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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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.
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?
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.
The recent shut-down of the once “disruptive” app HomeJoy, which had $40 million in funding, may be the sign of things to come as the gig economy evolves alongside the growing freelance movement.
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.
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?
UNICEF is challenging social innovators, designers, entrepreneurs, engineers, makers and technologists around the world to design ‘wearables for good.’
Is it possible for modern market economies to effectively coexist with gift economies? Is the decentralization of industries via the sharing economy the happy medium?
People may feel helpless when taking on the task of trying to save the planet, but that’s where technology comes to save the day. The killer combination of technology and sustainability has led to the creation of the following apps that help people live a more sustainable life.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Circular Economy and Green Electronics
Government regulation is often the go-to answer when it comes to environmental issues, like reducing waste in landfill. But when it came to developing standards to reduce e-waste and ensure that computers, monitors and other electronics were built ‘green,’ it was purely a matter of industry consensus. Oh, and lots and lots of hard work.
SPECIAL SERIES: The ROI of Sustainability
Today’s technology makes yesterday’s most basic, manual tasks — like cleaning an intricate set of pipes — a whiz. But it also creates its own challenges when it comes to recovering precious resources and reducing your carbon footprint. Tom’s of Maine, famous for natural personal care products, figured out a way to ensure that its manufacturing and sterilizing processes can still meet the demands of the company’s 2020 sustainability goals.
In the city of Newark, New Jersey, a company known as Aero Farms has decided to build a new $30 million corporate headquarters in an abandoned steel mill, which will include a vertical farm. When complete, the 69,000-square-foot facility will grow roughly 2 million pounds of baby greens and herbs, creating 78 new jobs in an area with an unemployment rate that is twice the national average.
The future of electricity in the U.S. of A is in renewables. Renewable energy accounted for almost 70 percent (69.5 percent) of new electricity generation in the U.S. during the first half of this year.