero Percent, a Food Rescue App


  • Sustainability Problem
    • Up to a third of harvested food is wasted.  This inefficiency causes higher water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions than would otherwise be necessary to feed the population.
    • In industrialized countries up to 40% of food waste happens at the consumer site when people and restaurants discard unused items from their kitchens.
    • At the same time, 1.2B people globally do not have enough food to eat.
  • Technology/Solution
    • Zero Percent is an app that allows commercial restaurants to donate their food to charities like soup kitchens and food banks.
    • Donor lists the food items available and non profits can select the products that are right for them (for example, bulk nonperishable items could be more appropriate for a food bank) and schedule a pickup
    • The restaurants are charged a fee for participating and presumably less food waste reduces the overall waste disposal costs for the restaurant.
  • Stakeholders
    • Restaurants
    • Nonprofits that serve food to low income populations
    • Non profits already in the food rescue business (ex: City Harvest)
  • Implementation Steps
    • Market to businesses with clear business case for waste cost savings
    • Partner with existing food rescue organizations
    • Invest in drafting and complying with local food safety guidelines to protect brand.
    • Aggressive targeted community outreach to build strong networks of donors and recipients in select communities.

Next up: Smart Shower (= 70% Water Reduction in Misty Cloud

Problem: World water supply in decline – World population rising = Water Depletion Risk

According to the USGS: “Old showers used to use up to 5 gallons of water per minute. Water-saving shower heads produce about 2 gallons per minute.”

Hence, a 10 minute shower = 20-50 gallons of water.  Need a more efficient, less wasteful way to shower.


Technology: Nebia Team – re-engineering the shower to consume 70% less water in every shower.

  • What is Nebia:
    • A “warm cloud” = Nebbia = Mist in Italian
    • It surrounds you with a thick mist of tiny water droplets.
    • There’s no stream of water projecting toward user.
    • Similar to a steam room
    • There are two settings: a lighter and high-pressure
    • The Experience: “one second you’re totally dry, and the next you’re completely soaked. There isn’t any “getting into” the stream”
  • Technology Source: Mr. Gomez Andonaegui when facing scarce water supply while managing Sport City health club chain in Mexico City

 Technology Stakeholders

  • The Nebia project stakeholders:
    • Engineers and technicians
    • Technological partners
    • Suppliers
    • Sales teams
  • Contractors / Project Managers
  • Consumer facing stores (Home Depot/Etc)
  • Architects
  • Investors

Implementation: It’s coming up!

  • Investment required to allow company to develop large scale production.
  1. Tim Cook just invested, among other investors
  • Testing has been done: Equinox Gyms, Apple and Google campus, and Stanford University
  • Nebia team is raising funds through Kickstarter – aiming to launch first batch of shower-heads by spring of 2016



Intelligent Water Efficiency Management

1. Sustainability problem: Water Managemen

  • Water is becoming one of the planet’s most stressed resources.
  • Access to clean water is a critical issue that affects economic activity, development and business around the world.
  • Water utilities lose 10 – 60 percent of the water they pump to consumers.

2. The technology: Intelligent water efficiency analytics.

  • With the objective of reducing water loss and the cost related to this problem, IBM developed the “IBM Intelligent Water Platform for Water Efficiency Management”.
  • This is a flexible platform tat monitors a city’s entire water infrastructure in real time.
  • With the platform, a public or private water utility can unite data for a holistic view of its entire water infrastructure.
  • It enables insight and control over every face of water management — from pressure, to consumption, to maintenance — so you can predict pipe failures, manage water loss and reduce costs.

To learn more read the following article:

3. Organizational stakeholders:

  • IBM Smarter cities’ Team
  • City Water Authority
  • Consumers

4. Steps to deploy the technology

  • Step1: Find a city with the interest of improving their water management system.
  • Step 2: Identify the available data sources that can be used in the platform.
  • Step 3: Incorporate new data to the platform and start a pilot in the city.

Internet of Things: The Most Sustainable Business Model Ever?

1) Energy, Water, Waste, Civic Engagement: Since the Internet of Things (IoT) works to combine data from various sources into one integrated, usable platform, this technology has the opportunity to benefit many environmental categories.

2) Article Title: Internet of Things: The Most Sustainable Business Model Ever?
Website: Triple Pundit
Link: here

  • As stated in the article, “the Internet of Things is a business model that reduces waste and streamlines processes, promising to deliver greater value from a smaller amount of resources”. Therefore, by employing IoT models, we can achieve greater efficiency and seamless integration across platforms.
  • The article highlights the fact that it was the onset of the internet which disrupted how everything worked before the technological age, so it’s the internet which will also allow for us to continue to upgrade and integrate systems into the future.
  • Future disruptions due to internet advancements are expected to be “enabling”, as opposed to “disruptive”.
  • The value of IoT comes from the ability to collect huge quantities of data and cross-analyze the data to come up with meaningful information.
  • This level of analytical specificity was never possible before the onset of the internet. Now that we have the new capabilities to get into minute details and cross-analyze various data clusters, we are able to reach analytical depths never before imaginable. This can facilitate the transition into a more integrated, efficient, and sustainable future that is able to flex with the changing times.

3) Organizational stakeholders: data software developers, data analyzers, data centers, tech companies, governments, NGOs, private businesses, various market sectors including energy, tech, waste, agriculture, buildings/real estate, transportation, etc. Stakeholders for the IoT are far-reaching.

4) The first 3 steps in deploying this technology:

  • Continue to develop ways to collect data
  • Continue to develop ways to analyze data
  • Keep data platforms non-proprietary so that they can be used across industries/companies/disciplines/sectors

Tracking Tech Drives Dayton, Ohio’s Recycling Incentive Program


Garbage has a high economic and environmental cost and burdens local municipalities. Increasing recycling rates can ease both the environmental impact of “landfilling” and the cost borne by municipalities.


  1. Dayton, Ohio, recently launched an incentive-based  recycling program for residents that is made possible by radio frequency identification (RFID) tags affixed onto recycling bins and asset tracking software.
  2. The program offers cash prices to encourage recycling.
  3. To select winners, the city randomly chooses four recycling bins each month that are tagged with RFID. The RFID tags placed on the recycling bins store the address of the resident using the bin as well as an identification number. The data are transmitted through a special antenna installed on each garbage truck. The RFID hardware and information are integrated into an “asset tracking platform” that helps Dayton officials plan recycling pickup routes, schedules, budgets and usage rates.
  4. Their goal is to double the amount of material recycled to 1,000 tons monthly. That would represent a $250,000 a year savings.
  5. To purchase the technology and 10,000 recycling bins, Dayton spent $500,000 in federal stimulus funds.
  6. Other cities, like Laurel, MD use RFID to identify residents who don’t recycle and work with them to comply through warnings and tickets.



  1. Elected officials
  2. Department of Public Works/Sanitation
  3. Residents


  1. Vision and leadership to implement
  2. Funding
  3. Communication to drive resident participation

J Hamerman