February, 2021

Sustainability Guide for Food and Dining in the Workplace: Creating the Right Policies, Programs and Culture

Green Business Bureau

Sustainable Food and Dining in the Workplace. A sustainable business plan involves evaluating lunchroom or cafeteria practices and policies as well as how food is sourced and served.

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Irrational Nuclear Fear Puts Sweden In Danger Of Succumbing To Stupidity

Jim Conca

With 78% of the population supporting nuclear power, Sweden’s plan to prematurely shut down its entire nuclear fleet is bizarre, especially since it will add over 2 billion tons of CO2 emissions, cause the loss of $120 billion in taxes and undermine their grid reliability when it's really cold.


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Report: ‘Grid-Enhancing Technologies’ Could Save $5B per Year by Boosting US Renewables Capacity


The U.S. could double its capacity for new wind and solar power, save billions of dollars and cut millions of tons of carbon-dioxide emissions from its generation fleets if federal incentives can be aligned to deploy a suite of technologies to unlock the full capacity of transmission grids.

Traffic Evaporation: What Really Happens When Road Space is Reallocated from Cars?

The City Fix

Road development throughout the 20th century was based primarily on the premise that more infrastructure eases traffic. But evidence shows that road building, instead of reducing congestion, actually increases traffic.

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.

Where are we with the safer nuclear option known as nuclear fusion?

Renewable Energy World

The world’s largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor is in development in Provence, southern France.

Green Technologies That We Need to Apply to Change our Future for the Better

U.S. Green Technology

The pandemic may have put the world on pause but global warming continues to become a threat to the environment and people. Fortunately, green technology has helped develop solutions that slow down global warming and climate change and preserve the environment.

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Lessons from 3 emerging bio-based material technologies


Lessons from 3 emerging bio-based material technologies. Suz Okie. Fri, 02/19/2021 - 00:40. Creating human-made materials from living or biological sources is by no means a new development, yet newly invented bio-based materials are garnering significant hype as of late.

Washington State Senate Bill 5244 – Needed Support For Nuclear Power

Jim Conca

The Washington State Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee drafted a new bill, SB 5244, encouraging the production of advanced nuclear reactors, small modular reactors, and components through the Invest in Washington Act. A very necessary thing to do.

6 smart solutions for eco-friendly businesses

The Environmental Blog

Going green may boost your business’ bottom line. Have a glimpse at the business world in 2021, whether brick-and-mortar facilities or online organisations, and you’ll immediately notice a wide divergence in the amount of effort poured into eco-friendly initiatives.

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Microplastics from textiles damage lung cells, finds study

Envirotec Magazine

Microplastics from textiles may inhibit the lung’s ability to repair damage caused by conditions such as COVID-19, according to research findings released on 24 February.

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.

Teaching Your Kids How To Recycle And Why

U.S. Green Technology

With an ever-increasing population that still relies overwhelmingly on unsustainable resources, the world is relying on our children for its future. Our generation is making steady progress towards a greener planet.

Commerce awards $3.7 million for solar installations benefitting low-income communities

CleanTech Alliance

Clean energy projects will reduce energy burden for low-income households and nonprofit housing providers Source: Washington Department of Commerce, February 25, 2021 The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $3.7 million in grants for nine solar energy projects across the state.

Policy 195

Paul Polman's rallying cry for courageous leaders


Paul Polman's rallying cry for courageous leaders. Jean Haggerty. Mon, 02/15/2021 - 02:15. In addition to having a devasting effect on lives and livelihoods, COVID-19 has been the biggest global disruptor in recent memory. It also has pushed us to a new moment of corporate leadership.

Rushing To The Coast – The Wrong Way To Adapt To Global Warming

Jim Conca

You’d think climate-influenced human migration would be away from coastal areas flooded by sea level rise. But that’s not what researchers from across the United States and Europe are projecting. Low-lying areas like Bangladesh will probably gain more residents than they lose as flooding gets worse.

How Small Businesses Can Open a Sustainable Venture

The Environmental Blog

Many small businesses might think that choosing the more responsible route isn’t always an option, since it entails huge costs that can otherwise be allocated for operational expenses. However, that’s really not the case.

93% of industry without skills to meet 2050 climate targets

Envirotec Magazine

Only half (53%) of UK engineering firms think net zero by 2050 is achievable for them. 1 in 2 are currently experiencing a skills gap or limitations in their current workforce (46%), however due to the current economic climate, recruitment is currently their lowest priority (35%).

Sports and Environment: 6 Tips for Making Sports Facilities More Green and Sustainable

U.S. Green Technology

As time goes by, non-renewable energy sources come to the very brink of their purposefulness, and climate changes impossible to ignore. The questions of sustainability and green economy become some of the most frequently discussed topics.

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Virtual CleanTech Day in Olympia Recap

CleanTech Alliance

On January 27, 2021, the CleanTech Alliance hosted its first-ever Virtual CleanTech Day. The annual advocacy day included a wide variety of speakers and panelists as well as networking and the opportunity to schedule a meeting with your legislator.

Policy 195

5 cool measurement tools attempting to quantify regenerative agriculture


5 cool measurement tools attempting to quantify regenerative agriculture. Jesse Klein. Thu, 02/11/2021 - 00:05. Many practices are associated with regenerative agriculture — anything from no-till practices to pesticide-free farming.

Natural Gas And Wind Freeze Up When The Going Gets Tough

Jim Conca

Texas’ energy mix of mostly gas and wind did not do well with this week’s extreme cold snap. Gas used for heating increased dramatically, removing much of it from generating electricity, some pipelines froze up and couldn’t deliver, and there just isn’t enough pipeline capacity to begin with.

5 Benefits Of Using Sustainable Cotton Calico Bags

The Environmental Blog

Living sustainably has become increasingly important nowadays since the environment is slowly deteriorating. The constant use of single-use plastic and immeasurable amounts of waste thrown away is a threat to nature and people’s health.

HempWood offers a sustainable wood alternative with endless applications

Inhabitat - Innovation

No trees were harmed in the making of HempWood

7 Effective Ways to Make the Moving Process More Environmentally-friendly

U.S. Green Technology

Over the last couple of years, sustainability and environmental issues grew from something that was discussed only in select circles to the topics that dominate all aspects of our lives.

2021 Washington State Legislative Session Report- Week 6

CleanTech Alliance

Week Six Week six is now complete and the Legislature continues to move through the virtual legislative process. Monday was the policy committee cutoff, meaning bills must have been voted out of their policy committees in order to stay alive this session.

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Why data and measurement are key to a circular economy transition


Why data and measurement are key to a circular economy transition. James Woolven. Fri, 02/12/2021 - 01:00. This article originally appeared on Circulate News.

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Is Mining The Ocean Bottom For Metals Really Better Than Mining On Land?

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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How To Take Care Of Your Welsh Terrier Dog Breed

The Environmental Blog

Unlike cats, dogs are creatures of reaction and emotion. If they’re happy, you’ll be sure to see a wagging tail. If they’re in pain, they’ll certainly let you know with a high-pitched whine.

Health 195

Topsoil is disappearing from Midwest farms

Inhabitat - Innovation

Almost one-third of crop-growing land in the upper Midwest is now devoid of its most fertile topsoil, says a controversial new study


7 Most Sustainable Guitar Woods & The Brands Using Them

U.S. Green Technology

Guitars produce a distinct and quality sound not just from the strings, but also from the tonewood of the body. The soundboard, the back, and the sides, all contribute to the desirable sound of this stringed instrument.

Perkins Coie Breakfast Series: Campus-Scale Sustainability

CleanTech Alliance

March 10 - featuring The Evergreen State College's Scott Morgan

Insights from green banking: What keeps customers from switching banks?


Insights from green banking: What keeps customers from switching banks? Diane Osgood. Wed, 02/17/2021 - 00:05. ESG may be all the rage, but what about retail banking? The deposits you make at your retail bank for personal and business accounts sustain the bank’s ability to make loans and investments.

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Perseverance touches down on the red planet

Envirotec Magazine

NASA’s Perseverance rover , launched in July 2020, landed on Mars on 18 February. The Perseverance’s mission involves exploration of the red planet’s Jezero crater.

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Why You Should Consider Using an Eco-Friendly Water Treatment Method for Your Industry

The Environmental Blog

Water scarcity is a common phenomenon since only 3% of water available on earth is fit for human consumption. That’s why it’s crucial to conserve the little water we have.

Nearly 1/3 of freshwater fish face extinction

Inhabitat - Innovation

Just over half of the world’s fish species are freshwater species, consisting of about one-quarter of all vertebrate species on Earth


How Testing Tools can Improve your Team’s Efficiency

U.S. Green Technology

QA managers have been researching to identify the root causes of software failures. One of the main reasons for such failures were caused due to poor quality assurance during the software development lifecycle. The main purpose of QA is to prevent releasing poor quality software apps.