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Meet 5 Companies Making Sustainability Sexy

At the SXSW Eco Data + Tech competition last week, each contestant addressed a traditionally boring topic: air pollution, fire hydrants and lamp posts, river recovery, a solar garage, and dilapidated cultural sites. Are you asleep yet? These beautiful and fun projects will wake you up.


Lab Meat to the Rescue? Not So Fast

In theory, lab meats sound fantastic. They reduce the ethical challenges of eating meat, and the need for massive farms, a major source of pollution.


What Role Do Microbes Play in Tackling Global Food Security?

How will we feed our rapidly expanding global population, set to hit 9 billion by 2050, while not contributing to climate change in the process? This past week at SXSW Eco, a panel of experts from business, academia and the farming community took on this question, asserting that we’ve got part of the answer right under our feet: microbes.

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Why Startups Are Not Interested in Sustainability

Last week I attended the New York City Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s demo day, where the accelerator’s latest cohort of startups presented themselves to a large audience of investors and venture capitalists. The presentations were great, but one thing caught my attention: None of the startups (well, except maybe one) could be considered a sustainable startup.


How Will Automakers Reach Nearly 55 MPG by 2025?

A panel at SXSW Eco 2015 discussed how cars will become substantially greener and leaner in a decade, due in large part to advanced lightweight materials such as carbon fiber-reinforced plastics.

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PHA Bioplastic: The best possible use of food waste

How do you reuse a dirty, smelly waste material like the sludgy mess from industrial food production to create bioplastic? One team is doing just that. Whether driven by the desire to be gold star eco-citizens or because they hope to succeed where others have failed, Brian and Ian with Full Cycle Bioplastics shared their team’s award-winning plan with me and at SXSW Eco this week.


3p Weekend: Your Cheat-Sheet to the VW Emissions Scandal

What exactly is the Volkswagen emissions scandal, and why is it such a big deal? Spend a few minutes consulting our cheat-sheet, and you’ll have all the information you need to keep up with those conversations at the water cooler.


Role Businesses Should Play in Social Change

With many companies dedicated to building solutions for everyday problems, others are increasingly focusing on tackling major societal issues. With proper investment strategies, such as impact investing, companies and tech startups in particular can be catalysts for solving some of the most pressing global social issues.


Volkswagen Is Not Alone in Emissions, Performance Problems

Critics are asking why it took the EPA and California Air Resources Board 18 months to tell consumers that they were aware of serious emissions problems with some VW diesel vehicles. And while fed and state regulators say they will be looking more closely at other brands, a European advocacy group has already determined that VW is not alone in its problems, and that there needs to be greater oversight in testing by government regulators.