Issue #111
June 5, 2015

Doing Good with your Degree

When I graduated from college at 23 I didn’t know what I wanted “to be when I grew up.” I had spent a summer working in financial reporting for a big bank – I was horrible at that job, truly horrible, and I hated every minute of it. I had a degree in economics and politics, but had no interest in joining the civil service like most of my classmates. ... Read More

Functional Fungi

Ecovative, a materials science company that started in 2007 as a college project, adapts living systems to create Earth friendly materials and products. The patent protected process uses mycelium (mushroom “roots”) to convert locally sourced agricultural waste like corn stalks and cotton burrs into renewable, cost effective, home-compostable, alternatives to plastic foams and engineered woods. ... Read More

Lose the Lawn

A few years back, one of my colleagues suggested that we “campaign to get rid of lawns.” At the time, I didn’t understand why we’d wage a war on grass. I grew up in a modest home with a smal ... Read More
Issue #111
June 5, 2015