4 Ways Companies Are Helping the Environment

Many of the world’s top organizations are investing billions of dollars into environmentally sound processes and procedures. The consumer climate has changed, and customers are switching to green products. Buyers are paying closer attention to what they purchase and how it affects the environment, remaking the current marketplace of many industries for the better.

While this is great news for the environment and our future, switching over to green solutions has also become a sound financial investment. Here are four methods various companies and industries are using to be more sustainable and help the environment.

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Switching Out The Small Things
The easiest way to begin going green is to start small. Go around your office and switch out your regular light bulbs with LED bulbs or T8 lamps that might not to replace the ballast and/or fixtures. Switch out light switches with motion detector options. Include more in-office plants and shrubbery to improve the air quality of your office, and get your janitorial team to change from harsh chemicals to more natural and eco-friendly cleaning supplies.

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Talk to your Human Resources Department to ensure a safe, non-toxic environment. Replace your vending machines and other unhealthy break room foods with sustainable brain food options. These include nuts, organic fruits and vegetables and health drinks. Eliminate your use of plastic bottles and other disposable tableware. Instead, encourage the use of plates, silverware and cups that can be cleaned and reused.

Going Paperless
Going paperless at the office might not seem viable but thanks to the today’s technology, paper is becoming more obsolete as the years go by. Email on its own has changed business communication forever, but with the invention and prevalence of smartphones and tablets, which are basically small computers, we can share and transfer information much more easily.

Rather than printing out document after document for our coworkers to read, we can go over business information on screens that fit in our pockets. Consider investing in a projector or large screen for company presentations as this can eliminate the need to pass out documents for people to use. Instead, you can keep everything digital and save trees.

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Embracing Innovation
Levi’s have begun selling jeans made from recycled plastic bottles. General Electric’s “Ecomagination” business strategy is boosting the energy production via wind farms by 20%. New commercial jet turbines are under development that are intended to cut fuel burn and carbon emissions by more than 10%. And unless you have been living underneath a rock for the last decade, you know about the surge of the electric car industry.

All of these inventions and ideas are reshaping age-old industries and bringing them into the future. Part of the reason for this surge of innovation and improvement is the fact that companies are making green thinking a part of company culture. Instead of seeing nature as something separate from industry, environmentalism has become an inspiration for invention and investment.

Changing Traditional Business Ideas
Believe it or not, some companies are persuading their customer base to buy less of their product. It’s called green purchase behavior or green purchasing and it goes against every established business practice ever conceived. The idea encourages consumers to consider the environmental impact of their purchases, including usage and disposal. While the notion contradicts traditional retail models, it fosters corporate responsibility for future developments and investments.

These are only a few examples of the change in corporate culture in connection to the environment and the future of the planet. While there are still many issues involving pollution and waste within the business world, change is occurring and gaining speed thanks to shifts in the consumer marketplace.

GM Outlines All-Electric Path to Zero Emissions

General Motors outlined an all-electric path to zero emissions with at least 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023.

DETROIT — General Motors announced today how it is executing on a major element of its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, recently announced by GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers’ needs.”


In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV. They will be the first of at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that will launch by 2023.


Source: General Motors Co., Mon, Oct 02 2017

USA Fully Electric Car Sales Up 47% In 2017 says CleanTechnica

Sept 9 by Zachary Shahan

The US electric car market has continued to grow at a rapid pace in the past year — led by California’s particularly strong electric car market, of course. From January through August, sales of 8 fully electric cars* grew 47% in the country. Sales of 6 plug-in hybrid cars were up 30%. Overall, that meant sales of these 14 plug-in car were up 40%.

August 2017 vs August 2016 was less dramatic but still a period of strong growth. Fully electric car sales were up 19%. Plug-in hybrid sales were up 4%. Overall, that meant a 13% increase in plug-in car sales.If the Tesla estimates** are to be believed, the Tesla Model S was far ahead in the #1 spot, the Chevy Bolt held tight at #2, the Toyota Prius Prime rose to #3, the Tesla Model X dropped to #4, and the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF retained their places at #5 and #6, respectively. Ah, gone are the days of the neverending LEAF vs Volt battle at the top of the charts (which was a super tight competition for years).


If you look at the January through August stats (which are educated estimates** but certainly not exact), the Model S is crushing it (despite its high price tag). That hints at how extremely competitive the car is in its niche segment. The Volt has a slight lead over the Model X, which has an even slighter lead over the Toyota Prius Prime. The Chevy Bolt has a gap to cover to catch up with any of those models, but now that sales are picking up and availability is nationwide, it has potential to climb up the ranking and perhaps even land on the podium by the end of the year.

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We can surely expect electric car sales to keep increasing as Tesla Model 3 production ramps up, the next-generation Nissan LEAF arrives on dealer lots, and overall EV awareness rises. I would be surprised if our report one year from now doesn’t show a more dramatic electric car sales increase of 82% at this point in time.

New York’s Hudson Valley Revs Up for Electric Vehicles with New Campaign – Green Transportation – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

While this story is from 2016, aka I wrote it a year ago, I’m still Program Manager with Drive Electric Hudson Valley and we are expanding from this post. 

Here’s a portion of the story. 

The first electric vehicle (EV) consumer education program in the Hudson Valley goes live this fall. For the growing population of consumers who are curious about EVs and want to learn more, Drive Electric Hudson Valley will provide consumer workshops, informational materials, and test drive opportunities throughout the fall.

A project of Sustainable Hudson Valley (SHV), Drive Electric HV is supported in part by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). It’s led by Seth Leitman, author and consumer advocate who reaches tens of thousands on social media and at special events as the Green Living Guy.

Leitman has worked for the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and NYSERDA on developing and implementing major marketing and infrastructure programs for electric vehicles. In addition, he test drives the greenest cars for reviews for other major publications regularly (including Mother Earth New).

Seth will partner with mechanical engineer and clean technology-bilingual outreach expert Hugo Jule to inform and inspire green living and technology enthusiasts throughout the Hudson Valley.
For the entire please visit. 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-transportation/electric-vehicle-campaign-zbcz1610

Dandelion Announces its First Installer Partner in Aztech Geothermal

Aztech to Install Indoor Portion of all Dandelion 2017 Installations 
Whoop! Whoop!! 

More great news from my sponsors Dandelion Energy aka Dandelion, a geothermal startup that recently graduated X, the research and development lab at Google’s parent company (I just love that), announces the selection of it’s first installation partner, Aztech Geothermal. The companies will complete all of Dandelion’s 2017 installations. The best part folks is they are all over the internet and a leading leading geothermal installer in the Hudson Valley to Upstate NY.    Dandelion is making geothermal heating and cooling affordable by introducing a number of process and technology innovations, including:

a) analytics-based marketing

b) fixed system pricing

c) a low monthly payment option and

d) an innovative drilling method. Dandelion’s business model is based on “taking care of everything,” including system design, and installation of home geothermal heating and cooling systems.


Another cool part of their agreement is that the indoor portion of the install is gonna get subcontracted to regional installers helping regional companies grow their business. Aztech Geothermal will be Dandelion’s first installer for its initial regions of the Capital Region and Hudson Valley.

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“Aztech has installed geothermal for hundreds of homeowners in the area, many of which we’ve spoken to and who couldn’t be happier about their installations,” says James Quazi, CTO of Dandelion. “We’re thrilled to have them as our first installation partner.”

“The introduction of Dandelion will be a real boost for our business and the whole industry,” said John Ciovacco, President of Aztech Geothermal, “Their marketing capabilities, innovative business model and technology innovations will make the best heating and cooling system also the most affordable for homeowners. We are thrilled to be selected as the first regional installation partner.”

Under the partnership, Aztech Geothermal will be responsible for all home inspections, system designs and installation of the geothermal heat pumps to homeowners with ductwork.

Sources: Dandelion Energy Inc. http://www.dandelionenergy.com and Aztech Geothermal www.aztechgeo.com