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


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.

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


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

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.

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.

Commerce Clean Energy Fund awards grants to 18 innovative electricity grid modernization projects benefitting Washington communities

CleanTech Alliance

Grants fund electricity grid projects that will expand renewable energy use and support community resilience. Member News Public Policy cef funding grid mod grid modernization utilties

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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.

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.

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


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

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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?

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

The path to personal sustainability in ESG


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

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

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).

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.

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.

The city as a living organism is circular by nature


Urban metabolism is an approach that requires regarding cities as living organisms. There are practical reasons to adopt such a model, including the ability to derive a thorough understanding of an urban system’s dynamics and their redefinition in a circular and sustainable way

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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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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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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Sustainable Construction Materials: 5 Eco-Friendly Options Revolutionizing The Industry

Green Business Bureau

What are sustainable construction materials? Material technology continues to advance, creating new and novel possibilities for the construction industry. Today, there is a growing variety of sustainable construction materials taking the place of traditional materials.

This startup helps companies price carbon


Sinai Technologies, which just raised $10 million in seed funding, is a part of a wave of software startups focused on carbon accounting

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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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.

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.

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.

Sustainability teams need forestry and natural resource experts


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

6 Step Guide to Design and Create A Sustainable Greenhouse

Green Business Bureau

Greenhouses, although already fairly eco-friendly, can still be improved to be more sustainable and have greater efficiency.

Attention marine clean tech startups and entrepreneurs

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, August 12, 2021 New BlueTech/CleanTech Innovation Cohort forming now, applications due Aug. The Northwest Innovation Resource Center, in partnership with the CleanTech Alliance and Washington Maritime Blue, is convening a cohort of blue tech/clean tech innovators and early stage startups in northwest Washington. Cohort members will have access to […]. Opportunities Public Policy bluetech commerce funding maritime blue