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Harnessing the Benefits of Open-Source Sustainability Tools

May 14, 2011, 04:12 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Opening up intellectual property for the common good can be traced back to the early 1970s when a group of Vietnam veterans patented their wheelchair designs and put them into the public domain, Gelobter said.

"Since then, we've seen the emergence of the Eco-Index, an open source, industry-created tool to help companies evaluate product environmental footprint, and the Eco-Patent Commons, an online repository of free patents that carry some sort of environmental benefit."

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