Episode 1: NASA's green trip to Mars, food tech takes root

GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 1: NASA's green trip to Mars, food tech takes root

Welcome to the weekly GreenBiz 350 podcast.

Welcome to the premiere edition of the new GreenBiz 350 weekly podcast. Just click the play button above and you'll be able to hear the whole thing — no fees and no sign-up required.

Each week, we’ll bring you news and insights from the world of sustainable business with members of the GreenBiz team and an array of interviews.

Be sure to check www.greenbiz.com/350 for a new podcast every Friday. A subscription option through iTunes will also be made available in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, we'd love your feedback about the show. Send it to us at [email protected].

Want to know more about the stories, companies and initiatives mentioned during the show? Check out the handy guide below:

GreenBiz week in review

A weekly round up of the news you need to know about.

The evolution of corporate energy

PPAs and RECs may sound like alphabet soup, but the market for corporate renewables is heating up. Energy attorney Peter Mostow explains in a piece on "Google, Walmart and corporate energy 2.0."

For more on how companies are buying clean energy, check out the work of the Rocky Mountain Institute's Business Renewables Center or read up on the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles pioneered by WRI and WWF.

Sustainable cities of the future

Associate Editor Lauren Hepler talks artificial intelligence, smart cities and the explosion in urban data collection in a Q&A with Future Cities Lab co-founder Jason Kelly Johnson.

It's all part of a bigger rush toward smart cities, public-private collaboration and "sub-national" climate action.

Talking trash

A recent New York Times piece on "The Reign of Recycling" has set off something of a firestorm in sustainability circles, with the Closed Loop Fund's Rob Kaplan offering a pointed fact check and As You Sow's Conrad MacKerron penning a piece titled, "You say 'recycling is garbage?' Trash that argument."

The skirmish also raises much bigger questions about the future of waste, such as how zero-waste goals could become reality and the ways the circular economy craze might impact recycling.

Featured stories

An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business.

Sustainable space travel takes flight

What does NASA's ambition to send astronauts to Mars have to do with sustainability on Earth? A lot, it turns out.

Executive Editor Joel Makower explains with the help of two NASA experts, including astronaut Cady Coleman, in "Can NASA’s far-out travel plans bring sustainability to Spaceship Earth?"

Understanding the food tech boom

One thing is for sure: Entrepreneurs and investors have gotten the memo that the food business is ripe for new entrants — especially those with technologies that can help increase production while reducing the drain on natural resources.

The urban farming boom is one area to watch (here are 10 companies feeding that trend). Big Food is also eyeing the space with a mix of concern about new competition and interest in getting a slice of the action.

What's new at GreenBiz?

News, events, webcasts, the list goes on. Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest in sustainability by keeping up with GreenBiz.

VERGE 2015

It's baaaaack. VERGE 2015 is coming to Silicon Valley, Oct. 26-29.

Fortune 500 companies, investors, startups and city officials will be talking smart cities, grid 2.0, next-gen buildings, connected transportation, sustainable water systems, intelligent supply chains and food tech.

Free online events

Listeners anywhere also can tune in for two free upcoming events: A Twitterchat on Oct. 21 covering information technology's impact on renewable energy and a Nov. 3 webcast on green infrastructure and sustainable cities.

To make sure you don't miss the newest episodes of GreenBiz 350, bookmark GreenBiz.com/350.

Have a question or suggestion for a future segment? E-mail us at [email protected].

Technical direction for GreenBiz 350 by Sureya Melkonian.