Category Archives: Corporate Green

The Global Gala: On the Green Carpet

Acknowledgement and awards, help great green ideas keep going!  The Global Green Award helps companies like Go Electric move forward.

IN2 is positioned to help companies think about their end customer, providing technical assistance that leverages the capabilities, facilities, equipment, and expertise that exist at National Renewable Energy Lab – NREL New ideas receive a helping hand from an Incubator: As one of 20 current IN2 portfolio companies, Go Electric received financial support and access to NREL’s facilities and staff.

“We wanted NREL to validate the capabilities of our energy resiliency system because it had a technology aspect we didn’t think anybody had demonstrated,” Laughner said. “They confirmed that we have unique microgrid technology. Working with the engineers at NREL was brilliant. That was great for us to better understand their world.”

Go Electric builds energy resiliency systems that keep a facility running if the electric grid goes out during an extreme weather event, for example, Laughner said. “We can link the energy assets at a facility — including renewables, like solar or wind — to keep it seamlessly operating in a microgrid. That in turn allows the facility to continue to support its local community during grid outages.”

Laughner and her two partners founded Go Electric in 2011. Today, the company has a staff of 27 and has expanded beyond its Anderson, Indiana, headquarters to open additional offices in Honolulu and Brooklyn, New York.

Go Electric has now entered the second phase of the IN2 program where it is planning to deploy one of its systems at a Wells Fargo branch. Making it “real” by getting out in the community is a big step. BEST WISHES to GO ELECTRIC!

Amazon Go Grocery Store opens in Seattle

The new AMAZON GO market,,,,,

This sounds like a 7-11 convenience market, but with more efficiency and stocking the food you promised yourself you’d eat more of this year…. using AI and many technologies to make the experience fast, efficient, with fresh, affordable, quality food.

  1. Walk in the store,
  2. You’ll log on to your Amazon account (download the free app)
  3. Shop for items – fresh food, prepared healthy meals (similar to the meal plan delivery sign-ups)
  4. This AI driven store will track your selections (using QR codes of items you pick up)
  5. Walk out with your items, items will be tallied and you’ll purchase them through the app.

You won’t see aisles of chips, baked goods and frozen food OR checkout lines.

More consumer testing is going on now…. but I hope we get to try it soon.

VentureBeat article

India won’t allow driverless cars if they take away jobs

In language that is sure to frighten the likes of Google, Tesla, and every other company with a foot in the driverless car game, India’s road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has said that driverless cars will not be allowed in the country if they take away jobs, reports the HindustanTimes.

“We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs.” — Nitin Gadkari Highways minister 7/25/2017

India is one of the top destinations tech companies are focusing their resources on for growth. With a consumer market of 1.2 billion people, if India actually ends up not allowing driverless cars in the country it will effectively seal off one-sixth of the world’s population from the autonomous car market.  – Michael Grothaus (FastCompany)

After working in technology for 4 decades, it seems that technology doesn’t take jobs, but rather creates a new employment track that is fascinating and innovative. Yes training is needed to participate, but that should be an obstacle that we can tackle.

However my logic could be skewed, since I am eagerly awaiting autonomous cars and more innovation. — the editor

And just for fun, you might want to read this one too:  “Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are having a spat about whether AI will kill us all”

Vina Enoteca to serve first ‘Impossible burger’ in Silicon Valley

A burger made entirely from plants at a Redwood City startup has been making waves at select restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York — and now, in Palo Alto.

The Impossible Foods burger sun-dried tomatoes, cavolo nero (or lacinato kale) and a sun-dried tomatoes mayonnaise on a poppy seed bun will make its debut today at Vina Enoteca, the first Silicon Valley restaurant to serve the scientifically engineered veggie burgers.

The goal is to not only make a veggie burger that tastes good, but one that is environmentally sustainable and ultimately will change the way we consume meat.

 

World Environment Day June 5

What can you do? TIPS and HINTS

Energy:

  • Make your computer more efficient. Remove screensavers and turn on your computer’s power management features to save energy and extend the life of your battery.
  • Unplug. Devices like phone chargers and power adapters continue to draw electricity even when not in active use. So unplug these items when they are not in use to save energy and the environment.
  • Opt for the revolving door. Energy is wasted when we enter and exit a warm or cool building. Help us conserve by using the revolving door.

Use Less Paper:

  • Make your meetings digital. In the meeting invitation, let your colleagues know that the meeting will be paperless. Use projectors and monitors to display slides rather than printing handouts and encourage attendees to use their laptops for slide viewing and note taking.
  • Print responsibly. Make double-sided printing your default, purchase 100% recycled paper and reuse sheets whenever possible.
  • Transition to online banking. Take advantage of  many paperless banking options, which offer convenient and secure access for account holders while conserving resources and money.
  • Use Microsoft OneNote.  This is so much easier and better than a paper notebook! Take your meeting notes online, file them online and easily share them. This works so well for me!

Reduce Waster & Recycle:

  • Dispose of Electronic Waste responsibly. Never recycle it or throw it in the regular trash. There are many local recyclers in your area, Goodwill and community groups have recycling days.
  • Trade before you buy. Before you purchase something new, see if your friends family have what you need, or upgrade to get just the thing you need. Look on Craigslist.org for swaps and trades. Renting equipment, or using a renting/sharing app  works well for equipment that you seldom use: trimmers/hedgers, kayaks, canoes, wheel-barrows, cement mixers, tile cutters, nailers, floor sanders…. you know! …the stuff that can fill up your garage!
  • Take advantage of the recycling and composting facilities available near you. Protect the environment and save valuable company resources by sorting your trash correctly.

Save Water:

  • Refill and reuse. Conserve water when using a reusable water bottle or hydration backpack by reducing water used in producing disposable bottles and shipping containers to new locations.
  • Conserve energy. Electricity uses water. In fact, the energy sector is the single largest consumer of water in the United States, using 201 billion gallons a day to generate electricity. WOW!!! So, save two resources at once by being energy efficient.
  • Turn faucets off all the way. A steady drip can waste 20 gallons of water per day. And report any leaks as soon as you notice them in bathrooms, kitchens, gyms or any other locations.
  • When working out, make sure your fitness center knows you are environmentally minded by asking your fitness center staff about low volume shower heads. Post-workout showers: turn off the water while shaving, shampooing or lathering up.

Green your Commute:

  • Route your commute. You can find the fastest way to work using public transit — and other useful information — by using helpful websites like publictransportation.org
  • Combine your commute with exercise. Check out bicycle safety tips  from the CDC and facts and stats  from Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center to learn how you can commute by bike or walking and save yourself a trip to the gym.
  • Use more active transportation. Researchers looked at residents in Charlotte, North Carolina , before and after the city built a light-rail transit system (LRT). People who used the LRT reported they walked more when using the train than when they drove regularly. And they lost weight.

Get involved in your community and help with conservation, tree planting, beach clean-up and other eco-activities!

Yerba Buena Art Walk, and its FREE

13 museums, galleries and institutions open for FREE for this special day. 

  • DATE: Saturday June 17
  • TIME: 2-6 p.m.
  • AND….. AFTER PARTY 6-9 p.m.

The Yerba Buena Alliance proudly presents the Yerba Buena Art Walk

Explore the heard of downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood at 12 locations open for FREE.

This is a GREAT area to walk in, so much to see and do! You’ll love the museums – each is different, creative and awe-inspiring!  — the editor

Win prizes from each institution. Collect stamps from each Art Walk location in your Yerba Buena Passport at the TechShop Even Gallery featuring live band Positively Space Music. Grand Prize winners must be present to win

Schedule of Events

Pre Event Art Walk Reception
12:00-2:00 pm
California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
1:00-2:30 pm
Presents
M.A.K.U. SoundSystem
A Party for the People

Free concert in Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission between Third and Fourth Streets

ART WALK
2:00-6:00 pm
12 locations, 13 institutions

Art Walk After Party and Prize Drawing
Tech Shop Event Gallery
910 Howard Street
6:00-9:00 pm

Prize Drawing at 6:45 pm
Featuring Positively Space Music
(Bob Bralove, Henry Kaiser, Chris Muir)

  1. 111 Minna Gallery
    111 Minna Street
    111minnagallery.com
  2. American Bookbinders Museum
    In collaboration with The Mexican Museum
    355 Clementina Street
    Bookbindersmuseum.org, mexicanmuseum.org
  3. California Historical Society
    678 Mission Street
    Californiahistoricalsociety.org
  4. Mirus Gallery
    540 Howard Street
    Mirusgallery.com
  5. Museum of Performance + Design
    893B Folsom Street
    mpdsf.org
  6. Museum of the African Diaspora
    685 Mission Street
    Moadsf.org
  7. SFMOMA (until 5pm)
    151 3rd Street
    sfmoma.org
    Free admission only inlcudes acess to the pbulic spaces
    sfmoma.org/visit/free-to-see
  8. SPUR
    654 Mission Street
    Spur.org
  9. TechShop
    926 Howard Street
    Techshop.ws
  10. The Contemporary Jewish Museum
    736 Mission Street
    Thecjm.org
  11. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    701 Mission Street
    ybca.org
  12. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
    Inside Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission between Third and Fourth Street
    ybgfestival.org

Companies Going Green & Employee Engagement

Have you noticed how many companies are going green (or at least trying to convince us that they are)? Going green is good for the environment. It is good for the bottom line. It can also be good for employee engagement. People are proud to work for companies that do good green deeds. Pride in the workplace is one form of inherent recognition (recognition that comes from the work and workplace). So, a sincere “green” effort would contribute to this sense of pride. What can your team do to go green?

This post comes from Cindy Ventrice a public speaker, Recognition Champion and author: Want help creating a program? The Secret to Recognition Programs That Work is a little book packed with ideas. You can find it at www.maketheirday.com in the Resource section. She also sends out weekly recognition ideas, sign up for them, they are inspired!

We call this faker greenies – green washing. Sometimes corporations get it wrong, and have done great good deeds, but don’t portray these efforts well. Sometimes they are fakers.

The same thing happens with people, there are fakers and there are wonderful green good deed doers.  MY PET PEEVE? Imagining that buying $100 organic cotton yoga clothes  (made in a sweatshop in Vietnam or China) somehow gives you the “mantle” of instant green.  UGH.  Look past the label! — the editor

Try this, read: Green Gone Wrong, a book.

 

Greenlining Institute Serves Non-Profits

At a time when nonprofits are being displaced due to high rents, the Greenlining Institute is providing a safe haven space to several nonprofits at affordable, below-market rents at its newly renovated energy-efficient building at 360 14th St. in the heart of downtown Oakland.

In late February 2017, the Greenlining Institute hosted a grand opening event to showcase the space with elected officials, activists, nonprofits and the community. During the event, Greenlining Institute President Orson Aguilar thanked all the  sponsors for their support. He wished the Center had enough space to house other nonprofits currently being displaced.

With a long relationship of more than 2 decades, along with other sponsors, a grant of $500,000 from Wells Fargo helps makes 360 Center possible. This is an especially important time, because many non-profits are leaving Oakland.  — the editor

GREEN JOBS FAIR

INTERFAITH COALITION TO HOST EAST BAY
GREEN JOBS FAIR IN WEST OAKLAND, April 15th

The Green Jobs Interfaith Coalition presents The East Bay Green Jobs & Careers Fair to address the challenges of the climate crisis, economic inequality, displacement and high unemployment rates. The East Bay Green Jobs & Career Fair will be held on Saturday, this is a community event with several exhibitors. To learn more go to their website.

Join us for the East Bay Green Jobs & Careers Fair
When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Mount Zion Missionary Baptist
1203 Willow St, Oakland, CA 94607

The Green Careers/Jobs Fair is the next logical step after our successful Oakland Green Jobs Summit held on October 5, 2016 (check out this report back from Planting Justice), and will continue to strengthen our shared vision to build economic equity for under-served communities and to foster green job development in the East Bay for years to come. Because of the broad age range of participants we expect, exhibitors are encouraged to share two types of employment information when possible: 1) to connect participants to current employment, and 2) to expose participants to future career opportunities. To support job creation we also plan to have a small business corner that will highlight opportunities the green economy holds for those with the entrepreneurial spirit.

SETI & Autodesk: Design Night -Discover the roots of life through design

Autodesk has a spectacular museum at 1 Market Plaza in downtown SF. Once a month, they have an evening event, with food, guest speakers , hands-on fun and more. You can go to the museum for free, open Wednesdays around noon… but the evening event… will knock your socks off. You must get tickets (price  $20-25), go to their site.

One of my favorite SF events! Never Been? Read on…..

Design is much more than pixel pushing and selecting wallpaper. It’s been a part of the human experience from the beginning. Our ability to design and create tools has allowed us to ascend to the top of the food chain and better our environmental circumstances. Come explore ORIGINS with us and see the tools that made us who we are today, and the tools that will change us tomorrow. — Autodesk  (follow  @autodeskgallery)  #designnight

Hear from Dr. Jill Tarter, astronomer at The SETI Institute and recipient of 2 NASA Public Service Medals, and Jonathan Knowles, Autodesk Explorer

Interact with ancient tools of our distant relatives

And much more!  Eat! Drink! Make! Learn!

Date and Time  Thu, April 6, 2017  6:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

>Take BART, the event is at the Embarcadero station.