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EPEAT: Moving the Electronics Market Toward Green Standards

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.


Toms of Maine: Turning Hot Air into a Sustainable Resource

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.

Aero Farms technical-diagram

Vertical Farm Takes Food Production to New Heights

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.


Renewables — 70% of New Power This Year

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.

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Masdar’s Solar Hub Provides Unique Test Facility in the Middle East

Despite the obvious advantages of an ever-shining sun, the Middle East is actually less than ideal for solar power — explaining, at least in part, why its development of solar power has been slow. This is what motivated the folks at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, to establish the Masdar Solar Hub: a state-of-the art solar testing and R&D hub for photovoltaic and solar thermal technology.


Amazon Invests Big in Wind Power

Amazon Web Services recently announced plans for a 208 megawatt wind farm in North Carolina’s Perquimans and Pasquotank counties. When completed, it will be the first utility-scale wind farm in the state. Once the wind farm is completed, Amazon’s renewable power projects will deliver over 1.3 million megawatt-hours of power, or enough energy to power 15,000 American homes a year.

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Regional Cap-and-Trade Shown to Save Money While Boosting Economy and Cutting Emissions

When the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was established, organizations like the Institute for Energy Research and the Heritage Foundation argued against any type of carbon tax or cap-and-trade program, saying that they would “inflict high costs on families.” What has actually taken place differs widely from these dire predictions.


Irvine, California: Planning (Indoor) Agriculture for the 21st Century

Freelance blogger Jim Pantaleo has fond memories of youth in agricultural Irvine, California, a place which would soon morph into a bedroom community of Los Angeles and stronghold for all that is “The OC.” Fast forward to 2015 and learn of a new kind of agriculture that is taking shape.


General Mills Writes an Animals’ Declaration of Freedom

General Mills, the company behind brands like Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Bisquick, Progresso and Hamburger Helper, announced it’s going to start requiring its egg, dairy and meat farmers to treat animals better.


The Digital Divide: States Miss the Mark, But Business Leaders Don’t Have To

The modern digital divide is no longer about those who use computers versus those who don’t; it’s about how people access the Internet. Low-income Americans are less likely to have at-home Internet access or own a computer. This is where states missed the mark when ‘modernizing’ their Medicaid application processes, but business leaders don’t have to make the same mistakes.


SunEdison Bets On Emerging-Market Renewables

Over the past several months, SunEdison has acquired a portfolio of 757 megawatts of renewable-energy assets (wind, solar and hydro) through nine transactions in seven emerging markets. And SunEdison has made a believer out of big-money investors, having attracted a $175 million equity stake from the private equity firm the Blackstone Group and two others.

The Wollastonite mine near Garies, South Africa.

South Africa’s Mining Industry Offers a Glimmer of Hope

Rolling blackouts and energy shortages plagued South Africa for most of 2015. The nation’s power-hungry mining industry, Africa’s largest, causes much of the strain – while struggling to cope. But South African miners, having already penetrated off-grid areas, are discovering benefits of renewable energy.


Green Aviation Climbs to New Heights on Multiple Fronts

This turns out to be quite a week for green aviation. First, an incredible milestone in the historic journey of the Solar Impulse as the fuel-free aircraft successfully completed a five-day crossing of the Pacific from Japan to Hawaii, the longest solo manned flight in history. Then, United Airlines, announced that it would invest $30 million in a program that would produce jet fuel from trash.