The Uber Of Solar

Jim Conca

One small solar company in Washington State decided to approach the problematic business model of the solar industry by building a decentralizedservice platform in the otherwise centralized and old fashioned construction market - think the Uber of Solar

The truth about hydrogen, the latest, trendiest low-carbon solution


As misconceptions about the emerging tech abound, we can dispel common myths to encourage hydrogen's potential for decarbonization. Energy & Climate hydrogen Renewable Energy Rocky Mountain Institute


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Could Banana Leaf Technology Squelch Our Use Of Single-Use Plastics?


Banana leaves that can replace plastic wrap and other plastic wraps -- one more attempt to save the planet from ourselves. Agriculture CleanTechnica Exclusive Green Economy Banana Leaf Technology International Environmental Award International Green Technology Award plastics single-use plastics Technology for the Future Award

Cell Phone Recycling In Aspect of Environment Benefit

The Environmental Blog

It is incredible to think that just 20 years ago almost nobody had a mobile phone, and those who did were rich or important business men. They were large phones, and could not be used for a long time before the charge ran out. Today, however, mobile phones are everywhere, adults have them and most children too, is a way to keep in touch.

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.

Solar Geoengineering -- We Better Do It Or We'll Burn

Jim Conca

Given our inability to reduce worldwide GHG emissions, should we try to reflect heat back into space? It’s called Solar Geoengineering and would give us the breathing room to cut fossil fuels on a more likely time scale. We’ve been studying it for decades and we know that it works

Could planting 1 trillion trees counteract climate change?


The U.N. suggests that adding 2.5 billion acres of forest to the world could limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050. But some researchers aren't so sure. Biodiversity Food & Agriculture Ecosystem Services

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Rethinking food packaging can dent the plastic pollution crisis


Although the global economy is increasingly wrapped in plastic, companies of all sizes are dramatically reducing their use of it. Circular Economy Food & Agriculture Plastic Waste Pollution Prevention

How 1,500 Nuclear-Powered Water Desalination Plants Could Save The World From Desertification

Jim Conca

Many plans have been hatched to bring more water to CA, but it’s better to build desalination plants. And even better to power them with small nuclear reactors. Thirty desal plants produces a billion gallons/day and would cost the same as a water pipeline stealing water from the Pacific Northwest

What’s the right balance of energy, security and sustainability?


The challenge for policymakers is not only to decarbonize energy systems, it is to do so while simultaneously ensuring the security and affordability of energy. Electricity Grid Energy & Climate Risk & Resilience

Impact BioEnergy Wins King County’s Exporting Small Business of the Year Award

CleanTech Alliance

Source: King County, September 27, 2019 The U.S. Census Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 71,070 non-farm firms with employees in King County during 2010, and 95% of these had 50 or fewer employees. The challenges to operating a small business are infinite and often daunting, but the collective contributions of small businesses are […]. Industry News Member News


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.

Prefab homes on stilts include solar panels, water collection systems and organic gardens

Inhabitat - Innovation

Bali-based architect Alexis Dornier has unveiled a beautiful, eco-friendly concept for a series of prefabricated homes that are elevated off the landscape on stilts

Planners call on government for stronger direction on climate action

Envirotec Magazine

An overwhelming majority of UK planners want the next government to give stronger direction and more resources to enable local planners to deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

4 Ways to Reduce Waste In Your Own Home

The Environmental Blog

Now more than ever, we need to do our bit for the environment. From the comfort of our own homes, we can commit to positive changes that will make an impact. If you haven’t ever stopped to think about what products you buy and how you consume and dispose of them – now’s the time.

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Nuclear Power Does Slow Climate Change

Jim Conca

Why are we trying to close nuclear plants that have been relicensed as safe for another 20 yrs? To save a penny to spend on renewables and say that helps climate change? As all climate scientists agree, prematurely closing nuclear plants is bad for the climate. And it doesn’t save any money at all

7 urban air mobility companies to watch


Think ride-hailing flying taxis, electric multicopters and passenger drones that can be summoned with an app. Aviation Transportation & Mobility

These 21 projects are democratizing data for farmers


Articial intelligence and big data may help produce more food, use less water, limit resource consumption, redirect food waste and reduce food prices. Food & Agriculture Technology

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Is this the microgrid moment?


California's planned power shutdowns have communities, cities and companies scrambling for solutions, and microgrids are at the top of the list. Energy & Climate Microgrids Power Points Risk & Resilience VERGE 19

Barack Obama on climate, equity and overconsumption


The former president opens up about the urgency of the crisis and what he sees as the disconnect between our stated values and our actions. Climate Change Energy & Climate Leadership Living Buildings sustainability

'Wake-up call': Europe off track on all Sustainable Development Goals, report warns


UN-backed assessment urges incoming EU Commission to place the SDG agenda front and centre of its policies and investment strategies. Commitments & Goals European Union Sustainable Development Goals

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Why climate and sustainability professionals need to take the next step in our evolution


Sustainability professionals need to demonstrate the value they can bring to the highest levels of their organization. Simply put, we’re not there yet. Cleantech Leadership state of the profession

WA State Capital Budget Allocates $32,600,000 for Clean Energy Transition Projects

CleanTech Alliance

Correction 3:18 PM April 29 The Washington State Capital Budget, approved by the Legislature on Saturday, April 27, 2019, includes $32,600,000 in funding for Clean Energy capital projects. This is the fourth time that the Legislature has included a significant level of funding for Clean Energy projects in as many capital budgets. In the prior […]. Public Policy

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The largest green wall in Europe will absorb 8 tons of air pollution per year

Inhabitat - Innovation

Located in London, U.K., the Citicape House by Sheppard Robson will feature a 40,000-square-foot green wall, the largest in Europe, that sets the standard for urban green development in the city

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Fast Fashion: the second biggest polluter on Earth

Envirotec Magazine

Akmez Nabeerasool is a Senior Project Manager at Arvia Technology, a provider of advanced tertiary water and wastewater treatment systems. Below he discusses the issue of water pollution in the fashion industry. The fashion industry is reliant on water.

Inspiring Eco homes

The Environmental Blog

Eco homes don’t just save energy consumption and the wildlife around them. They can also improve the health and wellbeing of those living in them. Before you embark on building an eco-home, ask yourself why you want to be eco-conscious?

Bitter Cold Stops Coal But Nuclear Excels

Jim Conca

Through thick and thin, extreme hot or extreme cold, Bomb Cyclones and Polar Vortexes, this nuclear plant never seems to stop producing over 9 billion kWhs of energy every year, enough to power Seattle. The same with all other nuclear plants in America. Not so much with coal and gas

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Why human health must be at the center of climate action


Companies can exacerbate the challenges, but the private sector also positively contribute to solving these challenges. Corporate Strategy Health Sustainable Development Goals / SDGs

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7 companies making their mark with commercial microgrids


A growing array of players, from startups to global energy giants, are charging up solutions. Energy & Climate Microgrids

4 Easy Ways to Use Less Energy at Home

The Environmental Blog

The campaign to get people to use less energy at home has been going on for many years, so most people know to turn off lights and turn down the heat. However, it can be difficult to remember all these things, especially when you don’t see much difference day to day.

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Customers expect sustainable options. How are you delivering?


Sponsored: How goods are packaged is driving consumer purchasing decisions. Circular Economy Belantara Foundation Bio Economy Commitments & Goals Design & Packaging Forestry Sponsored Supply Chain

IKEA to invest $220 million into becoming 'climate positive'


The investment will be focused on two areas — green energy and reforestation. Clean Energy Corporate Strategy Corporate Strategy Deforestation

3 Environmentally Friendly Actions You Can Take at Home

The Environmental Blog

We can all be a little bit more environmentally friendly at home. While there’s also much that companies can be encouraged to do, there’s a good argument that it all begins with the home life. Royalty free photo.

Governor Jay Inslee Praises Clean Energy Innovations at 2019 Energy Leadership Summit

CleanTech Alliance

PRESS RELEASE November 26, 2019 CONTACT: Jon Okun, CleanTech Alliance, Operations Manager 206-389-7255 Jon@CleanTechAlliance.org Governor Jay Inslee Praises Clean Energy Innovations at 2019 Energy Leadership Summit Governor Jay Inslee gave a keynote speech at the Energy Leadership Summit highlighting the successes of the Clean Energy Fund, which has invested more than $150 million in clean […]. Alliance News

Squirrel Park turns shipping containers into affordable housing units

Inhabitat - Innovation

In recent years, shipping container architecture has been moving forward as a real-world solution for affordable housing

Dundee to host conference on climate change science and law

Envirotec Magazine

Scotland will host world-leading experts in climate change law and science in September, as they attend a major conference on global climate at the University of Dundee. Held at the University’s Dalhousie Building from 27-28 September, this inaugural event will focus on identifying elements of a global climate consensus and the legal practicality of effective climate action. Leading experts in the field including Australia’s ‘Green Judge’, Hon.

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Climate change and the new language of weather


The weather outside is frightful. What, exactly, do we call it? Climate Change Two Steps Forward