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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.

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3p Weekend: These 10 Social Innovators Are Sure to Inspire

A group of innovative thinkers from India and East Africa joined the SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship program in Silicon Valley earlier this month. The CEOs represent social enterprises working in agriculture, education, energy, health care, and water and sanitation. This week we learned more about these innovative thought leaders. Read on to be inspired.

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Will Amazon Dash Buttons Kill Sustainable Consumption?

Amazon announced earlier this week that its Dash buttons are available now for all of its Amazon Prime members. For $4.99, members can buy a button connected to a specific brand and use it to reorder products of that brand. The Dash mantra is as simple as the service: Just press and never run out. But before you start daydreaming of an effortless future, where smart devices make your life so much easier, I’d like you to ask yourself – is this utopia or dystopia?

From rides to homes, the sharing economy is taking off. But, like all other companies,

A Safety Net for the Sharing Economy

As more companies join in this disruptive business model, they must ask, “How will we keep our workers and contractors safe?”