January, 2021

Today’s wind turbine blades could become tomorrow’s bridges

Grist

On December 16, three 40 foot-long wind turbine blades were delivered via truck from a wind farm in Belfast to the Cork Institute of Technology in southern Ireland.

Sustainable interior design trends for 2021

Inhabitat - Innovation

Inhabitat rounded up some of the most sustainable interior design trends predicted for 2021 so you can stay ahead of the curve

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Government of Canada launches Hydrogen Strategy

Charged

Most automakers may have rejected hydrogen as an energy storage medium for passenger vehicles ( Toyota is the notable exception), but the technology may yet find applications for industrial processes, and in other forms of transportation such as aviation and shipping.

Creating a Sunny Future with Solar Panels

U.S. Green Technology

One of the hallmarks of the 21st Century would have to be solar panels. These devices have become more widespread in recent years, and part of the reason for that is because they are a tremendous asset to a homeowner and society in general, producing an essential commodity.

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 State of Green Business 2021

GreenBiz

The State of Green Business 2021. Joel Makower. Mon, 01/25/2021 - 02:11. Adapted from the 14th annual State of Green Business report, our annual report card on progress by the world’s largest companies. The report, published in partnership with S&P Global Trucost, is a free download.

NuScale Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Moves Another Step Forward

Jim Conca

The small modular nuclear reactor designed by NuScale has received an order to prepare for a combined construction and operating license application to build their SMR as part of the Carbon Free Power Project of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).

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2021 Washington State Legislative Session Report: Week 2

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Brad Boswell, January 23, 2021 Week Two The second week of the 105 day 2021 Legislative Session is now complete. This week was full of virtual committee hearings and executive sessions.

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Amazon rainforest is becoming a carbon source due to deforestation

Inhabitat - Innovation

In the next 15 years, the Amazon rainforest is on track to be a larger source of carbon emissions than it absorbs because of the rapid rate of deforestation

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Pros and Cons of Wind Power for the Home

U.S. Green Technology

Wind power is one of the largest sources of clean, renewable energy in the United States, and it’s only going to keep growing. By 2030, wind power is expected to produce 20% of the U.S. electricity demand and cost less than fossil fuels.

Fighting deforestation should be a top priority for 2021, and here’s how it can be

GreenBiz

Fighting deforestation should be a top priority for 2021, and here’s how it can be. Heather Clancy. Mon, 01/11/2021 - 02:00.

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.

What Would Nuclear Batteries Do For Us?

Jim Conca

Centralized power systems are inefficient and cumbersome in our new technological future. Like the old telephone system that gave way to autonomous locally-controlled hand-held devices, nuclear batteries can make the same change for power to small, mobile, safe, clean, and affordable markets.

Top Predictions For The Renewable Energy Market in 2021

The Environmental Blog

The global economy of 2020 was primarily shaped by the coronavirus pandemic which greatly affected energy usage, project engagement and investments worldwide.

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2021 Washington State Legislative Session Report: Week 1

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Brad Boswell, January 16, 2021 Week One Today marks the end of the first week of the 2021 Legislative Session in Washington. On Monday several legislators came to a largely empty Capitol Campus to take an in-person vote to adopt rules to allow for a virtual session.

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Biden to issue new directives on climate change

Inhabitat - Innovation

President Joe Biden is expected to issue a suite of directives by end of the day today that will kickstart the process of combating climate change

Develop your Eco-friendly Business Strategy for 2021

U.S. Green Technology

The eco-friendly movement has gained noticeable momentum in recent years. More and more customers are taking the time to notice if the brands they use every day are green or not.

The case for buying climate tech from BIPOC and women-owned suppliers

GreenBiz

The case for buying climate tech from BIPOC and women-owned suppliers. Marilyn Waite. Mon, 01/18/2021 - 01:45. Stopping carbon pollution alone will not bring climate justice. Reaching net-zero by 2050 will not either. Neither will achieving 100 percent renewable energy targets.

Coal to Green Hydrogen: Germany’s Energy Transition Summed Up in One Project

GreenTechMedia

The Moorburg coal power station boasts an eventful inception, a landmark closure, and now, a bright future. It was opened in 2015 by Swedish utility Vattenfall on the banks of the Elbe river, just outside the German port city of Hamburg.

How to Contribute to the Future of the Planet With Sustainable Clothing

The Environmental Blog

Fashion and your dressing style say a lot about the person wearing the clothes. Apparel can talk about the wearer’s interest in following the latest ramp trends, celebrity and model looks, or a free-thinking spirit that prefers what truly complements their body and makes them feel great.

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Designers selected for new Shenzhen Natural History Museum project

Inhabitat - Innovation

The team beat out over 70 proposals from around the world in an international competition

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Green Jobs: Timber to Replace Glass in Buildings?

U.S. Green Technology

At a time when steel and glass construction is increasingly the norm, wood might seem like an old-school building material to use. But if you think wood is going by the wayside, think again. Timber is coming back with a new look – and a new attitude (toward it) in today’s green revolution.

5 sustainable packaging developments to watch in 2021

GreenBiz

5 sustainable packaging developments to watch in 2021. Meg Wilcox. Mon, 01/04/2021 - 01:15. For companies with sustainable packaging goals, 2025 is fast approaching. That’s the year when many have pledged to become zero waste, or to use 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging.

Why Local Solar + Storage Is a Pillar of the Net-Zero Grid

GreenTechMedia

This week, we finally left behind a destructive regime that thwarted environmental policy at every turn. We exchanged it for a government putting climate experts and clean-energy doers in its highest ranks in a way that no prior administration has done before. What comes next?

Reasons Why More Brands Are Moving Towards Sustainable Packaging

The Environmental Blog

We’re all increasingly aware of the dramatic consequences of climate change and how humanity’s actions are directly having a visible, tangible effect on the health of our world.

2021 Policy Update Panel – The Road Ahead

CleanTech Alliance

A pragmatic policy outlook for 2021

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Tesla: the real environmental impact

Inhabitat - Innovation

Tesla is known for its state-of-the-art electric vehicles, but how sustainable is the company really

Sustainable Waste Management for Businesses

U.S. Green Technology

If you are looking to make your business greener, one of the ways to do so is through sustainable waste management. Sustainable waste management is not only about recycling as it is about managing waste from the time it is created to the time it is deemed to have little to no impact on the.

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Keep your eyes on these 9 electric truck and van companies in 2021

GreenBiz

Keep your eyes on these 9 electric truck and van companies in 2021. Mike De Socio. Mon, 01/04/2021 - 02:00. Last year, a number of automakers announced or advanced ambitious plans to electrify heavy-duty big rigs, semi-trucks, box trucks, delivery vans and more.

Shell Says Hydrogen Is Heavy Transport’s Future. What Now For Biofuels?

GreenTechMedia

Hydrogen will be the key energy source for global road freight, according to a new report commissioned by European oil major Shell. Electrification is the most economic and environmental solution for smaller delivery vehicles.

Benefits of Providing Biodegradable Cups

The Environmental Blog

Many restaurants and coffee shops around the world will sell packaged drinks that people can take with them. In the past, many companies would provide customers with Styrofoam cups that were affordable and were designed to maintain an ideal temperature.

January 2021 Breakfast Recap- Energy and Blockchain with Nancy Min

CleanTech Alliance

“Blockchain is so much more than cryptocurrency or bitcoin,” said Nancy Min at the January 2021 CleanTech Alliance breakfast, sponsored by Perkins Coie. Nancy Min from Ecolong spoke to 58 attendees at the January breakfast about the applications for blockchain in the energy sector and explained how it can be used for secure transactions. First, […]. Alliance News Industry News blockchain breakfast recap breakfast series CleanTech Breakfast energy nancy min virtual breakfast

Bee-killing pesticide approved for emergency use in the UK

Inhabitat - Innovation

Not only is this chemical thought to kill bees, but rainwater will wash it from fields into rivers

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The Relationship Between Trees and Clean Energy

U.S. Green Technology

When you hear clean energy, your mind likely goes to solar and wind power. They are green alternatives to fossil fuels and are much healthier and safer for the environment.

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This acquisition could help make sustainable packaging the norm 

GreenBiz

This acquisition could help make sustainable packaging the norm . Deonna Anderson. Fri, 01/29/2021 - 00:30. In Manteca, California, a small company is pioneering the creation and production of paper bottles for brands such as L'Oreal and Seventh Generation. Across the U.S. in St.

Solar Industry Pushed to Examine Supply Chain After Reports of Forced Labor in China

GreenTechMedia

Labor and resettlement programs targeting Uyghur populations in China’s Xinjiang region have been linked with companies producing a significant portion of the world’s polysilicon, according to a forthcoming report that draws a connection between the solar industry and forced labor in the region.