Innovation

This Cheap Sensor Could Solve a Big Food Waste Problem

Jul 31st, 2019 | By Marlene Cimons

Scientists have developed a low-cost microchip that can tell if food is safe to eat.
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Innovation

Electric Ice Cream Trucks: Two Scoops, Hold the Emissions

Jun 28th, 2019 | By Amy Leibrock

The sound of an ice cream truck sends kids and adults digging for change on a hot day. The trouble is that most trucks need to use a lot of fuel and spew dangerous emissions while parked to power freezers and equipment. Is there a way to get a greener frozen fix?
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Eco Living, Innovation

New Ways to Close the Loop on Single-Use Packaging

Mar 18th, 2019 | By Stacy Torino

Consumer pressure on companies to reduce single-use plastics has been building. Here’s a look at new ideas and established solutions that go above and beyond traditional recycling.
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Innovation

Turning Food Waste into Bioplastic

Jan 10th, 2019 | By Michaela Haas

Californian twin brother surfers set out to solve twin problems: Unimaginable food and plastic waste. The result is an affordable bioplastic that can safely degrade in in the environment.
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Innovation

Leilani Münter: The Best Green-Sports Story of 2018

Dec 19th, 2018 | By Lew Blaustein

Eco-athletes became more of a thing in 2018 — and that’s a very good thing, according to Lew Blaustein, who writes about the intersection of sports and the environment for GreenSportsBlog. This year, he named racecar driver Leilani Münter as the best green sports story of the year. Here he explains how Münter’s steadfast dedication to environmental issues is paying off.
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Innovation

Mission-Driven Investments Move Sustainability into the Mainstream

Oct 18th, 2018 | By Gray Peckham

When Sustainable America was founded in 2012, it was a bit of a maverick in the non-profit world. We went a step beyond what was standard at the time by investing in early-stage companies engaged in solving environmental problems. What followed was a string of 15 rigorous, mission-aligned investments that continue to grow and create financial, social, and environmental benefits. The success of this portfolio has shown that investing in these kinds of companies can be profitable, which is critical for the longevity of this sector. Learn more about our portfolio and how some of the most successful companies are making a difference.
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Innovation

3 Ways AI Is Working to Improve Agriculture

Sep 25th, 2018 | By Elaina Tiller

Artificial intelligence is changing many things in our lives, including the way our food is produced. Find out how new technologies are helping farmers reduce chemical inputs, detect diseases sooner, buffer against labor shortages, and respond to weather conditions as the climate changes.
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Transportation, Innovation

Hytch: An App that Pays you to Carpool

Aug 17th, 2018 | By Lew Blaustein

Nashville startup Hytch is helping solve Music City’s traffic problem by rewarding drivers and passengers who carpool and rideshare with cash and other incentives.
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Transportation, Innovation

How School Buses Could Help Run Your Air Conditioning

Jun 13th, 2018 | By Kevin Stark, Energy News Network

What if instead of sitting idle for much of the summer, school buses had a seasonal job helping to balance the electric grid? The state of Illinois is about to test that potential.
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Food System, Innovation

The Future of Burgers

May 25th, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

If you follow food trends, it seems that we’re having a reckoning with the all-American hamburger right now. Here’s a look at the changing burger landscape, just in time for Memorial Day.
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