Episode 21: Microsoft's green upgrade; Google & GM talk self-driving cars

GreenBiz 350

Episode 21: Microsoft's green upgrade; Google & GM talk self-driving cars

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GreenBiz week in review

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

Lyft, Google, GM and the road to self-driving cars

Bad weather, hackers, inattentive human supervisors... the array of things that can still go wrong with self-driving car prototypes are nothing to scoff at. So how do regulators mitigate those risks while encouraging the development of a technology that stands to save lives and decrease pollution-generating traffic?

That was the question at an up-and-down Senate hearing on Capitol Hill this week, which Senior Editor Lauren Hepler covered in the story "Lyft, GM, Google ask Congress for hands-off rules on self-driving cars."

Belk's CT Anderson on retail and sustainability

As a veteran of Walmart's sustainability team, Candace "CT" Taylor-Anderson is no stranger to the unique environmental challenges of large-scale retail operations. Senior Writer Barbara Grady caught up with Taylor-Anderson to find out what's next in her current role with department store Belk.

GE and Cisco bank on smart lighting

Efficiency and environmental evangelists have hailed smart lighting as a game changer for years. But now, Senior Writer Heather Clancy reports that industrial heavyweights like GE and tech providers such as Cisco are wading deeper into the space, spurring bigger commercial deployments and pushing the green technology toward the mainstream.

Featured stories

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

Sustainability moves up the chain at Microsoft

On the heels of a big sustainability hire from Starbucks, Microsoft is making moves to further integrate the cause into its core business strategy. And that's for a company that already says it's saving $10 million a year thanks to an internal price on carbon.

Executive Editor Joel Makower covered the changes underway in the piece "Why Microsoft gave sustainability a promotion."

The future of climate action, from carbon pricing to resilience planning

Sometimes even baby steps are a big deal when it comes to clorporate climate action. That's certainly the case as businesses (slowly) prepare for a future where some sort of broadly-applicable carbon pricing exists.

Senior Writer Mike Hower laid out the link between efficiency upgrades and climate action in a recent article — a topic, he shared in a recorded interview, that dovetails with his thesis research currently underway on climate resilience.

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Free webcast

How do you get from point A to point B on your sustainability priorities? Tune into a free webcast April 5 on "Setting Our Sights On a Sustainable World: A Shift in Corporate Goal Setting."

Going tropical

What happens when tech and sustainability collide? Find out at VERGE Hawaii June 21-23 in Honolulu.

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Technical direction for GreenBiz 350 by Sureya Melkonian.