Thu.Jan 21, 2021

Welcome to a new era of ESG and sustainable finance


Welcome to a new era of ESG and sustainable finance. Joel Makower. Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:30. Adapted from the premiere issue of GreenFin Weekly, a free e-newsletter focusing on trends in ESG and sustainable finance. Subscribe using this sign-up page.

The Relationship Between Trees and Clean Energy

U.S. Green Technology

When you hear clean energy, your mind likely goes to solar and wind power. They are green alternatives to fossil fuels and are much healthier and safer for the environment.

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5 steps boards can take to be ESG-ready for 2021


5 steps boards can take to be ESG-ready for 2021. Pamela Gordon. Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:40. Amongst the many dramatic challenges global businesses faced in 2020, one that had been simmering for years bubbled up and promised to stay at a high boil in 2021 is ESG: Environment, Social, Governance. .

Student inspires Miami-Dade County Public Schools to shift to electric buses

Inhabitat - Innovation

Holly Thorpe, a middle school student at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has pushed the school district to shift from diesel-powered buses to electric buses

Shell Says Hydrogen Is Heavy Transport’s Future. What Now For Biofuels?


Hydrogen will be the key energy source for global road freight, according to a new report commissioned by European oil major Shell. Electrification is the most economic and environmental solution for smaller delivery vehicles.

How the Sunrise Movement is changing the climate activism game

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Sunrise Movement represents a growing force that encourages all citizens to work towards better balance for the planet at an individual, governmental or corporate level


Government of Canada launches Hydrogen Strategy


Most automakers may have rejected hydrogen as an energy storage medium for passenger vehicles ( Toyota is the notable exception), but the technology may yet find applications for industrial processes, and in other forms of transportation such as aviation and shipping.

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Funding for plastic recycling tech

Envirotec Magazine

Image: Kachatong. Greenback Recycling Technologies , a company striving to develop circular solutions for packaging waste, has closed an approximately £8m series A financing round.

MIA Architecture's office blends into the landscape with a mirrored facade

Inhabitat - Innovation

If ever there is a building type to emphasize dynamic appeal and make a statement, it should belong to an architectural firm


Best of GBB in 2020: Green Businesses Leading the Sustainable Business Movement

Green Business Bureau

Our members continue to amaze us with their commitment to sustainability and their innovative green and social responsibility initiatives. They lead by example and demonstrate how business can be used as a platform for good.

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Miami middle-school student inspires school board to electrify its school bus fleet


Electric school buses seem like a no-brainer at this point—although they cost two to three times more up front than diesel buses, at about $230,000 each, they save money in the long run, as fuel and maintenance costs are about 80 percent lower.

New entrants bring flexibility in rapid shutdown device choice 2021 Trends in Solar

Solar Power World

Most states have adopted the 2017 update of the National Electrical Code, and some have even graduated to the 2020 version. In both, module-level rapid shutdown is required for any solar project on a building.

Time to put the foot down?

Envirotec Magazine

Image: A decarbonisation rate of 11.7% per annum is now required to keep warming within 1.5°C C – five times greater than what was achieved prior to the pandemic (2.4%), according to new analysis from PwC in December.

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LACI’s Leimert Park Pilot Increasing Zero-Emissions Mobility Options In South LA

LA CleanTech Incubator

E-Bike Rentals and Electric Shuttle Service Launched With Community Input LOS ANGELES, CA – LACI recently launched its fourth community pilot in Leimert Park with a consortium of community partners to bring zero emissions mobility to the South LA neighborhood.

£1.2m funding for waste vision start-up

Envirotec Magazine

Waste sorting at a recycling plant in Sterlitamak, Russia, in 2019. Image: Fedotov. Intelligent waste management start-up Recycleye has secured £1.2 million in seed funding, it was announced in mid-December.

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The fashion industry needs a deep transformation. Manufacturers hold the key to circularity.


Under pressure to reinvent fashion's ‘take-make-dispose’ business model, brands and retailers must get their supply chain partners involved. How can manufacturers accelerate the shift towards a circular economy

U.S. buyers test sustainability strategies at Peter Pan Seafood

Impact Alpha

New buyers aim to turn around an iconic Alaska salmon processor that was a money-loser for its former Japanese owner. Alaska-based McKinley Capital. The post U.S. buyers test sustainability strategies at Peter Pan Seafood appeared first on Impact Alpha. Features Oceans

Asking journalists to see the story before it's published is not fair process


A trend of pre-publication review requests is a sign that newsmakers do not understand how journalism works, paving the way to possible greenwashing


The creative industries: Driving economic opportunity in Atlanta

Impact Alpha

A city development authority committed to supporting the creative industries found that the key ingredients were a supportive state leadership, transparency and trust. The post The creative industries: Driving economic opportunity in Atlanta appeared first on Impact Alpha. Creative Economy


An installation boom is coming to the Northeast and its temperamental soil conditions 2021 Trends in Solar

Solar Power World

Solar is prevailing in the Northeast following a string of passed legislation creating community solar programs in New England. States like New Jersey, Maryland and Maine all recently created community solar programs, and Pennsylvania may soon follow.

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Aligned capital for creative entrepreneurs

Impact Alpha

Conventional investment approaches are a poor fit for creative entrepreneurs. A model that leads to steward-ownership is a better solution for enterprises with. The post Aligned capital for creative entrepreneurs appeared first on Impact Alpha. Creative Economy

NJ landfill repurposed as community solar garden

Renewable Energy World

This week solar developer Navisun announced that it has acquired the 4.5-megawatt Linden Hawk Rise Solar Project, a community solar project under construction in Linden, New Jersey. The solar project is located on the City of Linden’s landfill, in Union County, New Jersey.

Webinar: Fixing Canada’s Car Conundrum

Clean Energy Canada

Join a new Clean Energy Canada webinar : Fixing Canada’s car conundrum. The webinar will feature Bloomberg New Energy Finance Head of Advanced Transport Colin McKerracher, Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association President Flavio Volpe, and Unifor President Jerry Dias. .

Two Sigma Impact invests in workforce educator Penn Foster

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, January 21 – Hedge fund Two Sigma launched its nine-figure impact investing initiative from its own balance sheet to prove the correlation between. The post Two Sigma Impact invests in workforce educator Penn Foster appeared first on Impact Alpha.

US rejoins Paris Agreement

Renewable Energy World

As promised, on the first day he took office US President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement via an executive order. In his inaugural address he said that the planet itself is crying for survival and vowed to make fighting climate change on his top priorities.

Q&A: What does the Brexit deal say about climate change and energy?


Carbon Brief breaks down the trade deal between the UK and the EU: what some call the best climate free trade agreement to date—a potential 'game-changer' for Paris Agreement targets

And that was just Day One of Biden’s climate agenda

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Jan. 21 – It was the executive order heard ‘round the world. Welcome back to the Paris Agreement!” tweeted French president Emmanuel. The post And that was just Day One of Biden’s climate agenda appeared first on Impact Alpha. Climate Finance Signals


Volkswagen plans to install 300 kW DC charging stations at German sites


Charging power levels are on an upward trend, as OEMs and charging providers strive to enable longer ranges and faster charging times.

Meryl Koh joins board of EB Impact


The experienced lawyer comes on board non-profit EB Impact's nascent board of directors


Minneapolis Health Department splits the bill with green investors

Renewable Energy World

Originally published on To invest in energy conservation and clean energy generation is to invest in a healthier community.

Project aims to develop a swappable containerized battery system for marine applications


Current Direct , a new €12-million research and innovation project funded by the European Commission, aims to develop a new type of lithium-ion cell, as well as a swappable containerized energy storage system, both optimized for waterborne transportation.

Carbon dioxide removal mustn't become get-out-of-jail-free cards for corporate polluters


There is only so much carbon dioxide that can be removed from the atmosphere sustainably. For companies making bold climate pledges, prevention is better than cure

New Year, New Launches: 48 SuperDoves to Launch with SpaceX

Planet Pulse

Planet is rocketing into the new year with 48 SuperDoves, our Flock 4s, scheduled to fly on SpaceX’s Transporter-1 mission. This rideshare mission launching out of Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida will deliver Flock 4s to a sun-synchronous orbit at approximately 500 km altitude.


Lium Launches Predictive Research for Power, Renewables, and Shale


Lium's energy industry research service is live with the introduction of a series of quantamental data models and reports. Today's launch provides independent perspective on value drivers in solar, wind, power, oil, and natural gas

Reformed trade rules can help to save the climate


If the British government agrees to reformed trade rules, that could help the crucial climate talks it will chair in November

Li-Cycle Achieves ISO and R2 Certifications for Environment, Quality, and Health & Safety


Leading lithium-ion recycling company receives certification for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and R2

Tables turn as India's female health workers get Covid jab


India’s all-women army of rural healthcare workers feel validated to be among first recipients of Covid-19 vaccine