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Following the Money in the Amtrak Tragedy

An Amtrak train derailed last week in Pennsylvania, which triggered a set of questions that are not often associated with tragedy. Questions like, “Is Amtrak underfunded?” and “Could technology have prevented the crash?” seem out of left field. But given the current state of politics in Washington, these questions seem more legitimate.


3p Weekend: 10 Hottest Headlines of the Year

Did you miss out on any of the year’s biggest news? There’s only one way to find out. Give that inbox a break, and spend five minutes catching up on the hottest sustainability headlines of 2015.

The Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio 2016 Olympics: Amidst Doubts, One Stadium Stands Ready

The 2016 Summer Olympics are now less than two years away, and the situation remains complicated in Rio. Demonstrations against corruption, poor public services, and the billions of dollars being spent on the World Cup and the Olympics are widespread. Despite these doubts, one stadium stands proud and prepared to shoulder the weight of a nation.


4 Unsung Environmental Benefits of Online Education

Telecommuting started to become popular during the 1990s. Employers quickly discovered that they could both reduce costs and increase employee satisfaction through allowing them to telecommute to work. Online learning offers similar benefits to the organization and individuals involved. However, there are extra benefits to online learning for the environment.

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Freezing the Energy Impact of Data Centers

Air conditioning is key to many unlikely innovations — from refrigeration to cloud computing. But that cold air takes a lot of energy.

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Global Cooling?

Air conditioning is key to many unlikely innovations — from refrigeration to cloud computing. But that cold air takes a lot of energy.

mobile gaming for a greener planet

Can Mobile Gaming Help Save the Planet?

It may seem a touch hyperbolic to say that mobile apps and video games can have any impact on the environment, but in fact, that is the very goal of numerous apps now available for iOS, Android and Windows devices. The idea is simple: Through gamification, an app can promote sustainability, recycling and other green initiatives.

Ohio's Blue Creek Wind Farm may signal a change for the state.

Ohio Wind Farm Proves the Case for Smart Renewable Energy Policy

Ohio, it’s fair to say, isn’t known as a leader in the transition to renewable energy. Yet, in northwest Ohio’s Van Wert County sits Blue Creek Wind Farm, a 300-megawatt set of turbines that repudiates such resistance. In fact, the wind farm is a textbook case for why renewable energy deserves a public-policy tailwind, argues IEEFA Executive Director Sandy Buchanan.

Best Buy E-waste Recycling

Is There a Business Case for Product Take-Back?

There are many environmental and financial benefits to extended producer responsibility (EPR): the idea that a product’s manufacturers and retailers should assume responsibility for the environmental and social impacts of the product throughout its lifecycle, from sourcing the material and production to consumer use and disposal. But can EPR – and taking responsibility for a product’s waste management, in particular – augment a company’s bottom-line, or is it always a loss leader?


Twitter Chat Follow-Up: Leveraging Technology for Sustainability

During our recent Twitter chat with HP, one participant asked, “What are the greatest areas of opportunity for sustainability and technology?” Gabi Zedlmayer, Vice President and Chief Progress Officer for HP, answered in 140 characters. Now, she responds in depth.

Autodesk Venzuela

Design as an Agent of World Benefit

Autodesk is well-positioned to help creative types tackle sustainable design with tools that provide the electronic equivalent of a sustainability guru looking over their shoulders and guiding them as they produce their solutions.