Renewable Energy & Sustainability

SmartBrief on Sustainability

News about the future of sustainable business

SmartBrief on Sustainability

Give half the planet back to nature, says E.O. Wilson



To prevent a second great extinction on the scale of the one that killed the dinosaurs, humanity needs to set aside 50% of the planet's surface for conservation purposes, says legendary evolutionary b… Read More

Wind Energy SmartBrief

The latest wind energy news and information

Wind Energy SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Wind Energy Association

Report: Ariz. wind, solar projects to create thousands of new jobs


  • Cronkite News Service (Arizona State University)

Arizona's wind and solar projects will likely drive the growth of new jobs in the state, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs. In the second quarter, wind energy businesses reported … Read More

RFA SmartBrief

News on ethanol and other biofuels

RFA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Renewable Fuels Association

Dinneen expresses optimism for changes in 2014 blending targets


  • Platts Energy Week

Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said he believes that the Obama administration has realized its error in proposed reductions of 2014 ethanol blending targets. Reduci… Read More

A&WMA SmartBrief

Air and waste news for environmental professionals

A&WMA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Air & Waste Management Association

N.C. city considers charging residents for trash output


  • Charlotte Observer (N.C.), The

Charlotte, N.C., is about to seek proposals for its recycling contract, and among the options is a private company's plan to charge residents per bag of solid waste. Read More

Industrial BIOtech SmartBrief

News in the industrial biotech industry

Industrial BIOtech SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Biotechnology Industry Organization

Italian scientists produce bioplastic from agricultural waste


  • Quartz

Scientists from the Italian Institute of Technology have extracted cellulose from rice hulls, cocoa pod husks and parsley and spinach stems using a solution of trifluoroacetic acid. The researchers to… Read More