Are We Finally Going To Help Puerto Rico Power Up?

Jim Conca

Puerto Rico and USVI arein the largest blackout in U.S. history. But it appears that a more serious contractor, Louis Berger, will be coming to the islands to help resurrect the their electrical and power systems and make them more resilient to future super storms. And that is a big lift

Is Circular Economy the Future of Coffee Shops? Kaffe Bueno is Here to Prove That

Green Tech Challenge

Kaffe Bueno: a case of successful entrepreneurship Kaffe Bueno , is a novel coffee startup based in Copenhagen. It is the first coffee company in the world, with a circular business model. Selling and recycling coffee by using it in natural cosmetics. The 3 founders are from Colombia. After living in London for 3 and a half years, Kaffe Bueno started to shape.


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Better Ventures Invests in Apostrophe to Scale Healthcare Access and Savings

Better Ventures

We are thrilled to announce our latest investment: Apostrophe ! Apostrophe is a Denver, CO-based healthtech startup that administers self-insured employer healthcare plans, making best practices available to employers while making high-quality care available to employees. We led the company’s $1.15M seed round, alongside co-investors TechStars and Royal Street Ventures. Apostrophe is addressing the underlying healthcare problems of high costs, extreme complexity and frustrating user experience.

Web Portal – Modernized for Today’s Consumer


Today’s typical consumer spends hours on Facebook, Instagram, Amazon and the like, so they’ve come to expect all digital interactions to be personalized. What’s the modern utility to do? Well, Bidgely’s recently-updated web portal solution is the answer, helping to deliver an engaging digital energy experience personalized to each consumer. In fact, one utility recently found that 90% of consumers gave the ? to their Bidgely-powered offering! What makes the web portal so great?

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.

India Auctions 500 Megawatts Rooftop Solar Capacity With Lowest Bid At 3.4¢/kWh


India has auctioned the largest capacity of rooftop solar power projects in history and the results are extremely promising and could provide a much-needed boost to the rooftop solar power… Renewable Energy India India Rooftop Solar Power india solar power SECI Solar Energy Corporation of India

Why Useless Data Is Worse Than No Data


To characterise a process, data is a necessity. In the absence of data, important parameters of a process are not tracked, their significance cannot be evaluated and their behaviour over the course of time cannot be understood. Here’s Why useless data is worse than no data Data – the basis of making decisions To characterise a . Continue reading "Why Useless Data Is Worse Than No Data". The post Why Useless Data Is Worse Than No Data appeared first on Ambisense. Analytics


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Algae is Poised to Become a Mainstream Food Ingredient if Supply Can Keep Up With Demand

AFN Sustainable Protein

Editor’s Note: Andrew A. Dahl is President and CEO of ZIVO Bioscience , a ag biotech R&D company engaged in the commercialization of nutritional and medicinal products derived from proprietary algal strains.

Study: Nine Percent of the Plastic Produced Since 1950 Has Been Recycled

Green Technology

A study published in the journal Science Advances offers findings from the first-ever global analysis of all mass-produced plastics ever manufactured. The authors estimate that 8300 million metric tons (Mt) of virgin plastics have been produced since 1950, the beginning of large-scale production. They also document the fate of these plastics, reporting that around 9% have been recycled and 12% incinerated. Seventy-nine percent are now in landfills or the natural environment.

How does a home solar system work?


Solar Panels Solar panels are made of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight to direct current electricity (DC electricity). As long as the sun ray’s are making contact with your roof, your panels are converting solar radiation into DC electricity. And if it’s cloudy out? Don’t worry, your panels will be working hard rain or shine. But your electricity isn’t ready just yet—you’ll need an inverter to get the kind of power you need to turn the lights on

California’s Place in Global Climate Policy

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

From left: Leila Salazar, Amazon Watch; Danielle Fugere, As You Sow; Larissa Koehler, Environmental Defense Fund; Mary Solecki, Environmental Entrepreneurs; Dana Zartner, University of San Francisco; Lisa Ann Pinkerton, moderator and WCS founder and Chairwoman. Photo by Marcela Cabrera Luna. Overview.

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.

Nuclear Energy Gets An Early Christmas Present In Georgia

Jim Conca

Christmas came early to Georgia yesterday when the Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved the completion of two new nuclear reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Generating Station

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Green City Solutions fights air pollution with IoT, biotech and moss

Green Tech Challenge

Air pollution is becoming a global threat as 90% of urban populations breaths polluted air. We have all seen the images of a smog-filled China city, people wearing masks and authorities banning people to go outside. In December 2016, the Chinese government reported the highest air pollution and the red alert was implemented in 23 cities in northern China. In 2016, World Energy Outlook made a study on air pollution as the fourth-largest threat to human health – but also to our environment.

Illinois’s NextGrid: What’s in it for Solar?

Vote Solar

Illinois is poised to lead the nation toward the grid of the future. That was the message reiterated by ICC Chairman Brien Sheahan last week during a session held by E2?—?Environmental Environmental Entrepreneurs. The location of the event, at 1871, Chicago’s hub for tech start-ups, underscored NextGrid’s vision to open the grid as a platform for new technologies and third-party services.

Consumer Wish List: Itemization


Modern utilities are undergoing a transformation: no longer are they thinking of their customer base as “ratepayers”; they are instead viewing them as consumers, and focusing on providing them with value-add services above and beyond the delivery of electrons.

India Cancels Solar+Storage Auctions Due To High Costs


India’s first attempt to include battery-based storage with utility-scale solar power projects has failed. Solar Energy Corporation of India recently announced that it had to cancel two solar+storage auctions. SECI… Renewable Energy India Kadapa Solar Park Pavagada solar park SECI Solar Energy Corporation of India

Lost Without Data


“In God we trust – all others must bring data” is a quote from reputed statistician Edward Deming, regarded as a forefather of modern business management practices. It distinguishes between implicit trust and data-driven decision making, where the latter is a considered approach using the data available to hand and using intuition to decide upon . Continue reading "Lost Without Data". The post Lost Without Data appeared first on Ambisense. Analytics


Seattle protestors build massive wall of cups to protest Starbucks recycling policy

Living Green Technology

Stand.earth , a Bellingham-based group, used almost 10,000 cups to build a giant monster and wall in Sodo to protest Starbucks' alleged lack of environmentally-friendly cups. "(Starbucks) "(Starbucks) uses 8,000 cups a minute, every minute of every day of every year. Eight-thousand cups are going in the landfill because in most places around the world, Starbucks cups are not recyclable,“ said Jim Ace, Corporate Campaigner at Stand.earth.

What Do Farmers Think About Cultured Meat?

AFN Sustainable Protein

It’s no secret that many efforts to enhance animal welfare through the promotion and development of plant-based alternatives to animal products may not be good news for farmers.

U.S. EPA Healthy School Renovation Training in Los Angeles

Green Technology

EPA will be offering a free training on environmental health issues frequently encountered during school renovations and is intended for school facility managers, environmental health staff, administrators, and other school district professionals. Topics such as protecting indoor air quality, asbestos & lead paint regulations, energy efficiency, mold, PCBs, environmental risk assessment, and green school design will be covered.

How does Sunrun compare to other solar companies?


You have a choice when it comes to solar providers. Actually, a lot of choices. With everybody competing for your business, your ability to compare solar companies effectively is critical. And since you’ll be working with your provider for the life of your system, you’ll want to choose an established one you can count on for the long haul. Here’s a quick breakdown of how we compare with other U.S. solar companies: Industry Standard Guarantees Production?


WCS Talks 2017: Hear from Levi’s, Google, OPower, and more!

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

?WCS Talks is back, now in its fourth year! The full-day event is on Saturday November 4, 2017, at Google’s beautiful new Sunnyvale Campus. Come learn and get inspired as sustainability industry leaders from Levi’s, Google, Skadden, OhmConnect, Autogrid, and more share their knowledge, passion and latest projects with an audience of 300 cleantech and sustainability professionals. WCS Talks 2016. Clockwise from top left: Audience members get acquainted.

Stanford's 100% Renewables A Roadmap To Nowhere

Jim Conca

Stanford Prof Mark Jacobson is the prophet of a religion claiming the world can be fueled by 100% renewable energy. But other scientists better not question him or he’ll excommunicate you. And by excommunicate, I mean sue in court. Jacobson filed suit against a scientist who dared to criticize him

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How to save money, the world and shower with style!

Green Tech Challenge

Flow loop makes sustainable showering simpler. After initiating the shower in the regular mode, all you need to do is step on the drain cover - which will automatically activate the circulation mode.

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Iowa’s Next Energy Frontier: Harnessing the Sun

Vote Solar

Iowa is a wind energy superpower, second only to Texas in total wind generation. The Hawkeye State generates enough wind energy to power nearly two million homes and employ more than 9,000 up and down the wind energy supply chain. photo credit: DOE SunShot But on Wednesday, Governor Kim Reynolds called attention the next big clean energy job creator?—?solar solar power.

After the Hurricanes: Asking the Hard Questions to Ensure a Stronger & Healthier Tomorrow.

Earth Gratitude

Soldiers assigned to the Texas Army National Guard arrive in Houston to aid citizens in areas heavily flooded by the storms of Hurricane Harvey Aug. 27, 2017. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West) www.dvidshub.net. Public Domain photo. The hurricanes and flooding in Houston and Florida have galvanized our nation to come together and help those in need. Words cannot describe America’s heartbreak at the devastation and loss of life.

Indian State Asks Solar Developers To Voluntarily Reduce Tariffs Two Years After Auction


15 project developers on the verge of commissioning their utility-scale solar power projects in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh recently received a shock when the state’s regulator asked them… Renewable Energy India india solar power Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission Uttar Pradesh Solar Power Uttar Pradesh Solar Power Auction

Enviro Influencers Series: An Interview with Matt Georges


Preface: Technology is disrupting industry value chains and business models the world over. The world’s largest taxi company Uber owns no vehicles, Facebook, the world’s largest media company creates no content & Air B&B, the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate. The environmental industry, however, with its complex value chains & regulatory controls . Continue reading "Enviro Influencers Series: An Interview with Matt Georges".

Electronics Recycling Monthly News Roundup - Living Green Technology

Living Green Technology

As the months go by, more progress is being made in electronics recycling. Companies and consumers are becoming more aware of the environmental impact of technology and are taking more responsibility.

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Cultured Meat Will Cost Startups $150m-$370m (and Take At Least 4 More Years) to Bring to Market

AFN Sustainable Protein

There is a reason that high profile investors and entrepreneurs — and therefore media outlets globally — are getting increasingly excited about alternative protein-based food sources.

In the Expo

Green Technology

This week’s look at exhibitors for the 2017 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit includes solutions for clean air, water harvesting and building envelopes. Camil US. The Camil Group works to provide customers with sustainable best-in-class air filtration products and services within four main segments: Comfort Air, Clean Processes, Power Systems and Safety & Protection.

What happens at a solar installation?


After your sign your Sunrun agreement, you’re ready for solar panel installation. The best part? You don’t have to lift a finger because we take care of everything from scheduling to submitting permits, to working with the city, and securing those big, beautiful panels to your roof. Naturally you’ll have questions, and we’ll be right there with you answering them every step of the way.


5 Tips to Make Your Home Remodel Energy Efficient

Energy Refuge

If you’re thinking about remodeling soon, why not kill two birds with one stone and implement energy saving trends to make your home more efficient? Some energy saving implementations can prove to be costly, but if you’re remodeling and making a mess anyway, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t consider an energy efficient remodel. Here are a few ways you can do that with the following tips. Block Those Air Leaks.

How California Overreaches With Cellphone Cancer Scare

Jim Conca

The California Dept of Public Health issued guidelines for reducing exposure to RF energy from cellphones as if there was a need to re-scare everyone about brain tumors. There's no evidence cellphones increase cancer risk but this nonsense does distract from real dangers, like texting while driving

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Crickets for the Future: a Juice Size Portion

Green Tech Challenge

Syngja (former Insekt KBH) founded in august 2016, is the world’s only provider of functional beverages – enriched with crickets. Philip Price (26) and Jakob Rukov (39) met at an Insect Cocktail event in Nørrebro. With an interesting mix of backgrounds (Philip Brand- Development/sales and Jakob Ph.D. Molecular Biology), they’re on a quest to make edible insects mainstream.

Better Ventures Backs TheTownKitchen to Support Urban Youth Employment

Better Ventures

We are thrilled to announce the newest member of the Better Ventures family, TheTownKitchen , an Oakland-based startup delivering healthy lunches for businesses and upward social mobility for at-risk youth. We participated in TheTownKitchen's $1M seed round, which was led by Urban Innovation Fund, giving a boost to TheTownKitchen's meal service capacity and local impact.