Microgrids: Weathering the Storm of Grid Failure

October 6, 2021 by  
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Date/Time: November 4, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) California is facing power insecurity at levels unlike anything in its recent history: heightened winds and aging infrastructure, record wildfires, more frequent and longer duration outages that are both unintentional and intentional. Leaving the individuals, communities, and business looking for their own power security, and fast. In this session, we’ll dive deep into regulations and policies that are in place, those that are needed, and how this new urgency could impact microgrid adoption in California and other states facing similar conditions. Bloom will also share examples of rapidly deployed microgrids and how those examples are needed and could be replicated in today’s state of unprecedented power insecurity. Moderator: John Davies, Senior Vice President & Analyst, GreenBiz Group Speakers: Amy Mmagu, Senior Manager, Policy & Government Affairs, Bloom Energy Allie Detrio, Chief Strategist, Reimagine Power Vincent Wiraatmadja, Government Affairs Manager, Climate Center If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and resources, available to you on-demand after the webcast.

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The Game-Changing Impact of Tracking Supply Chain Emissions

August 9, 2021 by  
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Leaders from two transformative initiatives explain how new supply-chain tracking systems will impact strategies to reduce emissions. Speakers: Anna Stanley | Manager, Climate Action | World Business Council on Sustainable Development Jim Giles | Conference Chair, VERGE Net Zero | GreenBiz Group Paolo Natali | Principal | Rocky Mountain Institute This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

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Solutions Showcase: Find the Right Offset for Your Business

August 9, 2021 by  
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Offset providers walk you through their catalogues of high-quality credits, ranging from nature-based solutions to permanent carbon removal. Speakers: Jackson Hammond | Manager, Carbon Policy & Scientific Communications | Indigo Julian Ekelhof | Senior Director, Climate Solutions | FORLIANCE GmbH Nav Kaur Kilroy | Business Development Manager | South Pole Thuy Phung | Manager, Climate & Infrastructure | BSR Zack Parisa | Co-founder | NCX, Angelyca This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

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Native Net Zero: Integrating Emissions Goals into Products

August 9, 2021 by  
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Companies explain how they have integrated emissions reductions strategies into products and business models. Speakers: Heather Clancy | Vice President and Editorial Director | GreenBiz Group Sandra Noonan | Chief Sustainability Officer | Just Salad Stacy Kauk | Director, Sustainability Fund | Shopify Taylor Francis | Co-founder | Watershed This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

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How to Build the Carbon Removal Market We Need

August 9, 2021 by  
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How collaboration between companies, non-profits and policymakers can create an affordable and equitable supply of carbon removal credits. Speakers: Elizabeth Willmott | Carbon Program Manager | Microsoft Julio Friedmann | Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy | Columbia University Shuchi Talati | Chief of Staff, Office of Fossil Energy | Department of Energy Tito Jankowski | Co-founder | Impossible Labs This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

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Ask an Expert: Understanding Scope 3 and What Comes Next

August 9, 2021 by  
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How can companies set ambitious decarbonization targets for suppliers and partner to achieve them? Speakers: Brian Carey | Managing Director, Sustainability Solutions | ENGIE Impact Jeremy Handler | Sustainability Solutions Manager | ENGIE Impact Pete May | President & Co-Founder | GreenBiz Group This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

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Ask an Expert: Net-Zero Programs and a Just Transition

August 9, 2021 by  
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Quiz an expert on how net-zero strategies can contribute to a transition that’s equitable, just and inclusive. Speakers: Rory Jacobson | Deputy Director of Policy | Carbon 180 Lauren Phipps | Circular Economy Director and Senior Analyst | GreenBiz Group This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

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The Market Leaders Shaping the Net Zero Transition

August 9, 2021 by  
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Leaders pioneering ambitious initiatives in emissions, corporate collaboration and other areas share their strategies. Speakers: Katherine Canoy | Director, Energy and Climate Practice | 3Degrees Maud Texier | Head of Energy Development, Data centers | Google Roberta Barbieri | VP, Global Sustainability | PepsiCo Winston Chen | Global Renewable Energy Program Manager | Mars This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

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New Tesla Powerpack system to offer energy savings of 40-50%

August 28, 2017 by  
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Tesla has pioneered massive battery storage projects this year, such as a 396 Powerpack facility in Southern California. But a recent project in Queensland, Australia reveals installations don’t always need to be huge to make an impact. A system with a single Powerpack and commercial inverter was installed at The Cathedral College in Rockhampton to store solar energy that can help power the boarding school at night. GEM Energy Australia installed a 100 kilowatt solar system on rooftops at The Cathedral College, and some of that energy is stored in the Tesla Powerpack 1.5 during the day. At night, it can power the whole boys boarding house for five hours. The school expects the system will offer them an energy savings of 40 to 50 percent over 12 months, and GEM Energy estimates the school will see a payback in six to seven years. The company said the system cost $285,000 and will offset 40 metric tons of carbon every year. According to Electrek, the system covers 61 percent of the school’s energy , and came online earlier this year. Related: Tesla unveils massive solar battery plant to power the island of Kauai Tesla’s Powerpacks are targeted for commercial enterprises; usually smaller projects can use their Powerwall . But this installation of the one-Powerpack system at the Australian school – the first to have such a system installed – reveals the flexibility of energy storage products from Tesla, according to Electrek. The school system also uses a Tesla inverter; when the company put out their latest Powerpack generation, they also released a commercial inverter they developed drawing on their experience with car inverters. The school already seems pleased with the results; Cathedral College ICT Manager Aaron Nunn said in a Tesla video, “I think it definitely does impress upon our students we’re showing good stewardship and respecting the environment and its resources.” Via Electrek and GEM Energy Australia Images via GEM Energy Australia

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7 of the best places to view autumn foliage around the world

August 28, 2017 by  
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It may not feel like it, sweaty and sticky as you may be, but if you are a resident of the Northern Hemisphere, autumn is right around the corner. As fun as it has been to soak up the summer sun, the crisp air, slower pace, and dazzling foliage of autumn sounds like heaven right about now. For those who wish to take advantage of the imminent seasonal beauty, we’ve compiled a list of locations across the Northern Hemisphere that will be bursting with autumnal splendor in the weeks to come. 1. Montreal, QC -> Burlington, VT I’m cheating a bit with this first one, but with less than two-hours in a car separating these two fine cities, it is highly recommended that appreciators of autumn pair both lovely spots. Montreal and Burlington are among the earliest major cities in Eastern North America to reach peak foliage, starting in mid-September and continuing into October. While in Montreal, visitors should hike or bike to the top of Mount Royal, or visit the elevated St. Joseph’s Oratory, for a view of the gorgeous patchwork of color along the St. Lawrence River. Autumn is short but sweet in the city, so enjoy the magic while it lasts. Related: Tiny Fern Forest Treehouse Provides a Cozy Vacation Hideaway in the Woods of Vermont While in Burlington , be sure to bike along the Island Line Rail Trail, from which you can catch breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, framed by Lake Champlain. Of particular interest is the causeway section, which connects Colchester and South Hero, where visitors can journey out into the lake itself, thanks to a narrow land bridge. 2. Fujigoko Region, Japan Due to its island location and varied elevation, Japan boasts an impressive diversity of climate zones, from subtropical to cold temperate continental. The fall foliage of Fujigoko, also known as the Fuji Five Lakes Region, benefits from its northern location and higher elevation. Underneath the towering Mount Fuji, the five lakes located in an arc to the north of Fuji provide an excellent contrast to the vivid fall foliage. After the sun has set and the cool air becomes cold, visitors should warm up with a bowl of Fujigoko’s famous udon noodles. 3. Prague, Czech Republic Prague seems to be at the top of many people’s list of favorite European locations, and for good reason. The gorgeous architecture, befitting a city founded in the 6th century, is well complemented by the seasonal changes of autumn. As the leaves change color and the sun retreats, Prague shines. The cool air complements the warm, hearty traditional Czech cuisine, which may be enjoyed on a heated patio if the weather cooperates. For breathtaking views of the foliage, take a trip to the top of Petrin Hill or walk through Kampa Island. Related: Imposing Communist-Era Television Tower Transformed Into a Unique Hotel in Prague 4. Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/ Tennessee Although New England receives the lion’s share of praise as the American autumn experience, one would be unwise to ignore the majesty of fall in the South. Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the most visited in the United States, offers unparalleled views of a diverse, rich ecosystem that sheds its leaves in waves, from the top of the Appalachian balds down to the foothills. Related: Jimmy Carter built a new solar plant on his old peanut farm Beyond the park, there are endless spots to explore in the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia . For those based in or traveling from Atlanta, Tallulah Gorge State Park is only a short drive for breathtaking views that may include whitewater rapids, depending on the weekend. 5. Huangshan, China Huangshan, or the Yellow Mountains, is a beautiful mountain range known for its hot springs, sunsets, unique jagged peaks, and top-down views of clouds. Understandably, it is a popular destination all year round, but it truly peaks in the autumn. Maple trees turn vivid red, various deciduous trees become golden, and the Huangshan pine trees provide an evergreen hue. Add in Huangshan’s unparalleled sunrises and your portrait of fall excellence is complete. 6. Highlands, Scotland Though the Scottish Highlands may be known for their plentiful pine trees, the golden aura of deciduous trees play well against this more traditional backdrop. Peak foliage in the Highlands tends to begin in late September and continue into October. Paired with Scotland’s numerous and famous lochs and the rolling mountains, the Scottish autumn is a must-see. After a hike through Cairngorms National Park, relax with a dram and seasonal produce, including wild game, fresh fruit, and oysters. 7. Michigan If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look no further than Michigan. Whether your fall travels takes you to Michigan’s breathtaking, extensive shoreline bounded by four of the Great Lakes or further inland in the Wolverine State, you are guaranteed to be dazzled by Michigan’s natural beauty. In autumn, all things apple are there in Michigan for your enjoyment; after all, the state produces over 900 million pounds of apples each year. If you seek true wilderness, check out Keweenaw National Historical Park for bold fall foliage, historic towns, and shoreline views. Lead image via Pixabay , others via Depositphotos 1 2 3 , Rob Taylor/Flickr , Justin Henry/Flickr , sunnywinds/Flickr , Andreas Manessinger/Flickr, Xiaojia He/Flickr , daveynin/Flickr , yue/Flickr , Robert Brown/Flickr , and Rachel Kramer/Flickr

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