Energy reduction project sparks green initiative at WT

West Texas AM University is looking to save $1.1 million annually in energy costs with the implementation of the energy reduction project starting this year. 

The campus will undergo a variety of nature-friendly changes over the next 12 months, guaranteed to save water and energy for years to come. According to Stan A. Peña, director of facilities and construction, the water and energy savings will completely pay for the total project cost of $14.4 million.

“Perhaps some of the most noticeable changes will be in brighter exterior buildings, parking lots and walkway lighting that will improve night time safety [and] mobility throughout campus,” Peña said. 

Crews will be converting light fixtures to LED type which gives a “cleaner and better temperature level of light” according to Tadhi Hayes, unit director of SSC Service Solutions facilities. Students can expect to see crews working all over campus beginning December this year. 

“Lighting in spaces might actually be brighter when they leave, but we’re actually using less energy because of the attributes of the LED fixture,” Hayes said. 

Other improvements on campus include upgrades of electrical equipment and water usage. In addition to the money savings, the project is a step towards a more eco-friendly campus. 

“In addition to annual energy and water savings, the university realize[s] an annual carbon reduction benefit that is the equivalent to removing 2,050 passenger cars from the road,” Peña said, “or carbon dioxide emissions from over 1,061,040 gallons of gasoline consumed annually.”
Illustration by Tova Kibal

The gradual movement towards renewable energies is a state-wide trend, as electricity usage from wind turbines in Texas has grown from 2.2 to 15 percent in the last 10 years, according to the United States Energy Information Administration. 

“Parts of Texas have lots of wind, which is why developers have put up so many turbines. The state also gets lots of sun, so solar panels could, over time, become another major source of energy there,” The New York Times wrote in an editorial about the economy and climate policies on Sunday, July 15, this year. 

Randy Rikel, vice president for business and finance, worked with the Texas AM System to explore energy saving initiatives according to Peña. Peña explained that Rikel values keeping the costs of students’ education as affordable as possible while helping the environment. 

“Less dependence on these resources will help our environment in the long run while still providing our students a safe and secure place to study, live and learn,” Rikel said in a press release on WTAMU’s website. 

Hayes explained that the school has a performance-based contract with Ameresco Inc., a energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions company. Ameresco has guaranteed WTAMU energy savings, a “performance,” and will come to the campus and implement the changes themselves. They determined what changes will be made by visiting the campus and doing an extensive study of the university. 

“So in other words, if they come in and they do lighting retrofit, our utilities bill should decrease a percentage based on the numbers of fixtures they retrofit,” Hayes said. “So we should see those energy savings monthly as we move forward.” 

Students can learn more about the initiative and changes on campus at the kick off meeting, date and time to be determined soon by Facilities and Construction at WTAMU. 

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Amp Americas opens dairy renewable natural gas project

Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF), a business unit of Amp Americas, declared that its second biogas facility producing Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from dairy waste is now operational and has begun delivering RNG into the NIPSCO natural gas pipeline system to be used as transportation fuel. The facility, located in Jasper County, Indiana, is now the largest dairy project of its kind in the country.

The Jasper County site will convert 945 tons of manure per day generated from 16,000 head of milking cows from the Bos, Herrema, and Windy Ridge dairy farms into 100 percent renewable transportation fuel. The new facility is 50 percent larger than RDF’s first operation at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana which has been online since 2011 and was the first (and the largest until today) dairy biogas-to-transportation fuel project in the country.

Cow manure from four farms is collected from the barns and delivered to tanks where it is heated to facilitate a process called anaerobic digestion. Much like digestive bacteria and enzymes in a cow’s stomach, microbes inside the tanks work to break down the waste and release methane, a form of renewable natural gas. The biogas is captured, purified, and compressed to become RNG that is then injected into the pipeline.

Amp Americas also released that former Camco Clean Energy executive Andy Dvoracek has joined Amp Americas as vice president of business development. Dvoracek will be responsible for new growth and expanding the company’s dairy RNG project portfolio.

Prior to joining Amp Americas, Dvoracek was vice president of development at Camco Clean Energy, a global leader in sustainable energy project development, where he managed origination and investment in carbon asset management projects and biogas development. In his role with Camco, he worked closely with Amp Americas and Fair Oaks Farms (site of Amp’s initial RNG project) for several years. He holds a BA from Saint John’s University and an MPA in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from Columbia.

“Andy has as much experience in RNG and working with dairy farms to reduce carbon emissions as anyone in the industry,” said Grant Zimmerman, CEO of Amp Americas. “We’ve worked extensively with Andy through our long-term partnership with Camco, one that will become even stronger with Andy on our team. With his wealth of valuable knowledge and strong network within the industry, he will be instrumental in helping us develop future dairy RNG projects.”

Amp Americas continues to expand its national footprint and to invest heavily in dairy RNG projects by partnering with dairy farmers across the country to bring more ultra-low CI gas to market. The company is producing at an annual rate of over 4 million gallons of RNG and working on projects that will increase that rate in 2019 and beyond. In addition, the company’s network of high performance, ultra-fast-fill CNG fueling stations is now up to twenty and continues to grow. The company supports some of the largest CNG fleets in the country including UPS, US Foods and Dairy Farmers of America.

“RNG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 100 percent when compared to diesel. In addition to improving air quality and sustainability, converting dairy waste into transportation fuel improves farm profitability, creates well-paying rural jobs and saves fleets money,” said Zimmerman. “There’s an abundance of dairy waste on farms all over the country that could be better leveraged to meet the demand for RNG.”

Benefit Of Building Green Is Gold

By JD Allen

Today’s building standards push homes to be greener than ever before. Ahead of the pack in terms of energy efficiency is a two-story home on Three Mile Harbor Road, touting a four-minute walk to East Hampton Village and extremely low utility bills.

The manse has ranked in the top 20 for the most efficient homes in the state, garnering a gold-level certification for National Green Building Standard from the National Association of Home Builders.

The 3,000-square-foot home was built by Michael Forst of Forst Construction. His wife, Amy Forst, a real estate agent for Town Country, is seeking to sell the three-bedroom, three-bath residence for $1.75 million.

The house was Mr. Forst’s sandbox to build the most efficient home possible—and it’s where the duo raised their two children for seven years.

Mr. Forst said he has broken efficiency down to a science.

“We built way beyond code,” he said. “The code has changed more than once since we built it, and we are still greater than code. Code has sort of come full circle and pushing to build a much more efficient house now. A lot of guys in their practices are just getting started building this way. We are way ahead of them.”

The industry standard for a home’s energy efficiency is measured by the Home Energy Rating System, or HERS, index. The higher the number, the less efficient the home. The East Hampton Village home landed a score of 19; the typical municipality’s building requirement is around 53.

Mr. Forst said it starts with selecting the right parcel that can handle an efficient design. For instance, the solar panels on the roof cannot be covered by a tree canopy and must have maximum exposure.

“Part of the certification is positioning the solar panels for aesthetic purposes,” he said. “When you drive up the long driveway, you don’t even notice that the house has solar.”

On the roof, there is a 16,000-kilowatt solar system, which lowers the electric bill. Mr. Forst said the house produces almost as much electricity as it uses, putting the home close to net-zero through a credit provided by PSEG Long Island.

Ms. Forst said solar also helps lower property taxes by 15 percent. “To be right outside the village and having all the benefits, paying $6,600 in property taxes makes a difference,” she said. “Not paying PSEG huge bills is also a big focal point.”

More than half of the hot water in the house is also produced by solar, including heating the wrap-around pool, which lowers the gas bill, too. At the end of the year, for a full-time family of four, the estimated annual energy cost for the home is $2,296. Heating and appliances makes up the lion’s share of the bills, but the amount is halved by the home’s solar panels.

“We have been building with a whole-house science approach,” he said.

Complete with a family room downstairs that leads out to a screened porch, hot tub, outdoor shower and pool with a waterfall, the estate includes three en suite bedrooms, a kitchen stocked with top appliances and custom cabinets with marble and granite tops throughout, central vacuum, radiant heat, central air, security with smart home technologies, wood burning stove and wood floors.

“The siding on the house is called HardiePlank, which is termite- and mold-resistant, and fire rated,” Ms. Forst said. “All of the windows in the house are glass. The windows and doors are impact rated, so if a storm is threatening our area, the homeowner doesn’t have to run outside and panel up.”

All toilets are eco-friendly, saving 2,000 gallons of water per year without loss of performance. The walls and ceilings are insulated with spray foam, including the attic, exceeding state energy standards.

The home also uses a substantial amount of reclaimed materials and composite trim materials that bode well for certification. Products that are preserved with formaldehyde and paints that emit toxic fumes were avoided.

Even the businesses where the Forsts bought their “mindful” materials matters to the National Association of Home Builders—the suppliers must be proven to follow sustainability practices.

“The home is built tight, and built right,” Mr. Forst said. “Building a house is really different from when my father and my grandfather were building. Code has really pushed us in the right direction. There are a lot of methodologies to this type of construction, and science has really caught up.”

GR beer waste transformed into energy, fuel


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – City officials spoke to a small crowd Thursday about how they will use Founders Brewing Company waste to create renewable energy and resources.

The brewery is a familiar sight for many who live or play in Grand Rapids, but few have seen the wastewater pipes running underground. They take waste created during the beer production process about two miles away to the city’s water resource recovery facility.

Over the last few months, crews have been constructing a Grand Rapids’ first biodigester.

The addition came as city leaders saw as high as 60 million gallons of waste water passing through the water treatment plant per day.

Brian Vu, Assistant Superintendent at the city’s Water Resource Recovery Facility, told 24 Hour News 8 that building it was a proactive move to keep up with city growth.

He explained that the biodigester will ease the waste water treatment plant’s load while also yielding new benefits.

“The biodigestion will produce a bio fuel,” Vu said.

Vu presented the plans to Citizens’ Climate Lobby at an evening meeting on Thursday at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council building.

“We’ll have a renewable fuel. We plan on cleaning it up to pipeline grade so it could be reused in CNG (compressed natural gas) stations,” said Vu.

Vu said that some of the recovered materials, like phosphorous, will make great fertilizers.

Founders officials also talked with 24 Hour News 8.

Cody Green, the brewery’s environmental health and safety manager, said the highly-concentrated water also creates energy. Sixty percent of that energy will be used by the WRRF, according the city’s website.

“It essentially turns our waste, which is traditionally a liability for the city, into an asset through his biodigester,” said Green.

The city hopes to eventually add more businesses to the biodigester.

Right now, they’re testing what’s flowing from Founders before things are fully ready to go.

Green said the beer will still be brewed the same way.

Supporting green-tech disrupters can have ‘unreasonable’ impact

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned that the effects of climate change could be irreversible without drastic action to limit global warming. This requires “rapid and far-reaching” changes in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities. How we act in the next few years “may be the most important in our history”.

TV productions like Blue Planet II, Drowning in Plastic and Stacey Dooley’s investigation of fashion’s ‘dirty secrets’ provide clear evidence of the hidden costs of consumer culture and our insatiable demand for disposable products. The way we live is simply unsustainable.

Many of us have become much better at reducing use of plastic and understand the importance of measures such as paying to offset the carbon emissions from air travel. This is a start, but merely a drop in our increasingly polluted oceans. To make a real difference the solutions must go much deeper.

Making the world truly sustainable relies not only on policymakers taking difficult decisions, but also on commercially viable solutions that tackle the issues right across the supply chain – from clean energy to the future of food – while creating the jobs of tomorrow around the world.

The good news is that pioneering entrepreneurs from every corner of the planet are proving that groundbreaking, scalable and profitable solutions can solve many of the issues that we think of as insurmountable. They have the potential to disrupt and change the way whole industries operate for the better.

Unreasonable Impact

The recent Unreasonable Impact World Forum showcased some of the inspiring sustainable business ventures already reshaping the world we live in.

Unreasonable Impact was created by a partnership between Unreasonable Group and Barclays as the world’s first international network of accelerators focused on scaling up entrepreneurial solutions to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. 

Many of these technologies could become commonplace in the future and will have a place in any industry – including TV and film. Being aware of them is an important first step. So if you’re serious about creating a more sustainable sector, here are just a few of the solutions to look out for that are already becoming commercial realities.

Greener energy

TV and film are of course big energy consumers at every stage of production, from location, to travel, to the production offices. But a mind-boggling array of innovations for more sustainable energy, heat, light and power are already commercially available.

Lead-acid batteries and diesel generators can be expensive to operate and produce noxious pollutants and toxic waste. So how about using generators that run on biodiesel fuel for your next shoot, for example?

Clean energy pioneer Green Fuels has developed small-scale, easy-to-install ‘bio-refineries’ that turn waste cooking oils and animal fats into fuel and are already saving a million tonnes of CO2 a year.

Another clean energy start-up, Aceleron, has re-imagined the way batteries are assembled, developing technology to service, upgrade and refill its advanced lithium ‘batteries for life’, rather than discarding them as waste.

And Ampd Energy has invented an eco-friendly alternative battery that requires no maintenance as well as reducing toxic lead waste. Its Ampd XTel is a modular battery system optimised for outdoor applications, while the Ampd Silo is designed to provide uninterruptible backup power supply.

Another option is hydrogen and fuel cell technology like that developed by a company called Arcola Energy. It provides zero-emission, efficient, clean and quiet energy and its innovations can be adapted for use in cars, vans and buses, and for clean power generation for buildings.

Catering for change

Catering contributes a sizeable chunk of the estimated 13.5 tonnes of C02 emissions generated for every hour of television produced*. But help is at hand from innovative start-ups here too.

A number of companies are rolling out recycled plates and cutlery that the industry could use for on-set catering. For example, US recycling outfit, Preserve, produces eco-friendly food storage and tableware made from 100% recycled plastic or plant-based compostable materials.

Then there’s Bakey, which is producing edible utensils as an alternative to petroleum-based disposable plastic cutlery. Instead of throwing it away after a single use, you can either eat it or it will biodegrade in less than three days.

Hong Kong-based Heaven Springs has created the first multipurpose atmospheric water generator, designed to extract water from humid ambient air and efficiently convert it into safe drinking water. One day we might all have one of these in our offices and homes.

Meanwhile, US-based company Heatworks has developed a way to heat water using its naturally occurring minerals and graphite electrodes. It’s set to revolutionise the way we use our coffee machines – and every other water heater – around the world, saving precious water and energy.

Agriculture uses 70% of the world’s water supply, so AeroFarms, a high-tech, data-driven vertical farming company aims to revolutionise agriculture by growing leafy greens and herbs without sunlight, soil or pesticides. Its patented technology is building farms on major distribution routes and near population centres to shorten the food supply chain.

Growing Underground (GU) is repurposing WWII air raid tunnels 33m below the streets of Clapham, London, to sustainably grow herbs and leafy greens. Using LED lighting and hydroponic growing systems, it is powered by renewable energy sources and uses 70% less water than traditional farming methods. GU reduces food miles by supplying local retailers, wholesalers and restaurants.

For those interested in helping to address the environmental problems associated with global meat consumption, Clara Foods makes animal protein without using animals. The company is working towards a disruptive advance in food technology by creating the world’s first animal-free egg white and other protein-based products.

And here’s another innovation that could help on arduous location shoots: a company called Sure Chill has developed technology that enables cooling equipment to maintain a constant temperature without constant power. It works like a rechargeable battery, but uses no chemicals or electrodes.

This makes it perfect for areas of the world with limited power and can be teamed with solar.

Making a real difference

These are just a few of the many technologies starting to change the way the world produces energy and food, and recycles waste. While some of these may not seem directly applicable to TV and film production at the moment, we all have a role to play in encouraging sustainable business across our supply chains.

Early adoption of just some of these technologies could dramatically up the ante in reducing environmental damage and changing the way we work, before it’s too late.

For more information, visit: https://unreasonableimpact.com/world-forum-pdf/ 

* albert Annual Report 2018 

Barnesville Dedicates Solar Garden to Community, Continues with Eco-Friendly Efforts

The garden is made up of two arrays, with 40 solar panels on each array

BARNESVILLE, MN– The City of Barnesville is continuing its green energy movement with a brand new solar garden.

54% of Barnesville’s energy comes from renewable resources.

The city is strengthening its eco–friendly efforts by adding a brand new solar garden for the community to take part in.

“I think this is the start of something pretty great,” Barnesville city administrator Mike Rietz said. “It gives us the opportunity to participate in green energy and reduce the community’s carbon footprint.”

The garden includes two arrays.

They were built this past summer and cost over $60,000 to construct.

Each array is made up of 40 different panels. When the sun hits the panel, it generates solar energy out into the community.

People and businesses in the Barnesville community can purchase a panel for just over $700.

Those who buy a panel, receive solar energy for 20 years and a credit on their utility bill.

“It allows us to install these and give our customers an option, an economic option, to enter the solar market without drilling holes in the roof of their house or investing a huge amount of money in equipment,” City of Barnesville utilities manager Guy Swenson said.

Each panel has the capability to create nearly 500 kilowatts of energy per year.

The City of Barnesville Municipal Power worked with Missouri River Energy to ensure the community can benefit from this form of renewable energy.

“To have a sense of pride of being able to have a site like this in the community that they call home,” Rietz said.

The city hopes the investment will benefit the community for years to come.

“This is a big part of the future,” Swenson said. “Whether it’s wind, hydro, or solar, it’s going to be a part of our mix from now on.”

Four people have already purchased a panel from Barnesville’s solar garden.

 

How biomethane can help turn gas into a renewable energy source

Australia’s report card on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions is not exactly glowing, but there are ample opportunities to get it on track during this period of rapid change in the energy sector. Greater use of renewable electricity sources like wind and solar are playing a large part in reducing emissions, and gas can also lift its game.

Gas provides nearly one quarter of Australia’s total energy supply. Around 130,000 commercial businesses rely on gas, and it delivers 44% of Australia’s household energy to more than 6.5 million homes which use natural gas for hot water, domestic heating, or cooking.

Gas has lower greenhouse emissions than most other fuels, and the gas used in power generation has about half the emissions of the current electricity grid.

Even so, natural gas can do more to help Australia meet its carbon-reduction targets.




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Biogas: smells like a solution to our energy and waste problems


An industry document released last year, Gas Vision 2050, explains how new technologies such as biomethane and hydrogen can make that happen, by replacing conventional natural gas with low-emission alternative fuels.

Around the world

Worldwide, renewable natural gas is dominated by biomethane, which can be generated from organic materials and residues from agriculture, food production and waste processing.

Multiple products of anaerobic digestion.
Modified from ADBA with permission

The top biomethane-producing countries include Germany, the UK, Sweden, France and the United States, and many others are planning to use renewable gas more widely.

A 2017 report suggests that renewable natural gas could meet 76% of Europe’s natural gas demand by 2050.

What is biomethane?

Biomethane is a clean form of biogas that is 98% methane. Also known as green gas, it can be used interchangeably with conventional fossil-fuel natural gas.

Biogas is a mixture of around 60% methane and 40% carbon dioxide, plus traces of other contaminants. Turning biogas into biomethane requires technology that scrubs out the carbon dioxide.

Biomethane’s benefits include:

  • Net zero emissions
  • Interchangeability with existing natural gas usage
  • Ability to capture methane emissions from other processes such as landfill and manure production
  • Potential economic opportunity for regional areas
  • Generation of skilled jobs in planning, engineering, operating and maintenance of biogas and biomethane plants.

Australia’s potential for biomethane

While Australia currently does not have any upgrading plants, the production of biomethane can provide a huge boost to Australia’s nascent biogas industry.

The main use for biogas in Australia is for electricity production, heat, and combined heat and power.

Australia’s biogas sector has more than 240 anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, most of which are associated with landfill gas power units and municipal wastewater treatment. They also include:

  • about 20 agricultural AD plants, which use waste manure from piggeries
  • about 18 industrial AD plants, which use wastewater from red meat processing and rendering as feedstock for biogas production;

There is also manure from around one million head of cattle in feedlots, which is currently not used to produce biogas, but is stockpiled for use as fertiliser on agricultural land.

Australian biogas facilities.
CAE/USQ

There are untapped opportunities to produce biomethane using municipal sewage sludge, red meat processing waste, residues from breweries and distilleries, food waste, and poultry and cattle manure.




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Home biogas: turning food waste into renewable energy


The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is currently supporting the Australian Biomass for Bioenergy (ABBA) project. The Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) platform will map existing and projected biomass resource data from the ABBA project, alongside other parameters such as existing network and transport infrastructure, land-use capability, and demographic data.

This topic and many others related to biogas and bioenergy more widely will be discussed at this week’s Annual Bioenergy Australia conference.

Of course, biomethane is just one way in which Australia can make the transition to a low-emissions future. But as natural gas is already touted as a “transition fuel” to a low-carbon economy, these new technologies can help ensure that existing gas infrastructure can still be used in the future.

Sustainability climbs the agenda for Asia’s skyscrapers

From the use of solar panels and energy-efficient glass, to combining design with forestry, sustainable architecture is reaching new heights in Asia.

High-rise towers have long been common in the region. But in recent years, eco-friendly skyscrapers have been gaining traction, noticeably in China, as governments tackle rapid urbanization and its impact on the environment, says Eric Lee, head of JLL’s Greater China Property and Asset Management business.

“While tall structures typically served as landmarks, they are also increasingly used to showcase businesses’ corporate environmental responsibility,” Lee says.

“Many project owners and developers seek green accreditations such as LEED (Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design) in order to attract businesses and talent who have sustainability goals,” he says.

Another primary driver of the trend is cost reduction. Tall buildings with sustainability features use less energy and water, helping businesses to save on operating costs.

Yet sustainable designs aren’t just doing their part for the planet. Occupiers are increasingly demanding a green working environment, according to Daniel Safarik, an editor at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and JLL.

“Many people find skyscrapers to be somewhat cold and alienating, but as cities densify and grow, the collision course is set – sustainable design, the concentration of talent, and the high-rise are going to continue to meet,” Safarik says.

Here, Real Views looks at some of the region’s skyscrapers that are pushing the green agenda.

Singapore: Oasia Hotel Downtown (2016)

In the heart of Singapore’s central business district, the Oasia Hotel Downtown is covered in 21 species of verdant climbers and flowers, and was conceived as a haven for birds and animals, according to architect WOHA. It has an overall Green Plot Ratio of 1,100 percent, which means there is 10 times as much greenery growing on a building than could have been on the same plot of unbuilt land. The tower also features open-sided gardens, so there is no need for mechanical ventilation in the hotel’s 314 rooms and 100 office units.

China: The Nanjing Green Towers (2018)

Stefano Boeri Architects designed the Nanjing Green Towers as a vertical forest. The mixed-use project in Nanjing Pukou District was developed by the state-owned National Investment Group, and consists of two towers characterised by their green tanks and balconies. Due to be finished this year, the towers will be a breath of fresh air: it is claimed they will absorb around 25 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and produce about 60 kilograms of oxygen per day.
Image credit: Stefano Boeri Architetti

China: Shanghai Tower (2015)

The Shanghai Tower boasts a total of 43 different sustainable technologies, including renewable energy sources and extensive landscaping to help cool the building. These technologies have allowed the structure to reduce its total energy consumption by 21 percent and slash its carbon footprint by an estimated 37,000 metric tonnes each year. These achievements have earned the supertall both the American LEED Gold certification and China’s three-star Green Building award.

China: Ping An International Finance Center (IFC) (2015)

The 599-meter high Ping An IFC is the tallest building in South China. The energy costs to run the skyscraper are 46 percent lower compared with a conventionally constructed commercial office building of the same scale, according to a CTBUH research paper. This LEED Gold certified building’s sustainability features include a high-performance façade that minimises heat penetration and maximises natural light, as well as its external vertical stone fins that provide shading.

China: Hong Kong International Commerce Centre (2014)

At 484 meters and 108 stories, this is the tallest building in Hong Kong, and the sixth-tallest in the world. It is equipped with a centralised intelligent control system that collects and analyses operational data 24-hours a day and evaluates seasonal variations. The data is used to adjust the air conditioning system for greater energy efficiency. With this system, energy consumption can be 15 percent lower compared to general office buildings without such an application.

 


2018 Energy Vision Awards Honor Leading Adopters and Advocates of Renewable Natural Gas

NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — At its awards reception in Manhattan this week, the NGO Energy Vision honored business and government leaders and advocates who are speeding adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG) made from organic waste.  RNG is the lowest–carbon fuel available, and net carbon-negative as a transportation fuel.

The awardees include:

Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, Director of the Global Public Health Program at Boston College’s Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, who advocates adopting clean alternatives to diesel vehicles to improve public health. “Diesel exhaust is nasty stuff,” he said. “It’s a complex mix of gases and particulates, potent respiratory irritants, and metabolic toxins. They waft through the urban air and make us all sick.  The alternative New York City proposes is ‘cleaner diesel’ but that’s like proposing ‘safe asbestos’ – there’s no such thing. Getting rid of diesel in New York City is the right thing to do.”

The City of Toronto, which collects residential food waste and processes it into RNG to power its refuse trucks. “Since 2002, we have been quietly working to harness the green energy potential of the biogas from Toronto’s source separated organic waste,” said Carlyle Khan, Director of Infrastructure Development and Asset Management for Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Services Division. “Our vision is to reduce our impact on the planet by creating a renewable resource.”

The Kroger Co., the largest grocery chain in the U.S., which processes its organic waste into RNG in anaerobic digesters at its locations in California and Indiana, and uses it to heat warehouses and power trucks. “Our goal is to eliminate all waste across our more than 2,700 stores, 42 distribution sites and 36 manufacturing facilities, distribute the edible food and find productive uses for the rest,” said Nick Cortolillo, Kroger’s senior director of manufacturing. “We’re proud of the work we are doing, and we know it is important to our customers.”    

James S. Cannon, president of Energy Futures, Inc. who has conducted seminal research on alternative energy and fuels since 1971.  “Out of the pits of the Vietnam War came the largest body of environmental legislation ever hatched by any country at any time,” he said. “Maybe there are young people out there who out of this difficult time can help ignite the next revolution and the next exciting step.”

Contact:  Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com 914-589-5988

SOURCE Energy Vision

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Top 5 Reasons Why Eco Investing Is Smart Investing

Environmentalism is an essential investment to preserve the future of humanity. However, many people don’t realize that it could actually be a great financial investment as well. A growing number of people are adding eco friendly company stocks to their portfolio.

Popularity Of Eco Investing

How popular is eco investing? You might be surprised to hear that it has been booming for the past 20 years.

The field has grown. New eco friendly investment funds have been growing rapidly. Calvert International Opportunities has realized a return of 26% between July 2016 and July 2017. Parnassus Endeavor has performed slightly better, with an ROI of 27%. Oakmark International is performing the best. They have an ROI of 36% over the same timeframe.

Taking action to protect the environment is at the forefront of many corporate agendas. Whether its electric cars, solar power or wind energy, there are many renewable energy projects that are being implemented by environmentally-conscious companies.

Benefits of Eco Investing

As an investor, you should pay careful attention to this global movement. Although eco investments tend to fluctuate in value, they are sound investments. Of course, you still need to choose the assets that you invest in carefully, because green companies can be badly managed like any others. Here are 5 reasons eco investing is smart investing.

1. Environmental responsibility has taken center stage across the globe.

Several companies have created global initiatives to support environmental responsibility. These global giants include Walmart, Apple, Panasonic, Kohl’s, Whole Foods and Chipotle. Kohl’s has made a huge commitment to sustainability recently.

As the concern for the environment continues to grow, additional companies will take the lead on environmental issues. This provides a great opportunity for investors to support environmental initiatives and make a profit at the same time.

Harvard Business Review recently conducted a sustainability study. The results of the study concluded that environmentally-conscious companies will benefit from these initiatives within the next 20 years. These companies will be prepared to adapt to new environmental regulations and legislative mandates.

2. Eco Investments aren’t limited to one sector.

It’s essential that investors take a broad view when it comes to eco investing. The interesting point about ecology is that it transcends various sectors.

Here are a few examples of eco friendly corporate initiatives in action. Kohl’s uses solar energy to reduce the amount of electricity used in each of its stores uses. Whole Foods sells minimally-processed foods that are less harmful to the environment than traditional ways of processing food.

When it comes to eco investing, investors must be open-minded. Otherwise, they’ll miss out on prime investment opportunities.

3. Eco Investment growth funds have been created to encourage investing in these initiatives.

Huntington EcoLogical Strategy Shares ETF (HECO) is an investment growth fund that focuses solely on ecological investments. HECO fund managers pay close attention to the following elements when deciding which investments to include in the fund.

  • Credit worthiness
  • Valuation
  • Management quality

Unlike short term loans, HECO provides a way for investors to grow their money with a long-term strategy. This fund is based on solid metrics.

4. Socially-conscious investing has exploded in popularity.

Environmental responsibility isn’t a fad – it’s a movement. As customers begin to appreciate the need for eco friendly practices, they are demanding more from global corporations.

As a result of these increased demands, company leaders are taking their roles as ecological gatekeepers seriously. According to recent data, positive eco friendly actions will increase.

Wall Street has taken notice of these initiatives. Eco friendly investments exceed $3 trillion dollars.

5. Eco Investing ensures that investors are doing their part to protect the environment.

Promoting sustainable business practices is everybody’s responsibility. The condition of the environment is only as good as the care that it has been given.

Eco investing is just one way that investors can support sustainable business practices. Although it may only be a small effort, these investments ensure that the eco friendly corporate initiatives will continue for years to come.

Start Your Eco Investing Portfolio and Watch it Grow

Investing in eco friendly stocks and bonds is a great idea. You can watch your money grow by around 30% a year if you choose the right stocks. You just need to make sure that the companies have a strong reputation and good financial ratios.

Conclusion: Eco Investing Is More Powerful Than Ever

In today’s era, with climate change impacting all of us and new investment opportunities growing all the time, eco investing is especially important. It’s a way to put your faith in a more sustainable future and to encourage companies to create more sustainable options. It’s also a way to contribute to a better future for our planet and for generations to come.