Tulus Simatupang of British Columbia, Canada won the Grand Prize for the 2013 Digital Photo Contest sponsored by The Nature Conservancy. The photo that won is of a heron in flight with a red-winged blackbird. It was a top choice by judges and also received the most 1st place votes from supporters. Visit The Nature Conservancy here to see all of the results for the contest.
Organized by Greentech Media, the upcoming Networked Solar Conference will highlight the convergence of renewable energy and the smart grid. Industry experts from both fields will be on hand to answer questions such as:
- How is the Smart Grid evolving, and what values will it bring to utilities and consumers?
- How are innovations in solar tech and systems enabling the convergence of solar and smart grid?
- What impact does renewable energy have on the utility grid today, and tomorrow?
- How is solar a critical part of utility renewables portfolio?
- How will this convergence of solar and smart grid enable jobs growth?
The conference will be held on January 25-26, 2011, in Jersey City, NJ. What can you expect? Insights from Wall Street financial experts, policy makers of New Jersey, and leading industry research analysis of GTM Research.
What is the future of the convergence of renewable energy and the smart grid?
Revised Specifications for January 2011 Recommitment: On October 26, 2010, EPA finalized the revisions to the Product Manufacturer Partner Commitments to include participation in third-party certification for the ENERGY STAR program. All existing manufacturer/private labeler partners must recommit in order to continue their partnership with EPA to manufacture/label products eligible for ENERGY STAR qualification. The deadline for recommitting is November 30, 2010 to avoid partnership interruption. These new Program Requirements will be active January 1, 2011.
For more info, visit the Energy Star website here or contact the ENERGY STAR Hotline at 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
EPA has finalized the new ENERGY STAR Partner Commitments and Product Specifications (i.e., Eligibility Criteria, Test Methods) in support of upcoming testing and verification requirements that will take effect on January 1, 2011. EPA reviewed, carefully considered, and in many cases accepted stakeholder comments on the Draft Partner Commitments and Product Specifications, which are posted below. EPA shares its rationale for the edits made to these final documents in the EPA cover memo and supporting documentation also provided below.
Existing ENERGY STAR partners will need to recommit to the new Partner Commitments and Product Specifications by November 30, 2010 to continue their ENERGY STAR partnership without interruption. More information on the steps that existing partners will need to take under these new requirements is provided in the EPA cover memo. An FAQ document can also be viewed here .
In other energy and environment news…
Here are a few energy & environment blogs that are getting attention on the National Journal’s website, “Energy & Environment” Expert Blogs (good or bad we’re not sure yet):
Received an invite to the Summit 2010 “Creating Climate Wealth” from the event coordinators – thought I’d share:
How can you use your business know-how to make a difference in the fight against climate change?
Join representatives from GE, CODA Automotive, and many of today’s fastest growing climate wealth creators at the Creating Climate Wealth Summit at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on April 20–22, 2010. Collaborate with business executives, government leaders, finance experts and successful entrepreneurs to find solutions to the challenges facing our climate and our economy.
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host the Summit. Registrants will participate in active, facilitated discussions within six different industries tracks, through which this inaugural summit targets to reduce at least six gigatons of carbon emissions by 2020. In addition, keynote speeches include:
- Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman, The Virgin Group
- Jigar Shah, CEO, Carbon War Room
- Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator
- Jose Maria Figueres, former President of Costa Rica and CEO of the World Economic Forum
- Craig Cogut, Founder and Co-Manager of Pegasus Capital Advisors
- Sunil Paul, Founder of Spring Ventures and Gigaton Throwdown
- Wesley Clark, Chairman, US Investment Bank Rodman & Renshaw
There will also be plenary sessions and facilitated industry working groups – focusing on eight market segments from Biofuels to Sustainable Agriculture. This program is more than just a convening of industry leadership, it’s a group that’s committed to a specific goal – to create a time bound road map on emission reduction and job creation with measureable objectives and by market segment.
Creating Climate Wealth’s speaker and attendee list continue to draw influential market movers from across industries. Enjoy all the benefits of summit registration (visit Creating Climate Wealth website here for more details).
China claims it is serious about curbing greenhouse gas emissions and on Sunday moved to spell out greenhouse gas emission goals with a five year plan according to Reuters. Here’s an excerpt and link to the story:
BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Sunday it will spell out greenhouse gas emissions goals and monitoring rules for regions and sectors in its next five-year plan, with monitoring to show it is serious about curbing emissions.
The Chinese government said in November it would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas from human activity, emitted to make each unit of national income by 40 to 45 percent by 2020, compared with 2005 levels. Full story at Reuters.
Given the opportunities and consumer awareness, many companies have long since jumped on the "Green Marketing" bandwagon. And, green marketing is now mainstream.
Jacquelyn Ottman provides her views and trends based on years of experience. Her article, published on the Harvard Business blog, is a good read. Here’s an excerpt and link to the full story:
At the Sustainable Brands ’09 conference in Monterey earlier this month, I couldn’t help noticing how far green marketing has come since I started my consulting business in 1989. Back then, we didn’t call what we did "sustainable branding" — we practiced "environmental" or simply "green" marketing. And we didn’t have a conference to go to in Monterey!
The shift reflects the fact that the target demographic for green marketing is not the "educated women, 30-49, with children" of yesteryear, but one of many possible segments of a dynamic consumer base that now embraces 66% of all U.S. adults. Full story: Green Marketing Really Has Gone Mainstream
Definition of “Green Marketing” at wikipedia.org:
The term Green Marketing came into prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The American Marketing Association (AMA) held the first workshop on "Ecological Marketing" in 1975. The proceedings of this workshop resulted in one of the first books on green marketing entitled "Ecological Marketing."
The first wave of Green Marketing occurred in the 1980s. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reports started with the ice cream seller Ben & Jerry’s where the financial report was supplemented by a greater view on the company’s environmental impact. In 1987 a document prepared by the World Commission on Environment and Development defined sustainable development as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need”, this became known as the Brundtland Report and was another step towards widespread thinking on sustainability in everyday activity. Two tangible milestones for wave 1 of green marketing came in the form of published books, both of which were called Green Marketing. They were by Ken Peattie (1992) in the United Kingdom and by Jacquelyn Ottman (1993) in the United States of America. Read full definition of Green Marketing at wikipedia.org here.
While updating my alumni info on the A.T. Kearney website, I surfed around and found, “Green Winners” – a white paper explaining why firms are wise to continue their sustainability efforts.
As companies cut costs to get through the current global economic slowdown, there is often a temptation to abandon recent forays into sustainability. Yet a new A.T. Kearney analysis finds that companies committed to corporate sustainability practices during this slowdown are achieving above-average performance in the financial markets during this slowdown. So before tossing out those sustainability practices and initiatives, it might be wise to first determine the real value of the efforts—especially the possible rewards for staying the course.
[You can download the PDF white paper by A.T. Kearney here, The performance of sustainability-focused companies during the financial crisis.]
If you’re like me, you never even open the copy of the “printed” Yellow Pages you receive. Mine ends up in the recycling bin within days. Now, you can stop the waste and save a few trees in the process by opting-out of the Yellow Pages delivery. ParkHowell.com has a detailed post about the amount of resources used to print and distribute the Yellow Pages.
To opt-out now, visit this link: YellowPagesGoGreen.org
I requested “non-deliver” and it only took two minutes (your turn):
Your request to be removed from Yellow Pages distribution has been forwarded to the Yellow Pages publishers we have on file that serve your area.
Yellowpagesgoesgreen.org is a grassroots organization that is asking all people interested in opting out to please tell family, friends, and co-workers about our program.
“We have thousands of people like you signing up every month and trying to help stop the nonsense of delivering an unsolicited telephone book to people that do not want one. Thank you for your support.”
Oil Obit | Energy News/January 30, 2009: PRWEB reports the launch of The Mother Nature Network, an environmental news and information website at mnn.com. The site is using an advertising supported model to provide green news and information. Advertising veteran Joel Babbit and Rolling Stones Keyboardist (Chuck Leavell) teamed up to provide environmental information for the average person; environmental news and information at the national and local levels, original articles and celebrity blogs. Also, the site allows users to create their own profiles and blogs, which allows them to connect with other green-minded individuals (i.e., social community).
Joel Babbit was formerly President & Chief Creative Officer of GCI, one of the world’s 10 largest public relations firms with over 40 offices in 22 countries and a subsidiary of London-based WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY). Chuck Leavell, serving as the site’s Director of Environmental Affairs, has been the keyboardist for the Rolling Stones since 1972. He was previously a member of the Allman Brothers Band and he has played with Eric Clapton, The Black Crowes, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Indigo Girls, Blues Traveler, Train, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Ann Womack and many, many more. In addition to being a well-known musical artist, Leavell is an avid environmentalist and the author of Forever Green and The Tree Farmer.
On of the key issues facing the environment today is venture capital and funding support from large corporations. Oil Obit Energy News is interested in following the money and we will report on developments in the sector.
Recently, we learned that Shell is providing a $950,000 grant to enable Colorado State University (CSU) researchers to study how best to re-vegetate lands disturbed by energy development. According to Colorado Energy News:
The work will take place on one of Shell’s three federal research, development and demonstration oil shale leases in Rio Blanco County. The lessons will be applicable not just to possible commercial oil shale development, but also to the natural gas development frenzy that already is occurring in northwest Colorado.
Shell’s funding is generating positive comments, including that of Mark Paschke, a CSU associate professor of restoration ecology and a principal researcher on the project. “I think Shell has really stepped up to the plate here,” he commented. << Colorado Energy News >>