August, 2021

Residential Uses for Solar Energy

Green Living Guy

We were using solar energy for residential purposes for millennia before solar panels were invented. Think about it. Agriculture relies on solar energy. – home gardeners have been harnessing the power of the sun for longer than any of us have been alive.

4 Ways Businesses Are Doing Their Part To Save The Environment

The Environmental Blog

Humans have begun to recognize the detrimental influence of our actions on the planet and the environment over time. Many individuals are making adjustments, whether it is in our energy consumption, our contribution to increasing landfills, or several other areas.

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Welcome to the Pyrocene

Grist

This piece is adapted from the forthcoming book The Pyrocene: How We Created an Age of Fire, and What Happens Next , which will be published by University of California Press in September. The fires of 2020 seemed to be everywhere, a pyric pandemic.

Improving Sustainability in Agriculture Through Rendering Technology

U.S. Green Technology

Across the United States, a transformation in the agricultural industry is taking place. As the climate crisis continues, consumers and those interested in environmental causes demand that the farming industry rethink their practices to be more sustainable.

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.

The path to personal sustainability in ESG

GreenBiz

The good news: Sustainability professionals are in greater demand than ever before. That's also the bad news

Latest IPCC Report Predicts Disaster - Yet Again. But Not Much Will Happen - Yet Again.

Jim Conca

This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Sixth Assessment Report, which warns that we will not be able to limit global warming to even 2°C unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in carbon emissions. Spoiler Alert – it’s already too late.

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What it Takes to Buy and Increase the Value of a Fixer-Upper

The Environmental Blog

Buying a fixer-upper home can be a shortcut to owning a home for first-time buyers or a good way for buyers to afford a home in a better neighborhood or one that offers more space and desired features.

Green light for path to UK’s first ‘electric motorway’

Envirotec Magazine

Through Innovate UK, DfT has commissioned a consortium to assess the economic and technical potential of the UK’s first ‘eHighway’. The study is part of the UK government’s plan to reach zero net emissions for heavy road freight. It aims to demonstrate the technology is ready for a national roll-out.

4 Helpful Ways to Integrate Solar Energy in Your Commercial Property

U.S. Green Technology

Back then, we only thought that solar panels could only power a residential property. But according to a study published by Yale, 3.5% of commercial buildings in the United States now have solar panels on their roof.

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Why repair is the first step to tackling smartphone e-waste

GreenBiz

As smartphone sales have skyrocketed, so has the device’s contribution to waste streams and carbon emissions

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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.

Drought, Heat And Nuclear – Gavin Newsom’s Elephant In The Room

Jim Conca

Governor Newsom issued an Emergency Proclamation regarding California electricity that does little to address the real issues and does not mention nuclear power. Nuclear is the most resistant extreme weather, so why is Newsom closing California’s only remaining nuclear plant?

Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin- August 30

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, August 30, 2021 UPDATE: Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) template has been updated Commerce has issued a revised CEIP template to address minor formatting issues and provide clarification, including: removing the drop-down tabs on the “Population affected” column on the “Forecast of Impacts” tab, clarifying that more than one population […]. Public Policy ceta ceta bulletin rulemaking weekly bulletin

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The Process of Making Your Home More Environmentally Friendly

The Environmental Blog

With the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warning the world that we have very limited time to reverse the warming of the planet , it is no longer adequate to blame large corporations who emit the most greenhouse gases.

Net zero by 2050 is “too little too late”: Scientists make a case for net negative strategies

Envirotec Magazine

A view of the city of Manaus (on the other side of the river) in the Brazilian Amazon, through a flooded area on the edge of the Rio Negro (image credit: International Monetary Fund , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ).

Innovative Roofing Materials for Your Home

U.S. Green Technology

There’s no denying it’s a great time to be a homeowner nowadays. For starters, there’s an increase in home equity. However, that’s not all. More importantly, homeowners now have a wealth of options when it comes to materials for their homes.

Why the U.S. needs to get on track with high-speed rail

GreenBiz

The possibilities for high-speed rail innovation are many, and once the lasting infrastructure is built, the benefits to communities are long-lasting

There Is Still Time To Save U.S. Global Leadership In Nuclear Energy If Congress Doesn’t Cut Off The VTR To Spite Its Face

Jim Conca

Congress is set to cut off funding for the very reactor we need to move nuclear power forward. Called the VTR, it will test new types of reactors that will get ten times the energy of existing reactors and create nuclear waste that is easier to handle and isn’t hot for very long.

Weekly UTC Clean Energy Bulletin- August 24

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, August 24, 2021 New workshops, rulemakings, and upcoming dates The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC or commission) invites the public to participate in its work to implement Washington’s clean energy legislation. The 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act requires electric utilities to transition to a carbon-neutral supply of electricity by […]. Public Policy rulemaking utc utc clean energy bulletin workshop notice

9 Ways to Make Your Neighborhood More Sustainable

The Environmental Blog

Sustainable concepts and communities are not new concepts. In fact, in many ways, the world is just beginning to think harder and smarter about the way we live and the impact on the environment. From the cars we drive to the foods we eat, consumer demand for sustainable products is greater than ever.

Survey identifies significant micro plastic pollution on summit of Snowdon

Envirotec Magazine

Image credit: Phil Ross , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license. Geoscience technology firm CGG has conducted a microplastics pollution survey as part of a scoping study into whether it would be possible to create a “Plastic Free zone” on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon).

How to Decorate Your Home in a Sustainable Way

U.S. Green Technology

Thinking about the environment as you decorate your home is a great way to show that you care about our planet and your health. Many home decoration ideas include not so eco-friendly choices, which, in the long run, can harm both you and the planet.

Sustainability teams need forestry and natural resource experts

GreenBiz

Fully seizing nature-based solutions requires companies to hire those who study natural systems, natural products and their interactions with societies

Can Carbon Capture And Storage Save California’s Grid?

Jim Conca

CA has carbon capture and storage potential for 60 million MtCO2/yr, even more with newer strategies. This would allow natural gas plants to continue to operate instead of having to install three times that capacity in renewables with their concomitant issues of back-up and capacity overbuilding.

Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin- August 23

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, August 23, 2021 Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) template is posted Commerce has published its Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) template to the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) webpage. The CETA team greatly appreciates the time and attention to detail stakeholders put into providing feedback on the template. Washington’s consumer-owned utilities are required to complete […].

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What Is An Arborist And When You Should Hire One

The Environmental Blog

A rear view of arborist men with chainsaw cutting a tree, planning. Trees are essential to humans and the environment. They provide shade during hot summer days, generate and release the oxygen we breathe, as well as increase the value of a property.

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Mobile technology firm launches IoT offering for the water industry

Envirotec Magazine

Mobile technology firm Vodafone has launched a new IoT-based product “to help water companies improve monitoring and detection systems, increase efficiency, reduce wastage, and meet regulatory requirements.”

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9 Benefits of Going Solar

U.S. Green Technology

Generating electricity by harnessing the power of the sun’s natural light is a true form of renewable energy, and it’s one of the fastest-growing trends worldwide. Besides the low impact on the environment, solar electricity comes with many other benefits.

How the infrastructure bill will enable more sustainable farming

GreenBiz

The new infrastructure bill doesn't directly address sustainable farming but funding for increased internet access, EV charging ports and water infrastructure will help farmers make moves in this direction

How A.I. Is Working With Satellites To Corral Wildfires, From Space

Jim Conca

As we face the largest risks of droughts and wildfires in history, André Coleman and team at PNNL have developed a technology called RADR that combines artificial intelligence, imaging from satellites and a host of data sources to fight wildfires.

Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin- August 16

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Washington State Department of Commerce, August 16, 2021 lean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) template is posted Commerce has published its Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) template to the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) webpage. The CETA team greatly appreciates the time and attention to detail stakeholders put into providing feedback on the template. Washington’s consumer-owned utilities are required to […].

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Practical Solutions For Eco-Friendly Office Design

The Environmental Blog

The consequences of global warming and the abuse of Earth’s natural resources are becoming more apparent, and people are starting to take notice. Everyone from political leaders to everyday citizens is reevaluating their wasteful behaviors and making intentional changes to save the planet.

Treat climate change and biodiversity loss as one, says European science advisory group

Envirotec Magazine

Driving through Douglas County Nevada on 16 July 2021, as smoke from the Tamarack fire in nearby Alpine County becomes visible on the horizon (image credit: loren chipman , CC BY-NC 2.0 license ). The recent IPCC Report confirms that global warming is picking up pace.

Going Green and Attracting New Customers

U.S. Green Technology

Making your business eco-friendly is one of the best decisions you’ve ever made in your life – besides starting your business career in the first place, of course!

Inside Google’s regenerative agriculture play

GreenBiz

Vice president of global workplace programs at Google, Michiel Bakker outlines how the Regen1 will help farmers move to sustainable practices on 1 million acres of farmland in Northern California

Sustainable Real Estate: How To Sell and Market Eco-Friendly Homes

Green Business Bureau

Who Wants to Purchase a Green Home and Why? As the climate crisis intensifies, more and more people are looking to live sustainably. This has brought a spike in the demand for eco-friendly homes.