GreenBiz 350

Episode 12: The future of green design, from 3D printing to buildings

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GreenBiz week in review

A weekly roundup of the news you need to know about.

Ex-NRG CEO: "If I was right, why was I fired?"

David Crane, clean energy advocate and former CEO of independent power producer NRG Energy, kicked off the week with a candid piece on life from inside a company dealing with the turmoil that can accompany a massive socioeconomic shift like the transition to renewable energy.

Stay tuned for more from Crane, whose newest piece is, "If I was right, why was I fired?"

The state of the solar job market

It's not your imagination; the U.S. solar industry really is getting bigger at a rapid clip. A new solar job census documents three stright years of 20 percent-plus employment increases, creating a domestic workforce of some 209,000 people.

Senior editor Lauren Hepler analyzes the good and the not-so-good in the new job numers in the article, "209,000 and counting: The solar job boom by the numbers."

Microinsurance and the economics of climate change

During last month's United Nations climate talks in Paris, one key theme that emerged was "loss and damage" — or how to cope with the financial toll (not to mention the distressing human toll) of climate change impacts like extreme weather.

GreenBiz Senior Writer Mike Hower takes a look at the nascent market for "microinsurance" in developing  countries vulnerable to these climate risks in the piece, "Microinsurance and the new market for climate equity."

Featured stories

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

3D printing meets biomimicry

Sure, you've heard about fancy plastics and futuristic metals being used in the 3D printing of everything from auto parts to firearms. But that's just the beginning.

GreenBiz Senior Writer Barbara Grady's new story, "Autodesk and the pursuit of bio-inspired 3D printing," turns the focus to 3D printing materials inspired by the discipline of biomimicry, or design that mimics biological processes.

Building for resilience

Oakland-based writer Molly Miller joins us in the GreenBiz studio to talk about the rise of resilient building, or how structures can retrofitted or designed to withstand shocks such as extreme weather made more likely with climate change.

Her most recent article is, "How resilience will shape the future of building design."

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.

GreenBiz 16

With winter (finally) dropping thermostats across much of the country, we're heading for warmer weather in Arizona next month.

GreenBiz 16 runs Feb. 23-25 in Arizona, when chief sustainability officers from Fortune 500 companies will come together with NGOs and others to hash out the biggest issues in the world of green business.

The State of Green Business, 2016

As we ramp up for a new year of free online webcasts, get ready for a big one. On Feb. 2, we'll unveil the ninth annual State of Green Business report, and you can save your spot here at no cost.

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Technical direction for GreenBiz 350 by Sureya Melkonian.