Friday, August 18, 2017

Corporate America Fires Trump for Deriliction of Duty

An unprecedented number of American business leaders have come out to oppose Trump. Waves of resignations from the CEOs of America's leading corporations have forced Trump to disband his business councils.

Large numbers of companies have issued statements and internal memos condemning Trump. Ford, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Coca-Cola, have all spoken out against this administration. To protest Trump's egress from the Paris Climate Agreement more than two dozen major businesses took out full-page ads.

The business community's rejection of Trump is a disaster for this president because it strikes at the heart of what he claims are his core competencies. His business accomplishments were the only credentials Trump could claim as he took the oath of office. After only a bit more than 6 months it has become obvious that even in the one area he sells as his strength, he is a dismal failure. Although he has cut no deals, he has managed to alienate our allies, and divide the nation. He has also succeeded in emboldening America's enemies both within and without.

It is not only his business strategies and tactics that are being questioned it is his humanity or lack thereof. His moral bankruptcy was laid bare in an angry press conference in which he defended the alt-right. In a series of angry tirades, he compared the alt-right to the people who assembled to oppose fascism. This includes Heather Heyer, the woman murdered by a Nazi in Charlottesville. Trump's comments on Charlottesville appear to justify the concerns of those who fear a symbiotic relationship between the presidency and extremists in the alt-right.

Trump has emboldened his neo-nazi supporters by doubling down on his remarks during his most recent press conference. As explained by The Times’ Mark Landler Trump has, "relinquished what presidents from Roosevelt to Reagan have regarded as a cardinal duty of their job: set a moral course to unify the nation."

Trump continues to sew divisions over the issue of Confederate statues. Rather than speak in support of unity he is defending monuments to leaders who went to war against their countrymen in defense of slavery. This was a savage and bloody conflict that killed more than 600,000 American soldiers. Up until the Vietnam war, the civil war had the record for having killed more Americans than all the wars that came after it combined.

Corporate leaders have abandoned Trump and he has yet again been exposed as a fraud. By now it should be clear to all but the willfully ignorant that Trump is not much of a businessman and he is certainly not temperamentally or intellectually fit to be president. He is a corrupt narracist who has parlayed his self-absorbtion into a business enterprise.

An honest look at his life reveals that after a troubled youth he took his father's money and built a Hollywood style brand. A brand which is little more than a glitzy caricature of a businessman. Now Trump's paper tiger brand has been torn to shreds and his presidency is twisting in the wind.

Some have claimed the only talent that Trump possesses is his command over Twitter. However, in what is surely hard for Trump to swallow, President Obama's Charlottesville tweet has become the most liked message in the history of Twitter. Rather than being an asset, CNN and others have argued that Trump's Twitter penchant may very well be his undoing. Now corporate heads like Goldman's Lloyd Blankfein have taken to twitter to go after Trump.

The forces oppposing Trump extend far beyond social media. In an unprecedented move the considerable might of corporate America has aligned itself against this president. The country's leading CEOs are condemning Trump and successive waves of resignations have forced him to disband two White House business councils.

The first round of resignations from his business council saw Uber CEO Travis Kalanick leave over immigration, then Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney Bob Iger resigned over Trump's announcement that he was withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Accord.

Trump's defense of the alt-right after the Charlottetown tragedy, saw the trickle become a flow with a stream of resignations starting with Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, followed by Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank and the President of AFL-CIO Richard Louis Trumka. Other CEOs that quit the president include Inge Thulin of 3M, Brian Krzanich of Intel. Alliance for American Manufacturing president Scott Paul also quit the president.

After Mr Paul's resignation, Trump said those who resigned are "grandstanders". In a tweet he also said: "For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place." However, it seems that there were no takers so Trump was forced to disband the council in disgrace.

Trump's entire committee on the arts and the humanities also resigned to protest his racism. Here is the letter of resignation from 14 members of the Committee:
Trump’s comments supporting and elevating racists were more important than politics and policy. Donald Trump crossed a moral line that should cut through partisanship and cut to the consciences on individual Americans. CEOs dumped Trump after his remarks because they realized that going anywhere near racism can kill their businesses. The public backlash that comes with being viewed as supporting a racist will hurt the bottom line and a brand’s reputation.

For others who are walking away from this president, they are doing so as a matter of basic human decency. Donald Trump has revealed himself to be lacking in the bare minimum that society deems necessary for a functioning participant in the community. Forget the standards of conduct expected of a president; Trump isn’t meeting the standards of conduct of a decent human being.

The reason why the fallout from his Charlottesville comments is sticking to Trump is that it reflects upon him as a human being. There are lines that people should never cross, and by elevating racists, Trump not only defined himself as a failed president but also as a terrible person.
All branches of the armed services have come forward with statements intended to show their commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. The number of Republicans that are condemning Trump is increasing everyday and those that are not doing so in public are privately expressing grave reservations about his basic competence to govern.

Former presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush issued a statement that said: "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms." The statement also said, "As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city's most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country."

In a New York Times op-ed Frank Bruni said, "Trump resigned the presidency already". Bruni went on to say, "He abdicated his responsibilities so thoroughly and recklessly that it amounted to a letter of resignation. Then he whored for his Virginia winery on the way out the door...Trump hasn’t been exercising the duties of his office. He’s been excising them, one by one. The moral forfeiture of the past week was the capper...he picked division over unity, war over peace. And make no mistake: He didn’t merely shortchange the presidency. He left it vacant."

Trump's illbegotten foray into politics has put his incompetance and inhumanity on display. Now he is appropriately besieged.  However, he is still president and we should not underestimate the damage that this insecure man can do as he is pulled like a confederate statue off of his pedestal.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CEOs Condemn Trump in the Wake of the Nazi Terror Attack in Charlottesville

The business community is railing against Trump's horrifying response to the Charlottesville terror attack. Corporate leaders are stepping up to challenge Trump in the wake of his failure to condemn the murderous rampage of white nationalists. Businesses are overtly refuting Trump's narrative and championing both diversity and inclusion. So far more than a half dozen CEOs have publicly resigned from their positions as presidential advisors.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Charlottesville Terrorist Attack: Trump and his Alt-Right

The fact that neo-nazi Trump supporters have committed a murderous act of terrorism should come as no surprise. Trump has pandered to the alt-right movement that includes many neo-nazis and white supremacists. They not only helped to get him elected they form the militant core of his base.

On Friday August 11, neo-nazis held a torch-wielding protest at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. As they marched through the campus they screamed hate speech and hurled racial insults. This was followed on Saturday August 12 with a white supremacist rally where a neo-nazi terrorist attack killed one and injured more than a dozen others.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Event - World Design Summit of International Organizations

The first World Design Summit of International Organizations will take place October 23-25, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

Great design can transform the world and this summit will be an unprecedented moment of global unity focused on design-driven solutions. This summit will create an international action plan for solving global issues through design. Designing for the future is a 10-year, design-driven international action plan for creating a world that is environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially equitable and culturally diverse.

The world is facing complex challenges and the more complex the problem, the more the need for synthesis. The power in Design is the power of synthesis. The road to convergence has been forged by focusing on that which is common between the disciplines and on the shared desire to strategically actuate the unique capacity of design to address pressing global needs.  

Event - Sustainable Innovation Forum

The 8th annual Sustainable Innovation Forum will take place on November 13-14, in Bonn, Germany. As explained by Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of UN Environment: "We need to prove that protecting the environment is profitable and in everyone's best interests. We can do this by holding up successful examples."

Friday, August 11, 2017

Businesses Support Sustainability and Oppose Trump

Trump may be an impediment to climate action from the federal government but he cannot stop the growth of sustainability in the US. Market forces have made sustainability a mainstream phenomenon. Paradoxically the Trump administration's rejection of responsible climate policies may have increased climate action and activism from the business community.

The acknowledgement of the veracity of climate change is widespread. In addition to the scientific consensus and corporate leadership all branches of the US military and most economists agree that climate change is a significant threat.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

ebook - Renewable energy: Understanding the Basics from the University of Calgary

If you are curious about clean power check out this ebook from the University of Calgary.  This free introductory level ebook on renewable energy is titled Renewable energy: Understanding the basics.

Currently, the world gets most of its power from burning hydrocarbons, or fossil fuels. But renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and hydro, are becoming more and more widespread.

In this ebook, you'll learn about the basics of renewable energy, some of the advantages of different types of renewable energy sources, and how adopting cleaner energy benefits us all in the long run.

 Click here to download Renewable energy: Understanding the basics.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

10 Things Corporations Can Do to Combat Climate Change

There are a number of things that corporations can do to limit global warming. Never before has corporate leadership been more important. Never before have the stakes been so high and never before have the potential returns been as large.

Corporations must play a leadership role in the effort to keep temperatures from exceeding the upper threshold limits (1.5°C-2°C above preindustrial norms).

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Studying Climate, Renewables and Sustainable Development at TERI University in India

TERI University, New Delhi has a wide range of courses and programs geared towards sustainability. This includes everything from renewable energy focused distance learning diploma's to a wide range of environment, climate and sustainability focused PhD programs. It also has similar programs at the Masters level (MSc, MBA, MA, MTech) suitable for candidates with a bachelor's degree.  TERI University claims it is the only University in India offering unique courses around Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy.

More Decoupling: Corporate Emissions Reduction are Compadible with Growth

The CDP tracks corporate emissions. The figures in the 2016 report serve as a baseline for corporate climate action following the Paris Agreement. This annual report also ranks companies according to their carbon emissions and in so doing it reveals both leaders and laggards.

One of the salient findings to emerge from the report is the connection between climate action and profitability. Corporations that are acting on climate change are improving their balance sheets by capitalizing on new business opportunities and revenue streams. The report specifically suggests that there is a competitive advantage associated with greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction. Corporations that reduced emissions grew significantly while those that didn't saw their fortunes decline.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Course - Climate Change and Energy at Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School is offering a one-week Executive Education program titled "Climate Change and Energy: Policy Making for the Long Term."  This intensive course will take place October 15-20, 2017.  The application deadline is August 15, 2017. In this course leading experts will address mitigation, adaptation, economics of climate change, geoengineering, and other topics.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Webinar - Sustainable Urban Infrastructure: Green Buildings and Liveable Cities

This Sustainable Urban Infrastructure webinar will take place on August 23, 2017. As the world continues to focus on sustainability, our definition of environmental sustainability is moving beyond flora and fauna to include the humans in the ecosystem as well. And there is no better front line than the buildings where we spend most of our time. With estimates suggesting that up to 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050, cities are under pressure from all angles to minimise the required inputs of energy, water, food, waste and output of heat, air & water pollution. Buildings and constructions account for 32% of global energy expenditure, are responsible for 19% of greenhouse gas emissions and, based on projections and construction trends, emissions from the building sector could double by 2050 if we carry on business as usual.

Event - Companies Vs Climate Change

Companies vs Climate Change is a B2B climate solutions event series. The first event takes place on October 4 - 6, at the Raddison Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels. The second event will take place on November 29 - December 1 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

This is an event series whose mission it is to bring together companies from around the world to discuss climate change and how they can work together to address it most impactfully.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Graduate Certificate - CSR/Sustainability at St Michael's College (Video)

The Graduate Certificate in CSR/Sustainability at the University of St. Michael's (University of Toronto) is a program that accommodates people who are working full time.

There are already 200 graduates of this program from around the world. They work for a wide range of organizations including for-profit, not-for-profit and government organizations.  The personal and professional benefits of education are numerous. A strong business case that can be made for higher learning. Click here for a business case presentation (PDF) or here for a program impact assessment as described by program graduates.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Course Certificate - Leading Organizations & Change at MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan School of Management is collaborating with world renowned faculty to offer instruction in the prescient realm of organizational change. In today's complex interconnected world an organization's strategies and tactics must be encouraged to evolve. Course alterations are essential in response to changing business environments. In the face a barrage of unprecedented challenges, an organizations ability to pivot on a dime has become critical.

Tesla's Revolutionary Gigafactories

Tesla is building some of the biggest lithium-ion batteries and electric car manufacturing facilities in the world. These highly efficient, self-reliant manufacturing plants are so massive they are being called "gigafactories". Their capacities are so great that Forbes quotes Tesla Founder Elon Musk as saying 100 such facilities could completely transition the entire world to renewable energy.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Comprehensive Green School Information and Resources 2010 - 2016

In 2017 the Green Market Oracle (GMO) is reprising its annual Green School Series. Over the course of the last seven years the GMO has published more than 350 articles related to environmentally oriented academics, sustainable infrastructure and green initiatives in pedagogical settings. In the coming weeks we will post articles on a daily basis related to the green schools and sustainability focused academics. These efforts contribute to the growth of a well informed population, a sustainable economy and ultimately a healthier planet. This focus is a key part of the GMO's mission to help facilitate the convergence of sustainability and the global environment.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Telsla's Elon Musk Thinks Trump is Bad for Business

Elon Musk is arguably the greatest sustainability focused business builder on the planet and he thinks Donald Trump is on the wrong track. The contrast between Musk and Trump could not be more stark. Musk is a sustainability titan, and an innovator. while Trump is a dated caricature of a businessman. Shortly after winning the US presidential election in November 2016 Trump tapped Musk to be his strategic policy advisor. Five months later Musk quit the president after the latter pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

GMO's Annual Green Schools Posts in 2016

Each summer and fall the Green Market Oracle (GMO) publishes a series of posts focused on the growing green schools movement. In 2016 this comprised both buildings and academics, it also includes best practices and information useful to sustainability professionals, students, instructors and other stakeholders. In addition to green buildings, this series reviews hundreds of sustainability-focused schools and accreditation. Last year GMO published 32 articles in this series bringing the total to more than 350.  In 2016 the predominant themes included early education, tools, resources and awards.

13 Applications of Tesla Batteries that are Revolutionizing Renewables

Tesla Energy is revolutionizing the renewable energy space by making large-scale battery power more accessible.  Efficient and inexpensive power storage has long been the holy grail of renewable energy. By storing renewable energy Tesla is helping to lessen the need for pollution causing fossil fuels. As the leader in the rapidly growing energy storage sector Tesla's cost effective battery systems are making clean power truly viable in a broad range of settings.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Energy Storage Market Overview and Forecasts

The stored energy market has grown exponentially but this is nothing compared to what we can expect to see in the coming years. Massive growth is expected all around the world and this will contribute to an exponential increase in distributed power in developed nations. In some This will also allow developing nations to forego the need for a expensive investments in grid infrastructure.

The combination of increasing-efficiency and decreasing-cost will keep driving demand for energy storage in 2017 and beyond.

Lithium-ion

Lithium-ion technologies accounted for more than 95 percent of new energy-storage deployments in 2015. There is no reason to believe that this trend will not continue. Given all the options on the table lithium-ion batteries have proven to be the most suitable type of storage for EVs and stationary energy across the grid, from large utility-scale installations to residential systems.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Event - Georgia Environmental Conference

This event will take place August 23 - 25, at the LEED Certified Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island, in Georgia. This annual conference provides fresh, new, high value, well-balanced, diverse and relevant educational content with a positive impact on current and future practitioners and the environment of Georgia and the Southeast region.

This is the largest, most comprehensive and diverse educational opportunity and it will be attended by over 700 Local, State, and Federal Government Officials, Business and Industry Leaders, Attorneys, Consultants, Engineers, Developers, Land Owners, Architects, Agribusiness Leaders, Energy Experts, Water Planning Districts, Universities, Public Health Officials, Solid Waste, Enviro-Tech, and Recycling Experts, and many, many others with a strong interest in environmental activities in Georgia and the Southeast region.

Event - Educational Green Roofs Conference

This free conference will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST at 116 West 11th Street, New York, NY, United States. The event is being organized by PS 41, National Wildlife Federation, NYC Department of Education Office of Sustainability, NYC Department of Environmental Protection.

Green roofs can be used as outdoor classrooms all year round to study important topics such as weather patterns, the water cycle, climate change, air and water quality, stormwater management, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity; they can also be great spaces for stretching, nature study, journaling, and quiet reading. Studies have shown that the psychological benefits of green spaces, like green roofs, are substantial - they reduce stress, boost attention, and improve brain function. In addition, green roofs have practical benefits. They can reduce carbon emissions and energy costs while reducing stormwater runoff and heat island effect; they also provide important habitat for local and migratory wildlife.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tesla Motor's Growth and the Bottom Line

Tesla's meteoric growth in the automotive space has pushed it passed Ford to have the second highest market value.In February 2016 Tesla Motors stock was valued at $151 per share by the summer of 2017 the imminent release of the Model 3 drove the company's stock prices up to $383 per share.

Demand for the newly available Tesla 3 has been overwhelming. Some are calling this demand, "a clear indication that American consumers care about climate change and cutting air pollution." Whether or not they are buying the green angle they are lining up to buy Tesla's cars.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Model 3 is Proof of Musk's Strategic Genius at the Helm of Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors has cemented its role as a leader in the electric vehicle space with the launch of  the Tesla 3. This car is the realization of Musk's overarching strategy to bring sustainability to the people.

Over the last 14 years the electric automotive upstart has grown exponentially while employing 18,000 people. Now Tesla is on the cusp of even more massive growth. Musk said there will be a six fold increase in productivity with production expected to increase from 100,000 cars a year to 600,000 cars a year in 2018.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Event - Grid Modernization Workshop

The Grid Modernization Workshop will take place on Monday, July 24, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. This event is presented by IEEE Power and Energy Society Region 7 and hosted by BC Hydro. The workshop will focus on the experience of Canadian electric power utilities as well as opportunities, challenges, planning, and strategies.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Elon Musk is a Sustainability Titan (Video)

Elon Musk is accelerating the world's movement towards renewable energy and clean technology. Musk has shown that he has an extraordinary capacity for building sustainability focused businesses. He has demonstrated his abilities in a wide range of ventures including Tesla Motors, Tesla Energy, SpaceX, and the Hyperloop.

Musk built his fortune on Zip2 and PayPal. The former he sold for $305 million and the latter he sold for $1.5 billion. Musk’s personal take from Zip2 was $22 million, which he invested in PayPal. He invested the $160 million he earned from the sale of PayPal into electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors and battery manufacturer Tesla Energy.  In a bit more than a decade Musk has revolutionizing both the automotive industry and the renewable energy sector.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

California's Cap-and-Trade Program is Alive and Well

This is the eighth installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits and renewable energy.

With unprecedented bipartisan support, California lawmakers have voted to extend the state's cap-and-trade program. This carbon pricing program is key to meeting California's ambitious carbon reduction targets. The plan puts a statewide cap on greenhouse gas emissions and allows companies to buy and sell pollution credits.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Event - Global Climate Action Summit 2018


The Global Climate Action Summit will take place in September 2018 in San Francisco, California. The world's climate leaders are coming together for an event that will be hosted by California Governor Gerry Brown. The summit will be attended by representatives from subnational governments, businesses, investors and civil society. The goal of the summit is to inspire increased global ambition to act on climate.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

California's Clean Energy Legislation Hides Problems

This is the seventh installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, and cap-and-trade.

California's clean energy legislation masks the problems that plague the Golden State's energy picture. Clean energy is a key part of climate action and California is undeniably a global leader in renewable technologies. California has been a renewable energy leader for years. State support has helped the clean energy industry and benefited the economy. As reported by Bloomberg, "Technology driving the clean energy boom is the reason California companies lead most of their peers in US."

Monday, July 10, 2017

G19 Leaves Trump Behind and Moves Forward on Climate Action

A recent G20 summit communiqué out of Hamburg Germany acknowledged the abdication of Trump but emphasized the global commitment to responsible climate action. Historically the G20 has made unanimous declarations but Trump's decision to quit the Paris Climate Agreement resulted in a break with this tradition. Despite the isolation of the US, the world's leading economic powers indicated that they remain serious about climate action. The summit was marked by riots and Trump was singled out as the preferred target of the protestors.

Trump was characteristically awkward at the summit and he appeared to have difficulty following the discussion at times. At one point Trump had to be diverted from his day-dreaming to turn around and pose for the cameras. Trump's only contribution was an initiative to help other countries burn fossil fuels more cleanly. This is rather ironic as the Paris Agreement seeks to end the burning of hydrocarbons.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Event - Sustainability Summit: Approach Reporting Ratings and Value

The 16th Annual Sustainability Summit will take place on July 18 - 19, 2017 at the Conference Board in New York, NY. The summit is titled: "Making your Approach to Sustainability, Reporting, and Ratings/Rankings Deliver Value for Your Business". The 2017 Sustainability Summit will provide a unique opportunity for sustainability practitioners at leading companies to enjoy a safe space to address the most urgent and persistent strategic, operational, and implementation challenges they face in addressing the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of their companies. The Summit will enable peer-to-peer exchange and engagement with leading practitioners and subject matter experts to work in a collaborative way through the major challenges that corporate sustainability professionals face today. We will focus on key challenges through interactive sessions that enable participants to learn from and support one another.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Enemy Within: The Fifth Verse of the Star Spangled Banner

This Fourth of July there is very little to celebrate. The man who occupies the most powerful office in the land is a travesty. The environment is being raped and the climate is being savaged. The litany of indignities being unleashed upon the institution of the presidency and the American people warrant despair. Perhaps most alarmingly there is growing resistance to the Constitution unfolding from within the executive branch.

This is a sad day for those who believe in the Consitution and the institution of democracy.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Event - Sustainable Earth Sciences Conference

The fourth Sustainable Earth Sciences (SES) Conference will be held alongside the Near Surface Geoscience Conference & Exhibition 2017, the 23rd European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, and the Second European Airborne Electromagnetics Conference. These events will take place on September 3 - 7, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel & Congress, in Malmö, Sweden.

Event - WE Day Canada

We Day will take place on July 2, 2017, 4 PM - 9 PM on Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario. This event can also be viewed live on Facebook, see details at the bottom of this page. This is a family-friendly event, bringing together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and tens of thousands of Canadians celebrating our commitment to making the next 150 years count. Help us inspire the next generation of change-makers to make their mark on our beautiful nation.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

EVs Illustrate Problems with California's Ambitious Climate Targets

This is the sixth installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, and cap-and-trade.

California has the most ambitious climate targets in North America however, there are problems in paradise. Trends in California's vehicle emissions reveal that there is a disconnect between the state's ambitious goals and the actual performance.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Climate Impacts in California

This is the fifth installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and cap-and-trade.

 California Governor Jerry Brown is emphatic in his conviction that fact-based appraisals of the implications of climate change are essential.  Although Brown is aware that fear causes many to turn away from climate impacts, as all responsible leaders should, he welcomes the facts as they are, not as he would like them to be. Facing the truth about climate change takes courage and Brown has that kind of courage.  "Most people don’t want to think about catastrophe, I am not one of those people. I like to think about catastrophe."
 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Gov. Brown is Calling out the GOP for its Irresponsible Anti-Science Stance on Climate Change

This is the fourth installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and cap-and-trade.

California Governor Jerry Brown unambiguously ascribes blame for climate inaction in the US to the GOP. Republicans currently control the Executive and the Legislative branches of government. The GOP not only ignores climate action they undermine public awareness by subverting the facts.

As explained by Gov. Brown, the GOP has, "a slavish adherence to the non-belief in anything to do with climate change." Brown could not be more clear when he said the rhetoric coming out of Trump and other Republicans is both, "implausible" and "stupid." He went on to ask the GOP, "Where are you? You’re in an ‘Alice and Wonderland’ world."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

California is the Deal-Making Global Climate Leader

This is the third installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and cap-and-trade.

In the wake of the Trump administration's abdication, California has become the US leader on climate action. The Golden State is reaching out and making deals both domestically and with much of the rest of the world. The state is working with nations like China, Canada, Mexico and Scotland to broaden the scope of climate action.

California Governor Jerry Brown has been emboldened by the Trump administration's failure to act on climate. Late last year at the COP23 climate meeting, Gov. Brown said, "We may not represent Washington, but we will represent the wide swath of American people who will keep the faith on this."

In February the environment ministers of Canada and Mexico went to San Francisco to sign a global pact to reduce greenhouse gases. The deal is being called the NAFTA of climate action.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

California is Reaping Economic Benefits from Climate Action

This is the second installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including renewable energy, electric vehicles, and cap-and-trade.

California's efforts to combat climate change serve both human and planetary health but such action also pays lucrative economic dividends.  California is a working example of a climate focused economy that crushes Trump's assertion that the Paris Agreement is bad for the economy. California's prodigious economic growth is directly related to the state's climate and environmental policies. It is important to note that these policies are even more stringent than those called for in the Paris deal.  As explained by California Governor Jerry Brown, "Trump is wrong when he says Paris is bad for jobs. It’s good for jobs. The jobs of the future."

Monday, June 26, 2017

California's Climate Leadership in the Wake of Trump's Abdication

This is the first installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and cap-and-trade.

The Trump administration's refusal to act on climate change is a missed opportunity that is being countered by the great state of California. Trump has said he is withdrawing the US from the the Paris Climate agreement and he has decimated Obama-era federal climate action and environmental protections. California governor Jerry Brown has made it clear that his state will pick up the mantle that the federal government has dropped. Shortly after Trump signed his energy plan, Gov. Brown said the president’s, "outrageous move will galvanize the contrary force."

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Event - Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017

The Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) 2017 for COP23 will take place November 13-14, 2017. The 8th edition of the SIF will be taking place in Bonn, Germany – the home of the UNFCCC. This is the largest business-focused event during COP23. There will be more than 60 speakers, more than 600 attendees and 80 plus countries represented. Gathering the most influential national and local policy-makers, UN agencies, business leaders, investors and international NGOs, SIF17 is where policy meets innovation, and the ambitious goals and visions of the Paris Agreement will be put into action.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Call for Climate Action on World Refugee Day

The refugee crisis is a large and growing problem that will only worsen as the Earth continues to get hotter. World Refugee Day is an initiative started in 1998 to combat hostility in society towards refugees and asylum seekers. This year the day affords an opportunity to reflect on our humanity or lack thereof.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Event - Pac-12 Sustainability Conference

The Pac-12 Sustainability Conference will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT, 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States. In an effort to influence conferences and universities around the country on this important issue, the Pac-12 will host the first conference-wide college sports sustainability summit in June 2017 in Sacramento, California as part of the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. This event will convene sustainability officers from across the conference to design new collective initiatives and share best practices to transform college sports into a platform for environmental progress.

Event - Living Soils Symposium Montreal

The Living Soils Symposium will take place October 31, 2017, at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. The subtitle of this event is, "restore the climate feed the world".

Creating living soils is part of a rapidly expanding movement towards growing healthier foods while restoring our climate and ecosystems.

This three-day bilingual event will bring together scientists, academics, food producers, students, government delegates, NGOs, activists, entrepreneurs, and consumers, to discuss the crucial role of living soils in addressing some of the world's most pressing environmental and social justice issues. These issues include:

Monday, June 12, 2017

EL Announces Best Products and Projects Award Winners

On Friday, June 9th Environmental Leader (EL) announced the winners of the 2017 Products and Projects Awards. These innovative and inspiring products and projects are reviewed in an EL report (see link at the bottom of the page).

These companies are shining examples of corporate efforts that add business value in a wide range of areas including efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction, heat capture, packaging, agriculture, and building retrofits.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Event - Geothermal 101 & Business Development Workshop

This workshop will take place on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Boughton Law Corporation, 700-595 Burrard St., in Vancouver, British Columbia. It seems as though solar and wind take up all the oxygen in the renewable energy space, however, geothermal is an underutilized resource with huge potential for growth. This promising form of renewable energy will be explored at the Geothermal 101 & Business Development Workshop.

Find out more about the schedule, speakers and pricing below.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Businesses and Governments React to Trump's Exit from the Paris Climate Deal

Trump's decision to abandon the Paris Accord seems to have spurred a wave of climate action. The business community, investors, states, and cities are pushing back against the Trump administration's reckless disregard for climate change.  Prior to Trump's decision to abandon the Paris Agreement a wide range of interests warned the administration to stick with the deal. Trump claims that he withdrew from Paris to protect American companies, cities, and states. However, companies, cities, and states think the president's decision is doing them more harm than good. This includes hundreds of businesses, 150 cities, and seventeen states. Hawaii is the first state to pass a law in support of the climate agreement.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tackling the Problem of Plastic Waste on World Oceans Day

June 8 is World Oceans Day an opportunity to reflect on the importance of our oceans as well as solutions to the numerous threats they face. In 2017 the action focus is plastic pollution. Our oceans are indispensable to life of Earth and fate of humanity is intimately tied to their well-being. Our oceans are hotter and more acidic and they are increasingly unable to serve as carbon sinks. Coral reefs are dying and entire aquatic ecosystems are being destroyed. Norwegian billionaire and ocean advocate Kjell Inge Røkke aptly summarized situation when he said, "the oceans are also under greater pressure than ever before from overfishing, coastal pollution, habitat destruction, climate change and ocean acidification, and one of the most pressing challenges of all, plasticization of the ocean. The need for knowledge and solutions is pressing."

Monday, June 5, 2017

Canadian Leadership on World Environment Day (WED)

June 5 is World Environment Day (WED) and this year the host Country is Canada. The theme for 2017 is 'Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator'. WED is the United Nation's principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. This event began in 1974 with the theme "Only One Earth", and it is now celebrated in 143 countries annually.

WED raises awareness on environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Event - Asia Clean Energy Forum

The Transformative Role of Renewables in Southeast Asia – Perspectives from IRENA’s REmap Renewable Energy Roadmaps for the Region will take place June 5 – 8, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. This event will overview the key themes and findings from IRENA’s various reports with a perspective on what can be achieved in Southeast Asia up to the year 2030.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Trump Dumps Paris Accord Prompting Outrage and Action

It is done, on June 1 just before 4 pm, Donald Trump did the unthinkable, he announced that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. In so doing he may have sentenced future generations to an apocalyptic hell. As the news broke, I couldn't help but think of the iconic "blue marble" photograph of the Earth taken by the crew of the Appollo 17 on December 7, 1972. Almost 45 years later I am struck by just how fragile the little blue marble seems in the tiny hands of Donald Trump.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nuclear Fusion: Realizing the Dream of Abundant Clean Energy

The dream of almost limitless clean energy from nuclear fusion is close to being realized. After 6 decades of research and testing fusion finally appears to be on the cusp of delivering on its promise to revolutionize energy production. Sometimes called "star in a jar" because the technology mimics the energy conversion processes like those in our sun.