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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 22: Uber for commuters, Apple's reuse robot, a flood of water news

This week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: employee carpools get a high-tech makeover, Apple takes on e-waste and GE leads a flurry of investment around World Water Day.

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GreenBiz week in review

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

Will Apple's reuse robot really curb e-waste?

"Liam" is Apple's nickname for a new robot designed to breakdown the component parts of used iPhones for recycling or reuse. He's already got a flashy video extolling the virtues of a more circular economy under his belt, but will Liam be a game changer when it comes to the bigger picture for electronic waste?

Senior Editor Lauren Hepler takes a look in the article "What Apple's reuse robot says about sustainability and tech."

4 forces driving next gen climate leaders

Empathy and an aversion to incrementalism are just two of the defining characteristics that Sustainia CEO Laura Storm identifies in her piece "4 traits that define the next generation of climate leaders."

Microgrids fuel island industry

Importing oil and diesel to far-away islands is really inefficient — and really, really expensive. As the Rocky Mountain Institute's Kaitlyn Bunker and Kate Hawley report, that's part of what makes renewable energy and microgrids so appealing in remote locations.

Read more about what how renewable power is being put to work for mining and electricity in their piece "How microgrids are powering island industry."

Featured stories

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

Uber for commuters?

Employers are (finally) catching onto on-demand rides to help curb taxing employee commutes and crammed office parking. That's the takeaway from companies like Ride and General Motors, which are appealing to businesses to meld technology-enabled transportation services with the good old fashioned efficiency of carpools to work.

Business wades into World Water Day

Senior Writer Barbara Grady reached full saturation on water coverage this week tracking the ways companies anted up around World Water Day, a la GE's new $500 million commitment to water R&D.

But with water now ranking at the top of the World Economic Forum's global risk list, it will take underlying stressors, like groundwater depletion and aging infrastructure, to keep the global economy flowing.

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.

New research

Sure, infinitely reusing natural resources and the array of other parts that make up all the products we buy sounds good in theory. But how does the concept of the circular economy square with day-to-day business realities? Don't miss a new joint report by GreenBiz and UPS to find out.

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.

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