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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 40: The rise of vertical farms; remaking manufacturing

We're baaaack...

After a quick summer vacation, the weekly GreenBiz 350 podcast covering the news you need to know about sustainable business is back with a packed episode.

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GreenBiz week in review

Tune in at 3:15 minutes into the episode for a weekly roundup of the news you need to know about.

Why manufacturing will make or break clean energy

When it comes to renewable energy, much of the emphasis on innovation is (understandably) put on the generation technology itself — things like solar panels and wind turbines. As the Department of Energy now recognizes, however, the future of these technologies will in many ways depend on manufacturing breakthroughs that enable cost-effective production.

The real estate titan banking on solar

With corporate renewable energy buying on the incline, a recent ranking of the biggest business users of solar surfaces a surprise No. 2 player: real estate investment trust Prologis. Senior writer Heather Clancy explains in the piece "The real estate titan second only to Walmart on solar."

Stuffstr: Uber for stuff?

A range of companies are in the market to cut down on waste by finding new life for all the stuff that belongs to businesses and consumers alike. University of Minnesota Professor and former Best Buy executive Leo Raudys details one such effort in the story "Can Stuffstr become the Uber for stuff?"

Featured stories

An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business. Tune it around 16:20 and 32:40 to hear this week's features.

Vertical farming hits a new high

By now you've likely heard about the towers of lettuce growing indoors in places like Japan or warehouses in places like New York stacked with vertical farms.

The sci-fi tinged field has certainly captured the imagination, but what is the real upshot for sustainability? Senior Writer Lauren Hepler reports in a Q&A on "LEED for vertical farms? Defining high-tech sustainable food."

(To hear more from pioneers of vertical farming, attend VERGE 16 Sept. 19 to 22 in Santa Clara, California) 

Dell, Levi's and what's next for the circular economy

Tequila ingredients turned car parts is just the beginning. A whole range of companies are wading into the so-called "circular economy," where waste is the enemy and radical reuse is the goal.

Senior Writer Mike Hower breaks down who's who among big companies and upstarts active in the field in the piece "8 companies to watch in the circular economy."

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.

Buildings, transportation, utilities... oh my!

VERGE 16, our big annual event covering the convergence of technology and sustainability, is just a month away. This year, we're also adding a new summit series covering the circular economy, next-gen buildings, sustainable transportation and the utility of the future.

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Technical direction for GreenBiz 350 by Sureya Melkonian.

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