February, 2022

How to Create an Eco-Friendly Ergonomic Office Space? 

U.S. Green Technology

Creating an office space that is valuable not only to our productivity, but also to our bodies and environment, is usually not something we take the time to consider.

4 reasons to be hopeful about the climate fight in 2022

GreenBiz

Sponsored: Watershed co-founder Taylor Francis shares his top four predictions for corporate climate action this year

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Will the Future Be Zero Waste? What It Could Look Like in a Decade

The Environmental Blog

It’s never been more important to envision a better future for our world. In the face of so many serious environmental issues, we need a lot more than just awareness of what’s wrong.

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2022 Washington State Legislative Report- Week 7

CleanTech Alliance

Week seven was yet another busy week for the legislature as the opposite policy house committee cutoff was on Thursday. Public Policy brad boswell report Session washington state legislature weekly session report

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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.

How Early Stage Climate Tech Companies Can Pollinate Their Story

Michael Grossman

Make Your Eco-Friendly Marketing Sprout By Taking These Four Steps. Perhaps the most transparently disingenuous and self-delusional lines I hear when I encounter startup CEOs in the climate tech space is, "We're in stealth mode.". News flash: your flight of fancy isn’t fooling anyone.

Is America Doomed To Become A Second-Rate Country? Even In Nuclear?

Jim Conca

A new report by the National Science Foundation confirms China has overtaken the U.S. as the world’s leader in key scientific measures, including overall number of papers published and patents awarded. scientists also have serious competition from foreign researchers in some important fields.

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This African startup is reducing the footprint of running shoes

GreenBiz

Ten questions with Enda co-founder and CEO Navalayo Osembo

Home Energy Saving Tips

The Environmental Blog

Cutting back on energy consumption reduces carbon emissions, improving quality of life and air quality. Energy-saving positively impacts the environment and lowers your energy bill. Combining simple energy-saving changes can potentially reduce your energy bill.

2022 Washington State Legislative Report-Week 4

CleanTech Alliance

We are now four weeks into session with only five more weeks to go. Public Policy 2022 session report brad boswell report washington state legislature weekly session report

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We need stricter MOT tests to eliminate air pollution, says campaign group

Envirotec Magazine

The Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality (WCRAQ) – a social enterprise – believes it is making progress with its efforts to lobby parliament, and secure a mandatory requirement for diesel filters in road vehicles, thereby cutting particulate polution.

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.

Cell-Based Meats Need An Ideal Matrix To Grow On

Jim Conca

Where and how you get your food really matters to the climate. Growing real meat without the animal, called cultivated meat, requires only a percent of the water and emits a percent of the CO2 of ordinary meat. But it needs a good foundation to grow on.

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How to Choose Solar Panels For Home in 2022?

U.S. Green Technology

Solar panels are a great source of renewable energy for your home. Which certainly reduces your electricity bill and saves your environment at the same time. As homework, installing a solar panel is indeed a wise decision and smart financial investment.

Cue the qubits: Where quantum computing intersects ESG

GreenBiz

From an ESG standpoint, quantum computing technology has the potential to affect pretty much all of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

6 Ways Businesses Can Save with Renewable Energy (No Electricity Bills + Tax Incentives)

The Environmental Blog

Many businesses’ top concern is finding ways to free up cash flow continuously. Some common methods include switching to low-cost advertising and strategically negotiating with vendors. These other methods can become tiring and cause burnout very quickly.

NW Innovation Resource Center and CleanTech Alliance Collaboration

CleanTech Alliance

2021 Bluetech/Cleantech Innovation Cohort Recap. Alliance News Uncategorized

Proposal to ban ‘forever chemicals’ in firefighting foams in the EU

Envirotec Magazine

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) says it is bringing forward a proposal for an EU-wide restriction on all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in firefighting foams.

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Seafloor Mining For Rare Metals – A Brilliant Idea Or Another Environmental Catastrophe?

Jim Conca

Mining manganese nodules on the ocean floor for rare metals doesn’t generate toxic mine waste, uses no child labor and has a life-cycle carbon footprint 90% less than traditional mining. As long as care is taken with the ocean-floor habitat, it is superior to land mining in every way.

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Sustainability: 7 Eco-Friendly Furnishing Tips to Spruce-Up Your Space

U.S. Green Technology

You deserve to have a beautiful and well-furnished home, that’s for sure. However, we live in a period of the constant looming climate crisis, which is why it’s important to pay attention to the environment. The best way to do so is to lead by example. And your home is a perfect place to start.

Rolls-Royce eyes first battery planes from 2025 as it inks private e-jet deal

GreenBiz

The engineering giant expects the first commercial use of small aircraft powered by its battery systems to take off within three to five years

What is hard water?

The Environmental Blog

We consume and use water in our daily lives but rarely do we stop to think – is this water at its best quality? Well, we do know it is clean water, but did you know that you most probably are using hard water?

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Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin- February 25

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Washington State Department of Commerce, February 25, 2022 Request for cost information on draft rules’ impact Commerce is requesting information from electric utilities on the cost impacts of the draft rules proposed on Jan. 19, 2022. Developed in coordination with the Utilities and Transportation Commission, the draft rules focus on the interpretation of use, […]. Public Policy ceta ceta bulletin weekly bulletin

Vodafone announces circular economy plan to extend life of mobile phones and increase reuse and recycling

Envirotec Magazine

Vodafone announced “a major initiative” on 23 February to extend the life of new mobile phones and encourage customers to trade in or recycle their old devices.

Air Pollution Changes Through The Pandemic – A European Barometer

Jim Conca

A new study by Uswitch out of the United Kingdom shows some significant changes in air quality in many major European cities over the last two years. Athens, Greece improved air quality with a ~35% drop in pollutants from 2019 to 2021 while Reykjavík had the highest air pollution increase of ~14%.

A Historic Timeline of Renewable Energy

U.S. Green Technology

Renewable energy can be loosely defined as the energy generated by natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which are renewable (naturally replenished). Once humans have used these natural resources, they are often replaced with other natural resources again.

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What needs to change to build a true circular economy

GreenBiz

To mitigate the worst impacts of climate change we’ll need to build a circular economy and rethink how we make and use things

Sustainability For New Parents

The Environmental Blog

If you’re reading this, you likely live a life of intentionality, sustainability and it’s a top priority for you. Maybe you’ve just found yourself with the incredible news that you’re going to become a parent too.

Allan Tuan

CleanTech Alliance

Allan Tuan is the commercialization manager for Energy Storage, Chemical/Biological Processing, and Advanced Energy Systems technologies at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He connects disruptive, PNNL-developed innovations with venture capital firms, small businesses, and multinational organizations to commercialize solutions for the nation’s complex energy and environmental challenges. Amongst others, his licenses have involved catalysts that help […

Heating industry agree hydrogen appliance labels

Envirotec Magazine

Perhaps a marker of progress towards decarbonising the domestic use of gas, using hydrogen, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) – a membership group of appliance manufacturers – has agreed new, clear labelling for hydrogen appliances.

PNNL’s Transactive Energy Coordination Puts The Smart In A Smart Electric Grid

Jim Conca

PNNL’s Transactive Energy Coordination technology offers a partnership between consumers and utility operators that could help keep the U.S. electric grid stable and reliable even in extreme weather with lots of renewables. It’s the kind of thing we imagine when we talk about a Smart Grid.

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Managing Climate Risk with Renewable Energy

U.S. Green Technology

Climate change influences natural resource depletion and puts businesses, individuals and the global ecosystem at risk. A recent example is the COVID-19 pandemic. Environmentalists believe it originated from forced migration, causing unnatural interactions between different species.

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21 solutions to make our economy more circular

GreenBiz

Instead of producing more things, we must maximize the use of existing ones

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5 Companies Committed to Hitting Net Zero in 2022

The Environmental Blog

In 2019, the UK passed a law to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Since then, the Government has launched its Build Back Greener strategy which shows how businesses and individuals will be supported in their transition to renewable energy.

Rural Clean Energy Innovation News

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, February 17, 2022 Commerce’s Rural Clean Energy Innovation program supports clean energy research, development and implementation in Washington’s rural communities. The program will allocate approximately $4.9 million from the state Clean Energy Fund to advance clean energy through a work group and new grant program with specific funding targeted to bioenergy and Tribal energy projects. […].

Portugal power-to-liquid project makes sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) from municipal waste-derived CO2

Envirotec Magazine

One of the first synthetic eFuel production units in Europe could be implemented at an Energy Recovery Plant near Porto.

Sustainable Catering: A Getting Started Guide for Small Businesses

Green Business Bureau

What Is Sustainable Catering. As the provider of food and drink for events, caterers’ practices and waste can have a detrimental effect on the planet. They hold the unique power of determining just how damaging a get together can be to the environment.