Learn about the latest eco-friendly innovations and how local businesses are trying to reduce their impact on the environment.

  • Local company finds growing market for bamboo, coconut-based building materials

    When John Stein and his partners began Kirei USA in 2002, they had no idea it would eventually grow to the point where its eco-friendly panel boards would be distributed coast to coast, because back then, they had to talk up the green benefits of their product at trade shows and sales pitches.

  • Paying a premium for quality is always better than getting a good deal on incompetence

    The recent fiasco with the National Football League’s temporary referees is a great reminder for our industry that you “get what you pay for.” The NFL was unwilling to pay the premium for the quality that the NFL officials had been providing for years, and in return they received unqualified referees with little experience that had no business being there.

  • Manufacturers, recyclers face challenges to e-waste reduction

    According to a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of electronic waste created in the United States between the years 2000 and 2010 would fill enough space to cover the entire island of Manhattan at a depth of three feet.

  • San Diego company automates cellphone recycling

    The recent release of Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone 5 is of particular interest to San Diego startup ecoATM. It’s not the new technology that has ecoATM on alert. Rather, it’s the potential for an uptick in buybacks at its mobile device kiosks.

Roundtables

Profiles

  • Clean tech advocate, woman of action

    Holly Smithson's thirst for action and results led her to CleanTECH San Diego, the industry association that was just being put together back then by Mayor Jerry Sanders and Jim Waring, its founder chairman.

Newsmaker videos

Interview with Michael Powers of Stellar Solar

With over a decade installing residential and commercial solar, Stellar Solar is one of the oldest and most experienced solar energy companies now operating in San Diego – we specialized in solar before it was hot! 

Environmental Innovation Videos

Interview with Sidnee Chong, David Steel

Oct. 6, 2010 -- Sept. 23, 2010 -- Executive Editor George Chamberlin speaks with David Steel, CEO of Green Chamber of San Diego County, and Sidnee Chong, owner of EcoPackStore LLC, about green businesses.

Environmental Innovation Fall 2012

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