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How Germany Became a Solar Superpower

Germany continues to break records in solar power and renewable energy production overall. How are they doing this, and how does the U.S. compare?

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How Architecture and Landscaping Can Address Sustainability Goals

Sustainability features and employee engagement priorities are reflected in Zurich North America’s new Schaumburg, Illinois, headquarters. The 40-acre campus, which broke ground this June, is set to open in fall 2016 with an anticipated high level of LEED certification.

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SolarCity’s New GivePower Foundation Brings Light to Schools in Need

It’s been going on quietly, behind the scenes, for five years now. SolarCity’s board chairman, Elon Musk, said back in 2010 that the company needed to get involved in disaster relief and to be give as it grew. Its efforts became the GivePower Foundation in 2013. This week, the foundation was granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS and is now a public charity.

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Uber’s Unethical Astro-Turfing: A Sign of Things to Come?

Uber turns the users of its app into a lobbying tool against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Even though it is a multibillion-dollar company that is far, far bigger than any taxi company (many of which are independently-operated small businesses), Uber painted itself as a victim and told users to fight back against “special interests,” despite all the evidence that the biggest special interest in this fight is … none other than Uber itself.

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The Triumph of Solar in the Energy Race

Bad news is all around us from loss of species to global warming, social fragmentation, and growing inequality. The good news is that we’re in the race. And we might just be winning, says Hunter Lovins, president of Natural Capitalism Solutions. The speedy growth of solar may just help us solve the climate crisis while creating jobs and invigorating the manufacturing industry.

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Sharing Economy Comes to Outdoor Gear

From the love of the outdoors and a dream to create a more sustainable world, Warren Neilson and Joel Cesare created StokeShare: a marketplace that allows you to experience any outdoor activity you can think of without the expensive cost of gear. Rachel Odenweller of Near Me sat down with Neilson to talk about how StokeShare came about, as well as his goals for the future.

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SolarCity’s Buffalo Boom Brightens Local Economy

The solar giant just completed the 1.2 million-square-foot shell for a manufacturing plant that near the Buffalo River. The $900 million factory is the centerpiece of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s upstate economic development plan, that he calls the Buffalo Billion.

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Setting Goals for Diversity: The Silicon Valley Challenge

You know it can’t be a good sign when a congressional caucus turns up at your door to ask about your diversity numbers. But it’s also an indicator of the changes taking place in business these days — particularly in the under-diversified Silicon Valley.

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Biodegradable Batteries … For Real?

Biodegradable batteries are all-natural, nontoxic, and compatible with smartphones, laptops, wearable electronics and medical devices. But when will they find commercial success?

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Visualizing Climate Change with Virtual Reality

Recognizing the need to communicate the severity of current circumstances, scientists are looking to new technology to help broaden awareness of the global issue. Virtual reality, back in the spotlight after years in relative obscurity, has already proven to be a powerful tool in getting people to rethink their relationship to the planet and its resources.

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Google Drives Air Quality Research With Street View Cars

Do you ever sniff the urban air and think, “Gee, I wonder how much nitric oxide I just inhaled?” If so, you won’t have to wonder any more because soon Google will have that data for you. For a month, three Google cars zipped around Denver for 750 hours and collected 150 million data points about air quality. Google and its partners hope to scale the system across the country.

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Internet of Things: The Most Sustainable Business Model Ever?

Is the Internet of Things the most sustainable business model ever? Yes. And here’s why: at its core, the IoT is a business model that reduces waste and streamlines processes, promising to deliver greater value from a smaller amount of resources. But that’s not all.

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Hop on the Rise of the Sharing Economy

The social stigma around sharing is receiving less of “who would do that…” and more of ‘sign me up!’ With the sharing economy on a roller coaster ride that’s only going up, the question that remains is: How do you join in and make a dime — or an impact?

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Shell Battles for Drilling Amid Plummeting Profits in Second Quarter

It’s been a rough week for Royal Dutch Shell. Profits are down, angst about its Arctic oil-drilling operations are way up, and costs for previous oil spill fiascos are still on the books. There’s a lot riding on the oil and gas giant’s rep, and it doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of sympathy from the shoreline.