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Greentown Labs All Stars: C16 Biosciences

You might not realize how many items you use every day contain palm oil. Shampoo. Lipstick. Nutella. Bread. Ice cream. About half of all items at grocery stores include palm oil, sometimes under a different name, according to C16 Biosciences Co-founder Shara Ticku. The problem? Growing palm oil is a major cause of deforestation. It […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: Autonomous Marine Systems

When you consider how much of the planet is covered in water, we don’t know all that much about our oceans. Less than five percent of the ocean has been explored, according to Autonomous Marine Systems (AMS) CEO Ravi Paintal. The ways that researchers currently collect ocean data are costly and inefficient, Paintal argues. Most […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: Biobot Analytics

What’s the key to gathering more information about epidemics? Looking at sewage, Biobot Analytics Co-founder and CEO Mariana Matus suggests. Matus first became attuned to the vast data available in sewage while getting her Ph.D. in computational biology at MIT. She and fellow co-founder Newsha Ghaeli made a list of all the things they could […]


‘We Envision Gas Stations As Hubs of Environmental Advocacy’

You use reusable shopping bags. You recycle, and maybe even compost. You take the T whenever you can. But sometimes, driving is unavoidable—maybe your job is inaccessible by public transit, or maybe the bus never showed. You take your car, even though you cringe when you think of the impact non-electric cars have on the […]


Greentown Labs Gears Up to Open New Center

Greentown Labs, the country’s largest cleantech startup incubator, will open a facility in early December that will more than double its square footage. The incubator offers lab, event, and coworking space for new companies that are focused on solving environmental and energy-related problems. Its new expansion, the Greentown Labs Global Center, aims to be a gathering […]



It Takes a ‘Ville-age: Part II

This is the second in our four-part series highlighting local leaders in Somerville, which first appeared in our July/August issue. You can find part I here. When Methodist pastors are appointed to a new church, that nomination isn’t only to their congregation but to that city or town at large—a commitment that Justin Hildebrandt takes […]