Funding the transition: A tale of two banks

February 9, 2022 by  
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Silicon Valley Bank and JPMorgan Chase make new moves into sustainable investment.

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Carbon-neutral Nabr apartments are move-in ready by 2023

January 18, 2022 by  
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Designers at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) are disrupting the housing market with a completely new way to buy customized sustainable apartments. You can buy one entirely through software. Just as startups have given us new online options for car buying, BIG wants to change the outdated way we shop for the right home. So where can you buy a Nabr apartment right now? In the heart of Silicon Valley at San Jose, California. Apartments are waitlisted, but should be move-in ready by 2023. To hold your spot, it is as little as 1% down or a $1000 deposit. The best part is: each Nabr home in this South of First Area is custom made. Related: Net-zero emissions area will be built on renewable energy Nabr homes are carbon-neutral in operation and all-electric power. They also have modern interiors, and, best of all, they allow you to choose your own layout and pick from design packages and upgrades just like you would a vehicle . What’s truly disruptive about Nabr homes is that you have options on how to finance them. You can buy the home in a traditional loan or qualify for the Nabr LEAP. The lease-to-buy program locks in the purchase price and allows you to earn credit toward the purchase of your home while you lease it first. The program creates a bridge to home ownership for so many people who find housing costs out of reach. Prices for one to three bedroom apartments start in the high $700,00 range, which is in the affordable end of San Jose apartment or townhouse . Nabr homes aim to fill the niche between luxury urban cost of living and more affordable suburban homes. Just 100 personalized apartments will be created in this project, but Nabr homes will be built in a similar fashion in other locations. + Bjarke Ingels Group Images via The Boundary

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How Las Vegas aims to be the next Silicon Valley for water innovation

October 25, 2017 by  
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With millions in state funding, a new startup incubator has begun luring water innovators to Las Vegas. The goal is to create a destination for water entrepreneurs akin to the culture of Silicon Valley.

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Silicon Valley’s top firms are embracing diversity

September 30, 2017 by  
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Google, HP and Facebook echo the #YesWeCode mission by championing minorities and women in the workplace — but there’s still room for innovation.

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Episode 73: Toyota drives employee engagement; women combat climate change

April 28, 2017 by  
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On this week’s podcast: A prelude to the people’s march on climate; Silicon Valley finds a fit in sustainable fashion.

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Net-zero Silicon Valley office prioritizes water conservation in drought-stricken California

December 2, 2016 by  
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A Silicon Valley office building that produces all the energy it needs on-site is a leading example of smarter, water-efficient architecture in drought-stricken California. The net-zero energy building, called Hanover Page Mill, was designed by Form4 Architecture to use significantly less water than comparable buildings thanks to low-flow fixtures, water-efficient irrigation systems, and native drought-tolerant plantings. Completed this year, the LEED Platinum-certified building was just awarded the LEAF Award in the Best Sustainable Development category. While the majority of corporate Silicon Valley office buildings are glass-clad behemoths, Hanover Page Mill bucks the trend with a more opaque facade that’s distinctly Californian with an earthy color palette. The building achieves net-zero energy on an annual basis with superior insulation, natural lighting, low-flow fixtures, and photovoltaic panels that provide all of the building’s electric energy use, including the energy used by the 15 on-site electric car chargers. The office uses 40% less water for toilet flushing when compared to similarly sized buildings, and 55% less potable water is needed for its drought-tolerant landscaping. Related: World’s largest green roof unveiled in the heart of Silicon Valley Hanover Page Mill is arranged around a C-shaped layout with two aboveground floors overtop an underground 118-space parking lot. A grand, south-facing square courtyard forms the focal point of the site’s central axis. “The project is the result of an exceptional design that blends form with function,” says Hanover Page Mill Associates’ James Gaither, Jr., a former ecologist for The Nature Conservancy . “We believe that designing toward sustainability and occupant health and comfort are the most valuable building attributes in today’s market, and will become essential in the future.” + Form4 Architecture Images by Craig Cozart Photography

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Episode 48: Data-powered supply chains & accidental environmentalists

October 14, 2016 by  
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This week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: CDP gets into the supply chain ranking business, Silicon Valley governments line up to buy their own power and a bestselling author on sustainable food.

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Tim O’Reilly on the WTF economy – What’s the future?

September 30, 2016 by  
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What’s the future of work? While engaging some of the world’s smartest people in fields as diverse as robotics, AI, the on-demand economy, and the economics of labor, Silicon Valley’s leading intellectual describes the key drivers of some of today’s most successful startups and about what technology like driverless cars, Siri, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana, and IBM Watson teach us about the future; specifically, how he’s starting to see their connections and how this will catalyze positive action across all industries.

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5 of the coolest innovations found at VERGE 16

September 26, 2016 by  
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From virtual reality tours of the ocean to multifaceted microgrids, sustainable technologies took Silicon Valley by storm last week.

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Episode 30: John Elkington on what’s next; Kashi & Clif Bar grow organics

May 19, 2016 by  
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Up this week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: The father of triple-bottom-line business goes to Silicon Valley, Hitachi hits the gas on sustainability and two famous food brands focus on organics.

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