1st Electric Car Highlights From 1st Cleantech Revolution Tour Conference

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The initial Cleantech Revolution Tour conference that we held in Berlin was a lot of fun, and the presentations were packed with interesting facts, figures, charts, and jokes. We had a blast, and there’s no way to share all of the conversations, connections, and laughs (which is why I encourage you to come to our Leipzig conference or another future event). But I did spend essentially the whole day going through some of the electric vehicle presentations in…

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Suga Yoga Mats are Made from Recycled Wetsuit Materials

As a long-time surfer and yogi, I’ve long known that surfing and yoga have a great synergy: both offer great benefits for the body and mind, and the activities themselves complement each other. Yoga helps balance out the hard work of the muscles, while surfing makes the body stronger and more balanced. And now Suga yoga mats are bringing them together in a new way. An innovative green business, Suga is making yoga mats from recycled wetsuit materials. This unique mat…

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How to Green a Burrito or Fresh-Mex Restaurant: Top 10 Sustainable Strategies

Want to green your Fresh-Mex or burrito place?  There are some sustainable strategies unique to both restaurants in general and those which serve cuisine like burritos, tacos, and nachos.  Here are the top 10: Organi-fy your staples. Beans and rice are a staple on most Mexican/Fresh-Mex menus, and represent the grand majority of the calories you’ll be delivering. The great news is that this is an easy thing to get organic without breaking the bank. At our local food co-op,…

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Urban Metabolism and Re-Nuble

In the three years since I founded my own company, I have learned that linkages are borne out of the unlikeliest of places. Five years ago, I was sitting with my colleague, Ranjith Annepu, discussing an idea Karl Marx first introduced – urban metabolism. Urban metabolism studies cities as if they were organisms, which exchange materials and energy from their surroundings to sustain life. This concept, was inspiring to both Ranjith and I because a majority of the human population…

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Clean Tech Internet of Things Startup Aims to Ease Drought Conditions

NASA stated that 2014 was the “Earth’s warmest in 134 years of records”, and 2015 is set to be even hotter as the Earth’s average surface temperature continues to rise. Water conservation efforts are popping up all around California, as the state grapples with the effects of climate change. As the state’s snowpack has diminished year after year for the last few decades, state lawmakers have stepped up and finally put some concrete plans in place. Last year, Governor Jerry Brown…

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Disrupt Agriculture: A Startup Accelerator for Food System Entrepreneurs

This spring, four entrepreneurs with promising early-stage startups working in food and agriculture will get a chance to bring their dreams closer to reality through a unique startup accelerator program near Omaha, Nebraska. Disrupt Agriculture, which is the second accelerator program from Year of the Startup, will house four entrepreneurs in a farmhouse on an organic family farm, where they can take advantage of not only mentorship and startup resources, but also acreage and outbuildings to grow or make or…

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When Launching a Startup, Location Matters

For some types of ventures, the location can make a big difference in their success, and it’s not only relevant in real estate and brick and mortar businesses, but many other kinds of startups as well. Factors such as the tax rate, the cost of living, and the available workforce, among others, can affect how well a startup performs, and while those factors are secondary to the actual business itself, choosing the right location can be an important part of…

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