Barney Swan Wins Global Re-imagining Photo Competition – The competition, designed to highlight inspiring ways to fight climate change, was sponsored by Olam International and Eco- Business. Swan won the youth category for his entry depicting a facility for removing carbon dioxide from the side of a geothermal power facility in Iceland. The director of carbon reduction programme Climate Force, Swan said he hoped his photo could help spread awareness to potential investors about carbon capture technology. “It is an honour to win this competition. We have to incentivise big and small solutions that drive us to be able to clean up our emissions effectively,” said Swan. “Connecting the corporate world and everyday people to projects like these can create a global system change that will lead us towards a net positive future.” For more about Climate Force, go to www.2041.com. https://bit.ly/2qnosis

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

The Cost of Inaction – as future energy costs continue to rise, this report shows how business will be impacted if you don’t take action.  Most UK businesses can expect to see their energy costs increase by 25% by 2020. Inenco has calculated that if businesses don’t take action to manage their consumption throughout the year, UK organisations combined can expect to pay an extra £7.42 billion on their energy costs by 2019. https://bit.ly/2PlGwIH

13 ways you’re wasting electricity that are costing you – https://read.bi/2RNJXVd

Energy Efficiency for Your Home – Tips on thermostats, lighting , water heating, smart power strips and more from the Energy Smart Academy  https://bit.ly/2AYKEFJ

Renewable Mandates and Carbon Taxes Lost Big on Tuesday – Coloradans handily rejected (57 to 43 percent) Proposition 112, which would have prohibited oil and gas drilling activities within 2,500 feet of homes, hospitals, schools and “vulnerable areas.” In Arizona, voters overwhelmingly rejected (70 to 30 percent) Proposition 127, a ballot initiative that would have required the state to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewables.  The biggest rebuke of carbon taxation occurred in Washington State, where voters defeated Initiative 1631 by a twelve-point margin. https://bit.ly/2FeoOlC

Oil pucks and pellets; Canada eyes new ways to move stranded crude – https://reut.rs/2T3aEqu

ROUSH CleanTech Launches First Available Near-Zero Emissions Engines Fueled by Renewable Propane – Roush revealed that its 0.02 grams per brake horsepower-hour engine can operate on renewable propane. Renewable propane is a non-fossil fuel that is produced from 100-percent renewable raw materials, such as waste, residue and sustainably produced vegetable oils. It can be used as a “drop-in” replacement fuel because it’s chemically nearly identical to conventional propane.  https://bit.ly/2SX2aRA

The Economic Value of Renewable Energy to Texas – renewable energy development in the state produced a nearly $1 billion direct injection into the Texas economy last year and more than 10,225 permanent jobs.  Customers saved a total of $5.7 billion in electricity costs from 2010 to 2017 compared to what they would have paid if renewables were not part of the portfolio, including $855.9 million in 2017.  https://bit.ly/2qJap7c

China’s giant transmission grid could be the key to cutting climate emissions – 1.1-million volt transmission line will be capable of delivering the output of 12 large power plants over nearly 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers), sending 50% more electricity 600 miles further than anything that’s ever been built. (Higher-voltage lines can carry electricity over longer distances with lower transmission losses.). The longer, higher-capacity lines make it possible to balance out the dimming sun in one time zone with, say, wind, hydroelectric, or geothermal energy several zones away.  https://bit.ly/2RNMHSN

Britain Achieves the ‘Unthinkable’ as Renewables Leapfrog Fossil Fuel Capacity – The total available capacity from windsolarbiomasshydro and other renewables reached a record 42 gigawatts between July and September, overtaking the 40.6 gigawatts available from fossil fuels, according to a report commissioned by Drax’s Electric Insights and produced by Imperial College London researchers.  https://bit.ly/2T0hgpH

According to a New Study, Oceans Are Actually Warming Faster Than Once Thought – In a recent study published in Nature, a group of researchers found that previous models to assess how much heat our oceans have absorbed over the last few decades was a little off. How off? For starters, the team suggests that the Earth’s oceans likely absorbed 60 percent more heat over the last 25 years than previously thought.  https://bit.ly/2qIaGXL

Powering On: Four Factors to Energize a Corporate Renewable Energy Program – Scottmadden Management Consultants – https://bit.ly/2DvN15g

sonnen and Pearl Homes Partner to Develop the First Affordable, Carbon-Free Home Community — The network of homes, dubbed ‘Hunters Point — Pearl Homes Community and Marina,’ is the first community implemented by the sonnen-Pearl Homes partnership, one designed to help decarbonize Manatee Countyand surrounding regions of Florida by making green living affordable to a broader market.  https://prn.to/2SVBmBv

Judge Blocks the Disputed Keystone XL Pipeline – saying the Trump administration “simply discarded” the effect the project would have on climate change.  https://nyti.ms/2qzZ892

New Green Energy Solution Could Create 22,000 US Jobs – Replacing coal with a green technology that uses biomass and carbon capture and storage technologies could create 22,000 new jobs in the U.S. by 2050, according to a new study led by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. These new jobs will be in forestry and transportation.The research is published in the journal Joule https://bit.ly/2z3brPN

A proposed framework to incentivise energy efficiency while transitioning away from high-GWP HFCs – https://bit.ly/2JGk1Ii

Washburn University in Topeka says it is committed to providing most of its energy from a Westar wind farm in the future.  https://bit.ly/2qx2AkX

GE to sell energy efficiency business Current as it cuts debt – Private equity firm American Industrial Partners will purchase Current, which sells energy efficiency technology to commercial, industrial and municipal customers in a transaction expected to close in 2019.  https://bit.ly/2POyZ4H

 

RECYCLING

America Recycles Day is November 15: Here are Six Tips to Improve Recycling in Your Home!  https://bit.ly/2DaK21c

Video: Cup to Cup: Closing the Loop – A Starbucks and Sustana Partnership – The “Cup to Cup: Closing the Loop” partnership project is an innovative collaboration between Sustana and three other supply chain partners, working together to demonstrate that Starbucks cups could be recycled and turned into new cups.  https://bit.ly/2RPNOkC

Colgate partners with TerraCycle to launch recycling scheme for oral products and packaging – Anyone in the UK can sign up to the Recycling Programme for free, either as a private collector or as a public location, which will be visible on the TerraCycle map and allows other people in that location to drop off their oral care waste for recycling. https://bit.ly/2zvW9CA

Casella Waste Systems reports revenue growth for Q3 2018 – Company says outperformance in solid waste, customer solutions and organics operations offset commodity pricing.  https://bit.ly/2yUYCqS

Recycle electronics at Staples and get a coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase – Reward members who bring in electronics to recycle — from computers to scanners to tablets and fax machines — on Nov. 11-17 will get the coupon printed on a receipt. It’s free to join the rewards program. The company is accepting 30 types of recyclable items, including coffee brewers, to celebrate America Recycles Day.   The company says only 40 percent of electronics are recycled. Incinerating or tossing electronics into landfills releases lead, mercury and cadmium into our air, soil and groundwater. https://bit.ly/2qCDalW

ALIBABA, WORLD FOOD PROGRAM PARTNER TO TACKLE HUNGER – Alibaba Group will partner with the United Nations World Food Program to build a digital “World Hunger Map” to monitor the status of global hunger, while also digitizing WFP’s overall operations.The World Hunger Map is aimed at helping WFP improve assessment and monitoring of hunger crises around the world to improve its response times and strategies, according. https://bit.ly/2D7VOJB

Amazon Celebrates America Recycles Day– Join us on our mission to recycle! On Thursday, November 15, Amazon will celebrate America Recycles Day with an electronics collection event in 5 cities across the country – Redmond, WA; Landover, MD; San Jose, CA; Arlington, TX; and Denver, CO.  https://amazoncelebratesamericarecycle.splashthat.com

WATCH: THE PAPER PULP 3D PRINTER RECYCLING WASTE INTO MODELS – Beer Holthuis, a product designer and concept developer from the Netherlands, has created a 3D printer designed to recycle paper. Called the Paper Pulp Printer, it extrudes the paper waste with a natural binder, making 3D printed models “endlessly recyclable.” https://bit.ly/2Duns4M

Waste audit finds food scraps most common trash placed in recycling bins – A recent audit of George Washington University (GW’s) recycling showed that food scraps are the most prevalent trash incorrectly placed in recycling bins. Officials said the most recent waste audit last spring found beverage containers and paper are the most frequently recycled items on campus. Beverage containers are also one of the items that are most often incorrectly placed in trash bins when they could be recycled, along with plastic food containers, junk mail and paper inserts. https://bit.ly/2FdOgYv

Weekly podcast: Coca-Cola on how to cut plastic waste and GAR on the future for rural communities – This week: Coca-Cola’s Joe Franses on what Coke is doing to develop better plastic recycling rates and to leverage the power of its brand to encourage consumers to do the same.  https://bit.ly/2zEHkO8

Coke Recycling Ad – Across the Tracks – https://bit.ly/2RJqfKo

Carpet Recycling & Stewardship Webinar – Tuesday, November 27, 2018 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm EST.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, every year 4 billion pounds of carpet are discarded in the U.S. and only about 1 percent is recycled. This webinar will discuss California’s efforts in establishing a sustainable carpet recycling and stewardship program.  REGISTER NOW! Click Here   

 

DEFORESTATION

Increased gold mining is worsening deforestation in the Amazon – Scientists at Wake Forest University have found that more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon has been destroyed by small-scale gold mining. This is over 30 percent more deforestation than was previously realized. https://bit.ly/2zPyTzw

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

 Wall Street and water —  A 2017 MSCI analysis of food companies in its All Country World index noted that $459 billion in revenue may be at risk from lack of water available for irrigation or animal consumption and $198 billion is at risk from changing precipitation patterns affecting current crop production areas. https://bit.ly/2D9LssU

 The Rhine, a Lifeline of Germany, Is Crippled by Drought – One of the longest dry spells on record has left parts of the Rhine at record-low levels for months, forcing freighters to reduce their cargo or stop plying the river altogether.   https://nyti.ms/2RyWhc4

 XPRIZE announced the results of The Water Abundance XPRIZEpowered by Australian Aid and Tata Group during Visioneering 2018The Skysource / Skywater Alliance is very honored to have received this magnificent award, $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE. It’s been over two-years of hard work, competing against 97 teams from 27 countries to collect a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100 percent renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cents per liter.  http://www.skysource.org/#making-water-from-air

Paper towels or air hand dryers: Which is better for the environment and hygiene? – https://ab.co/2K0zZxm

Michael R. Bloomberg and Ray Dalio’s OceanX Announce Over $185 Million for New Partnership to Increase Ocean Exploration and Protection – https://bloombg.org/2Svhm8e

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Authenticity Matters: Three Ways To Reach College Students – Gen Zers feel strongly about brands investing in corporate social responsibility efforts: 94% of them believe companies should be helping to address social and environmental issues. Offering a voice on issues that plague college campuses and the world at large can position your brand as a compassionate, socially conscious organization that cares about real issues students face, not just how much money students are spending.  https://bit.ly/2qvS2lZ

EU: Investment Firms Must Tell Clients about Environmental Risks – The European Parliament’s Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs decided on Monday that investment firms will from now on have to make sure they inform their clients about the risks of their projects infringing upon human rights, endangering the environment, or similar violations.  The Regulation “lays the foundation for an EU framework which puts environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations at the heart of the financial system to help transform Europe’s economy into a greener, more resilient and circular system,” the document titled “Disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks” said.  https://bit.ly/2qBJDxh

European Commission, Partners Launch ‘Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles’ – The European Commission (EC), European Investment Bank (EIB), World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched the world’s first global framework to finance a sustainable ocean economy at the fifth edition of the Our Ocean Conference.  The Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles put forward 14 Principles.  The Principles provide guidance on how to ensure that investments support more sustainable marine and coastal development and ensure the sustainability of ocean ecosystems. The Principles aim to engage investors, insurers and banks “to bring sustainability into the boardrooms of all ocean-based industries,” including aquaculture, biotechnology, energy, fisheries, shipping and tourism. https://bit.ly/2QByM1E

Jeff Foote

Jeff Foote is Executive Vice President, Sustainability at TreeZero. He’s also an investor. He has helped hundreds of organizations, both large and small, successfully incorporate sustainability strategies into core business functions. Jeff has traveled to all seven continents working to protect and preserve the environment. Jeff’s mission is to help organizations and individuals use fewer resources to sell more, more profitably.