2011 is almost over, and that means it’s time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, both personally and as a society, so that we can make our resolutions for a better new year.
Although the fight for a cleaner, more sustainable world suffered repeated setbacks in the political realm (at least in America) there were still plenty of promising developments in the clean technology industry. While politicians continue to stymie government investment in clean energy, transportation, and agricultural advancements that could slow society’s contribution to climate change, entrepreneurs, engineers, and scientists haven’t slowed their work.
The clean tech industry saw more funding in 2011 than ever before, providing hope that while the clean tech revolution is woefully behind schedule, it’s still on its way.
On the following pages you’ll find six of the most promising clean tech innovations of 2011. Think we missed one? Share it in a comment!
1. Clean Rivers Project: Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C.’s Clean Rivers Project will all but eliminate the 2.5 billion gallons of wastewater overflow into the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. The tunnels come as the area’s largest infrastructure project since the Metro was built and will clean up area rivers as well as the Chesapeake Bay.
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