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How to Green a Burrito or Fresh-Mex Restaurant: Top 10 Sustainable Strategies

Want to green your Fresh-Mex or burrito place?  There are some sustainable strategies unique to both restaurants in general and those which serve cuisine like burritos, tacos, and nachos.  Here are the top 10: Organi-fy your staples. Beans and rice are a staple on most Mexican/Fresh-Mex menus, and represent the grand majority of the calories […]

September 24th

Closed-loop Hydroponics: The Urban Answer to Agrihoods

    In the history of urban planning, one of the hallmarks of American society was the advent of the modern suburb. The economic expansion post-World War II saw a mass exodus from traditional urban areas to the seemingly endless expanse of land in the continental US. Neither urban nor rural, suburbs quickly became the new American normal. […]

September 24th

Urban Metabolism and Re-Nuble

In the three years since I founded my own company, I have learned that linkages are borne out of the unlikeliest of places. Five years ago, I was sitting with my colleague, Ranjith Annepu, discussing an idea Karl Marx first introduced – urban metabolism. Urban metabolism studies cities as if they were organisms, which exchange […]

August 31st

California Drought Presents Water Innovation Opportunities

The catastrophic drought in California, one of the richest regions of the world, is a crisis for householders, farmers and industry, but it could prove to be a great spur for water innovation. “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune,” Shakespeare wrote in Julius […]

June 30th

Flotation Centers: Water-Wasting Trend or Eco-Opportunity?

One can rarely predict the market. Whoever plays the entrepreneurs’ game is usually running a gamble and it’s at an expensive cost when you consider what’s at stake. Some of the biggest environmental tragedies of the last twenty years involve risky actions of oil companies that have caused irreparable damage to some of the areas […]

June 29th

How Activated Carbon is Providing Clean Water in Developing Countries

While the developed world takes access to clean, safe water for granted, developing countries are not so lucky. According to a January 2015 article on Wired.com, a shocking 2.5 billion people, or 40% of the global population, lack adequate sanitation. Roughly half of all hospital patients in the developing world are suffering from illnesses related […]

Disrupt Agriculture: A Startup Accelerator for Food System Entrepreneurs

This spring, four entrepreneurs with promising early-stage startups working in food and agriculture will get a chance to bring their dreams closer to reality through a unique startup accelerator program near Omaha, Nebraska. Disrupt Agriculture, which is the second accelerator program from Year of the Startup, will house four entrepreneurs in a farmhouse on an […]

February 2nd

Greening the Food Supply Chain (Infographic)

To build a more efficient, and more sustainable, future, it’s going to take a big effort across all industries, and while there’s been an emerging renewable energy evolution taking place (especially in solar PV, as the cost of solar continues to drop), and an increasing focus on water conservation and efficiency, there’s another huge area […]

January 28th

What Is the Cost of Sugar to the Planet?

Sugar seems to be popping up everywhere in packaged foods these days, which is a big health concern for those who consume a lot of it, but even aside from the issue of the health effects of sugar on the body, there’s another part of the story, which is the effect that growing sugar has […]

January 26th

Eco-Opportunity: Water Management Technology to Reduce Virtual Water

Depending on where you live, the increasing pressure on water supplies may not be immediately obvious, and the effects of water scarcity may not be evident, but in many places around the world, it’s already affecting residents, communities, and businesses. And while it’s certainly wise to conserve water at home, the bulk of our water […]

January 8th

Water Sustainability: Is Your Business Ahead of the Curve?

Originally published on SIWI by Jens Berggren. Roughly 80% of all water withdrawn globally is used to produce goods or services for exchange (commercial purposes1). When it comes to tackling global water challenges, the private sector holds the keys to change the game. The Stockholm Industry Water Award is presented each year at the World […]

November 11th

Ancient African Superfood Recipe Starts by Milking a Banana

The non-dairy beverage industry is full of so-called milks made from almonds, soybeans, rice, coconuts, and even oats, spawning a variety of jokes that start with something like “but how do you milk a nut (grain, bean, etc)?” However, this abundance of options for grain and nut milks gives those who are lactose intolerant, have […]

November 11th

Free Tool Quantifies Water Scarcity Risks for Businesses

In a time when we’re experiencing an increasingly drier climate, with a booming population and growing demand on water supplies, water scarcity is a very real risk, not only to individuals and communities, but also to businesses that require water in their operations. Water is all too often undervalued and the market price is very […]

November 5th

Local Food Hub Software Offers Comprehensive Custom-Branded Platform

Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen a huge rise in the awareness in consumers of the importance of supporting local farmers and growers, and an accompanying surge of chefs and restaurants getting on board by buying and preparing more locally grown and produced foods, which has been a big factor in the success […]

September 30th

Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Challenge Seeks Innovative Scalable Solutions

The latest Business Innovations initiative from Imagine H20 is seeking innovative and scalable solutions, which can bring about “quantifiable cost savings” or environmental impacts, to water and wastewater infrastructure issues. Instead of looking at point-of-use or consumer innovations for water and wastewater concerns, the Infrastructure Challenge, which begins on October 1st, is a “path to […]

September 22nd