Sunday, October 25, 2020

Event - DISTIBUTECH International 2021

DISTRIBUTECH International 2021 will take place on MARCH 30 -  APRIL 1, 2021 in Orlando Florida. It will occur side by side with POWERGEN International 2021.

This conference will feature 12 hand-selected, timely and relevant topical tracks designed to keep your experience organized and productive.

Conference tracks

Asset Management 
C&I and Residential Customers 
Cyber-securing the Grid 
Data-driven Digital Utilities
Distribution Automation
Energy Storage
Electric Vehicles and Beyond
Grid Modernization Technologies
The Next-Gen Utility Business
Resiliency Planning and Preparation
Smart Cities/IoT

Asset Management

Utilities need to maintain their new and aging physical assets in order to keep electrons flowing safely to their customers. Sessions in this track will help attendees develop an understanding of how utilities are performing asset management activities from reactive to proactive using condition monitoring and trend evaluation.

Attendees will learn how asset managers are creating decision support methodologies that assist in repair, replacement and other maintenance decisions by obtaining additional insights into asset performance management, asset strategy and asset investment planning.

C&I and Residential Customers

Utility customers today — be they large energy users or residential — expect their utilities to provide them with much more than just electricity and a monthly bill. They want quick responses and proactive communications. Electricity providers must get to know their customers and develop services to improve the customer experience while at the same time influence customer behavior through demand response and efficiency programs that will defer and limit capital investment. In addition, they must consider how to create partnerships with their customers and third parties to create new revenue streams.

This track will provide an in-depth analysis of end-use commercial and industrial (C&I) and residential customer smart grid technologies, services and solutions.

Cyber-securing the Grid

Like every other sector of our society, utilities are exposed to a litany of threats to both their physical and cyber assets, as well as their financial well-being. The nature of the electric utility business makes generating plants, powerlines, substations and customer connections vulnerable and easily accessible to both physical and cyberattacks.

This track focuses on solutions and lessons learned regarding identifying areas of highest cyber risk to the T&D network in an effort to ward off attacks that could prove disastrous.

The ever-increasing regulatory requirements challenge utilities to meet their regulatory obligations. Security specialists will find this track has information that is current and important to how they reduce threats to the systems they are charged with protecting.

Data-driven Digital Utilities

Utilities are increasingly trying to make sense of the enormous amount of data that they are collecting from their assets and their customers. This track includes utility best practices and new concepts that create value by analyzing the data across a utility’s many lines of business from equipment, to energy management, to customer management. In addition, utilities are also understanding that protecting sensitive customer data is also key for the new digital utility and so data privacy issues may also be discussed.


The electric grid is becoming more complex and much of this complexity stems from the rapid rise of distributed energy resources (DER) such as behind-the-meter assets like solar PV, batteries, and smart thermostats that smart control water heaters and air conditioners. In addition, utilities are implementing front-of-the-meter DER such as storage at substations and along feeder lines to maintain grid stability. Because of this rise of DER, grid operators must understand the operational concepts, capabilities and architectural principles related to managing and controlling them.

The DER management system (DERMS) is emerging as one of the main technological solutions needed to manage the complex grid. In addition, some entities are using virtual power plant (VPP) platforms to aggregate and control DER.

This track will focus on the latest trends and technologies related to DER management and control.

Distribution Automation

Successful distribution automation requires the integration and enhancement of various technologies, including smart switching and protective devices, smart sensors, intelligent controls, telecommunication protocols, devices and infrastructure, along with analytical and simulation software, to facilitate real-time decisions and meet growing customer expectations. Due to smart distribution technology implementations, software tools are being developed to integrate information from dissimilar devices and systems and summarize the information to facilitate and enhance decisions addressing reliability, distributed energy resources, conservation and power quality.

This track focuses on technologies, road maps and equipment used for distribution feeder automation development, including distribution automation, protection and control, fault location and service restoration; Volt/VAR optimization; smart sensors applied in DA or FLISR applications; and challenges and successes in implementing and integrating automation.

Energy Storage

Utilities have always looked for ways to increase the reliability, flexibility, security and efficiency of power delivery systems. The introduction of renewables has led to an increased focus on energy storage to address both traditional and emerging power system needs, such as to maintain/improve reliability, defer capital investments, integrate DER, enable microgrid implementation, enhance system efficiency and performance, and enable new electricity market products and concepts.

This track presents applications of centralized and distributed energy storage technologies to address existing and emerging power delivery issues. It discusses technical, business and regulatory aspects specifically related to energy storage including case studies, engineering design, operations, planning, benefit/costs analyses, implementation barriers and regulation/policy challenges. Presentations and discussions focus on real-life industry experiences and results from actual utility projects.

Electric Vehicles and Beyond

In a decarbonized world everything will be electric, from industrial appliances, to transportation to heating and cooling and more. As we move toward electrification, the emphasis today is on electric mobility, following which will be electric heat pumps for heating and cooling, electric buildings and much more. Utilities are grappling several aspects of this emerging trend: should they encourage time of use charging for EVs, should they help their customers install chargers via subsidies, how will the increased charging load affect power flow? Issues surrounding how utilities should approach the looming electrification of transportation will be discussed in this track.

Grid Modernization Technologies

Experts predict that the grid of the future will be stronger, greener, and more resilient, but what will it take to get there? This track explores modernization and automation technologies that utilities can use to advance the grid. It will examine IEC 61850-based digital substations, grid-edge intelligence, system top-down configurations, substation equipment condition monitoring, renewable-grid interconnections, smart sensing, and non-conventional instrument transformers.

Additional topics will include advanced distribution management systems (ADMS), advanced metering infrastructure, microgrids and more. The emphasis of the track centers on improving grid operations through automation, monitoring, control and optimization.

The Next-Gen Utility Business

So much of the changes that are taking place in the utility ecosystem will require business model and operational changes to how utilities fundamentally do business. Formerly separate working groups are discovering that they will make more progress working as a team than in a siloed environment. Utilities understand they must make adjustments to their organization, but many are unclear about where to begin and how to implement sweeping operational changes.

This track explores how the utility of the future could look, understanding that different regions will have different models of success.

Resiliency Planning and Preparation

Overgrown vegetation, wildfires, droughts, floods, hurricanes and tornados, all coupled aging infrastructure, are just a few of the reasons that it’s harder than ever for utilities to keep the power on. Further, world events like the COVID-19 pandemic have forced all companies to put even more emphasis on keeping workers safe when disasters occur. Vegetation management, outage management, fleet management, GIS and mobile workforce management are all components of successful resiliency planning and can help utilities get back up and running quickly.

This track focuses on solutions and lessons learned identifying areas of high risk for failure and planning for how to mitigate and solve problems when they inevitably occur.

Smart cities

Smart cities are hot! Electric utilities are at the heart of the effort to bring smart technologies to street lights, sidewalks, buildings, parking lots, pedestrian safety and the list goes on. Utilities are, in many cases, providing the electric, communications and device infrastructures that form the core ecosystem upon which connected and interoperable devices are built. The emergence of smart cities is happening all over the world and expanding into smart communities and smart homes.

Communities are delivering customer value by improving and optimizing electricity and natural gas delivery; managing water resources; transforming transportation infrastructures; and, leveraging sensor data to improve building efficiency. In the process, cities and communities are becoming safer, more sustainable, greener and more efficient.

The sessions in this track will look at some of the technologies and trends that will allow utilities to live in the interconnected world of smart cities that is being created through IoT.

DISTRIBUTECH International is the leading annual transmission and distribution event that addresses technologies used to move electricity from the power plant through the transmission and distribution systems to the meter and inside the home.

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The Sierra Club's Top 20 Cool Schools

Sierra has been ranking the environmental performance of colleges since 2006. Despite the additional complications posed by the coronavirus pandemic a record 312 institutions participated in Sierra's annual Cool Schools rankings in 2020.  Many schools including the schools on this list have demonstrated that they are both resourcefulness innovative in their efforts to achieve their sustainability objectives.  They are model schools that are leading the way not only for academia but for governments and businesses. 

Schools give us a glimpse into what carbon neutrality looks like.  Sustainability has become de rigeur in academia, explained Katie O'Reilly, Sierra's adventure and lifestyle editor. "Governments and businesses would be wise to take their cues from higher education" Katie said.  Here is a countdown of Sierra's top 20 Cool Schools as described by Katie:

20. Seattle University Score: 79.41 | Seattle, Washington

After the pandemic altered Earth Day plans, Seattle U unveiled a virtual event complete with Earth Talks. Students and staff garnered national media attention for creating five-minute presentations—modeled after the popular TED talks—on hot buttons like climate communication and environmental racism. The campus community diverted nearly 70 percent of all waste this past school year (up from 56 percent the previous year), thanks to student-driven recycling audits. Students also launched the Edible Campus Initiative, through which a coalition works with grounds management to maximize edible, foragable plants on the urban campus. The university boasts a robust branch of Engineers for a Sustainable World. This year, the group implemented a reverse osmosis system in a Thai community; it cleans drinking water and eliminates locals’ need for plastic bottles.

19. Santa Clara University Score: 79.45 | Santa Clara, California

This perennially cool Jesuit university not only maintains playbooks that offer up sustainability actions for undergraduates, grad students, alumni, and staffers, but also custom-tailors them, providing varying plans for groups like first-year students, students living off campus, lab managers, faculty, and administration. (Once the pandemic shut down campus activity, SCU pivoted and developed citizen science pursuits such as tree tracking and energy insights programs, encouraging students to engage in their local urban forest and community's renewable energy goals.) In the midst of COVID-19, students and staff associated with SCU's Garden Programs (the Forge Garden and Bronco Urban Gardens)—through which students provide local elementary students with garden education—created “resilience boxes” and distributed produce, along with recipe cards and educational tools, to those kids’ families, many of whom were adversely affected by COVID-19 and its economic fallout, and to transitional-housing denizens as well. Since mid-March, SCU has donated 2,498 pounds of produce.

18. University of California, Davis Score 79.61 | Davis, California

Considering UC Davis’s colorful history of student activism, it comes as little surprise that students were behind the school's official Fair Trade University designation in February 2020. In the Before Times, students worked with university staff and the city of Davis to electrify the student-run bus fleet. Even after COVID-19 struck, students were busy recovering food from restaurants to distribute at a weekly Davis Night Market and operating the campus CSA. At this ag-ed powerhouse, popular courses include Food Systems and Intro to Sustainable Agriculture, and researchers are working to enhance carbon sequestration through crushed-rock soil amendments and devising seaweed-based cattle feed amendments to slash dairy cows’ methane emissions. In nearby Sacramento, UC Davis is developing Aggie Square, a fully electrified satellite campus.

17. Chatham University Score: 80.01 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The alma mater of none other than Rachel Carson (class of 1929) boasts an academic community (Eden Hall Campus) designed expressly to model sustainable living and management techniques through rain-water capture systems, aquaculture labs, and more. Chatham has also achieved a campus-wide net-zero energy footprint, thanks largely to wind and photovoltaic power. (Student interns manage and control one of the microgrids.) Thirteen years ago, this ahead-of-its-time cool school eliminated plastic water bottles (though it's had to temporarily suspend the policy due to COVID-19). Chatham boasts two native plant gardens, in addition to its work-and-pick garden and solar-thermal greenhouse, both of which supply all dining hall produce. Once the pandemic struck and students went home, Chatham created a free community CSA to ensure the fruits of the garden went to good use. And rather than laying off shuttle drivers, administrators put them to work at temperature-check stations until classes and shuttle routes resumed.

16. University of Massachusetts, Lowell Score 80.04 | Lowell, Massachusetts

An urban campus within a diverse post-industrial city, UMass Lowell designed its Urban Agriculture Program—with year-round growing space in greenhouses, on rooftop gardens, and on a small urban farm—to ramp up community food access and benefit food-insecure students. The school also worked with Lowell (nicknamed “America’s Venice”) to redesign bridges, create active transportation corridors, and further plan infrastructure that would better accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit buses. Through a competitive SEED fund, UMass Lowell has made it possible for students to get funding to implement projects like pollinator habitats, hybrid bus shuttles, and secure, covered bicycle storage.

15. University of Massachusetts, Amherst Score 80.04 | Amherst, Massachusetts

Each year, the UMass Energy Corps trains and mobilizes students to work closely with Massachusetts municipalities, where they help officials to reduce their emissions via building retrofits and comprehensive energy audits. Home to the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, UMass Amherst works with regional researchers and graduate science students to develop tools needed to help fish, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change. Back on campus, New England’s largest university has launched a popular MS in Sustainable Building Systems and a certificate in Offshore Wind Energy. A recently launched student journal, Paperbark Literary Magazine, offers students a space to engage around issues of sustainability in the information age.

14. Dickinson College Score: 80.67 | Carlisle, Pennsylvania

The very green Red Devils became carbon-neutral this past school year, with help from an LED lighting retrofit, the installation of a three-megawatt solar field on campus, and a campus-wide behavior change campaign. The campaign—which is based in behavioral psychology and focused around encouraging accessible, equitable, and high-impact behaviors—kicked off last September with a walk/bike/rideshare transportation challenge. Then came Plant-Based Eating October and Conscious Purchasing Decisions November. When classes went remote last March, Dickinson challenged students to bone up on local environmental justice issues, contact local representatives, and get their families to embrace low-carbon transportation. Faculty developed a summer intensive program through which students and alumni could explore the intersections between sustainability and racial justice—which made it possible for participants to process last summer’s civil unrest in real time, with their campus community.

13. University of California, Berkeley Score 81.47 | Berkeley, California

After the coronavirus radically shifted students’ second semesters, UC Berkeley put together more than 40 virtual Earth Month events and unveiled a Resilient Sustainability Community Fellowship. It employed students (primarily graduating seniors facing a pandemic-challenged job market) to design a sustainability-focused online orientation for this year’s 8,000 freshmen and to develop this October’s month-long campus environmental justice initiative. Due to student pressure, the university recently committed to the total elimination of nonessential single-use plastics by 2030—the most aggressive ban in the nation. Last year, students planned the first-ever Students of Color Environmental Conference, bringing together BIPOC students from across California to collaborate on environmental justice actions. The Golden Bears are also retrofitting an art museum into Berkeley’s first zero-carbon building.

12. Cornell University Score 82.14 | Ithaca, New York

In March 2020, Cornell saw 100 percent of its campus power needs met by solar, hydropower, and other renewable energy projects. In May, the Cornell Board of Trustees announced a moratorium on fossil fuel investments, following more than a decade of student and faculty activism. This past school year also marked the first that the coolest among the Ivies offered the entire campus community—students, faculty, administrators, and other staff—peer-to-peer sustainability education. Green Teams trained in behavior change science are tasked with assessing the attributes, cultures, and resources unique to various aspects of the university—the idea being that sustainability endeavors can mean one thing to engineering students and quite another to liberal arts majors. The teams then develop five-year sustainability goals in accordance with their findings. What’s more, a third of all Cornell faculty now perform sustainability research.

11. Universite Laval Score 83.20 | Quebec City, Quebec 

Universite Laval may be the rookie on our Cool Schools list, but with 398 environmental course offerings, this francophone university of 40,000+ students is a green giant. Thanks to its 153 square miles’ worth of carbon-sink research forest, the addition of an electric boiler to its heating system, and carbon offset program (responsible for 14,342 trees planted in the past year), Universite Laval became Canada’s first carbon-neutral university (on a voluntary basis) in 2015. Since then, Laval has maintained its neutrality, banned plastic water bottles, instituted reusable dishes in all cafes (with fees for single-use containers), and reduced the carbon-intensity of its investment profile. This December, it’s launching the International Student Network for Climate Action. The idea is to bring together far-flung student leaders to share best sustainability practices and collaborate on climate action.

10. Colby College Score: 83.62 | Waterville, Maine

When Colby sent its campus community home in March, EcoReps (students paid to devise and lead sustainability initiatives) launched a virtual eco challenge that encouraged home-bound Mules to participate in waste audits, energy audits, mindfulness activities, and discussions about environmental film documentaries. In part, the challenge served to further Colby’s pre-pandemic series on energy and exhaustion, which since the start of the last school year offered lectures and viewings related to how energy shapes our lives, through the lens of environmental justice. When campus shut down and cafeterias closed, Colby kept dining-service staffers on and tasked them with tending to the campus organic garden, where they've harvested nearly 2,200 pounds of produce to date (anything not used in campus dining halls has been donated to the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter). The school just unveiled a 35-acre athletic center on native meadows whose plants were selected for their ability to attract pollinators and restore biodiversity. The project is pursuing SITES Silver and LEED Gold certification.

9. University of New Hampshire Score: 84.30 | Durham, New Hampshire

UNH has moved about $56 million into ESG (environmental-, social-, and governance-based) qualified investments, and all new gifts to the university are now automatically invested in the ESG pool. The newly launched B-Impact Clinic trains students in the methodology of B-Corp certification and matches them with local companies seeking help in becoming certified, re-certified, and/or in assessing and improving their social and environmental performance. The school serves as the hub for a sustainability network called Food Solutions New England, through which it has created a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge—including trainings, readings, and videos designed to facilitate conversations about equity in the food system—now used by other universities and major NGOs too. In addition to continued efforts to reduce its carbon footprint (59 percent reduction since 2001, to date) UNH is one of a handful of campuses tackling its nitrogen footprint, in order to protect water and air quality as well as to mitigate climate change. Students and faculty recently developed a nifty combined carbon and nitrogen footprint analysis tool, the Sustainability Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP), which has more than a thousand users from campuses across the globe.

8. University of Connecticut Score: 84.68 | Storrs, Connecticut

Situated on the site of the former campus landfill, UConn’s Hillside Environmental Education Park—including 165 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and pollinator gardens, and featuring hiking trails and interpretive signs—is ideal for social distancing. Thanks to the university's new environmental literacy gen-ed requirement, students sign up for courses like Politics of Oil and Insects, Food, Culture. Last September, several hundred UConn Huskies marched to demand that the university president accelerate climate sustainability goals in accordance with the UN recommendations outlined in the landmark 2018 IPCC report. It worked—UConn has moved its carbon-neutrality goal from 2050 to 2040 and will phase out reliance on its on-campus natural gas facility in favor of energy from renewable sources such as solar and geothermal.

7. Colorado State University Score: 84.68 | Fort Collins, Colorado

The Rams’ robust Peer Education Program trains student Eco Leaders in sustainability engagement—so they can optimally tailor messaging about transportation, food systems, and behavior change to their peers—and installs them in every residence hall as well as a popular student apartment community. When unemployment rose and some dining halls closed last March, food insecurity among students spiked, so the school hustled to distribute trash-bound food through a pop-up COVID-19 food bank in the student center theater. Last year, Colorado State announced that the horticulture center living lab that grows greens for campus dining centers—which began three years ago with one student and a single table of lettuce—was sufficiently robust to support a full practicum program and provide greens for all six campus dining centers. Colorado State also created a PhD program out of the popular undergraduate major, Ecosystem Sustainability, and added a Corporate Sustainability component to its MBA program. It all adds up to a two-spot leap for this very cool community of 34,000+ students.

6. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Score: 85.21 | Syracuse, New York

Since 2018, the coolest school within New York's extensive public university system has halved energy costs by retrofitting aging buildings and upgrading heating, ventilation, and compressors. SUNY-ESF has already diverted about 50 percent of the Mighty Oaks’ annual waste stream away from landfills through efforts like composting. This year, it will be offering free reusable menstrual products to the campus community, putting the school on target to meet its 2025 zero-waste goal early. New York State just granted SUNY-ESF nearly $6 million to form the NYS Center for Sustainable Materials Management, through which faculty, staff, students, and other partners will manage a statewide waste reduction, reuse, and recycling campaign and attempt to develop superior biodegradable plastics. Students, meanwhile, have spearheaded a drive to eliminate all single-use plastics from campus by the end of 2020.

5. University of California, Merced Score 86.64 | Merced, California

The UC system’s youngest outpost is on track to announce it has achieved carbon neutrality by 2020—five years ahead of schedule—thanks to on-site solar and LEED Platinum–certified buildings. Realization of UC Merced’s zero-waste goals isn’t far off, either. The Bobcats already divert the vast majority of all waste from the landfill, thanks in part to Green Labs and Green Offices certification programs and a zero-waste sorting line, all of which are run largely by students. Bobcat Eats, a food-waste prevention program, has diverted more than 2 million pounds of food from the landfill through a partnership with a community food bank. Undergrads earn sustainability badges through eco-oriented coursework, and a graduate Management of Innovation, Sustainability, and Technology program focuses on management strategies that prioritize long-term eco-sustainability and social justice in concert with economic profit.

4. Arizona State University Score: 89.31 | Tempe, Arizona

Somewhat ironically, the Sun Devils just keep getting cooler. The past year saw another solar installation and a new wind power project go online. This coming November, ASU is planting 1,000 native trees in its carbon sink forest (which now includes a climate tower, replete with weather- and soil-measuring equipment). At ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, grad students are developing mechanical carbon capture trees, and the Sun Devils just broke ground on a Global Futures Laboratory. Billed as a “medical school for the Earth,” it’s a transdisciplinary hub for the hundreds of faculty and scholars working on issues of climate crisis adaptation and mitigation (think direct-air carbon capture, deployable microgrids, and circular economy development), and aims to engage existential threats with speed and urgency not typically associated with academia. It all adds up to an impressive six-spot leap since last year’s rankings.

3. Thompson Rivers University Score: 89.63 | Kamloops, British Columbia

TRU Solar Panels on the Nursing and Population Health building roof, Thompson Rivers UniversityThe top-performing school of our 2019 rankings remains super cool—in part by finding greener ways to keep its community warm. Thompson Rivers is working to replace all its natural gas boilers with electric ones, which should render the whole university carbon-neutral (sans offsets!) within the next five to 10 years. This past year, TRU's Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee—comprised of students, staff, and faculty—launched a Single-Use Item Elimination Task Force charged with devising an “elimination list,” finding more sustainable options for each and then eradicating each from campus. Starting in fall 2021, all undergraduate baccalaureate degree students will be required to take a course that meets TRU's Citizenship Institutional Learning Outcome by learning to critically evaluate and apply socially responsible, sustainable, and ethical principles to everyday actions.

2. Stanford University Score: 89.86 | Palo Alto, California

At Stanford, heat-recovery technology uses recycled water to heat buildings, the Commute Club provides cash incentives for staffers to carpool or bike to campus, and on- and off-site solar provides most electricity. Through the online community engagement platform My Cardinal Green, students can take surveys to help gauge the efficacy of their current sustainability behaviors and receive customized recommendations for improvement actions. Once they prove they’ve performed them—by, say, installing a smart power strip at a workstation or touring a campus waste facility—students can earn points toward cash rewards. Football fans receive “tailgate kits” containing different-colored trash bags so they can handily sort compostables from recyclables from landfill-bound waste as well as maps to dumpsters and instructions for sorting. This past school year, Stanford announced a School of Sustainability dedicated to the acceleration of climate solutions.

1. University of California, Irvine Score: 89.95 | Irvine, California

The eminently cool Anteaters have done what no other school has—rank among Sierra's top 10 most sustainable colleges for 11 years in a row. Thanks to precision-technology sensors and software, UC Irvine's laboratories have become paragons of energy efficiency, emulated by national labs including the CDC's. (Relatedly, infectious disease doctors have been studying UCI's ventilation systems, designed to remove airborne pathogens in labs.) Anteater researchers are working to harness the storage potential of green hydrogen to complement their decarbonized electric grid and enable zero-carbon solutions for seasonal storage, heavy transit, and high-temperature manufacturing processes. When learning went remote last spring, UCI quickly adapted its pantry food distribution services to continue to serve thousands of students—an online appointment system allows them to reserve weekly food boxes, and to redeem monthly produce vouchers from a local farm. UCI's Pump to Plug program has helped reduce 23,125 metric tons of commuter CO2 emissions by incentivizing faculty, staff, and students to switch to EVs. How cool is that?

Source: Sierra Club Cool Schools 2020

Comprehensive Green School Information and Resources 2010 - 2019
Princeton Review Ranking of Green Colleges (Top 20)
Summary of 2860 Sustainability Focused Academic Programs

Friday, October 23, 2020

Climate Related Commentary in the Final Presidential Debate

Here is a full transcript of the climate related questions and commentary from the second and final debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The debate took place on Thursday October 22 at Belmont University in Tennessee and was moderated by Kristen Welker.

Kristen Welker: (12:41) Gentlemen, we’re running out of time so we got to get onto climate change, please. You both have very different visions on climate change. President Trump, you say that environmental regulations have hurt jobs in the energy sector, Vice President Biden, you have said you see addressing climate change as an opportunity to create new jobs. For each of you, how would you both combat climate change and support job growth at the same time? Starting with you, President Trump, you have two minutes uninterrupted.

Donald Trump: (13:08) So, we have the trillion trees program, we have so many different programs, I do love the environment, but what I want is that cleanest crystal clear water, the cleanest air. We have the best lowest number in carbon emissions, which is a big standard that I noticed Obama goes with all the time, not Joe, I haven’t heard Joe use the term because I’m not sure he knows what it represents or means, but I have heard Obama use it. And we have the best carbon emission numbers that we’ve had in 35 years under this administration, we are working so well with industry, but here’s what we can’t do. Look at China, how filthy it is, look at Russia, look at India, it’s filthy, the air is filthy. The [Paris Accord 00:00:13:55], I took us out because we were going to have to spend trillions of dollars and we were treated very unfairly.

Donald Trump: (14:03) When they put us in there, they did us a great disservice, they were going to take away our businesses. I will not sacrifice tens of millions of jobs, thousands and thousands of companies because of the Paris Accord, it was so unfair. China doesn’t kick in until 2030, Russia goes back to a low standard, and we kicked in right away, it would have been… It would have destroyed our businesses. So, you ready? We have done an incredible job environmentally, we have the cleanest air, the cleanest water, and the best carbon emission standards that we’ve seen in many, many years.

Kristen Welker: (14:41) Vice President Biden-

Donald Trump: (14:41) And we haven’t destroyed our industries.

Kristen Welker: (14:44) Vice President Biden, two minutes to you uninterrupted.

Joe Biden: (14:47) Climate change, global warming is an existential threat to humanity. We have a moral obligation to deal with it. And we’re told by all the leading scientists in the world we don’t have much time, we’re going to pass the point of no return within the next 8 to 10 years. Four more years of this man eliminating all the regulations that were put in by us to clean up the climate, to clean up… To limit the emissions, will put us in a position where we’re going to be in real trouble. Here’s where we have a great opportunity. I was able to get both all the environmental organizations as well as the labor, the people worried about jobs, to support my climate plan.

Joe Biden: (15:32) Because what it does, it will create millions of new good paying jobs, we’re going to invest in, for example, 500,000… Excuse me, 50,000 charging stations on our highways so that we can own the electric car market of the future. In the meantime, China is doing that. We’re going to be in a position where we’re going to see to it that we’re going to take 4 million existing buildings and 2 million existing homes and retrofit them so they don’t leak as much energy, saving hundreds of millions of barrels of…

Joe Biden: (16:03) So they don’t leak as much energy saving hundreds of millions of barrels of oil in the process and creating significant number of jobs. By the way, the whole idea of what this is all going to do, it’s going to create millions of jobs and it’s going to clean the environment. Our health and our jobs are at stake. That’s what’s happening and what right now, by the way, Wall Street firms indicated that my plan, my plan will in fact, create 18.6 million jobs, 7 million more than his. This is from Wall Street and I’ll create $1 trillion more in economic growth than his proposal does. Not on climate, just on economy.

Kristen Welker: (16:41) President Trump, your response.

Donald Trump: (16:42) They came out and said very strongly $6,500 will be taken away from families under his plan, that his plan is an economic disaster. If you look at what he wants to do, if you look at his plan, his-

Donald Trump: (16:57)… his environmental plan, do you know developed it? AOC plus three, they know nothing about the climate. I mean, she’s got a good line of stuff, but she knows nothing about the climate and they’re all hopping through hoops for AOC plus three. Look, their real plan cost a hundred trillion dollars. If we had the best year in the history of our country for a hundred years, we would not even come close to a number like that. When he says buildings, they want to take buildings down because they want to make bigger windows into smaller windows. As far as they’re concerned, if you had no window, it would be a lovely thing.

Donald Trump: (17:32) This is the craziest plan that anybody has ever seen and this wasn’t done by smart people. This wasn’t done by anybody. Frankly, I don’t even know how it can be good politically. They want to spend a hundred trillion dollars. That’s their real number. He’s trying to say it was six. It’s a hundred trillion dollars. They want to knock down buildings and build new buildings with little, tiny, small windows and many other things-

Kristen Welker: (17:57) Okay.

Donald Trump: (17:57) And many other things. And many other things.

Kristen Welker: (17:58) Okay, let me have the vice-president respond.

Donald Trump: (17:58) It is crazy.

Kristen Welker: (17:59) We’re running out of time and we have a lot more questions to get back to.

Donald Trump: (18:01) You’ll destroy our country.

Kristen Welker: (18:02) So let’s hear from the vice president. I have a number of more question..

Joe Biden: (18:07) I don’t know where he comes from. I don’t know where he comes up with these numbers.

Joe Biden: (18:09) A hundred trillion dollars, give me a break. This plan has been endorsed by every major, every major environmental group and every labor group, labor, because they know the future lies. The future lies in us being able to breathe and they know they’re good jobs and getting us there.

Joe Biden: (18:29) By the way, the fastest growing industry in America is the electric, excuse me, solar energy and wind. He thinks wind causes cancer, windmills. It’s the fastest growing jobs and they pay good prevailing wages, 45, 50 bucks an hour. We can grow and we can be cleaner if we go the route I’m proposing.

Kristen Welker: (18:54) President Trump-

Donald Trump: (18:55) Excuse me. 

Kristen Welker: (18:55) Please respond and then I have his follow up.

Donald Trump: (18:56) We are energy independent for first time. We don’t need all of these countries that we had to fight war over because we needed their energy. We are energy independent. I know more about wind than you do. It’s extremely expensive. Kills all the birds. It’s very intermittent. It’s got a lot of problems and they happen to make the windmills in both Germany and China and the fumes coming up, if you’re a believer in carbon emission, the fumes coming up to make these massive windmills is more than anything that we’re talking about with natural gas, which is very clear.

Donald Trump: (19:29) One other thing, solar-

Joe Biden: (19:31) Find me a scientist who says that.

Donald Trump: (19:31) I love solar, but solar doesn’t quite have it yet. It’s not powerful yet to really run our big, beautiful factories that we need to compete with the world.

Joe Biden: (19:42) False.

Donald Trump: (19:42) It’s all a pipe dream, but you know what we’ll do? We’re going to have the greatest economy in the world, but if you want to kill the economy, get rid of your oil industry you want. And what about fracking?

Kristen Welker: (19:54) Let me-

Donald Trump: (19:54) Now we have to ask him about fracking.

Kristen Welker: (19:56) Let me allow the Vice President Biden to respond.

Joe Biden: (19:57) I never said I oppose fracking.

Donald Trump: (20:00) You said it on tape.
Joe Biden: (20:02) Show the tape, put it on your website.

Donald Trump: (20:04) I’ll put it on.

Joe Biden: (20:05) Put it on the website. The fact of the matter is he’s flat lying.

Kristen Welker: (20:09) Would you rule out about banning fracking?

Joe Biden: (20:11) I do rule out banning fracking because the answer we need, we need other industries to transition, to get to ultimately a complete zero emissions by 2025. What I will do with fracking over time is make sure that we can capture the emissions from the fracking, capture the emissions from gas. We can do that and we can do that by investing money in doing it, but it’s a transition to that.

Kristen Welker: (20:38) I have one more question in this pile then-

Donald Trump: (20:40) Excuse me. He was against fracking. He said it. I will show that to you tomorrow.

Joe Biden: (20:45) Good.

Donald Trump: (20:45) I am against fracking. Until he got the nomination, he went to Pennsylvania. Then he said, “But you know what Pennsylvania?” He’ll be against it very soon because his party is totally against it.

Joe Biden: (20:54) Fracking on federal land. I said, no fracking and/or oil on federal land.

Kristen Welker: (20:59) Let me ask this final question in this section and then I want to move on to our final section. President Trump, people of color are much more likely to live near oil refineries and chemical plants. In Texas, there are families who worry the plants near them are making them sick. Your administration has rolled back regulations on these kinds of facilities. Why should these families give you another four years in office?

Donald Trump: (21:21) The families that we’re talking about are employed heavily and they are making a lot of money, more money than they’ve ever made. If you look at the kind of numbers that we’ve produced for Hispanic, for Black, for Asian, it’s nine times greater the percentage gain than it was under in three years than it was under eight years of the two of them to put it nicely, nine times more.

Donald Trump: (21:48) Now somebody lives, I have not heard the numbers or the statistics that you’re saying, but they’re making a tremendous amount of money. Economically, we saved it and I saved it again a number of months ago, when oil was crashing because of the pandemic. We saved it.

Donald Trump: (22:04) Say what you want to bet relationship. We got Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Russia to cut back, way back. We saved our oil industry and now it’s very vibrant again and everybody has very inexpensive gasoline. Remember that.

Kristen Welker: (22:17) Vice President Biden, your response and then we’re going to have a final question for both of you.

Joe Biden: (22:21) My response is that those people live on what they call fence lines. He doesn’t understand this. They live near chemical plants that in fact, pollute, chemical plants and oil plants and refineries that pollute.

Joe Biden: (22:33) I used to live near that when I was growing up in Claymont, Delaware and there are more oil refineries in Marcus Hook and the Delaware River than there is any place, including in Houston at the time. When my mom get in the car and when there are first frost to drive me to school, turning the windshield wiper, there’d been oil slick in the window. That’s why so many people in my state were dying and getting cancer. The fact is those frontline communities, it’s not a matter of what you’re paying them. It matters how you keep them safe. What do you do? You impose restrictions on the pollutions that if the pollutants coming out of those fence line communities.

Kristen Welker: (23:07) Okay. I have one final question called.

Donald Trump: (23:08) Would he close down the oil industry?

Kristen Welker: (23:10) It falls-
Donald Trump: (23:10) Would you close dow the oil industry?

Joe Biden: (23:12) By the way, I have a transition from the old industry, yes.

Donald Trump: (23:15) Oh, that’s a big statement.

Joe Biden: (23:15) I will transition. It is a big statement.

Donald Trump: (23:17) That’s a big statement.

Joe Biden: (23:18) Because I would stop.

Kristen Welker: (23:19) Why would you do that?

Joe Biden: (23:21) Because the oil industry pollutes, significantly.

Donald Trump: (23:24) Oh, I see. Okay.

Joe Biden: (23:24) Here’s the deal-

Donald Trump: (23:25) That’s a big statement.

Joe Biden: (23:26) Well if you let me finish the statement, because it has to be replaced by renewable energy over time, over time, and I’d stopped giving to the oil industry, I’d stop giving them federal subsidies. You won’t get federal subsidies to the gas, oh, excuse me to solar and wind.

Donald Trump: (23:45) Yeah.

Joe Biden: (23:46) Why are we giving it to oil industry?

Donald Trump: (23:47) We actually give it to solar and wind. That’s maybe the biggest statement. In terms of business, that’s the biggest statement.

Kristen Welker: (23:53) Okay.

Donald Trump: (23:53) Because basically what he’s saying is-

Kristen Welker: (23:55) We have one final question, Mr. President.

Donald Trump: (23:55)… he is going to destroy the oil industry. Will you remember that Texas? Will you remember that Pennsylvania, Oklahoma?

Kristen Welker: (24:03) Okay, Vice President Biden, let me give you 10 seconds.

Kristen Welker: (24:03) Okay.

Donald Trump: (24:03) Remember that Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, is-

Kristen Welker: (24:03) Vice President Biden, let me give you 10 seconds to respond-

Donald Trump: (24:04) Ohio.

Kristen Welker: (24:05)… and then I have to get to the final question. Vice President Biden.

Joe Biden: (24:07) He takes everything out of context, but the point is, look, we have to move toward net zero emissions. The first place to do that by the year 2035 is in energy production, by 2050 totally.

Kristen Welker: (24:21) All right. One final question to both of you-

Donald Trump: (24:22) Is he going to get China to do it?

Kristen Welker: (24:23) No, we’re finished with this-

Donald Trump: (24:23) Is he going to get China to do it?

Kristen Welker: (24:24) We have to move onto our final question.

Joe Biden: (24:25) No, I’m going to rejoin Paris Accord and make China abide by what they agreed to.

Kristen Welker: (24:30) All right. This is about leadership, gentlemen. And this first question does go to you, President Trump. Imagine this is your inauguration day. What will you say in your address, to Americans who did not vote for you? You’ll each have one minute, starting with you, Mr. Trump.

Joe Biden: (24:47) We have to make our country totally successful, as it was prior to the plague coming in from China. Now we’re rebuilding it and we’re doing record numbers, 11.4 million jobs in a short period of time, et cetera. But, I will tell you, go back.

Joe Biden: (25:01) Before the plague came in, just before, I was getting calls from people that were not normally people that would call me. They wanted to get together. We had the best Black unemployment numbers in the history of our country. Hispanic, women, Asian, people with diplomas, with no diplomas, MIT graduates; number one in the class, everybody had the best numbers. And you know what? The other side wanted to get together. They wanted to unify.

Joe Biden: (25:28) Success is going to bring us together. We are on the road to success. But I’m cutting taxes, and he wants to raise everybody’s taxes and he wants to put new regulations on everything. He will kill it. If he gets in, you will have a Depression, the likes of which you’ve never seen. Your 401(k)s will go to hell, and it’ll be a very, very sad day for this country.

Kristen Welker: (25:49) All right. Vice President Biden, same question to you: what will you say during your inaugural address to Americans who did not vote for you?

Joe Biden: (25:57) I will say, I’m an American President. I represent all of you, whether you voted for me or against me, and I’m going to make sure that you’re represented. I’m going to give you hope. We’re going to move; we’re going to choose science over fiction. We’re going to choose hope over fear. We’re going to choose to move forward because we have enormous opportunities, enormous opportunities to make things better.

Joe Biden: (26:19) We can grow this economy, we can deal with the systemic racism. At the same time, we can make sure that our economy is being run and moved and motivated by clean energy, creating millions of new jobs. That’s the fact, that’s what we’re going to do. And I’m going to say, as I said at the beginning, what is on the ballot here is the character of this country. Decency, honor, respect. Treating people with dignity, making sure that everyone has an even chance. And I’m going to make sure you get that. You haven’t been getting it the last four years.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Dire Scientific Warnings from the Study of Fossilized Shells

A slew of recent studies corroborate the scientific consensus on climate change. It is both a current day reality and a serious threat to life on Earth. In recent decades we have witnessed a sharp increases in the number of floods, storms, heat waves, droughts, hurricanes and wildfires. This is corroborated by the daily news which shows wildfires in the West and storms in the East. Thus far in 2020 we have seen 25 named storms in the Atlantic, making this only the second time that the the World Meteorological Organization has run out of human for storms in the Atlantic. While individual weather events help to raise awareness, it is the long-term trends that reveal that we are in a climate emergency and on the cusp of the collapse of civilization

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Online Event - Web Summit: Technology at a Crossroads

This event will take place on December 2-4, 2020. Society has reached a crossroads, and we’re facing some critical decisions. Join world leaders, policymakers, activists and innovators online as they sketch out the future we want to see, and discuss the best way to get there. This is the world's fastest-growing technology event and it will bring together top decision-makers from the tech industry, including founders, CEOs and leading innovators. More than 100,000 attendees, 800 speakers, 2,000 journalists,  2,500 startups, from 150 countries will come together. at this event organised by the people behind RISE and Collision.  Subjects include:

Friday, October 16, 2020

Two Town Halls One Clear Leader

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden participated in head-to-head town halls on Thursday October 15th. The bellicose disposition that defined Trump's comportment in the first presidential debate carried over into his town hall. By comparison Biden's town hall included a series of sober exchanges on a wide range of topics from covid to climate. Obfuscation was the name of Trump's game in the first presidential debate and he stayed the course.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Prestigious Medical Journal Condemns Trump and Urges Voters to Reject Him

The usually nonpartisan New England Journal of Medicine has come out against Donald Trump's bid for a second term. This is the first time in its 208-year history that the world's leading medical journal has come out against a sitting president. In a blunt statement editors at the journal said the Trump administration is "dangerously incompetent."  They cite the fact that this administration "took a crisis and turned it into a tragedy." Without referring to Democratic challenger Joe Biden by name they are urging people to replace President Trump.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day

Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving are celebrated on the second Monday in October. In 2020 they are taking place on Monday October 12th.  In many respects these two holidays are diametrically opposed to each other. While Canadian Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, Columbus Day marks the beginning of our systematic destruction of the new world. It is hard to reconcile the start of our exploitation of the Americas with the expression of gratitude for nature's bounty. 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Online Event - The International Economic Forum of the Americas

This online event will take place on October 26-28, 2020. Plenaries, forums and fireside chats will focus on a wide variety of issues including macro issues like shaping the global recovery to the need for meaning and advice on how to run a purpose driven business.   It will also feature segments on trailblazing women in 2020 and prioritizing health to rebuild the economy. Building on the success of the IEFA Online Conversation Series launched in April 2020, the International Economic Forum of the Americas continues its pursuit of bringing together the world’s leaders, legislators, economists, Fortune 500 CEOs and world-class experts, to an active and impactful platform for dialogue, corporate insight and collaboration. 

Virtual Event - The Future of Sustainable Buildings Conference

The Future of Sustainable Buildings Conference will take place on October 27, 2020 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (EDT). This free live virtual conference is subtitled "How Timber Will Define the Skylines of Our Future". Climate change will impact how we live and design in the future. To slow the rate of climate change we need to rethink the way we build. Sustainable design has many meanings, but  it starts with the recipe of building and the choice of healthy ingredients. 

Virtual Event - 2020 Zero Waste Conference

The 2020 Zero Waste virtual conference will take place on November 13, 2020.  This is one of the world’s foremost conferences on the circular economy and zero waste it will focus on a future without waste that contribute to resiliency, prosperity, and carbon neutrality.  For 10 years, the Zero Waste Conference has been at the forefront of Canada’s circular economy journey.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Fact Checking Climate and Environmental Statements in the Vice Presidential Debate

Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris participated in the 2020 vice presidential debate on October 7, moderated by Susan Page of USA Today. The debate took place at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. This is the first and only vice presidential debate of 2020, it was sponsored by the nonpartisan commission on presidential debates. 

The candidates were seated 12 feed apart and separated by a plexiglass barrier because of a coronavirus outbreak in the White House that has seen more than 30 people infected including U.S. president Donald Trump. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Trump is a Superspreader of Both the Coronavirus and Disinformation

U.S. President Donald Trump is a superspreader of both disinformation and COVID-19.  It is now widely understood that the event nominating Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court was a superspreader event that has infected dozens of people including members of the white house and the Senate. Polls show that with a month to go before the election Trump trails Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden by 16 points. Biden leads trump in every category except mendacity. Research out of Cornell University indicates that Trump is the leading superspreader of misinformation.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Announcing the Launch of the Short Film "The Seed"

"The Seed" is six-and-a-half-minute film that takes us on an allegorical journey through a fallen world. This simple yet authentic parable reflects the serious reality of the climate crisis and environmental degradation without succumbing to futility or despair. This simple yet authentic parable was produced by NorthSky Films and directed by Sundance Ignite Fellow, Aziz Zoromba, who has produced and directed award-winning films that have screened at TIFF, SXSW, IDFA, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, RIDM, and more. The Seed was narrated by voiceover artists Ruth Capri and Lileina Joy, whose commercial work was recently nominated for an Emmy. The film's editor and co-producer, Ashley Gilmour, was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and is a fellow of the Doc Accelerator Program at Hot Docs, as well as an upcoming resident at the Canadian Film Centre. The colourist and co-producer, Max Machado, was the recipient of the Jean-François Bourassa Memorial Award and was nominated for a Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award. The writer, Alexander MacKenzie, has likewise worked on award-winning narrative films, documentaries, and music videos. Richard Matthews is the film's executive producer, and he is a sustainability advocate and the chair of the SEC. He collaborated on the film The Search for Greta Thunberg.

Click here to see the film.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Webinar - Canada’s Clean Energy Landscape

This webinar will take place on Wed, October 21, 2020 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT it will look at Canada’s current wind, solar and energy storage portfolio and project pipeline. The Canadian Renewable Energy Association will leverage its newly aggregated data to provide key insights into renewable energy and storage in Canada. The webinar will feature expert opinion on the rapidly accelerating energy transition, and industry leading guest speakers will shine a light on the true state of the industry in Q4 2020.