UPDATED BY
Matthew Urwin | Aug 12, 2022

Environmental sustainability is one of the most pressing needs of our time. With threats like global warming, rising sea levels and frequent wildfires, it’s no wonder so many of us feel unsure about what specific problem to address next. 

Some companies in greentech are figuring out how to save and protect our environment. The work of sustainability-focused tech teams is quite literally shaping our future for the better.

In 2020, it was reported that renewable energy made up more than 29 percent of global electrical consumption, a number that’s predicted to continue climbing as more and more people learn about the benefits of solar, wind and hydropower. Whether they’re working on big projects, like sustainable city planning, or smaller ones, like helping families shop for energy-efficient appliances, these 22 environmental companies are helping make the world a better, and greener, place.

Environmental Companies To Know

  • AECOM
  • HDR
  • Planet
  • Aurora Solar
  • Redaptive
  • Uplight
  • Inspire
  • WeaveGrid
  • Encamp
  • Sealed

 

Environmental Companies to Know

Founded: 1990 

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California 

AECOM is an infrastructure consulting firm that supplements engineering and architecture expertise with sustainable practices. The company’s environmental professionals collaborate with universities and trade associations, remaining up to speed with the latest green practices. As a result, AECOM helps clients meet the highest standards in air quality, natural resources management and other areas.

 

Founded: 1917

Headquarters: Omaha, Nebraska 

HDR is a longstanding presence in architecture and design, but the company continues to innovate with its environmentally-friendly methods. With a focus on renewable energy, the company features a portfolio that includes hydro, solar and wind energy projects. The firm also prioritizes environmental sciences, paying attention to how structures impact their surrounding ecosystems and communities. Clients can then rely on HDR to develop buildings that cater to the unique needs of groups and their landscapes.

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Founded: 2010

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Planet is an environmental tech company that produces imaging satellites capable of delivering complex data that scientists, governments and other companies can use to understand environmental conditions. Planet works to help agencies and companies use geospatial data to make safer and more sustainable decisions regarding their environmental impacts.

 

Founded: 2013

Headquarters: Fully Remote

Aurora Solar combines cloud computing technology with energy efficiency to create solutions that help energy technicians manage their workflows and deliver better results to their customers. Its software platform collects all aspects of the solar panel commissioning process under one umbrella, providing engineers the opportunity to manage financing, modeling, sales and permit compliance from one unified location.

 

Founded: 2015

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Companies that either rent or own their office spaces can find it difficult to transition their pre-existing environments to cleaner power. Redaptive lends a hand by helping companies deploy energy-efficient solutions across all their properties. It markets its services as EaaS (Efficiency-as-a-Service), helping clients plan and install clean energy solutions, and maximize savings by charging for energy usage with a monthly utility bill.

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Founded: 2004

Headquarters: Boulder, Colorado

Partnering with utility companies like National Grid and Unitil, Uplight delivers cutting-edge workflow software products to utility companies across the globe. Its technology services help energy and utility providers personalize their services to engage customers on a deeper level, making it possible for companies to provide energy reports and manage demands from one central platform.

 

Founded: 2014

Headquarters: Santa Monica, California

Inspire offers a combination of mobile technologies and energy services to homeowners looking to transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy. The company’s wind energy services allow homeowners to personalize their pricing based on their needs and budgets, and the company offers a mobile app with which its customers can track and adjust their energy usage.

 

Founded: 2018

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

WeaveGrid’s Silicon Valley-based team develops infrastructural software solutions to support the deployment of electric vehicles. The company’s adoption of cloud-native technologies help it to create electric grid systems that ease the transition from traditional transportation to electric travel.

 

Founded: 2017

Headquarters: Fully Remote

Encamp helps companies stay green and manage their environmental compliance by providing them with a centralized platform for managing risk, evaluating regulations and filing paperwork. Its platform gives companies insight into both local and federal environmental regulations so that they can always stay compliant, and automated agency reporting so that they can eliminate repetitive tasks.

 

Founded: 2012

Headquarters: New York, New York

Sealed provides a holistic service suite to homeowners looking to optimize their energy usage and maximize their savings, offering everything from air sealing and insulation installation to smart home technology implementation. The company’s service payment model requires customers to pay only after they’ve experienced marked improvements in their energy usage, ensuring that home owning clients get exactly what they pay for. Sealed partners with some of the Hudson Valley region’s premier energy providers, including NYSEG, ConEdison and NationalGrid.

 

Founded: 2014

Headquarters: Boulder, Colorado

Wunder Capital focuses on the financing aspect of renewable energy, delivering a variety of construction and term pricing information to both individual and enterprise customers. Its goal is to help make energy financing more transparent, providing a web platform through which customers can submit loans, secure offers and document their projects to maintain regulations compliance. Rather than jumping through hoops to get connected with bank loans or specialty financiers, Wunder Capital’s online application quickly connects customers with loans and builders matched to their needs.

 

Founded: 2015

Headquarters: New York, New York

Offices, residential spaces and communal buildings all have one thing in common: Using up and wasting a lot of power. Prescriptive Data uses AI technology to help businesses optimize their energy usage and reduce their emissions by analyzing data across entire buildings and offering adaptations to conserve more energy wherever possible.

 

Founded: 2012

Headquarters: Goleta, California

Much of the waste contributing to global food waste occurs during the shipping and transport stages in the food supply chain. Apeel Sciences is lending a hand in solving the food waste crisis by helping extend the longevity of perishable foods and developing edible, plant-based sealants that can help maintain moisture and freshness levels for produce. Its patented technologies lock in water and slow oxidation, making fruits and vegetables last for longer periods of time.

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Founded: 2010

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California

Enervee is a web application that provides customers with the energy efficiency scores of household appliances, helping shoppers gain more control over their energy consumption and choices. Branding itself as the world’s first energy-smart, e-commerce platform, Enervee collects scores on electronics and appliances across the web, and its web tool provides customers with sustainability-focused advice on their purchases.

 

Founded: 2011

Headquarters: Fully Remote

Mosaic is a solar and clean energy financing company that connects home improvers and families to affordable financing options through its centralized point-of-sale application. Its flagship technologies manage and simplify loan negotiation processes, removing barriers and confusion so that homeowners can more easily adopt green energy.

 

Founded: 2014

Headquarters: San Francisco

Molekule’s flagship product is an air purifier, powered by nanotechnology and built to remove toxins from the air to help sensitive groups breathe easily. Its product differs from conventional air purifiers, which trap particles in filters, by relying on technology that completely destroys pollutants, viruses, allergens and fumes on a molecular level.

 

Founded: 2013

Headquarters: Pasadena, California

Heliogen’s main focus is developing solar energy solutions that are powerful enough to eliminate the need for fossil fuel energy. Covered by outlets like CNN, NPR and Forbes, Heliogen’s solar power technologies use AI to align its panels in the most efficient positions to maximize the amount of energy they can produce.

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Founded: 2016

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

Transitioning to green power can be an intimidating process, especially for small businesses that don’t have the capital necessary for a full overhaul. LevelTen Energy provides opportunities for smaller companies to invest in cleaner energy by offering renewable energy in amounts and prices proportional to each company’s needs. Its market technology also provides clients with a portfolio of energy providers and options, streamlining the networking and transaction processes between both parties.

 

Founded: 2018

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Founded by the former product head at Tesla, Span is a startup focused on remodeling electric circuits for older homes, providing a digital alternative to traditional fuse boxes to help families better manage the flow of power to their appliances. Its easy-to-use interface helps families optimize their power usage and save more money by providing insights into how and where their energy is most expended, making adjustments where necessary.

 

Founded: 2015

Headquarters: New York, New York

Sidewalk Labs aims to transform urban spaces into sustainable and affordable communities, partnering with city organizations and corporations to create new models for city planning. Anticipating future impacts of higher rents and climate change, Sidewalk Labs’ multidisciplinary team of engineers, technicians and city planners design technologies and spaces with affordability and sustainability in mind. Its generative design services leverage the power of AI and machine learning to help city planners design spaces that meet everyone’s needs.

 

Founded: 2014

Headquarters: Brooklyn, New York

Back Market’s team seeks to reduce the waste generated by device obsolescence by creating new technology that extends the lifespan of mobile and desktop products. Offering refurbished Samsung, Apple and GoPro products, the company aims to give customers more affordable device options and also prevent more used products from winding up in landfills.

 

Founded: 2016

Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

Serving over 8,000 customers in over 100 countries, Sphera delivers integrated risk management software to a network of companies across the globe. Its team maintains a strong focus on environmental protection and sustainability, delivering an integrated, cloud-based platform with which companies can centrally manage their regulations compliance. Sphera’s team has experience working with companies hailing from numerous industries, and the company serves enterprises in construction, life sciences, manufacturing and retail.

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