Awapatent to guide the startups in Green Tech Challenge 2016

Green Tech Challenge

In Green Tech Challenge 2016, the startups in the program will get valuable assistance from the patent advisors in Awapatent. We are certain that Awapatent and their guidance will be a valuable addition to the programme in 2016, and we look forward to see them work with our participants.

9 Times Leonardo DiCaprio Helped Climate Action Make Headlines in 2016

Climate-KIC

The post 9 Times Leonardo DiCaprio Helped Climate Action Make Headlines in 2016 appeared first on Climate-KIC The global movie star helped climate action get some much-needed attention in a year dominated by news about politics.

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The 8 Most Spectacular Climate Action Documentaries of 2016

Climate-KIC

If you’re a fan of climate change-themed documentaries, 2016 has been a treat. The post The 8 Most Spectacular Climate Action Documentaries of 2016 appeared first on Climate-KIC Looking for some inspiration during the holiday period? Whether you’re a fan of climate science, innovation, space flight or even cartoons, this year had it all. We’ve listed eight of the most spectacular releases below, check out the trailers or watch them […].

11 Huge Green Investment Stories That Happened in 2016

Climate-KIC

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and catch up on some of the biggest green finance stories that broke in 2016. The post 11 Huge Green Investment Stories That Happened in 2016 appeared first on Climate-KIC Twelve months since the global climate agreement was adopted in Paris, we can look back at a huge year for green investment. It is that time of the year we all like to reflect […].

11 Epic Climate Science Visualisations That Went Viral in 2016

Climate-KIC

The post 11 Epic Climate Science Visualisations That Went Viral in 2016 appeared first on Climate-KIC It has been a record-breaking year for climate change, not only for global temperatures but also for climate science visualisations.

European And US Companies Dominate 2016 Carbon Efficiency Top 10

Climate-KIC

The post European And US Companies Dominate 2016 Carbon Efficiency Top 10 appeared first on Climate-KIC A new ranking shows which businesses emit the least amount of carbon per million dollars they generate in revenue.

15 Times World Cities Stole The Climate Action Limelight in 2016

Climate-KIC

Cities are influential players on the world stage and were all over the news in 2016 with new plans to help tackle climate change and revive economies. The post 15 Times World Cities Stole The Climate Action Limelight in 2016 appeared first on Climate-KIC

End of Year is Here! Recycle Your Electronics with Living Green Technology!

Living Green Technology

2016 has been a long and eventful year, and everyone is busy preparing as it finally comes to a close. Greetings! It's during this time that we find many companies, such as yours, upgrade or clear out their storage closets of old or excess electronics. We typically have a very busy month of December, helping remove these unwanted supplies by offering free removal of electronics. If you are interested in scheduling a free pickup, please reach out and we'd be happy to assist you.

Top 3 Reasons to Go Solar Now

Sunrun

Thinking of Going Solar? You're Not Alone If you are thinking of going solar like thousands of Americans looking to catch a break from the rising rates of the utility companies, you may ask yourself; when is it a good time go solar? At Sunrun we believe the time is now. Not only will you save money sooner, but you will also be using clean renewable energy daily, bringing to life your home and your wallet. See how Sunrun has helped hundreds of thousands of cutsomers go solar, here.

Is Solar Worth It?

Sunrun

You may have heard stories about how people are saving money each and every month on their energy bills by going solar. But you have to ask yourself, is solar worth it? At Sunrun, we believe that solar is not only worth it, but it is the future of home energy and will have a huge impact on the world around you. Read why solar is worth it, and see how you can start saving money on energy, each and every day by using the sun as your primary energy resource.

The Benefits of Going Solar

Sunrun

What Are The Benefits of Going Solar? From cost savings, to positive environmental impacts, and energy security we cover everything you need to know when it comes to the benefits of going solar with Sunrun. If you would like a free home solar quote, contact us today. Our Sunrun solar consultants have helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners make that easy transition to home solar. Cost Savings Perhaps the biggest benefit for homeowners is the cost savings.

How to Choose the Best Home Solar Panel Installation Company

Sunrun

So you are seriously considering installing a solar panel system in your home. Solar technology offers you many advantages, because it’s cost effective and qualifies for tax breaks. Not only does solar energy save money, but you and your family can become leaders your community, working towards a greener environment. However, you must exercise due diligence in choosing a home solar provider. Surun understands that opening your electric bill these days can be a shocking experience.

?Sustainability’s New Sales Pitch Has Nothing To Do With Saving the Planet

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

This explains why global electric car sales increased by 42 percent in the first quarter of 2016 alone. By Lisa Ann Pinkerton. Orginally published on The Huffington Post. NASA released a report in August that showed the average global temperature in 2015 was the highest it’s ever been since record keeping of the planet’s temperature began in 1880.

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MATE Bikes raising more than 2.900.000 USD on INDIEGOGO!

Green Tech Challenge

Say hi to MATE bikes, participant in the GTC 2016! This is definitely going to sound like an advertisement, but we are not sorry. MATE Bikes is crowdfunding at INDIEGOGO right now. If you want to cash in a whopping 70 % discount on their bikes: Hurry up! The campaign ends at Sunday, the 9th of October. Now that we got that settled, let’s talk about what exactly MATE Bikes are. MATE bikes are founded by brother and sister Christian Adel Michael and Julie Kronstrøm Carton from Copenhagen.

Upcycling shipping containers - CPH Containers provides affordable quality housing for students

Green Tech Challenge

CPH Containers is awaiting a new law supporting the idea of mobile housing that hopefully comes into effect by December 2016. Every year Maersk alone needs to get rid of 60.000 - 80.000 shipping containers that have become too worn out to safely function for shipping purposes. Discarding this amount of shipping containers, that are primarily made out of corten steel, is an enormous waste of resources.

Inspiring a Movement of Women, One Talk At a Time

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

WCS Talks 2016 will be held on Saturday November 5 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View. To get more details on this year’s speaker lineup and to register go to the WCS Talks 2016 website. by Anjali Manghnani and Poonum Agrawal. WCS Talks is an annual TED Talks style event hosted by Women in Cleantech and Sustainability (WCS).

Fighting food waste – Meet GTC participant “Too Good To Go”

Green Tech Challenge

As you read this, we’re selecting the 20 participants for 2016. We’re proud to announce that we have received over 70 applications for this year’s GTC. Some of the participants have already secured themselves a spot in the sprint, simply because their business concepts are brilliant and have the potential to grow and make an impact globally. Meet “Too Good To Go” One of these brilliant participants is Too Good To Go.

The Top 5 Green Cities of the World

Living Green Technology

Last year was the fourth edition of the Global Green Economy Index GGEI. The index uses quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the green economic performance of 60 countries and 70 cities and how experts assess that performance. Four factors that are used for this performance review are leadership & climate change, efficiency sectors, markets & investment and environment & natural capital. GGEI is produced by Dual Citizen LLC, a private U.S.-based based consultancy.

Is Recycling Your Company's Electronics Good for Your Bottom Line?

Living Green Technology

Recycling keeps getting bigger and bigger in general, and has seen tremendous growth in electronics in particular. In 2010, approximately 3.5 tons of electronics were recycled in the USA, with more than 62% of that coming from PC and IT-related equipment. Much of this recycling is coming from businesses around the nation, but is this simply because of the positive PR being environmentally conscious brings? Or are there other concrete business reasons to do this?

What is E-Waste and Why Does It Matter?

Living Green Technology

Electronic waste is commonly referred to as e-waste, and is used to describe electronic products that are unwanted, obsolete, and/or aren’t working properly anymore. This has become a more common problem as technology has continued to innovate at an accelerated pace. Many think that e-waste can be treated similarly to regular waste when it comes to recycling. Unfortunately this isn’t true, and e-waste requires special attention as far as safe recycling or disposal goes.

Seattle Recycling and Green Living News Round-up

Living Green Technology

It’s important to stay up to date with local news when it comes to recycling and green living! Local policy changes, lawsuits, and investigative studies can impact our lives and environment in a number of ways, unbeknownst to the general public. Keep reading for our new, monthly, local Seattle news coverage!

Have you heard of the Super Food Moringa?

Green Tech Challenge

In Green Tech Challenge we love companies who want to make the world a better place. One of our participants sets out to do exactly this. They provide farmers in the Philippines a sustainable livelihood and the world with a super food to get healthier. Meet Roots Food - founded by Jacqueline Hansen and Daniel Alonso Van Camp! Foto: Mark Lau Moringa - the superfood Roots Food sells dried, organic Moringa leaves as powder and flakes.

Better Ventures Leads $850k Seed Round in Iris Plans

Better Ventures

We are excited to announce our $250,000 seed investment in Iris Plans , an Austin, TX-based digital health startup that provides Advance Care Planning (ACP) solutions for patients facing serious chronic illness. Iris Plans uses a telehealth platform with secure video conferencing and decision support tools to enable patients and their families to better plan for and navigate their critical treatment decisions in a complex healthcare system.

Deepak Chopra, The Earth Day Network, H.R.H.

Earth Gratitude

The Prince of Wales: The Global Earth Day Gratitude Celebration and Ebook Deepak Chopra, The Earth Day Network, Life is Good, Ron Finley, Rainbow Light Join in the Global Earth Day Gratitude Celebration April 22, 2016. Start by devoting at least one hour on April 22, 2016 to giving thanks for Mother Nature, and getting as close as possible to personal net zero.” Deepak Chopra, The Earth Day Network, H.R.H.

The 6th Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill

Earth Gratitude

From 7:30 to 8:30 PM on April 22, 2016 Earth Day (worldwide, in your own time zone) we’re encouraging everyone to power up the gratitude and power down your energy consumption?, Ironically, it was just two days before Earth Day in 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and spewing at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf. So many of us watched in horror as method after method failed.

?Booth Babes Redux: Why Are We Still Having this Conversation?

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Booth babes at Intersolar 2016. By Rosana Francescato Originally published on PV Solar Report. In 2013, the booth babes at Intersolar North America included the now infamous caged dancers at the Recom booth. They certainly drew a crowd. Every year since then, the booth babes have been fewer at solar conferences in North America, and the ogling crowds smaller — or nonexistent. But this year’s Intersolar sported a few notable exceptions.

9 Smart Habits That Save Thousands of Dollars Each Year

Earth Gratitude

Complete your energy efficiency upgrades in 2016 and you might qualify for a tax credit. Many energy efficiency tax credits are set to expire at the end of 2016. From 7:30 to 8:30 PM on April 22, 2016, Earth Day (worldwide, in your own time zone), individuals around the world will power up the gratitude and power down our energy consumption to get as close to personal net zero as possible. Living a green lifestyle is essential to the sustainability of our common home?—?and

Better Ventures Backs NextRequest to Improve Access to Government Records

Better Ventures

We are pleased to announce our seed investment in NextRequest , a San Francisco-based "govtech" startup that provides modern, robust, and user-friendly Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and public records processing software to local government agencies around the US. NextRequest is bringing government into the 21st century by streamlining the process of requesting information - saving time and money - and dramatically improving public access to government records.

LeadGenius Raises $10M Series B Round

Better Ventures

We are thrilled to report that Better Ventures portfolio company LeadGenius closed a $10M Series B round last week, led by Lumia Capital. We participated in the round along with Javelin Venture Partners and existing investors Sierra Ventures, Kapor Capital, Bee Partners, Y Combinator and others. This round brings their total financing to date to $20M. You can read more about the announcement here.

Fish and Sea Water Flood Miami Streets.

Earth Gratitude

Fish and Sea Water Flood Miami Streets. Miami, Florida is already experiencing Sunny Day Flooding during high tides, when sea water and fish flood the city streets. This is not a some-day problem. Sea level rise is here and now, and Miami, Florida is the most vulnerable city in the world by assets. That is why a bipartisan group of 21 Mayors in Southern Florida want climate change added to the Presidential election debate. Join me tomorrow (Thursday) at noon ET (9 a.m.

GTC Alumni Kicking Ass on KickStarter

Green Tech Challenge

Looking back, we were always certain that the boys from Organic Basics would see a fair amount of success. We first encountered the team at an event co-hosted by the American Embassy in Copenhagen. When they pitched in front of the investors, everyone was laughing at the witty, yet convincing pitch.

The U.S. Navy‘s Great Green Fleet.

Earth Gratitude

On January 20, 2016, a sunny San Diego day with calm ocean waters and blue skies, the U.S. The launch of the @USNavy Great Green Fleet at Coronado Naval Base in California, on January 20, 2016. Secretary of the @USNavy Ray Mabus speaking at the launch of the Great Green Fleet at Coronado Naval Base in California, on January 20, 2016. The U.S. Navy‘s Great Green Fleet. Navy made history with the launch of the Great Green Fleet ?—?a

I’m Using Up 3–9 Planets.

Earth Gratitude

I’m Using Up 3–9 Planets. At the rate I’m consuming, I’m using up 3–9 planets, according to the carbon footprint calculator at Earth Day Network. This was surprising to me because over the last 14 years, I have reduced my energy and consumer habits dramatically. · I drive about 15% of what I did in 2010 (when the BP Oil Spill erupted), and “fill up” about once a month. Most Americans are using 1.6 gallons of gasoline per day; mine equates to a little over ½ gallon/day (source: @EIAgov ). ·

4 Common Mistakes People Make with their Finances

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Strategies for Sustainable Finances. By Pat Christianson and Rosana Francescato. What’s the formula for healthy personal finances? It comes down to 20% knowledge and 80% behavior. That’s according to Tiffany Groode , who spoke at the informative Women in Cleantech and Sustainability event “Financial Planning for Cleantech and Sustainability Professionals.”. Simply increasing your income, she said, doesn’t lead to wealth if you don’t change your behavior.

Why women are critical to clean energy

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Joan MacNaughton, Executive Chair, World Energy Trilemma, World Energy Council Originally published on GreenBiz. While climate change has been recognized as an urgent, global issue, the relevance of increasing the visibility of women in clean energy as a solution to advancing our climate goals is rarely discussed.

Amazing home appliances and eco-gadgets for you to love

Eco Friend

As more and more people are beginning to use eco-conscious gadgets and appliances at home, ever increasing number of designers and manufacturers are delivering eco-gadgets to meet demand. The Consumer… The post Amazing home appliances and eco-gadgets for you to love appeared first on Eco Friend.

Giving Thanks for Mother Nature on Spring Equinox.

Earth Gratitude

Giving Thanks for Mother Nature on Spring Equinox. Curbside Kids enjoying the fruit of Gansta Gardener Ron Finley. Photo (c) Ron Finley. Used with permission. Dear Friends, Happy First Day of Spring! As I lean into longer, warmer days and greener vistas, as I celebrate rebirth, freedom and renewal, I am adding in a special prayer of thanks for Mother Earth, for her bountiful seas, her rich soil and her shade-giving and oxygenating trees and plants.

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Is a Zero Waste Lifestyle Possible?

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Rosana Francescato. Special thanks to ? Amie Lewis ? and Mariya Kravchenko for organizing this excellent WCS event. We’d all like to go zero-waste. But what does that mean? WCS Chair Lisa Ann Pinkerton posed the question to a panel of experts at our recent event, Is a Zero Waste Lifestyle Possible ? Zero waste as a concept. Moderator Lisa Ann Pinkerton.

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Politics and You !

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

She is founder of close the gap CA , a campaign to recruit progressive women to run for open seats in 2014 and 2016 in the California state legislature. ? Join us for a panel discussion with state and federal experts: . California legislation affecting renewable energy . Key players in California energy politics. Successes that have inspired women to get involved in politics. Why you ignore policy at your peril!

Embracing Green - 3 Environmentally-Conscious Teams and Leagues in Sports

Living Green Technology

Sports by nature are big-footed when it comes to ecological footprint. At the same time, sports are extremely influential. So if we want the society to ‘green up,’ a good start would be greening up the sports teams. As Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council and co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance points out: "Thirteen percent of Americans follow science. Sixty-one percent of Americans follow sports.

PreSeed Fireside Chat with Legendary Impact Investor Mitch Kapor

Better Ventures

When we created Better Ventures PreSeed to help catalyze the social entrepreneurship community in Oakland we couldn't have hoped for a better speaker than legendary investor and philanthropist Mitch Kapor. Simply put, Mitch and his wife Freada -- along with Kapor Capital and Kapor Center for Social Impact -- are giants in the field of impact investing and philanthropy, and they are paving the way for so many others, including Better Ventures.

Better Ventures Leads Seed Round in Localwise

Better Ventures

We are pleased to announce our seed investment in Localwise , a Berkeley-based startup that connects local businesses with local workers. The company is building a technology-driven employment marketplace that is based on trust, which is a missing component in many of the leading jobs platforms including Craiglist.

SunFunder Raises $17M in Equity and Debt in 2015

Better Ventures

SunFunder (BVFI and BVFII portfolio company) had a banner year during 2015, raising $17M in equity and debt capital. In December, the company closed a $3.8M Series B round led by Treehouse Investments with participation from Better Ventures and other existing investors including Kholsa Impact, Schneider Electric, and Radicle Capital.