2016

Top 3 Reasons to Go Solar Now

Sunrun

Thinking of Going Solar? You're Not Alone If you are thinking of going solar like thousands of Americans looking to catch a break from the rising rates of the utility companies, you may ask yourself; when is it a good time go solar? At Sunrun we believe the time is now. Not only will you save money sooner, but you will also be using clean renewable energy daily, bringing to life your home and your wallet. See how Sunrun has helped hundreds of thousands of cutsomers go solar, here.

?Sustainability’s New Sales Pitch Has Nothing To Do With Saving the Planet

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Lisa Ann Pinkerton. Orginally published on The Huffington Post. NASA released a report in August that showed the average global temperature in 2015 was the highest it’s ever been since record keeping of the planet’s temperature began in 1880.

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Upcycling shipping containers - CPH Containers provides affordable quality housing for students

Green Tech Challenge

Every year Maersk alone needs to get rid of 60.000 - 80.000 shipping containers that have become too worn out to safely function for shipping purposes. Discarding this amount of shipping containers, that are primarily made out of corten steel, is an enormous waste of resources. Iron is extrapolated by mining, which reduces local biodiversity and uses great amounts of water. From an environmental point of view the best thing to do is to re- or upcycle the shipping containers. A mine in Germany.

9 Times Leonardo DiCaprio Helped Climate Action Make Headlines in 2016

Climate-KIC

The global movie star helped climate action get some much-needed attention in a year dominated by news about politics. The post 9 Times Leonardo DiCaprio Helped Climate Action Make Headlines in 2016 appeared first on Climate-KIC

Hybrid Airship Being Readied for Flight

EcoGeek

The “world’s largest aircraft,” the Airlander 10, is being readied for flights to begin later this year. The Airlander 10 is a massive hybrid aircraft that combines helium lift, aerodynamic lift, and direct thrust for flight. As we’ve noted before, we are big fans of airships (and even if there are tradeoffs in time and energy costs , we think that there is definitely a place for them in certain niches of air transport), so this is exciting news.

Green Roofs and Fireworks

Green Roof Technology

Green Roofs and Fireworks. Practically all dry organic materials are combustible at relative low temperatures. R oof shingles or many waterproofing membranes on roofs are typically petroleum-based products (including Asphalt) and there is hardly any difference to dr y organic. materials. Some products are equipped with chemical fire retardants that could decrease the risk of spreading fire, unfortunately not the risk of leaks cause by heat and impact.

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Better Ventures Leads $850k Seed Round in Iris Plans

Better Ventures

We are excited to announce our $250,000 seed investment in Iris Plans , an Austin, TX-based digital health startup that provides Advance Care Planning (ACP) solutions for patients facing serious chronic illness. Iris Plans uses a telehealth platform with secure video conferencing and decision support tools to enable patients and their families to better plan for and navigate their critical treatment decisions in a complex healthcare system.

The downside of cheap gas

Martin LaMonica

Earlier this year, the Energy Information Administration announced that the U.S. now pollutes more from transportation than the electricity sector. Embedded in this dry government statistic is a host of complex questions, not least of which is how the U.S. is ever going to make serious progress on climate change while we remain in love with giant vehicles.

Fish and Sea Water Flood Miami Streets.

Earth Gratitude

Fish and Sea Water Flood Miami Streets. Miami, Florida is already experiencing Sunny Day Flooding during high tides, when sea water and fish flood the city streets. This is not a some-day problem. Sea level rise is here and now, and Miami, Florida is the most vulnerable city in the world by assets. That is why a bipartisan group of 21 Mayors in Southern Florida want climate change added to the Presidential election debate. Join me tomorrow (Thursday) at noon ET (9 a.m.

UK Climate Diplomacy Staff Cut Again as Post-Brexit Links to Trump and US Deniers Strengthen

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 3 mins With Donald Trump set to become the President of the United States, the international climate change political scenery has shifted. The president-elect’s stance on “quitting” the Paris Agreement seems to have softened in recent days. But countries are still going to need strong diplomatic teams to shore-up the global commitment to tackling climate change, reiterated at the Marrakech climate talks last week.

Is Solar Worth It?

Sunrun

You may have heard stories about how people are saving money each and every month on their energy bills by going solar. But you have to ask yourself, is solar worth it? At Sunrun, we believe that solar is not only worth it, but it is the future of home energy and will have a huge impact on the world around you. Read why solar is worth it, and see how you can start saving money on energy, each and every day by using the sun as your primary energy resource.

Inspiring a Movement of Women, One Talk At a Time

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

by Anjali Manghnani and Poonum Agrawal. WCS Talks is an annual TED Talks style event hosted by Women in Cleantech and Sustainability (WCS). This event aims to redefine the female experience in cleantech and sustainability by showcasing brilliant women and encouraging every woman to follow her dreams. WCS Talks was started in 2014 and in part motivated by the lack of cleantech events featuring female keynote speakers.

Have you heard of the Super Food Moringa?

Green Tech Challenge

In Green Tech Challenge we love companies who want to make the world a better place. One of our participants sets out to do exactly this. They provide farmers in the Philippines a sustainable livelihood and the world with a super food to get healthier. Meet Roots Food - founded by Jacqueline Hansen and Daniel Alonso Van Camp! Foto: Mark Lau Moringa - the superfood Roots Food sells dried, organic Moringa leaves as powder and flakes.

New Interactive Tool Unleashes ‘Goldmine’ of Drought And Flooding Data

Climate-KIC

A new tool provides easy access to information about water in lakes, rivers and coastal areas around the world based on millions of satellite images. The post New Interactive Tool Unleashes ‘Goldmine’ of Drought And Flooding Data appeared first on Climate-KIC

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Flow Batteries for Household Power Storage

EcoGeek

Residential power storage options are starting to get more competitive with a flow battery being introduced to the market in Australia. Flow batteries have been something we’ve looked at for grid-scale storage , and the research into the technology has been making advances. But it has been primarily a utility-scale technology.

The Benefits of Going Solar

Sunrun

What Are The Benefits of Going Solar? From cost savings, to positive environmental impacts, and energy security we cover everything you need to know when it comes to the benefits of going solar with Sunrun. If you would like a free home solar quote, contact us today. Our Sunrun solar consultants have helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners make that easy transition to home solar. Cost Savings Perhaps the biggest benefit for homeowners is the cost savings.

How to Choose the Best Home Solar Panel Installation Company

Sunrun

So you are seriously considering installing a solar panel system in your home. Solar technology offers you many advantages, because it’s cost effective and qualifies for tax breaks. Not only does solar energy save money, but you and your family can become leaders your community, working towards a greener environment. However, you must exercise due diligence in choosing a home solar provider. Surun understands that opening your electric bill these days can be a shocking experience.

MATE Bikes raising more than 2.900.000 USD on INDIEGOGO!

Green Tech Challenge

This is definitely going to sound like an advertisement, but we are not sorry. Say hi to MATE bikes, participant in the GTC 2016! MATE Bikes is crowdfunding at INDIEGOGO right now. If you want to cash in a whopping 70 % discount on their bikes: Hurry up! The campaign ends at Sunday, the 9th of October. Now that we got that settled, let’s talk about what exactly MATE Bikes are. MATE bikes are founded by brother and sister Christian Adel Michael and Julie Kronstrøm Carton from Copenhagen.

Fighting food waste – Meet GTC participant “Too Good To Go”

Green Tech Challenge

We’re proud to announce that we have received over 70 applications for this year’s GTC. As you read this, we’re selecting the 20 participants for 2016. Some of the participants have already secured themselves a spot in the sprint, simply because their business concepts are brilliant and have the potential to grow and make an impact globally. Meet “Too Good To Go” One of these brilliant participants is Too Good To Go.

?Booth Babes Redux: Why Are We Still Having this Conversation?

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Rosana Francescato Originally published on PV Solar Report. In 2013, the booth babes at Intersolar North America included the now infamous caged dancers at the Recom booth. They certainly drew a crowd. Booth babes at Intersolar 2016. Every year since then, the booth babes have been fewer at solar conferences in North America, and the ogling crowds smaller — or nonexistent. But this year’s Intersolar sported a few notable exceptions.

4 Common Mistakes People Make with their Finances

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Strategies for Sustainable Finances. By Pat Christianson and Rosana Francescato. What’s the formula for healthy personal finances? It comes down to 20% knowledge and 80% behavior. That’s according to Tiffany Groode , who spoke at the informative Women in Cleantech and Sustainability event “Financial Planning for Cleantech and Sustainability Professionals.”. Simply increasing your income, she said, doesn’t lead to wealth if you don’t change your behavior.

Why women are critical to clean energy

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Joan MacNaughton, Executive Chair, World Energy Trilemma, World Energy Council Originally published on GreenBiz. While climate change has been recognized as an urgent, global issue, the relevance of increasing the visibility of women in clean energy as a solution to advancing our climate goals is rarely discussed.

Awapatent to guide the startups in Green Tech Challenge 2016

Green Tech Challenge

Green Tech Challenge – we make green business good business A central part of making green business good business is making sure that the green startups have the intellectual property rights to their technology. In Green Tech Challenge 2016, the startups in the program will get valuable assistance from the patent advisors in Awapatent. Awapatent is an international patent office.

GTC Alumni Kicking Ass on KickStarter

Green Tech Challenge

Looking back, we were always certain that the boys from Organic Basics would see a fair amount of success. We first encountered the team at an event co-hosted by the American Embassy in Copenhagen. When they pitched in front of the investors, everyone was laughing at the witty, yet convincing pitch.

Is a Zero Waste Lifestyle Possible?

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Rosana Francescato. Special thanks to ? Amie Lewis ? and Mariya Kravchenko for organizing this excellent WCS event. We’d all like to go zero-waste. But what does that mean? WCS Chair Lisa Ann Pinkerton posed the question to a panel of experts at our recent event, Is a Zero Waste Lifestyle Possible ? Zero waste as a concept. Moderator Lisa Ann Pinkerton.

WCS Talks 2015 

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

In case you missed our event at Google in November of 2015, here’s the complete list of videos from the event. The post WCS Talks 2015 appeared first on Women in Cleantech & Sustainability. WCS Blog

Does Energy Policy Matter?

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Pam Seidenman. ?While While technology and capital both drive the clean economy, policy is just as important. Women in Cleantech and Sustainability (WCS) recently held a panel discussion on the role of policy in driving cleantech and provided an inside look into the careers of three women who have shaped cleantech policy in California and beyond. The evening also touched on industrial policy, the Clean Power Plan, and career advice.

LuminAID: Women Offering Relief With Solar Energy

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

By Maria Ava. In 2015, two brilliant entrepreneurs, Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork, amazed the world by pitching LuminAID on Shark Tank. The CBS program gives hopeful entrepreneurs the opportunity to seek funds from investors. All five of the investors, or “sharks,” were truly impressed by LuminAID, an inflatable solar-powered LED lantern that is ideally suited for emergency situations. Ultimately, Mark Cuban invested $200,000 for 15 percent equity in LuminAID.

Politics and You !

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

? Join us for a panel discussion with state and federal experts: . California legislation affecting renewable energy . Key players in California energy politics. Successes that have inspired women to get involved in politics. Why you ignore policy at your peril! Date: February 24 6pm – Networking 6:30 – 7:30 – Panel 7:30 – 8:00 – Networking Venue: NRDC, 111 Sutter St, Floor 20, San Francisco Panelists: Annie Notthoff, Manal Yamout, and Mary Hughes. REGISTER. ?

How You Can Save Money, Help WCS, and Help the Planet

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

What if you could help Women in Cleantech and Sustainability while helping yourself? And what if doing that would also help the planet? ? These aren’t hypothetical questions. Through our partnership with MyDomino , you can do all of this — with very little effort. MyDomino is a concierge service that helps people reduce their carbon footprint and save money, with actions as small as switching to LEDs or as big as going solar. WHAT THE PLANET GETS.