Meet the winners of the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

The sixth annual University of Washington Environmental Innovation Challenge took place Thursday in Seattle, with 23 teams competing with new technologies that re-imagined alternative fuels, recycling, solar power, water treatment and more. Here’s a look at the six winners of the event, chosen by a field of more than 170 judges from the community, with descriptions from… Read More


A dirty cloud? Amazon and Twitter receive failing grades in ‘green Internet’ report

Facebook, Google and Apple are considered leading innovators when it comes to deploying renewable energy to power its data centers and cloud-based technologies, while Amazon and Twitter are “stuck in a dirty energy past.” That’s the latest finding from Greenpeace’s report: Clicking Clean: How Companies are Building the Green Internet. The report, released today, details how… Read More


PolyDrop turns paint into conductive coatings, wins $10K at UW environmental challenge

College students are saving the world. Well, maybe not all of them. But the teams that participated in last week’s Environmental Innovation Challenge at the University of Washington are certainly impressive by our standards. Teams from universities and colleges around the Northwest congregated at the UW to pitch their innovations that addressed energy, urban agriculture,… Read More


Clean out your desk and attic: It’s battery recycling day in Seattle

Got some old batteries laying around the house or office. Well, here’s your chance to get rid of them in an environmentally-friendly way. Today is the City of Seattle’s first-ever Battery Recycling Day, with residents encouraged to take old batteries found in cellphones, laptops and cordless power tools to Seattle Center’s International Fountain until 6 p.m…. Read More


Geek of the Week: Artefact’s Fernd van Engelen on design, inspiration and water bottles

 Our latest Geek of the Week is looking to change the world, one water bottle at a time. Product designer Fernd van Engelen, industrial design leader at the Seattle-based firm Artefact, is raising funds on Kickstarter for a project called 999Bottles, aiming to manufacture thousands of stainless steel bottles with dials for tracking the number… Read More