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How SaLisa Berrien leads the ‘Lyft of energy’

I first met SaLisa Berrien in 2016 at an engineering conference, where her winning attitude and tenacity were infectious. I’ve encountered thousands of high-growth clean energy startups. Listened to a gazillion pitches. Something was different about what Berrien was offering. It wasn’t the latest university commercialization or a spin-off from a national lab. It wasn’t

2018-02-14T07:51:17+00:00 Tags: |

Survey says: the American public is souring on coal

The US coal industry is in terminal decline. Though it is flailing about desperately for subsidies, tax breaks, and regulatory loopholes — the kinds of political favors that have kept it afloat for so long — at this point it is merely delaying the inevitable. What’s more, coal’s decline is not leading to any of the dire effects coal boosters

Stanford researchers reveal limited scope of corporate approaches

You want chocolate. You scan the market shelf for a bar with a Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance certification because you don’t want your indulgence to drive labor abuse and deforestation. It’s the right thing to do, right? But buying ethically sourced products is not as straightforward as it might seem, according to Stanford researchers

2018-02-13T07:36:33+00:00 Tags: |

Phoenix Open is largest zero waste event in the world

When the Waste Management Phoenix Open begins this week at TPC Scottsdale, it will do so having been internationally recognized and verified as being the largest zero waste event in the world. Since 2013, all tournament waste – nearly 5 million pounds – has either been recycled, composted, donated, reused or used to create energy.

2018-02-07T13:47:15+00:00 Tags: |

Solar project for social enterprise

A social enterprise is planning the next stages of its development, including how it will use its £30,000 funding boost. Wallsend-based Northern Community Power (NCP) received the grant through Big Potential in August. Big Potential is a £10million fund aimed at eligible voluntary community and social enterprise organisations. Since its incorporation in 2011, NCP has

2018-02-07T13:42:00+00:00 Tags: |

New “smart neighborhood” planned for Highland Park

Thompson Elementary School in Highland Park has been vacant for 20 years. It's a scrapped-out shell of a building, reflecting the economic troubles of the city overall. But now, there's a plan for it. The proposed Parker Village project will convert the school into a community center surrounded by energy efficient, net-zero homes that its

2018-02-07T13:36:45+00:00 Tags: |

Some tips to help you navigate the renewable energy jungle

Two-thirds of Americans want to “prioritize clean energy sources,” the Pew Research Center reports. But for energy consumers, deciphering the jargon of electricity generation can be disempowering. The federal Department of Energy website used to offer helpful guidance on green power choices. No more. Look to the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) website for advice

2018-02-07T13:32:31+00:00 Tags: |

Doing well by doing good: Social ventures on the rise in South Florida

Chances are you’ve popped a pod into a Keurig machine today, and you may have felt a wee bit guilty about the environmental impact of that convenient jolt of java. Daniel Buelhoff is aiming to mitigate the damage. Buelhoff is the co-founder of Gourmesso, the online market leader for environmentally friendly Nespresso compatibles in the

2018-02-06T11:49:53+00:00 Tags: |

Scientists find massive reserves of mercury hidden in permafrost

Researchers have discovered permafrost in the northern hemisphere stores massive amounts of natural mercury, a finding with significant implications for human health and ecosystems worldwide. In a new study, scientists measured mercury concentrations in permafrost cores from Alaska and estimated how much mercury has been trapped in permafrost north of the equator since the last

2018-02-05T16:07:36+00:00 Tags: |

Wireless energy source generates electricity from motions such as hand waves

CLEMSON — Researchers from Clemson’s Nanomaterials Institute (CNI) are one step closer to wirelessly powering the world using triboelectricity, a green energy source. In March 2017, a group of physicists at CNI invented the ultra-simple triboelectric nanogenerator or U-TENG, a small device made of plastic and tape that generates electricity from motion and vibrations. When the

2018-02-07T03:14:30+00:00 Tags: |

A good life for all within the planet’s means

A study led by the University of Leeds has found that no country currently meets its citizens' basic needs at a globally sustainable level of resource use. The research, published in Nature Sustainability, is the first to quantify the sustainability of national resource use associated with meeting basic human needs for 151 countries. Each country's

2018-02-07T14:14:44+00:00 Tags: |

New water-splitting method could open path to hydrogen economy

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water — an important key to making clean energy more viable. Using inexpensive nickel and iron, the researchers developed a very simple, five-minute method to create large amounts of a high-quality catalyst required for the chemical reaction to

2018-02-02T09:00:53+00:00 Tags: |

Tanzania: Dar Firms Graduate From Renewable Energy

SIX local companies involved in renewable energy technologies are today expected to be presented with certificates after graduating from the Tanzania Renewable Energy Business Incubator (TAREBI), at an event to be officiated by Deputy Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Eng. Stella Manyanya. The incubator operate through a partnership between IMED Foundation and the Royal

2018-01-31T09:26:34+00:00 Tags: |

Two countries are the reason the EU is hitting its ambitious renewable energy targets

The EU now gets more than 30% of its electricity from renewable sources, up from 12% in 2000. At the current rate of growth, the European bloc can increase the proportion of renewables in its electricity mix to 50% by 2030, according to a new report (pdf) published by think tanks Sandbag and Agora Energiewende.

2018-01-31T09:20:04+00:00 Tags: |

The world is failing to achieve a circular economy—here’s how

The world economy is only 9 per cent circular, and more than 90 per cent of the raw materials used to do business and sustain the global population go to waste instead of being cycled back into the economy, a new report by Dutch social enterprise Circle Economy has found. Released on Tuesday in Davos,

2018-01-29T13:07:52+00:00 Tags: |

5 Pieces of Startup Advice from Social Entrepreneurs

Last month’s Echoing Green Summit brought together over 400 funders, academics, politicians, and business and nonprofit leaders to discuss some of the top challenges we face in social change today, such as civic engagement, combatting bias, and addressing climate change. At the Summit, I got the chance to talk with dozens of Echoing Green’s Fellows

2018-01-29T13:05:45+00:00 Tags: |

What is the environmental impact of your lunch-time sandwich?

Do you take a packed lunch to work or buy a sandwich from the shop? The carbon footprint of your sandwich could be having a major impact on greenhouse gas emissions according to new research. Researchers at The University of Manchester have carried out the first ever study looking at the carbon footprint of sandwiches,

2018-01-29T13:05:20+00:00 Tags: |