Category Archives: Sustainability

Prevent Another Flint; Make Data Machine Readable

To Prevent Another Flint, Make All Open Data Machine Readable

Open data can help us, the people of the United States, prevent the next Flint.  More specifically, real-time, machine-readable, regularly reported open data that is transparent from collection all the way through analysis. We cannot and should not rely on the government to always keep us safe. Numerous pundits and industry experts have said this. […]

Will Lab-Grown Beef Save the Planet?

Lab-Grown Beef Will Save the Planet—and Be a Billion-Dollar Business

Memphis Meats’s lab-grown meatball was prepared with “traditional Italian seasoning” and fried in a pan. At $18,000 a pound, the meat produced by Memphis Meats probably won’t be on your table any time soon. But many big-name investors are eyeing lab-grown meat, or “cultured meat” as it’s referred to in the field, as not just […]

Drought or Business Opportunity?

Turning Water Problems Into Business Opportunities

California Governor Jerry Brown recently imposed mandatory water restrictions to combat severe drought that “demands unprecedented action.” Many investors have grown familiar with the global trends changing in the way water is supplied, transported, treated and used. Those mega-trends, however, have not translated into much action from the venture community. The current drought in California […]

Pee-power toilet to light up disaster zones

Students and staff are being asked to use a prototype urinal to ‘donate’ urine to fuel microbial fuel cell (MFC) stacks that generate electricity to power lighting. The developers hope the pee-power technology will light toilet cubicles in refugee camps, where women are often at risk of assault in […] Click to view full article

This refrigerator runs on water and sunlight

This refrigerator runs on water and sunlight

Evaptainers are refrigeration devices that look like a large cooler and run on sun and water. The heat is drawn out of the unit’s interior onto highly conducive aluminum plates. They’re connected to a special fabric, which is kept wet, and the heat naturally dissipates through evaporative cooling.[…] Click to view full article

Did Education Suffer During the Great Recession?

Did Education Suffer During the Great Recession?

Opinion A statue of John Harvard looks out over Harvard Yard on January 20, 2015. Brian Snyder/Reuters When the Great Recession struck in 2008, it made young people think differently about American higher education, a Stanford economist says. While job opportunities dipped during the recession, student interest in college […] Click to view full article

Cyclone Pam Is Just the Start

Cyclone Pam Is Just the Start

An aerial view of the destruction after Cyclone Pam hit Port Vila, capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, on March 17, 2015. Edgar Su/Reuters In the wake of island nation Vanuatu’s devastation by Cyclone Pam, in which 320 mile-per-hour winds killed dozens of people and destroyed […] Click to view full article

Harnessing the Power of Human Waste to Survive

Harnessing the Power of Human Waste to Survive

Tech & Science Humans are almost self-contained biospheres, says National Geographic Emerging Explorer T.H. Culhane. Courtesy Jorma Görns National Geographic Emerging Explorer T.H. Culhane talks about harnessing the power of poo. Break down your take on trash and poop. In the field of industrial ecology, the mantra is that, […] Click to view full article