November, 2021

Is wood the new concrete?

GreenBiz

Companies looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions are turning to mass timber as a climate and building solution

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U.S. Air Force Base To Be First To Deploy New Nuclear ‘Microreactor’ - Soon Every Town Could Have One

Jim Conca

Every branch of the US Military is worried about climate change. They have been since well before it became controversial. Their conclusions are climate change is a significant threat multiplier. So their choice of Eielson Air Force Base to receive its first nuclear microreactor is a good one.

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Landscaping Ideas for Your Home in the City

The Environmental Blog

If you live in the city, you must be creative about landscaping because of the limited space. Still, assuming you have enough room for a garden, you can find many excellent landscaping ideas for your home.

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Should Your Climate-Focused Company Spend Time On Twitter?

Michael Grossman

New Survey Provides Guidance. Is Twitter for selling or shouting? It's a question I hear from mission-driven companies in the climate tech sector, especially from executives born before the first web browser. “We’re We’re a science-based company,” says the typical climate tech CEO.

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.

Cascadia Innovation and Circular Economy Conference (12/7)

CleanTech Alliance

Join us on December 7 from 9:00-11:30 AM PST as we examine circular economy strategies across the transportation and logistics, plastics and packaging, and electronics/e-waste sectors

Ocean change is exacerbating the climate crisis

Envirotec Magazine

Image credit: Annie Spratt / Unsplash. New scientific paper says we will not reach Paris Agreement without urgent ocean action.

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Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Needs A Quick Win For Nuclear

Jim Conca

Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act last Monday had some nice things for nuclear energy. The overall Bill is a $1.2 trillion for everything from bridges and roads to the nation's broadband, water and energy systems. Nuclear got about $25 billion.

How To Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly

The Environmental Blog

While the vast majority of environmental damage is done by massive corporations and world governments, rather than little old you, it’s important to remember that collective action can have an impact on helping the world become more environmentally friendly.

Eco-friendly Ways to Build a Home Suitable for Your Climate

U.S. Green Technology

Traditionally, the construction industry has been one of the most wasteful industries worldwide. Making up for 50% of trash in landfills and 40% of power use worldwide, it is, simply put, a very unsustainable industry.

2021 Energy Leadership Achievement Award Winners

CleanTech Alliance

The award winners were announced at this year's Energy Leadership Summit on November 9th

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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.

Laser scans show devastating impact of wet wipes on the Thames

Envirotec Magazine

River charity Thames21 has released data showing a mound created by wet wipes, which has grown to the size of two tennis courts and over a metre tall in the past six years.

Why ESG will still be the Wild West in 2022

GreenBiz

For all the positive developments, the ESG landscape remains treacherous and unforgiving

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COP26 – Another Failure For The Planet

Jim Conca

The elephant in the room at COP26 was why nuclear power was excluded from the adult’s table. All nuclear applications to establish exhibits at the COP26 "Green Zone" were rejected…but there was plenty of space for the Soroptimists, the The Froglife Trust and The British Dragonfly Society.

Adopt This Eco-Friendly Habits to Save Our Planet

The Environmental Blog

Source: pexels.com/@shvets-production. With the recent climate changes, living a sustainable lifestyle is the way to go. Every effort is made to make the world a better place to live. If you’re not sure where to start, here are five tips to be more environmentally conscious.

How Can You Maximize Energy Efficiency in New Home Construction?

U.S. Green Technology

To the casual observer, this might seem like the worst time to start building a new home. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. According to the U.S.

Weekly UTC Clean Energy Bulletin- November 30

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, November 30, 2021 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 2030 and source 100% of their […]. Public Policy bulletin rulemaking utc clean energy bulletin weekly bulletin

The transition to EVs cannot come at the expense of the ocean

Envirotec Magazine

Mining the seafloor to extract minerals like cobalt and nickel that are widely used for EV batteries could put deep ocean ecosystems at risk (image credit: Alexis Rosenfeld / Getty Images).

What Big Oil knew about climate change in 1959

GreenBiz

1959 was before the moon landing, before the Beatles’ first single, before Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech

Helion Energy Raises $500 Million On The Fusion Power Of Stars

Jim Conca

Helion, a clean energy company seeking to usher in a new era of zero-carbon electricity from fusion, just announced its raise of $500 million to be used to complete the construction of Polaris, their seventh-generation fusion generator and the world’s first fusion electricity demonstration facility.

4 Companies Focused on Climate Change

The Environmental Blog

Climate change is a global problem that we all need to be aware of and active in ensuring its stop. It is the cause of major natural disasters, and it’s happening very fast. We can’t hope that someone else will fix this; we have to take responsibility.

Update, Refresh, Rebrand—Does Your Company Need One?

Michael Grossman

Lessons From Facebook’s Meta Announcement. Meta means both transcendent and transcendently self-aware. In that sense, Facebook has come up with the perfect new name. Why they did it, and the timing of the announcement has stirred up a great deal of cynicism due to the company’s litany of problems.

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Weekly UTC Clean Energy Bulletin- November 23

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, November 23, 2021 Upcoming workshops, rulemakings, and other 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 weekly bulletin

5 Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption at Home

U.S. Green Technology

People who wish to help protect local environment often begin by looking at what they can do in their own homes. Lowering energy consumption can help make the world greener. It also has the added benefit of decreasing your monthly bills.

Which creates more jobs? Green or polluting industries?

GreenBiz

Climate-friendly investments can create more jobs per dollar than polluting alternatives

California Governor Gavin Newsom Proclaims Natural Gas To Be Zero-Carbon

Jim Conca

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could outlaw wildfires? Or legislate against Polar Vortexes? That’s what California Governor Gavin Newsom did with carbon emissions from natural gas by signing into law Senate Bill 423. Just declare gas zero-carbon and that’s that.

The Imminent Extinction of the Diesel Car

The Environmental Blog

The sales of diesel cars are falling – according to the SMMT, diesel car registrations are down by more than 60% since 2020 , with Aston University predicting they will account for just 15% of the UK market by 2025 , down from a 50% peak.

Corporate Sustainability Training: Career and Academic Education for Sustainability Professionals

Green Business Bureau

In my previous blog, Corporate Sustainability Training: Practical Employee Education , I discussed how sustainability education for the business consumer can be broken into two categories; Practical and Academic.

Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin- November 18

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, November 18, 2021 Draft double counting and storage rules release Commerce and the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) released draft rules to implement the prohibition on double counting unbundled renewable energy credits (RECs) and to clarify accounting for energy storage under CETA. The draft rules, notice of opportunity to comment […]. Public Policy ceta ceta bulletin rulemaking weekly bulletin workshop notice

Top Tips for Eco-Friendly Travel in 2022

U.S. Green Technology

Apart from developing sustainable habits at home, it’s also important to consider taking the same idea into travelling. According to the United Nations, international travel is expanding like never before, but unfortunately, this comes at an enormous social and environmental cost.

13 big deals that made COP26 the ‘Business COP’

GreenBiz

Amid a controversial climate summit, a baker's dozen of initiatives that will affect the private sector for years to come

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5 Ways Oregon Is an Environmental Leader

Green Living Guy

In recent years, climate change has become a pressing concern among policymakers. Certain states and cities have been leading the way to develop policies that support the overall sustainability of their communities. Oregon is one of the top states for green initiatives.

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3 Benefits of Having Solar Panels Installed in a Tiny Home

The Environmental Blog

Whether you’re an interior design aficionado or someone who loves everything about living a simple lifestyle, there’s a lot to love about tiny homes. They’re cheap. They’re easy to build.

Corporate Sustainability Training: Career and Academic Education

Green Business Bureau

In my previous blog, Corporate Sustainability Training: Practical Employee Education , I discussed how sustainability education for the business consumer can be broken into two categories; Practical and Academic.

Weekly Clean Energy UTC Bulletin

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, November 16, 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 […]. Public Policy bulletin rulemaking utc weekly bulletin

Sustainable Living: 6 Reasons Smart Home is a Greener Home

U.S. Green Technology

These days, technological advancements make it easy for us to manage our homes. From cooking to cleaning, there is a gadget or two that makes it easy to do our house chores. No wonder there is an increasing number of innovative home features being developed. What is a Smart Home?