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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Color-changing glass bathes the interior of the new Canvas Worldwide headquarters in vibrant light

March 14, 2017 by  
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Visitors of the new west coast headquarters of global powerhouse Canvas Worldwide are treated to a surprising mix of colorful spaces that reflect the company’s dedication to creating original and inspiring work. The journey into the interior of the new building, designed by architecture firm A + I, starts with an unexpected reception area and leads through a sequence of vibrant glass-enclosed spaces that change color depending on the light. The architects designed the building for Canvas Worldwide, a joint venture between Horizon Media and global creative powerhouse INNOCEAN Worldwide. Located in Silicon Beach, Los Angeles , the new headquarters joins several tech giants and brands, including Google, Snapchat YouTube, BuzzFeed, Facebook, AOL and Hulu, who chose this location to built their offices. Related: South African office building was designed to keep its occupants healthy The reception area is defined by three floating venetian plaster planes tilted at different angles. This space forces visitors to pause and prepare to discover the interior of the building without preconceptions. From here, visitors are led into the heart of the project: ?a multi-purpose social, meeting and event space . This double-height space features vertical slab cuts that create interesting visual angles. One of the most important features is the dichroic glass that changes color depending on lighting conditions. Related: LEED Platinum-certified New Balance World Headquarters raises the bar for indoor environmental quality “We put a lot of thought into the relationship between our architecture, culture, technology, and collaboration,? and the result is a design that enables collaborative thinking amongst our employees,” said Paul Woolmington, CEO of Canvas Worldwide, about the project. “We have great people with a clear vision and purpose; and providing them with this incredible space will further promote unrestrictive creative thinking.” + A+I Photos by Michael Wells

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New silicon nanoparticles could finally make solar windows commercially viable

February 22, 2017 by  
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The trend toward integrating solar into homes and buildings seems to be taking off. First Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his rooftop solar shingles that are invisible when viewed from the street. Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca have developed technology that could usher in a future with photovoltaic windows harvesting renewable energy from the sun. The research, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Photonics, demonstrates that high-tech silicon nanoparticles embedded into luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) can make the performance of solar windows more efficient, comparable to flat solar concentrators. “In our lab, we ‘trick’ nature by shirking the dimension of silicon crystals to a few nanometers, that is about one ten-thousandths of the diameter of human hair,” said University of Minnesota mechanical engineering professor Uwe Kortshagen, one of the senior authors of the study. “At this size, silicon’s properties change and it becomes an efficient light emitter, with the important property not to re-absorb its own luminescence. This is the key feature that makes silicon nanoparticles ideally suited for LSC applications.” Related: Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics Photovoltaic windows could be a game changer in the race to power cities with renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Modern glass office towers could be retrofited with photovoltaic windows that wouldn’t change the aesthetics of the building and yet would be able to meet the structure’s electricity needs. According to the US Department of Energy, turning the windows at One World Trade Center into solar collectors could power more than 350 apartments. The researchers say that silicon nanoparticles could make solar windows commercially viable for the building-integrated photovoltaic market. The silicon nanoparticles, which are produced using a plasma reactor and formed into a powder, could realize flexible LSCs that efficiently capture more than five percent of the sun’s energy. One day soon the sun shining on skyscrapers in cities around the world could also be the source of their energy. + Highly efficient luminescent solar concentrators based on earth-abundant indirect-bandgap silicon quantum dots Via Phys.org Images via University of Minnesota

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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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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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The circular economy as a $1 trillion opportunity

September 26, 2016 by  
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Aided by the Internet of Things, circular flows use are being realized with growing speed. Here are stories from two of the world’s largest companies.

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Moffett Place High Garden is a lush rooftop park that replaces an underused parking deck in Silicon Valley

March 25, 2016 by  
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SunPower, SolarWorld top 2015 solar scorecard

December 10, 2015 by  
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Yet many solar companies continue to avoid transparency, threatening the long-term viability of the industry, warns the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.

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From Google to GE, big shakeups in sustainable business

September 3, 2015 by  
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A White House veteran heads to Silicon Valley, an energy giant makes a big promotion and the CSO of a major utility heads to the startup world.

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Majority of oil and gas companies want a climate deal, says CDP

September 3, 2015 by  
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A CDP poll of 2,000 publicly traded companies found that nearly half — including a majority of fossil fuel energy companies — support negotiation of a climate agreement to limit global warming.

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