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Michael Dell

Dell is working with partners to make packaging for its devices out of more sustainable materials like bamboo, wheat straw and even mushrooms, said Michael Dell at the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference on Tuesday. To prove his point, he and Fortune Managing Editor Andy Serwer ate small pieces of edible packaging made from mushrooms (see around minute 13) — of course, dipping them in soy sauce first. Michael Dell said he is enjoying the fact that the company is now private because it allows the company to be more bold, and think more long term. Looks like it!

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Energy software company Opower has built a business off of encouraging utility customers to curb their energy consumption through detailed energy bills. But will this method work as well when it’s around time-sensitive peak grid events (like a hot Summer afternoon)? This Summer Opower says it is expanding its behavioral demand response program, where Opower’s software nudges residential customers to lower their energy consumption during peak grid events, to 1 million homes. Unlike other competitors like Nest, Opower doesn’t use a device in the home like a thermostat. Baltimore Gas and Electric, Efficiency Vermont, Consumers Energy and Glendale Water & Power are all participating.

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In its first earnings report as a public company, energy software player Opower said it’s grown its revenue for the first quarter of 2014 substantially, compared to a year ago, but also widened its quarterly loss. In Q1 Opower generated revenue of $28.57 million (up from $19.02 million in ’13), and reported a loss of $6.98 million (from a loss of $2.71 million last year). The company’s stock is down 3.41 percent today.

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Make Our Pins Green

Greenpeace has been trying to persuade Amazon to commit to more clean power for its cloud computing service AWS, but to little avail. Now the environmentalists are turning to AWS’ big customers, like Pinterest. On Tuesday morning, Greenpeace protested outside of Pinterest’s headquarters handing out green cupcakes and calling to “make our pins green.” Other big consumer Internet users of AWS include Netflix, Spotify, Vine, Yelp, AirBnB and Reddit.

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