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Episode 31: SolarCity takes Hawaii; UPS, Aveda alums talk retirement

What happens when one of the U.S. mainland's biggest solar producers heads island side?

That's one of our featured stories on this week's installment of the GreenBiz 350 podcast covering all things sustainable business.

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GreenBiz week in review

Tune in at 2:00 minutes into the episode for a weekly roundup of the news you need to know about.

"An Inconvenient Truth," 10 years later

Back when it was released in 2006, Al Gore's Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" delivered a kick in the mouth to those insisting that climate change wasn't a real issue.

A decade after the film's release, GreenBiz Vice President and Senior Analyst John Davies asked a group of current sustainability executives what significance the project had on their own careers in the piece "How 'An Inconvenient Truth' influenced a generation of professionals."

And GreenBiz 350 host Joel Makower looks back on his own film that was released the same year.  Written by Joel and co-produced with Free Range Studios, Climate: A Crisis Averted is a 4-minute video that was billed as “the climate movie with a happy ending.” 

Will Big Brother soon be in your car?

From shred rides to self-driving cars, there is no shortage of hype about the future of transportation.

Senior Editor Lauren Hepler reported from Silicon Valley this week on the roadblocks standing in the way of a low-emission, congestion-free utopia: "5 make-or-break questions for sustainable transportation."

Sneak peek: CEM7 clean energy meeting heads to San Francisco

In the wake of the Paris climate talks late last year, environment and energy ministers from around the world will head to San Francisco next week for the seventh annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM 7).

If you won't be there in person, we've got good news: GreenBiz will be doing a free all-day livestream June 2 from the event, which is expected to attract luminaries such as U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Apple environmental chief Lisa Jackson.

Featured stories

An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business. Tune it around 22:00 and 42:30 to hear this week's features.

SolarCity takes solar-storage package to Hawaii

Given that Hawaii was the first U.S. state to set a time-bound 100 percent renewable energy goal, it makes sense that big clean energy players would seek out avenues to break into the state.

Senior Writer Barbara Grady reports on the unique energy market on the island of Kauai, and how SolarCity's new efforts there could spill over into other locales. 

What happens after you retire from corporate sustainability?

In the world of big business, it's not uncommon to retire at a relatively young age. But where does that leave sustainability professionals who often play a unique role within corporations?

"Talent Show" columnist Ellen Weinreb interviews five sustainability execs who have given up their high-ranking roles at major companies on finances, identity and finding the next chapter in the piece "Can you ever really retire from sustainability?"

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.

Pack your bags

What happens when tech and sustainability collide? Find out at VERGE Hawaii June 21-23 in Honolulu. Can't make it? Mark your calendar for VERGE 2016, happening Sept. 19-22 in Santa Clara, California.

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Technical direction for GreenBiz 350 by Sureya Melkonian.

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