Mon.Jan 13, 2020

8 electric truck and van companies to watch in 2020

GreenBiz

Get ready for all-electric heavy-duty big rigs, semi-trucks, box trucks, delivery vans and more. clean fleets electric trucks Electric Vehicles Logisitics Transportation & Mobility

Passive House principles inspire this sustainable home

Inhabitat - Innovation

Australian architecture firm POLYstudio has recently completed A House for All Seasons, a contemporary family home with an emphasis on energy efficiency.

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The PFAS and the furious: the new and deserved scrutiny on the 'forever chemicals'

GreenBiz

The water-repellent coating on many biodegradable products can cause harm in waste management and human health. Circular Economy Advanced Materials In the Loop

Upcoming Information Sessions for the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants Programs

CleanTech Alliance

Source: WA Department of Commerce, Jan 13, 2020 In the Washington Legislature’s 2019 Capital Budget, the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants program received funding for two rounds of the Energy Efficiency Grant and one round of the Solar Grant. This program funds projects that save energy and operational cost savings at state public higher education […]. Opportunities

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

BlackRock goes green? Investment giant joins Climate Action 100+ amid controversy

GreenBiz

The move comes just a month after the firm was accused of being 'full of greenwash' by former US Vice President Al Gore. Commitments & Goals Policy & Politics

Cool retro boats restored with electric motors

Inhabitat - Innovation

For those planning a summer day on the waterways of Lake Michigan, there's a new ecological option that will help you spend the day boating in sustainable style.

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‘I’ve quit drinking the water’: What it’s like to live next to America’s largest coal plant

Grist

Without Tony Bowdoin’s grandfather, Georgia Power might never have come to the quiet town of Juliette. The central Georgia hamlet, just off the Ocmulgee River and a little over an hour’s drive south of Atlanta, is mostly known as home to some of the state’s best shoal bass fishing.

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Can mission-driven food companies scale up without selling out?

GreenBiz

Often, businesses struggle to maintain their original values in the name of shareholder demands. What will it take to change that? Food Systems Supply Chain

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This dynamic parking garage doubles as a public sculpture

Inhabitat - Innovation

In Denmark’s fourth largest city of Aalborg, Copenhagen-based architecture firm Sangberg has designed a deceptively simple parking garage that offers much more than parking spaces.

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Infrastructure Fund JLC Buys Up Solar Developer Greenskies

GreenTechMedia

Another community and commercial solar developer goes to an infrastructure fund, with the Monday announcement that U.S.-based based JLC Infrastructure has purchased Connecticut's Greenskies Renewable Energy.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Fun, eco-friendly things to do in Portland

Inhabitat - Innovation

Many entrepreneurial folks have started unusual businesses and events, which often surprise and delight visitors. If you’ve always wanted to visit a vegan strip club or watch an adult soapbox derby race, Portland is for you

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European EV Platform Everon Rolls Into US in Partnership With Arcadia

GreenTechMedia

Arcadia, a clean-energy access startup, is helping European electric-vehicle charging platform Everon make its first foray into the United States with a new partnership announced Friday.

Rest Right Mattress – Specialists in Sustainable Sleep

Green Business Bureau

Rest Right Mattress is an online retailer that provides the highest quality of adjustable beds, pillows, mattress protectors, and mattresses.

Brookfield Renewable Bids to Buy Remaining Stake in TerraForm Power

GreenTechMedia

Canada’s Brookfield Renewable Partners on Monday offered to buy out all the shares of yieldco TerraForm Power that it does not already own, potentially adding further heft to what is already one of the world’s largest clean-energy generators.

Wallbox’s bidirectional DC home charger turns heads at CES

Charged

Bidirectional charging encompasses several applications that can be collectively referred to as V2x (vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-home, maybe someday vehicle-to-brain).

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures Plans New $500M Fund

GreenTechMedia

ABU DHABI — Saudi Aramco’s corporate venture capital arm is preparing to launch a new $500 million fund to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions as well as new oil and gas technologies.

A New Take on Affordable Energy

Enervee

Online shopping, efficient choices and private investment poised to expand the impact of low-income energy efficiency budgets Far too many Americans are having to choose between heating their homes to a comfortable temperature, putting food on the table and paying for medication.

South Carolina Regulators Pivot From ‘Doomsday’ Solar Rates [GTM Squared]

GreenTechMedia

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Loanpal secures more funding for residential solar loans

Solar Power World

Residential solar loan provider Loanpal announced it has expanded its partnership with Goldman Sachs to finance an additional $200 million in residential solar loans, bringing their total financing commitments to $635 million.

New Research Points to Effective Ways to Talk to Skeptical Conservatives about Climate Change

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 4 mins This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup. Two new studies on denial came out last week. While they’re not exactly breaking new ground, confirmation is always nice.

What value do batteries bring to California homeowners?

Solar Power World

By Anne Hoskins, CPO, Sunrun Home batteries are changing how people use energy across California. Californians are combining rooftop solar and batteries to take control of their own power needs.

London launches green energy firm to fight climate change, poverty

Eco-Business

Profits will be invested into community projects that help tackle fuel poverty and fight climate change

What solar installers need to know about rapid shutdown

Solar Power World

The 2017 update of the National Electric Code is officially in effect in 30 states, while most other states are in the process of adopting the new rules.

Rotting feral pig carcasses teach scientists what happens when tonnes of animals die all at once, as in Australia’s bushfires

Eco-Business

Death is a natural part of ecosystems. But it's unusual for a large number of animals to all die at once. Researchers are investigating how a mass mortality event affects what's left afterwards

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Five 2020 Energy Predictions: Solar Surge, Coal Crash, Gas Exorcism, Clean Energy Incentives, Public Mobilization

Forbes Green Tech

Energy and climate policy experts share their U.S. 2020 energy predictions: A solar surge, coal's crash, the gas exorcism, new clean energy incentives, and public mobilization

2019 Dispatch: Planet’s Year-in-Review

Planet Pulse

The year 2019 was an astronomical time for Planet. Twenty SuperDove satellites entered orbit aboard the ISRO’s PSLV-C45 in the spring and 12 more hitched a ride into space in winter, with the latter marking Planet’s 25th successful launch.

The Spread Of Flight Shame In Europe—Is Greta Thunberg The Reason Why?

Forbes Green Tech

Flygskam is a term which means "flight shame" and has led to a decline in domestic and short haul air travel in Europe over the last few months. Climate change is a very relevant topic right now with Greta Thunberg in the headlines, but global aviation is actually relatively only a small emitter

Can China’s waste incinerators appease local opposition?

Eco-Business

Faced with local protests and tougher monitoring, waste incinerator plants are cleaning up their image

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11 Industries Seeing Fundamental AI-Driven Changes In The Near Future

Forbes Green Tech

The implementation and integration of AI is applicable across a multitude of industries

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Hotter temperatures will lead to more deaths from injury

Eco-Business

As the world braces for hotter weather, car accidents, drownings and cases of violence might just become more common

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Want Clean And Universal Electricity? Create The Incentives To Double The Investment, World Leaders Say

Forbes Green Tech

Want to attract foreign capital to world regions that need new clean energy sources? Take the unnecessary risks out of making such investments, say the globe’s energy ministers and business leaders

Rotting feral pig carcasses teach scientists what happens when tonnes of animals die all at once, as in Australia’s bushfires

Eco-Business

Death is a natural part of ecosystems. But it's unusual for a large number of animals to all die at once. Researchers are investigating how a mass mortality event affects what's left afterwards

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JLC Infrastructure acquires and rebrands Greenskies Renewable Energy

Solar Power World

Greenskies Renewable Energy, a developer of commercial and industrial solar power facilities, has successfully completed a transaction that brings JLC Infrastructure in to accelerate the platform’s expansion in the high-growth C&I and municipal sectors.

How to avoid eco-anxiety

Terra Infirma

The concept of ‘eco-anxiety’ has had plenty of press recently – the fear of future catastrophe as we move into the crunch zone of climate change in particular.

Nautilus Solar acquires 31.5-MW solar portfolio from Virgo Investment

Solar Power World

Nautilus Solar Energy has acquired a 31.5-MW portfolio of operating solar project assets from Virgo Investment Group.