Top 3 Reasons to Go Solar Now


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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End of Year is Here! Recycle Your Electronics with Living Green Technology!

Living Green Technology

Greetings! 2016 has been a long and eventful year, and everyone is busy preparing as it finally comes to a close. It's during this time that we find many companies, such as yours, upgrade or clear out their storage closets of old or excess electronics. We typically have a very busy month of December, helping remove these unwanted supplies by offering free removal of electronics. If you are interested in scheduling a free pickup, please reach out and we'd be happy to assist you.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Amazing home appliances and eco-gadgets for you to love

Eco Friend

As more and more people are beginning to use eco-conscious gadgets and appliances at home, ever increasing number of designers and manufacturers are delivering eco-gadgets to meet demand. The Consumer… The post Amazing home appliances and eco-gadgets for you to love appeared first on Eco Friend.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

Is Solar Worth It?


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.

The Top 5 Green Cities of the World

Living Green Technology

Last year was the fourth edition of the Global Green Economy Index GGEI. The index uses quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the green economic performance of 60 countries and 70 cities and how experts assess that performance. Four factors that are used for this performance review are leadership & climate change, efficiency sectors, markets & investment and environment & natural capital. GGEI is produced by Dual Citizen LLC, a private U.S.-based based consultancy.

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.

Better Ventures Backs NextRequest to Improve Access to Government Records

Better Ventures

We are pleased to announce our seed investment in NextRequest , a San Francisco-based "govtech" startup that provides modern, robust, and user-friendly Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and public records processing software to local government agencies around the US. NextRequest is bringing government into the 21st century by streamlining the process of requesting information - saving time and money - and dramatically improving public access to government records.

I’m Using Up 3–9 Planets.

Earth Gratitude

I’m Using Up 3–9 Planets. At the rate I’m consuming, I’m using up 3–9 planets, according to the carbon footprint calculator at Earth Day Network. This was surprising to me because over the last 14 years, I have reduced my energy and consumer habits dramatically. · I drive about 15% of what I did in 2010 (when the BP Oil Spill erupted), and “fill up” about once a month. Most Americans are using 1.6 gallons of gasoline per day; mine equates to a little over ½ gallon/day (source: @EIAgov ). ·

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


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


Is Recycling Your Company's Electronics Good for Your Bottom Line?

Living Green Technology

Recycling keeps getting bigger and bigger in general, and has seen tremendous growth in electronics in particular. In 2010, approximately 3.5 tons of electronics were recycled in the USA, with more than 62% of that coming from PC and IT-related equipment. Much of this recycling is coming from businesses around the nation, but is this simply because of the positive PR being environmentally conscious brings? Or are there other concrete business reasons to do this?

What is E-Waste and Why Does It Matter?

Living Green Technology

Electronic waste is commonly referred to as e-waste, and is used to describe electronic products that are unwanted, obsolete, and/or aren’t working properly anymore. This has become a more common problem as technology has continued to innovate at an accelerated pace. Many think that e-waste can be treated similarly to regular waste when it comes to recycling. Unfortunately this isn’t true, and e-waste requires special attention as far as safe recycling or disposal goes.

Seattle Recycling and Green Living News Round-up

Living Green Technology

It’s important to stay up to date with local news when it comes to recycling and green living! Local policy changes, lawsuits, and investigative studies can impact our lives and environment in a number of ways, unbeknownst to the general public. Keep reading for our new, monthly, local Seattle news coverage!

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.

LeadGenius Raises $10M Series B Round

Better Ventures

We are thrilled to report that Better Ventures portfolio company LeadGenius closed a $10M Series B round last week, led by Lumia Capital. We participated in the round along with Javelin Venture Partners and existing investors Sierra Ventures, Kapor Capital, Bee Partners, Y Combinator and others. This round brings their total financing to date to $20M. You can read more about the announcement here.

?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.

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Deepak Chopra, The Earth Day Network, H.R.H.

Earth Gratitude

Deepak Chopra, The Earth Day Network, H.R.H. The Prince of Wales: The Global Earth Day Gratitude Celebration and Ebook Deepak Chopra, The Earth Day Network, Life is Good, Ron Finley, Rainbow Light Join in the Global Earth Day Gratitude Celebration April 22, 2016. Ebook features H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, Leon Krier, Lynne Twist and more sharing sustainability wisdom and tips from around the world.

The 6th Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill

Earth Gratitude

Ironically, it was just two days before Earth Day in 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and spewing at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf. So many of us watched in horror as method after method failed. The oil well gushed for 87 days, killing wildlife and sliming beaches. Every time I started my car, I felt dirty. The following year, a group of like-minded friends, who I only knew on social media, organized a Bike Power Week for Earth Day.

Embracing Green - 3 Environmentally-Conscious Teams and Leagues in Sports

Living Green Technology

Sports by nature are big-footed when it comes to ecological footprint. At the same time, sports are extremely influential. So if we want the society to ‘green up,’ a good start would be greening up the sports teams. As Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council and co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance points out: "Thirteen percent of Americans follow science. Sixty-one percent of Americans follow sports.

9 Smart Habits That Save Thousands of Dollars Each Year

Earth Gratitude

Living a green lifestyle is essential to the sustainability of our common home?—?and and it is also good for our wallet. Below are 9 smart energy habits that save thousands of dollars every year. Light up Your Life Switching out your lights for LED lighting in your home or office can save up to 85% on your lighting bill. With new technology and greater availability, LED bulbs are now under $10 each and can last for up to 15 years.

PreSeed Fireside Chat with Legendary Impact Investor Mitch Kapor

Better Ventures

When we created Better Ventures PreSeed to help catalyze the social entrepreneurship community in Oakland we couldn't have hoped for a better speaker than legendary investor and philanthropist Mitch Kapor. Simply put, Mitch and his wife Freada -- along with Kapor Capital and Kapor Center for Social Impact -- are giants in the field of impact investing and philanthropy, and they are paving the way for so many others, including Better Ventures.

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