PG&E goes Energy Storage Big Time at 567 MW Folks!

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today requested approval of four cost-effective energy storage projects.  Firstly, totaling approximately 567 megawatts (MW).  Not bad so not bad!  They did this In a filing at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Say hello to energy storage in South Bay Moss Landing.

Energy storage from Panasonic South Bay moss landing In January, the CPUC authorized PG&E to launch an accelerated solicitation.  This bid is for energy storage projects capable of meeting reliability.  They wanted to cover energy  needs for three specified local sub-areas in the northern Central Valley.  These are Pease local sub-area, Bogue local sub-area and spanning Silicon Valley.  The last one to central coast has that South Bay Moss Landing local sub-area.

In conclusion, PG&E issued its request for offers on February 28.  Heck, they received offers from numerous participants. However, like most bids and careful evaluation, PG&E selected one offer for a utility-owned project.  Then they picked three offers for third-party owned projects.  All to be located within the South Bay Moss Landing local sub-area.

Finally, this proposed utility-owned project is a 182.5 MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS).  It’ll be located within PG&E’s South Bay Moss Landing substation. This transmission-connected BESS will address local capacity requirements and will participate in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) markets, providing energy and ancillary services.

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Did you know that not all water filters are created equally?

America is facing a drinking water crisis spanning well beyond the cities making headlines. Even with water filters. It’s not just Flint, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh etc. Water supplies are contaminated by toxic substances, putting citizens’ health at risk. According to a recent study, one-in-four Americans’ tap water is unsafe to drink or has not been properly monitored for contaminants with federal law. The facts are shocking.  Most water filters that consumers are purchasing do not do as expected.  Brita, such as, leaves about half of the dissolved solids in the drinking water as compared to ZeroWater filter’s performance.

Here are a few tips for all water drinkers:

1 The most important thing consumers need to know is that not all water filters are created equal. When looking at multiple brand filter pitchers in the store, don’t assume they all remove the same contaminants and choose anyone—do your homework and choose the best filter available.

2 Know the difference in the water filters.  Most pour-through filter pitchers have a two-stage filter that use a layer of activated carbon to remove contaminants from your water. ZeroWater, however, uses a five-stage ion exchange filter that makes sure almost all the dissolved solids removing from your tap water.

3 Always look for a water filter with certifications specific to what you are needing. Also, not all filters are NSF or WQA certified to cut lead. However, ZeroWater certified to cut both Lead and Chromium 6. You remember! The carcinogen that became infamous in the movie Erin Brockovich, which was recently found to be at levels higher than what recommended in the tap water supplying two-thirds of Americans.

In conclusion, from pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to children, athletes, and the elderly. We all rely on water to sustain our daily lives. Unfortunately, we can’t assume that our home water filtration system is doing its job.  Rather, we must take action by buying the best water filter possible to remove any contaminants. Finally, it’s time to face reality. So say it! Not all filters created equal. More importantly, every consumer should know this.

Source: ZeroWater www.zerowater.com

Hawaii votes to protect coral reefs from sunscreen

First off!! LOL. GREEN LIVING GUY NEWS REPORTS Hawaii Governor David Ige will sign a bill to prohibit the sale of sunscreens. These are sunscreens containing chemicals that give to destroying coral reefs. Firstly, Hawaii is now the first state in the U.S. to pass such a law. This law receiving with praise from conservationists.

As Matt Ramsey who is Director of Conservation International for Hawaii applauds the state. Hawaii is recognizing the importance of corals. By taking this bold step forward towards improving protections Hawaii’s world-class reefs is so important. “The significance of this action will extend far beyond the islands. With 9 million visitors each year, Hawaii’s commitment will educate consumers worldwide about the harmful effects that sunscreen can have on marine life.”

In addition, scientists have estimated about 14,000 tons of sunscreen ends up in coral reefs each year. Finally, the bill bans the sale of sunscreens that contain the chemicals like oxybenzone. Chemicals which are used in more than 3,500 of the world’s most popular sunscreen products.

A coral reef, pictured above, in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaiʻi. (© James Watt/NOAA/Flickr Creative Commons)
A coral reef, pictured above, in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaiʻi. (© James Watt/NOAA/Flickr Creative Commons)

Source and for the entire story: Conservation International

by MORGAN LYNCH

July 2, 2018

Vattenfall with Volvo make home EV charging easier

Firstly, Vattenfall aims to become a leading electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure operator in collaboration with partners. As well, Vattenfall e-mobility nordic announced a major new partnership with leading car manufacturer Volvo Cars.  Therefore the aim being to make EV charging easier at home.

Vattenfall and Volvo will offer all Volvo’s plug-in hybrid customers in Sweden the charging solution. “InCharge Smart home” directly through Volvo’s “Min Volvo” online site. Today about 90 per cent of all charging takes place at work or at home.

“Volvo clearly perceives that the future is electrified, just like we do. Given that Volvo is the country’s most popular car, the collaboration will also increase awareness among many more people to always have a smart, convenient and secure charging option at home,” says Susanna Hurtig, Head of Vattenfall E-Mobility Nordic.

Vattenfall plus volvoTHU, MAY 03, 2018 13:00 CET

Vattenfall

Volvo Cars share of the market for plug-in hybrid cars in Sweden is currently about 18 per cent. The global target is that by 2025, 50 per cent of the cars that Volvo Cars sell will be electric cars.

“For us this is a natural continuation of the previous collaboration we have had with Volvo. With electric cars, the gas station is moving home and thus setting new requirements for both car manufacturers and operators to offer a smart and safe charging solution,” says Susanna Hurtig, Head of Vattenfall E-Mobility Nordic.

When the electric car owner doesn’t charge at home, it is possible to charge in the public charging network InCharge, which consists of 570 public charging stations in Sweden and over 4,000 in Northwest Europe.

Vattenfall volvoFinally, Vattenfall’s strategy is to be fossil-free within one generation.  As we’ll, Volvo Car’s objective is that from the start of next year.  All new Volvo cars launched will have some form of electrification.

Volvo Electric going Vattenfall

Source: Vattenfall

Eco-Friendly Landscaping Tips for Homeowners

We all want a beautiful yard— but what does it really cost us? According to research done at Michigan State University, water prices will have to increase by 41 percent over the next five years in order to cover the costs of adapting to climate change and replacing aging infrastructure. This hike in prices will mean that nearly 41 million households— that’s one-third of all US households— may not be able to afford water for necessities including drinking, bathing, and cooking by the year 2020.

Using up valuable water maintaining a lush, green yard is simply not the responsible, eco-conscious thing to do— especially if you live in a drought-prone area such as California or Utah. However, there are ways to have a beautiful landscaped yard without putting too much strain on your local water resources. Check out the tips we’ve highlighted below and prepare your trowel and gardening gloves for your next big yard and garden project.

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Saying No to Lawns

Lawns are a European invention, deliberately cultivated by the rich in both France and England as a way to flaunt their wealth. Lawns require a great deal of upkeep, fertilizer, and— of course— water. They aren’t natural and, let’s be honest, they look pretty boring. Furthermore, lawns cost a lot of money— and it’s more than just the price for watering. From aerating your soil to buying fertilizer and seed to paying for maintenance and mowing, you can end up spending thousands of dollars a year on lawn upkeep.

Going for native landscaping and xeriscaping isn’t just environmentally friendly, it’s also a great way to make your home stand apart in a world overwrought with rolling green lawns. So go ahead and tear up that sod and start tilling your soil to plan for a vibrant, colorful yard full of flowers and plants that don’t need much water to thrive. Your wallet— as well as Mother Earth— will thank you for it.

Native Landscaping and Xeriscaping

Native landscaping is a term used to describe the development of your yard using local plants that already thrive in your particular environment. Native plants do not require fertilizer or pesticides that leak into the soil and your neighborhood’s water supply, so it is a safer option for your local ecosystem. Furthermore, using native plants also supports local wildlife including pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The big difference between native and traditional landscaping is you typically won’t have a big lawn to care for when you plant native.

Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping that helps save water and money by encouraging the use of drought-resistant plants. Combining native landscaping with xeriscaping is your best bet for saving the most water possible while still maintaining an attractive yard. Xeriscaping doesn’t just involve choosing plants that need little water— you also have to plan and organize the plants you choose to make watering more efficient. For instance, plants that have similar watering needs should be grouped together.

One problem people have with native landscaping and xeriscaping is adjusting their habits to avoid overwatering. For example, certain plants such as succulents and cacti. By designing your garden to separate low maintenance flora from the plants that need a bit more aqua, you can prevent overwatering and the need to replace dead plants you drowned.

In conclusion, water is an essential resource. Americans are quickly running out of it. One way to help with water conservation efforts is to get rid of your traditional lawn.  Thereby, using natural landscaping and xeriscaping. By using native and drought-resistant plants, you can create a unique first impression that is also low maintenance an ecologically friendly.

Test Drive Results 2018 BMW 530e Performance Plugin Hybrid Electric Car

Let’s just start off with I’ve been eagerly waiting to test the BMW 530e Plugin hybrid electric car since April of 2017. You know, like when it got announced!

As BMW reported back then:

The BMW 530e Plugin Hybrid is based upon “iPerformance”. It’s a sporty sedan M Class preferred which gives you crazy dynamic BMW driving. THAT’S SO THAT BMW experience.

Anyone who has driven the car knows exactly what I mean. Oh yes, you can tell you’re in a BMW when it comes to combining electric driving with zero emissions. That basically means folks 13 maybe 15 miles of all Electric. If you only do in town miles you will get around 31 Miles with regenerative braking. Then expected 35 mpg.

BMW 530e Plugin Hybrid Electric performance Car

So, it seems like (to me) the BMW 530e Plugin Hybrid iPerformance is hybrid like. I mean yeah, like the old Toyota Prius plugin of about 13ish Miles of range. Yet, we are talking about the most innovative model BMW 5 Series. Including in eDrive. Boom boom boom!

These systems are complemented by all the available comfort-enhancing features and excellent long-distance driving credentials, including a boot that can hold ample luggage for trips away. As for its power source, trailblazing BMW eDrive technology teams up with a BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine to create an exceptionally economical and powerful plug-in hybrid drive system that fits perfectly with the dynamic, smooth and efficient character profile of the new BMW 530e Plugin hybrid 5 Series.

While this plugin started at $51,400, said vehicle tested had an MSRP of $66,480.00.

The combination of motor and engine keeps the CO2 emissions of the BMW 530e iPerformance very low at just 44 g/km. The overall system output of 252 hp and combined peak torque of 310 lb-ft propel the BMW 530e iPerformance from 0 to 100 62 mph in 6.2 seconds. It’s also lock  and load enabled to reach a top speed of 146 mph.

The BMW 530e Plugin Hybrid iPerformance has a range of up to 404 miles in real-world driving. In ECO MODE about 450. It is capable of covering distances of up to 31 miles purely on electric power at a maximum speed of 87 mph. That’s true. I experienced it. See the MPG below.

BMW 530e Plugin Hybrid perfoamxne Electric Car

Let’s explain it. I started by charging up the plugin range of about 13 Miles. Then drove around my town which is very hilly. One is called Long Hill Road for a reason. Yet the regen braking kept the range in check. So then we get to around 20 miles since tested twice. So after driving 20 miles I only burned 5. Whoa! Then we took another run in another area that’s good for regen. Now we are up to close 50 miles folks! Whoa! Then I said fine! Let’s test on a road. Drove 9A south to the Taconic State Parkway to the Sprain Brook Parkway. Now we are at 55 miles or so. Well when I got onto the Taconic State Parkway is Sport Plus Mode you hardly need to touch the pedal. So now we are over 20 miles on e back and forth and back and forth. The secret is the transmission. The electric motor and gas engine direct their power to the sedan’s rear wheels. This is through the standard eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

Positioning the electric motor upstream from the transmission allows the transmission’s ratios to be used. It’s now not just for gas folks but in all-electric mode too. This dispenses with the need for a torque converter. So big. It’s something that goes a long way. A long way towards offsetting the weight penalty of the additional drive unit.

Thanks @bmwi @bmwusa @bmw for letting me test drive the Performance based plugin hybrid 530e. Results forthcoming in my review but it is a fun car. Anyone who tells you different is wrong. Let’s just say it’s not as much as Plugin hybrid as a hybrids with a cute plug. For those who understand “Foe Shoe”. Yet yet yet LOL I will Be Fair. It got 79 mpg around town here and there. Yet don’t expect a lot of range. Yet if you’re just going to train station, dropping kids off at school or a cup of coffee. Then you’re all EV or around 78-99 MPG.

 

Finally, Highway trips BEST IN ECO MODE over the entire time from beginning to end. Expect. 35 best mpg.

Why Panasonic with Energy Storage will Drive our Green Economy

This be so cool. Solar with Energy storage, Panasonic energy storage systems Sustainable Energy continues to gain momentum. But is it poised to overtake carbon energy in the years ahead? The answer may lie in adopting disruptive technologies such as solar with energy storage.

From my perspective, Panasonic stands ready with Sustainable Energy solutions. They will help companies move forward. For starters, they focus on solving the “affordable energy storage” challenge. With billion-dollar investments in the Gigafactory,  Panasonic is doubling worldwide production of lithium-ion batteries. Yes folks, in a single facility. Best part is they can scale up as much as anything to drive savings. As one other colleague of mine working with Panasonic mentioned, through supply chain upgrades, Panasonic USA will continue to invest to do scale. These are wonderful announcements for Solar with energy storage, solar power alone and electric cars combined!

Energy storage from Panasonic

Energy storage: a transformative technology
Why? Today, solar and wind energy are time-sensitive assets. By capturing excess energy at peak times with affordable storage can make energy available any time. Yes folks, regardless of when it generated. Decision makers recognize this technology and see the “cost savings” light! Why? Saving money is always the best reason to invest in something for a CFO or homeowner!

As before mentioned, 40% of energy in the U.S. gets consumed by residential and commercial buildings. That’s why Hybrid Solar Wind Energy Storage Market is to reach USD 1.5 Billion by 2024. A lot of homeowners will probably go the solar with Energy storage approach overtime. Yet, wait! That’s so much money!! So much! Also, Government mandates are pushing clean energy systems on primarily across commercial buildings.

Cut away of Panasonic Energy Storage, Solar with Energy storage

Again!!

That’s the combination will drive the hybrid solar wind energy storage market growth. I mean heck, these companies have to go solar, then Energy storage for net zero.

Yet what’s upsetting is lack of experience is holding industries back. That’s just wrong.

As I wrote before:

“The quest to find an energy-storage solution that could be manufactured and used on a mass scale is the Holy Grail of solar now. And the company that finds an adequate technology that can be easily replicated will be the one to lead the next step in the solar revolution.”

That’s important. Almost essential because when you’re introducing entirely new experiences. Chances are you need to combine these technologies. I mean off the grid for 10 days in my house of everything powered up plus the Solar recharging the battery banks!! That’s all into an integrated solution.

Energy Storage is a serious and leading disruptive technology

So moving to renewable energy and to store your power in a battery Bank big! Then you can store your renewable Energy to when needed.

Furthermore, I’m still confused why only half of the companies in their study have invested in renewable energy. These technologies combined is so essential..

Let’s not forget though about the GTM Research said out of the 4,400 battery-storage systems installed during 2016 most were off-grid. That’s 86 percent of projects off -grid. In 2017, however, that balance reversed.

Energy Producers aka utilities are bracing for greater demand!

So again 45-49 percent of energy generated going forward will Be energy storage.

So Big!

Expertise needed for Solar with Energy storage

Finally, if people or companies are speaking out that they don’t have qualified staff. That’s ok. That’s why the Green Living Guy is here!! Give me a Call. Lol.

Now that’s a reason that could drive multi-year growth!

Panasonic is ready with their Sustainable Energy solutions. They help companies move the ball forward. Panasonic is one of the few industry leaders with a REAL ability across the spectrum of green Renewable tech! They are here to scale any company up. Again! That alone my friends, will be a key to success. Scalability is what makes Panasonic stand out. Plus their access to capital to drive supply chains and reduce operating costs. That’s when the tipping point occurs. When everyone can afford to change their energy consumption.

You want more info on green energy. Need to learn about Panasonic capabilities and perspectives?? Check out Panasonic Sustainable Energy solutions.

This research is a sponsored by Panasonic Corporation of North America. IT and fielded in the U.S. and Canada. The survey included 200 CTOs and other senior technology decision makers. This was across organizations with at least 200 employees.

Source: Dan Silver, Vice President, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America

Test Drive Results 2018 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Electric Sportscar

Ok folks. To start, this is a sick car. So sick.  Get ready to experience a profound shift in hybrid performance. A Lexus Multistage Hybrid Drive is their new term of the day. Yet it’s a 4.7- second 0-to-60 time* and a multi-stage transmission delivering the instant torque and response to put the entire class on notice.”

Lexus LC 500 h steering wheel and consoleSince this car was first revealed by Akio Toyoda at the 2016 North America International Auto Show I said I’m testing this F car!! First off! Let’s start with the styling, performance and craftsmanship of the new Lexus LC 500h.

As well, I knew that it was from LF-LC concept that debuted in 2012 because who was at that launch party!? Questlove from The Tonight’s Show DJ’d. However, this LC represents a shift in Lexus’ engineering processes and design direction.
Also it’s the same Car used in the movie the Black Panther.
Lexus reports! Fit for a Super Hero who is also a king, this vehicle is part Lexus Takumi craftsmanship, part Wakandan vibranium engineering and all badass.

This concept vehicle incorporates (mythical) vibranium into its very core to give added boost. Much like Black Panther’s uniform, the sheet metal of the Black Panther Inspired LC , reinforced with a layer of vibranium weave. This makes the vehicle almost entirely bulletproof. Top-secret refinement processes also allow for a self-sustaining fueling part (vibranium-powered core). Therefore, it enhances the Black Panther Inspired LC’s driving dynamics.

As explained, The commercial is just one part of a larger collaboration between Lexus and the film. Last July, Lexus hosted a Black Panther-themed event at Comic-Con International and created an original graphic novel titled Black Panther. It’s for the Soul of a Machine with the help of Marvel Custom Solutions.

Since last October, Lexus unveiled a limited edition 2018 LC Inspiration Series production car. Now it’s for sale this spring with run of only 100 units. This was great for publicity!

As Car and Driver reports:

It channels the upscale vibe of two-door grand tourers such as the Mercedes-Benz SL-class. A exotic design that wouldn’t look out-of-place on an Aston Martin. While its small rear seats and a starting price just shy of six figures also make it a glitzy alternative to a Porsche 911. This rear-wheel-drive Lexus is a larger and heavier machine honed more for the luxury spectacle than outright performance. That’s not to say the LC isn’t quick or enjoyably sharp on the road Especially when accompanied by the roar of the 471-hp V-8. But it works best at less frantic speeds where you can luxuriate in the beautifully crafted interior and savor the LC’s essence.

Seduction & Technology Design
Combining avant garde elegance with dynamic coupé proportions, the seductive form of the new LC 500h remains remarkably true to the key design elements, proportions and visual dynamism of the award-winning LF-LC concept car that inspired it.

The LC 500h Luxury coupé, enveloped by a glamorous exterior which is uniquely evocative.  Also, more fluid interpretation of Lexus’ L-finesse design philosophy. This car is long 2,870 mm (112.9 in) wheelbase. Yet it’s compact 920 mm (36.2 in) front and 970 mm (38.2 in) rear. That rear overhangs and notably low lines. The coupé’s athletic profile, characterized by a sweeping roofline. Then it tapers thereby, creating a uniquely human-centred silhouette.

Front and rear wings that house wide, large diameter wheels flare away from the centre place of the occupants. To the front, the latest interpretation of that spindle grille motif. It features chrome trim and a radical new mesh design of varying visual tension. The LC 500h’s unique lighting signature combines independent, arrowhead Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with a triple LED headlamp unit. Best part, the ultra-compact engineering of which has helped to keep up the coupé’s low bonnet line and short front overhang.

As Automotive Magazine reports:

Like other Lexus models the LC 500h has a plethora of configurable drive settings: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Custom, Sport, and Sport+. Such abundance choice would be overwhelming n most interior layout formats . Although, the stalk mounted above and to the right of the steering wheel on the instrument cluster cowl allows options to be selected with minimal response.

However, I had zero trouble getting anywhere near the stated 26 city and 35-38 highway mpg.  One trip I did was in stop and go traffic for a while. In ECO Mode 99 MPG. See this picture below if ya don’t believe me!!

I was in ECO mode around town and loved highway fun in Sport or Sport+ mode and back to ECO for the best MPG.

The Lexus LC 500h will be available with a choice of bespoke, 20″ cast and 20″ and 21″ forged aluminium alloy wheels.

Driving Pleasure & Comfort
The all-new interior design of the LC 500h reflects the exterior design theme of dynamic luxury.  Look. Let some start here.

Wards announced that the all-new 2018 LC 500h flagship performance coupé has earned a spot on its annual “10 Best Interiors” list. To be eligible, vehicles’ interior all-new or significantly redesigned for the U.S. market. Each vehicle , evaluated based on aesthetics and design harmony, as well as materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value and fit-and-finish. Also tested are the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface to see how effectively vehicle information communicated.

I mean a driver’s hip point, engineered to be as close as possible to the coupe’s centre of gravity.  This maximizes feedback from the vehicle to the driver. And the holding performance of the seats enhanced through a renewed focus on the cross-section design. Particular attention went to the design of a new steering wheel, which features a change in cross-sectional shape throughout the rim circumference to accommodate variations in grip and the twisting of the wrist during operation. And new, larger magnesium alloy paddle shifter shaped for easier reach and a more positive action.

Front grille Lexus LC 500h

Lexus LC 500h luxury coupe   
Multi Stage Hybrid System
The Multi Stage Hybrid System, developed with opposing goals in mind. Lexus wanted to create a hybrid with a more sporting and engaging driving experience. They made a powerfully car that’s good MPG on highway and ok in city.

The new Multi Stage Hybrid System has a traditional full hybrid powertrain.  That includes a 3.5 litre V6 gas engine, an electric motor with lithium-ion battery pack to a 4-speed automatic gearbox mounted at the rear of the hybrid transmission. The electric motor generates better acceleration feel than a conventional engine. Thereby adding physical gears more closely aligning engine rpm with the driver’s inputs.  The result is a much more direct connection between the accelerator pedal and vehicle acceleration.  Of course let’s not forget 0-100 km/h times well into the sub-5 second range.

Finally, the Lexus LC 500h Multi Stage Hybrid System also features ‘M’ Mode like on a BMW.  However and most noteworthy, this is the first driver-initiated gear shifts offered on a Lexus full hybrid powertrain.  ‘M’ Mode gives drivers the ability to start direct and responsive gear shifts.  You know, for the most sporting and engaging drive yet from a Lexus hybrid. Please note, the car test driven with all the safety, Nav and sound cost $109,985.

In conclusion, if you want a hybrid luxury coupe, get this car! One reason, hybrid or electrified cars is heavier than you think. With a new lightweight and compact electric motor and a lithium-ion battery offset the weight of the added automatic transmission.  So the batteries weight gives this Multi Stage Hybrid System punch with the current hybrid powertrain.

I can’t afford it but I know those that do. If you don’t want a plugin hybrid sports car, maybe this is your option.

SAMBAZON AND RAINFOREST TRUST PRESERVE MORE THAN 126,000 ACRES OF CRITICAL AMAZON RAINFOREST RESERVE

Following the Success of #PurpleforthePlanet, SAMBAZON and the Rainforest Trust Protect the South American Airo Pai Community Reserve From Logging and Deforestation Threats

San Clemente, CA – June 4, 2018 – SAMBAZON is the brand leader in açaí and the only certified organic & fair trade açaí company on the market. In addition , along with Rainforest Trust announces the Airo Pai Community Reserve in Peru as receiving donations garnered from SAMBAZON’s Purple for the Planet campaign.

Since Founded in 2000, it’s the original company to pioneer acai to North America. Sambazon stands for “Sustainable Management of the Brazilian Amazon.” It’s also seen as a “Green” business leader. They are guiding principles of the Triple Bottom Line. This incorporates environmental, social and economic success. Sambazon pioneered a sustainable agroforestry business model in the Amazon Rainforest. Further, they created worldwide awareness of the acai berry. Sambazon’s model helps to combat environmental destruction. It also works to protect biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest. Hence it creates new and ongoing employment for thousands of small family farmers.

Last November, Sambazon won the 2006 Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence. It won for its work with indigenous communities in Brazil. The story of Sambazon and its work is something. It’s work with acai is a true example of business doing good.

SAMBAZON’s donation will directly fund expanding the Airo Pai Community Reserve. A Reserve which is the missing link in creating a joint 7.8 million acre tri-national corridor between Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. As well, this Reserve safeguards a massive group of critical Amazon Rainforest.

The project assists indigenous communities in the area. Assisting in securing title to their lands. That’s so essential cause they are at extreme risk from logging. Also, let’s not forget for other resource extraction.  With proof of ownership, the communities then develop protection. Thereby and more important, management plans can make sure the land , protected in perpetuity. So essential for each community.

By activating Rainforest Trust’s SAVES Challenge, Sambazon’s #PurpleForThePlanet initiative committed to purchasing 5 acres of rainforest for each person who dyed their hair purple or showed their purple pride and shared an image on social media. The campaign exceeded its goal saving 126,270 acres and 216 species of rich biodiversity.

“We’re honored to support Airo Pai Community Reserve and the indigenous cultures within it through the funds raised from #PurpleForThePlanet,” said Ryan Black, CEO + co-founder of SAMBAZON. “Protecting the environment and the indigenous population has been a priority for SAMBAZON since day one. We’re proud to expand our footprint beyond the Brazilian Amazon preserving this vital wildlife corridor between Peru, Ecuador & Colombia.”

Supporting indigenous communities is a staple in the fabric of the SAMBAZON culture. The brand has protected local communities in Brazil since the company was SAMBAZON founded in 2000. It employs more than 30,000 family farmers with fair trade wages and reinvests 5% of profits back into the area. Said money builds hospitals, schools, recreational centers and much more. SAMBAZON launched #PurpleForThePlanet on Earth Day April 22, 2018 launched with a goal of saving 30 species in 30 days. It’s also to further the company’s commitment to protecting the environment and its rich biodiversity. So, in addition to the acres saved through #PurpleForThePlanet, the brand already protects 2.5 million acres and counting through their sustainable harvesting practices.

For more information on SAMBAZON and #PurpleForThePlanet please visit this link.

Source: Sambazon

Port of San Diego’s Going Solar Microgrid

According to the Port of San Diego it announced last Tuesday it secured more than $5 million in grant funding. Funding for installing a solar-powered microgrid at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. Boom boom so cool so cool so cool!!

According to the Port:

Solar photovoltaic panels will power the microgrid. This will also include battery energy storage, efficiency improvements, electrical infrastructure improvements, and a centralized microgrid controller. Ah the controller is so essential. Programming, computer programming, computer programming. We need those green jobs!!

The microgrid will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. More importantly, it will save the Port an estimated $168,000, or 60 percent on energy. That’s per year over “current” utility rates. Hence and thereby enable operating critical terminal infrastructure for about 12 hours without being connected to the larger electrical grid.

“This is an all-around great project for the community, for the businesses that run on the terminal and for the port,” Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Rafael Castellanos said. “It means cleaner air for our neighbors, will give a reliable, safe and resilient power source for terminal and port operations, and provides significant cost savings.”

Most importantly, this microgrid expecting to cost $9.6 million. Finally, it installing spring 2020.

Furthermore, the California Energy Commission will give $4,985,272 in grant funding for the project. As well, that matching with $4,427,973 from the Port. Also, expect another $201,963 from UC San Diego.

In conclusion, the microgrid fits into a modernization plan intended to make the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal more efficient and clean.

Earth’s Gravest Problem

As a society, we know how to define global warming. It is the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, global warming , caused by certain behaviors of human beings. We have the tendency to look at Earth’s gravest problem from a reactive perspective. Some examples of reactive actions are buying L.E.D light bulbs instead of fluorescent,  or buying a hybrid vehicle instead of a sports car. Instead, we should analyze the issue of global warming from a proactive perspective. A proactive perspective allows us to understand our role in protecting the environment. Therefore, the cause of global warming is ignorance of our actions.

Global warming has consequences

In addition, according to a recent study done by the National Aeronautic Space Administration(N.A.S.A) the temperature of Earth has risen 2 degrees since the late 1800s. The rise of Earth’s temperature indicates two aspects that cannot be refuted. First, that global warming exists. Secondly, the study also demonstrates that the cause of global warming is directly correlated to human activities. Additionally, the analysis of NASA also proves that we, as global citizens do not really understand the ramifications of our lifestyle choices.

Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency conducted a study of their own. Their findings concluded that industry was one of the main culprits of the increase of greenhouse gases in the United States at 22%. One industry is fertilizer companies. Understandably, most people who buy fertilizer want their yard visually appealing. However, fertilizer is also responsible for the rise of nitrous oxide in the atmosphere, which is a deadly greenhouse gas.

Therefore, it is important to understand the differences of each fertilizer brand and how each organization makes their respective fertilizer product. Instead of purchasing the most expensive brand, find the fertilizer product that alleviates the rise of green house gases into the atmosphere. Nevertheless, the modern process of fertilizer has also included the use of grease from oils and meat fats.

So we must stop being so reactive to global warming. So rather than analyzing global warming from a reactive way, stop that. We therefore and sincerely must change. Also, we should adopt a more proactive stance. That’s by becoming more aware of what we buy. More important, we must educate ourselves. For example, we should ask ourselves if we really need that respective product? In addition, we must understand what our role as global citizens is in preventing global warming. We must help from further destroying our environment. Most importantly, do not be afraid to get involved. From your local community to educating others about Earth’s gravest problem. In conclusion, we only have one world. Finally and more important, let’s take care of it now before it is too late.

Are Sustainable Roofing Materials The Best for Your Home?

Removing construction debris using a junk removal service is a convenient way to clean out junk and unwanted building materials left from your renovation, repairs, or house construction. And they also recycle construction wastes such as drywall and roofing materials. Reprocessing and recycling construction materials help in preserving the natural resources and the environment.

Recycling is an important aspect of sustainability. And these days, more and more are drawing their focus towards sustainability including the materials that go into the home building. And we are pointing specifically to sustainable roofing materials. So, why should we consider sustainable roofing materials in building or renovating our home?

3 Reasons Why Sustainable Roofing Materials Are the Best

With energy storage to complement rooftop solar, Vivint Solar customers will be able to have more control over the renewable energy they generate. In addition to providing a backup power source if the grid goes down, the new combined solution may help customers reduce energy costs. For instance, in areas with time-of-use electricity rates, customers can store excess solar energy produced by the system during the day in the batteries and then consume it during periods of peak energy usage in the evening and at night when electricity rates are typically higher.

1. They Are Made to Last

Firstly, roofing materials such as metal, slate, clay tile, concrete tiles, and recycled roofing materials are durable. They to even outlast your house. Metal roofing materials like steel and light-weight aluminum are not only durable but easily recyclable. According to the State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company website, metal roofs , made to last two to three times longer than an asphalt roof.

Furthermore, recycled roofing materials made from plastic and rubber also proven being durable and sustainable. While concrete tiles, which can be a bit heavy, are extremely long-lasting and durable. Lastly, clay roof tiles, although more expensive than concrete can last 75 years or more. Hence as mentioned in an article from STAMATS Communications, Inc.’s website.

2. Cost and Energy Saving

As well, while more expensive than asphalt roofing, metal roofs save on cost. It’s most noteworthy that because it’s energy-saving and fire-resistant. Also, its ability to say the sunlight. This reduces the need to cool your home during summer. Also it requires little maintenance and is known to endure the power of most storms.

Clay roofing’s design allows breathing to cut moisture. Clay is able to air, circulate and remove moisture from underneath the tile. This further results in longer lasting roofs but moderates the temperature. This in return lowers cooling costs.

3. Waste Reduction

EcoBuilding Pulse says that in the U.S., 40 million tons of solid waste annually come from roofing material wastes. Sustainable roof materials like steel , made from recycled components. Plus they are also recyclable. As such, their longevity reduces the amount of waste that goes into the landfills. Without question this helps mitigate environmental problems and carbon footprint. Plus, no matter how many times metal roofs recycled, there will be no significant material degradation.

5 of the Popular Sustainable Roofing Materials

1. Clay Tiles – or Terracotta, are highly durable and recyclable.  They are a bit costly and heavy. Yet they are so, so aesthetically pleasing.

2. Recycled Roofing – made from recycled rubber are durable and are extremely beautiful. They are also sustainable and environment-friendly.

3. Concrete Tiles – made using Portland cement, this roof tile is known for its durability, formability, and fire-proof qualities.

4. Slate – made from fine-grained rock, metamorphic rocks that get cut into thin slabs. They are water-proof, fire-proof, and highly durable. Regarded as one of the highest-quality roofing material and famous for its beautiful appearance.

5. Metal – Despite being more expensive than other roofing materials, metal is a great roofing material choice as it’s very attractive, long-lasting, fire-proof, and energy-efficient. Made from either tin, zinc, aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel, metal roofs are 100% recyclable.

Choosing eco-friendly materials to have over your head is not just about choosing sustainable future. You also benefit from its durability, beauty, and appeal. Sustainable roofing materials protect your home from leaks, saves energy, saves money, and are highly recyclable.

So, are you ready to go “green”?  Finally and in conclusion, if you loved reading this article, don’t forget to share or drop your comments below.

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