As urbanization increases, so does the need for smarter solutions in order to serve the needs of this increased population. Startups are using technology and innovation to sell directly to consumers in order make cities more efficient and sustainable. Meet some of the urbantech startups redesigning cities over the next in the next decade.
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There is an economic recovery happening, though it isn’t happening everywhere. Some localities and some skills are seeing much higher levels of job growth than others. Jobs in STEM-related fields grew by 17 percent last year compared to almost 10 percent for non-STEM careers, according to the U.S Department of Commerce. Those are good jobs too, paying 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. But those jobs are primarily going to men.
The grid as we know it typically operates by tapping several different power sources and by keeping some back-up on the side just in case. Oddly enough, it runs with virtually zero storage capacity, but that’s only because large amounts of electricity are difficult to store. This is a technological challenge, to be sure, but that’s only because it’s never been seriously addressed. Until now.
An estimated 140 million cell phones end up in landfills each year. With those cell phones go 4.7 tons of gold (worth $56 million) and 49 tons of silver (worth $8.4 million). And don’t forget the 80,000 pounds of lead, a known neurotoxin, that leach from landfilled electronics into drinking water each year. If we get into certified pre-owned gadgets like we’re getting into car sharing, what could the impact be?
The U.N. Environment Program’s 2015 report is chock full of facts and figures testifying to ongoing growth in global renewable energy investment. Following two years of lower totals, investors plowed over $270 billion into renewable energy in 2014, just 3 percent lower than the record high in 2010.
“80 percent of the market value of companies is contained in relationships with its stakeholders,” John Friedman, author of “PR 2.0: How Digital Media Can Help You Build a Sustainable Brand,” told TriplePundit. Therefore it’s vital to build a “strong connection between your digital communications strategy and your sustainability efforts.”
Before you pick up the keys to a new electric vehicle, you may want to check where you live and where you get your power. In Canada, a new report is throwing a monkey wrench into efforts of several provinces to convince residents to junk their gas guzzlers and go electric. The findings aren’t apt to make everyone happy, least of all those provinces that have invested in EV-buying incentive programs — and still rely on carbon-powered electricity grids.
South Africa is testing unmanned aerials vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, to stamp out rhino poaching in Kruger National Park, its “crown jewel” wildlife refuge.
The utility and fossil-fuel industries continue to spread a crude canard against the growing popularity of rooftop solar across America. The truth is this: Rooftop solar provides substantial benefits for everyone, regardless of who installs it.
SAP’s latest integrated report tracks its longstanding initiatives on sustainability, social programs and financial performance.
The Department of Energy is zooming in on U.S. military veterans and Native Americans as the Obama administration continues its effort to spur green job creation and deployment of solar energy.
One in 9 people across the globe lack access to safe water. For others, clean water comes plentifully from the tap. Can digital channels address the disconnect?
An innovative solution on the horizon in New York, called community net metering, may allow low-to-moderate income residents to benefit from the cost savings of distributed solar energy projects.
“Battery and other system component costs have been falling rapidly, allowing energy storage to become an economical alternative to traditional power generation for certain applications,” Navigant highlights in its latest Energy Storage Tracker report.
Hawaii has the highest solar photovoltaic penetration of any state in the country. Yet, between 2012 and 2014, the number of solar PV permits issued by the city and county of Honolulu declined by over 50 percent. Meanwhile, a massive logjam of permit applications built up in the state. Learn about the cause of the problem and the innovative solution here.