From Uber to Ford; Detroit and Honolulu see green

May 30, 2017 by  
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This month’s Names in the News roundup of green business career moves spans the world of transportation, cities and apparel.

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Episode 62: Where are we now? Adobe on hope in the Trump era

February 3, 2017 by  
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On this week’s episode: We talk about the findings of our State of Green Business report 2017; Richard Eidlin from ASBC and Vince Digneo of Adobe let us in on their plans for navigating our new political reality.

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A new power player at PG&E, Boeing grabs GE’s aviation chief

November 29, 2016 by  
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This month’s Names in the News roundup of green business career moves spans the worlds of utilities, cities, clean energy and more.

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Tesla confirms SolarCity acquisition is complete

November 21, 2016 by  
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Last week, Tesla shareholders “overwhelmingly” showed their support for a merger with SolarCity , the solar energy company started by Elon Musk ‘s cousins. On November 21, a Tesla spokesperson confirmed the $2.6 billion acquisition is finished, which will enable Tesla to offer solar power to complement their electric cars and wall batteries . Tesla first floated the idea of an acquisition back in June , saying should the acquisition go through they would be the “world’s only vertically integrated energy company offering end-to-end clean energy products to our customers.” Tesla started Tesla Energy in early 2015, offering products such as the Powerwall battery, and saw a SolarCity acquisition as a logical next step. Related: Tesla shareholders “overwhelmingly” approve SolarCity merger Some people are still concerned the merger doesn’t make a lot of financial sense for Tesla in the short term. CFRA Research analyst Efraim Levy told CNBC about the acquisition, “Whatever the synergies are down the road, it’s negative for current holders.” Some analysts say the SolarCity acquisition is too risky. Tesla has recently unveiled products that make a lot of sense for a combined company, such as solar roof tiles and a glass solar roof for the Model 3. Tesla also indicated they think the merger will be beneficial for their company; in a statement in early November they said SolarCity would “add more than half a billion dollars in cash to Tesla’s balance sheet over the next three years.” Other people point to Musk’s drive as one factor that pushed the deal through, even if it won’t benefit investors right away. Musk addressed the merger in his Master Plan, Part Deux , saying that the fact that Tesla and Solar City were two distinct companies “is largely an accident of history.” He said, “Now that Tesla is ready to scale Powerwall and SolarCity is ready to provide highly differentiated solar, the time has come to bring them together.” Via The Verge Images via SolarCity Facebook and Heisenberg Media on Flickr

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The new solar-powered Wheelys 5 bicycle cafe serves up coffee and much more

September 29, 2016 by  
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https://youtu.be/mJinfBpfoMI The original Wheely’s café was little more than a humble coffee-making box on a bike. But, the company’s dedication to sustainable products and efficient design led to 550 cafés popping up in over 65 countries. The latest Wheelys cafe branches out from selling strictly coffee to act as a full-service, high-tech mobile kitchen. Related: Tiny Human-Powered Wheely’s Cafe Serves Coffee Brewed by the Sun The Wheelys 5 is decked out in cutting-edge technology. A solar panel on top the cart provides clean renewable energy, and built-in LED lights illuminate the cafe at night. The kitchen offers a 3 burner gas stove, running water, a hand sink, and a built-in display, and the cafe can event be outfitted with Wi-Fi. Despite all that tech, Wheelys is still a small organic business based on down-to-earth sustainable values. It’s still your friendly neighborhood cafe, just with more stuff. + Wheely’s 5 Open Source Bike Cafe

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Here’s the patent that could crush Monsanto and save the world

September 29, 2016 by  
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Monsanto has a new enemy… fungi . Mycologist Paul Stamets holds a patent for insect-killing fungi – or mycopesticides – that could disrupt the pesticide industry and ” help save the world .” According to Stamets, after insects eat the fungi, they ” become mummified ” and a “mushroom pops out of their head.” Entomopathogenic fungi are a particular type of fungi that kill insects . When Stamets’ family had a problem with carpenter ants, he turned to entomopathogenic fungi for answers. Insects typically avoid the spores of fungi that could result in their demise, so Stamets morphed a fungus culture into a “non-sporulating form.” The spore-less fungi attracted the insects, which ate the mycelium of the fungus. Stamets said the carpenter ants at his house carried the mycelium to their queen, and just a week after laying the fungus traps, there were no more sawdust piles – the telltale sign of carpenter ants. After the mushrooms sporulate, they repel other insects. Stamets described the system as a “near-permanent solution.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI5frPV58tY An insect-killing fungus could have huge implications for companies that peddle toxic pesticides. Stamets gave a TED talk on his insect-killing fungi, as well as on five other “ways mushrooms can save the world,” and in his talk said of his patent, “It’s been called an Alexander Graham Bell patent. It covers over 200,000 species. This is the most disruptive technology – I’ve been told by executives of the pesticide industry – that they have ever witnessed. This could totally revamp the pesticide industries throughout the world.” Related: Life Box: Paul Stamets Unveils Brilliant Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Box Stamets is also the founder of Fungi Perfecti, a company that offers mushroom products from all-natural insect repellent to mushroom tea to MycoGrow , a product that reduces the need for fertilizer and helps plants grow faster. + Fungi Perfecti Images via Paul Stamets Facebook and Wikimedia Commons 1 , 2

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Invisible Portal disappears into the Andes Mountains with a mirrored facade

September 29, 2016 by  
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The small 13-square-meter Invisible Portal lives up to its name with its mirrored facade . The studio placed the viewpoint on a highpoint of an Andes mountain trail that stretches between Guaranda and Babahoyo. “The number of people who visit the natural vantage point use this space as a point for meeting and to rest on the grass,” said Natura Futura, according to Dezeen . Related: Prefab timber rest stops overlook gorgeous views of Mexico’s volcanoes Hikers can take a rest at the Invisible Portal, which has a small opening on the rear wall for access to the wood-lined interior. Timber steps that span the width of the interior double as seating at the edge of the structure. + Natura Futura Arquitectura Via Dezeen Images via Natura Futura Arquitectura

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Big career shifts: Utility exec to solar CEO, Dell to NRG

September 8, 2016 by  
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This month’s Names in the News roundup of green business career moves includes a former Duke Energy executive’s jump to REC solar and a new VP for NRG.

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Here’s your sustainability summer reading list

July 29, 2016 by  
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If green business is your trade, take these books on a train, a plane or to the beach.

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EPA limits on aircraft emissions are ready for takeoff

July 29, 2016 by  
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The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday declared that jet engine exhaust endangers public health by contributing to climate change, a key milestone as it works to develop regulations that will cut carbon emissions from commercial aircraft.Large commercial jets account for 11 percent of all emissions from the global transportation sector. Aircraft emissions are expected to grow by 50 percent by 2050 as demand for air travel increases.

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