Redesigning the Circular Economy

Redesigning the Circular Economy, Clean Technica, Feb 22, 2019 The circular economy is an umbrella term for different economic schools of thought. ‘Cradle 2 Cradle’ product design methods avoid toxic materials, while ‘Biomimicry’ incorporates design features and processes observed in nature. ‘Industrial Ecology’ and ‘Blue Economy’ talk about the use and reuse of materials, and their system limits. The ‘performance …

Seven CCAs that already account for 44% of PG&E’s retail electricity customers say they should take over and deliver renewable electricity

As PG&E Goes Up In Flames, Renewable Energy Steps In, by Tina Casey in Clean Technica, February 22nd, 2019  Wow, community choice aggregation sure is getting ambitious. CCA is an arrangement that entitles  of ratepayers to band together and demand more renewable energy from their local utility company. Now a group of seven CCAs in California is skipping over the demand part and …

Explore individual state’s potential for building solar arrays in their rights-of-way and provide some projections of expected revenue from that investment

#CleanTechnica Interview With Allie Kelly, February 22nd, 2019 by Carolyn Fortuna  Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray, a non-profit organization which is the nation’s only publicly accessible, living laboratory for transportation innovation, has been announced as a featured speaker for the 2019 WTS Conference in Boston, May 15-17, 2019. With a vision to achieve equity and access for women in the transportation industry, WTS generates high-caliber …

Science Based Targets Initiative Announces Updates In Line With IPCC Special Report On 1.5°C

By Joshua Hill on Clean Technica, Feb 22, 2019 The Science Based Targets initiative announced on Wednesday that it was rolling out new updates to its target validation criteria to enable companies to set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in line with the latest science enshrined in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, …

95% of all US philanthropy dollars go to white-led organizations, and 70 to 80% of these are led by men.

Why The Solutions Project Is Funding Renewable Energy Innovation with Women and People of Color, by Carolyn Fortuna, Clean Technica, Feb 23 2019 How the media covers issues like renewable energy, climate justice, and energy equity matters. It really does. The media influences how people think and what they aspire to achieve. Media coverage of climate change issues and renewable energy innovations is important, …

At 5-10% penetration, new tech takes off. EVs are around the corner

Electric Cars Are About To Absolutely Demolish Gasmobiles, Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019 by Zachary Shahan   We have other, much longer, much more detailed articles coming about this, and I have to recommend those over this one. But there’s also something useful about a short, simple message. While editing Nicolas Zart’s review of the Kia Niro EV, one line jumped out at me …

How Activate Virginia Persuaded 76 Candidates to Sign the “No Dominion $” Pledge—A Model for Other States

How Activate Virginia Persuaded 76 Candidates to Sign the “No Dominion $” Pledge—A Model for Other States, Will Driscoll, November 22, 2017 1 Virginia’s election of 13 legislators who pledged never to accept Dominion campaign funds—a tremendous result for a new political strategy—can be an inspiration for citizens everywhere. Here’s an account of the hard work of many groups and 76 Democratic Party candidates behind …

Bernie Sanders opens the door for more clean energy and justice

February 23rd, 2019 by Carolyn Fortuna Just 24 hours after announcing his presidential bid, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raised $6 million from more than 225,000 donors. Part of his allure is his position on clean energy, as Sanders believes that, not only should the US move aggressively toward sustainability, we can achieve it while saving money for the majority of US families. Identifying …

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo, by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019  “It’s an interesting time to be alive,” Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo‘s executive director, began during a recent interview with us at CleanTechnica. Mobilizing residents into vibrant neighborhoods with safe, reasonably-priced housing and local hiring opportunities, the organization has many successes, and its ongoing collaboration with the Solutions Project to power the …

A living wage is an antidepressant, a sleep aid, a diet, a stress reliever, a contraceptive, preventing teenage pregnancy. It prevents premature death. It shields children from neglect.

Some of the biggest beneficiaries of minimum wage increases are children. A 2017 study co-authored by Lindsey Bullinger, an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, found that raising the minimum wage by $1 would reduce child-neglect reports by almost 10 percent. Higher wages allow parents working in the low-wage labor market to keep the lights …