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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Innovation

Will Self-Driving Cars Reduce Emissions?

Apr 18th, 2018 | By Katrina Kazda

Despite recent fatal accidents, there is little question that self-driving cars are here to stay. What is not yet clear is whether driverless cars represent an environmental boon or an unforeseen emissions nightmare. The answer is up to us.
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Innovation

Our Top Stories of 2016

Dec 27th, 2016 | By Sustainable America

Every year, we like to take a look at our most popular blog posts from the past 12 months. This year’s list highlights a few projects that deserves special mention, in case you missed them.
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Innovation

Sustainable America Joins 1% for the Planet

Apr 18th, 2016 | By Sustainable America

Sustainable America is thrilled to join the growing network of businesses and nonprofit partners aligning through the 1% for the Planet movement to protect and improve our world. Just like the team at 1%, we passionately believe in the power of connections and the strength of a bond between businesses and mission-driven organizations.
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Innovation

2015 Year-End Review: A Year of Ingenuity

Feb 15th, 2016 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

One of the most popular movies of 2015 was The Martian, a story of an astronaut, stranded on Mars, who uses ingenuity to grow food in poor Martian soil, capture solar energy to extend the distance he can travel in rovers, and communicate with the public on Earth. This captivating movie has a lot in common with the year we had at Sustainable America.
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Innovation

Voyo Is Turning Older Cars Into Fuel-Efficient Smart Cars

Nov 19th, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

You’ve got a FitBit for your body. Soon, you can have something similar for your car. San Francisco startup Voyomotive has developed Voyo, a telematics system that can tap into your car’s diagnostics system and allow you do a whole host of things previously only available on tricked-out connected cars. We’re most excited about Voyo’s fuel-saving features, like a plug-and-play start/stop system, that can help drivers dramatically cut idling time and drive more efficiently.
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