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December 2013 Energy Lunch | Noon – 3:00 p.m. | Tuesday, December 17th at the Port Townsend Community Center
Key Speaker: Stephen Crolius, Vice President – Clean Tech Practice, Alliance Consulting Group, Boston MA
Stephen Crolius was a primary member of the Clinton Climate Initiative that worked to reduce the carbon emissions in the world’s largest cities and that used market-based responses to unacceptable levels of climate impact from petroleum-based transportation systems to achieve successful introductions of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles as well as to plan and advocate for fleet trials of alternative transportation fuels including anhydrous ammonia, the “other hydrogen.”
Last Friday morning began with plenty of coffee, a healthy dose of surly and a splash of edginess to kick off the WCTA Second Annual Meeting featuring Denis Hayes of the Bullitt Foundation. Nearly 300 leaders in the cleantech industry came together to hear Hayes remark on the future of clean technology and the built environment.
In his introduction of Hayes, Boeing Company Director of Enterprise Strategy and Global Environment Health and Safety, Terry Mutter, commented on Boeing’s own success at decoupling energy consumption while creating jobs and increasing capacity. What’s good for the planet is also good for the bottom line.
After a great joke about Irish twins (aren’t you sad you missed it?) Hayes quickly reminded us why we were there: to discuss the need for creating buildings with a greater focus on energy and resource conservation. He talked about the “Great Urban Migration,” a global phenomenon in which millions of people are moving to urban areas. There are numerous factors driving the rural exodus: policy, climate disruption, economic opportunity and the ecological undermining of world agriculture. The United Nations estimates that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2030.
The impact of this massive movement is evident in the close-quartered slums in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the constant gridlock in Houston traffic. Hayes stressed the need for architecture and construction to honor design and functionality more than artistic sculpture. “Cities should be healthy ecosystems, designed on the basis of 200,000 years of Darwinian beta testing,” Hayes said, “using the fruits of modern science and technology to promote the well-being of people.” Cities should consist of “living buildings” inside vibrant, resilient neighborhoods.
The Bullitt Center is the world’s first six-story “living building”, situated atop East Madison Street in Capitol Hill, looking west at the Seattle skyline. While Seattle may not be the most obvious place to construct an ambitious solar powered building it goes to show that if it can be done here then it can be done elsewhere.
The Bullitt Center is Hayes’ visionary dream turned reality and shines with optimism for the future of urban development. As the first attempt at constructing a “living building”, the Bullitt Center was much more expensive than comparable commercial buildings, Hayes remarked, however the first one of anything is always the most expensive. The important thing is that it opened the door for a new way of thinking about development.
It wasn’t an easy process, said Diane Sugimura of the City of Seattle, “The City’s building codes do not account for the construction of a “living building” so many of the obstacles we faced with the Bullitt Center required a little bit more flexibility than the ordinances would allow.” Despite that, the City of Seattle is the only US city with ordinances that encourage the “living building challenge”. The Bullitt Center and Stone 34 are learning experiences for the City to adapt its ordinances for new methods in construction.
Lisa Picard of Skanska acknowledged that the Bullitt Center created awareness, raised the bar and set the ball rolling for the development of more energy efficient buildings. Stone 34, the new Brooks Sports building will manage energy risks in the future. They have a young workforce that has a strong environmental conscience that is willing to pay the slightly higher cost of being in an energy efficient space.
That is not always the case though, as David Allen of McKinstry commented, the problem is that Americans are not accustomed to paying the true cost of anything in this country. A fundamental change in people’s behavior now will have the greatest impact on energy savings but habits are difficult to change.
Sugimura remarked that similar to the reusable shopping bag ordinance, it will take some time for people to adjust their behavior but it’s possible to make small changes over time. Picard agreed saying that “the behavioral component is huge, especially in commercial buildings. Twenty-five percent of our energy conservation will come from individual behavior changes and lifestyle modification”. It may be the most difficult thing to change but it will have the greatest impact.
Special thanks to moderator Hal Calbom of Sustainable Media Group for doing a spectacular job guiding the following panel discussion with Lisa Picard (Skanska), Diane Sugimura (City of Seattle), David Allen (McKinstry) and Andy Wappler (Puget Sound Energy).
At the Energy Lunch presentation on January 14th, 2011, a large number of people in Jefferson County were put on notice that changes in energy are coming here. In his presentation entitled “Peak Oil: Challenges, Options and Opportunities,” Jim Hansen of Ravenna Capital Management in Seattle, set forth nine local challenges that arise from emerging limits on the national/global supply of non-renewable petroleum – challenges that include learning to think about the problem, the direct hit on transportation costs, the increased impact on rural areas, and finding energy sources capable of replacing petroleum.
Jefferson County is responding to the energy challenge and revisiting the bigger picture in the process.
The Key Speaker at November’s Energy Lunch is a national authority who is uniquely positioned to comment on local energy action projects and to offer a vision of additional opportunities and organizational approaches in the development of new energy options.
Jan Lars Mueller, Executive Director of ASPO-USA (the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas USA), has organized national conferences on peak oil issues and responses and lobbied the US Congress to recognize the reality of oil and gas limits. Mr. Mueller will present scenarios and strategies for local innovation and investment in new energy supplies and systems.
This exclusive venture summit will bring together over 500 Venture Capitalists, Corporate VCs, Angel Investors, Investment Bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies; features more than 40 leading VCs on interactive panel discussions; presentations from more than 50 Top Innovators; a dedicated clean-tech track and clean-tech VC panel and high-level networking opportunities.
Partial list of VCs confirmed to speak includes:
Sean Ammirati, Partner, Birchmere Ventures | Susan Antonio, General Partner, Saturn Partners | Alex Baker, Principal, Relay Ventures | Steve Berg, Senior Analyst, RTP Ventures | Adam Bernstein, Managing Partner, New Energy Capital | Eric Bielke, Senior Investment Associate, Siemens Venture Capital | Larry Bohn, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners | Ela Borenstein, Managing Partner, BDC Healthcare Fund | Nathaniel Brinn, Principal, Vital Venture Capital | Stanley Buchesky, Founder, The EdTech Fund | Dan Burstein, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Millennium Technology Value Partners | Kerry Byler, Managing Director, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners | Carter Caldwell, Principal, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners | Phil Carter, Associate, Trinity Ventures | Neil Chheda, Co-Founder & General Partner, Romulus Capital | AND MORE!
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WCTA Members will receive a discount for this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
If you are seeking startup, working or growth capital for your business, this is the event of the year.
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Tuesday, November 12
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA
April 22nd 1970. It was the first Earth Day organized by environmental icon and Washingtonian, Denis Hayes. Twenty million Americans hit the streets to raise awareness for environmental issues that had long been considered things of no great political consequence, launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of groundbreaking environmental laws followed and Earth Day grew into the largest civic observance in the world with a lasting impact on public conscious
As president of the Bullitt Foundation, attorney, lobbyist, Stanford professor, grassroots organizer, and the youngest director of a national laboratory in the nation’s history, Hayes has spent much of his life fighting for a cleaner world.
Now, with the completion of the Bullitt Center, the greenest commercial building in America, Hayes has fulfilled one of his life-long dreams. Even still, he is working to influence the world to embrace a very broad vision of sustainability and humanity.
Reserve your company’s table at the WCTA Second Annual Meeting to hear remarks from Mr. Hayes about the cleantech movement today. Philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote in 1967 that, “every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates in a racket.” Cleantech, which is it now and where is it going?
Here are the long awaited slides from last Wednesday’s Breakfast event, The Role of Retail!
Matt O’Laughlin, K2 Sports: K2 Sports Retail
Derek Eisel, Scope 5: WCTA Breakfast 2013 Scope 5
Felipe Sandoval, Amazon.com: Amazon Programs
Dr. Anne Goodchild, UW: Goodchild’s PPT
Don’t worry, if you couldn’t make it to yesterday’s Breakfast Series event, here is everything you missed!
Leaders in the Pacific Northwest are coming up with innovative solutions for maximizing efficiency in production and distribution for the retail industry. As more people become aware of the carbon footprint of their purchasing power they are looking for more ways to quantify that impact and reduce it.
K2 Sports, a world renowned winter sports company headquartered in Seattle, is taking the next step towards understanding the environmental impacts of its supply chain and product design choices. By developing the Higg Index for equipment with the Outdoor Industry Association’s Sustainability Working Group, the company continues to explore the complexity of the issue. Matt O’Laughlin, Sr. Design Engineer at K2 Sports, explains, “Designers have always understood the financial and performance impacts of their design decisions, but this tool will allow them to further evaluate those decisions with an environmental lens.”
Being in the winter sports industry, K2 Sports is concerned about the effects of climate change on the consistency of winter and with good reason. Studies predict a 75% decline in Pacific Northwest snowpack by 2050** in response to warmer winters under higher emissions scenarios*. Less snowfall has already resulted in 1.6 million fewer skier visits and over $6M in industry losses in Washington state over the past decade*. K2 is getting involved with Protect Our Winters to advocate for President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies proposed Carbon Pollution Standard to fight climate change.
*Source: Climate Impacts On The Winter Tourism Economy in the US, 2012”
** Corrected from an earlier version that stated 2015
Businesses in retail production are not the only ones feeling the pressure from consumers to be green conscious. Shipping companies are under pressure from customer representatives, investor CDP’s and employees to be responsible for their carbon footprint. Derek Eisel, Director of Sales at Scope 5, explains how Expeditors International put together over two hundred “green teams” around the world to better understand the impact of their business on the environment, how to improve it and detail the costs of being more sustainable. Businesses are consolidating and moderating their shipping impact for cost saving reasons and for green reasons. Scope 5 sustainability management data software is calculating metrics for companies to maximize efficiency by redesigning the supply chain, upgrading transportation vehicles and adding more cargo in shipping containers. Innovation in the shipping and distribution of retail goods does not end with Expeditors and Scope 5 however, there is another major Seattle retailer that is changing consumer behavior and reducing its impact on the environment.
Everyone knows that Amazon.com is the world’s largest online retailer but not everyone realizes its efforts to maximize efficiency and save energy with Amazon’s Waste Reduction Programs. ”Reducing waste benefits customers and companies,” says Felipe Sandoval, Transportation Manager at Amazon, “opportunities are present all along the supply chain.” Amazon’s “Frustration Free Packaging” uses less materials and less space so that trucks are moving less air and more goods. Amazon Lockers offer a delivery option to customers who can’t reliably get their online purchases at work or at home. It also delivers orders at the first attempt which means there are fewer trucks in your neighborhood and fewer repeated trips to make one delivery. Online shoppers also have the option to “Subscribe and Save” which increases the opportunities to ship more packages in one truck and increase truck utilization.
All of this talk about truck utilization, shipping optimization and maximizing efficiency make it seem that more and more people will be taking advantage of the convenience and efficiency of these services, regardless of their environmental conscious. So how eco-conscious is it to have your groceries delivered instead of driving to the store? VERY!
Dr. Anne Goodchild, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington says, “In terms of miles traveled, there are overwhelmingly fewer miles traveled by a delivery truck than by passenger vehicles going to the stores.” Grocery delivery is like the bus for food. The CO2 emissions per mile traveled is more for delivery trucks but still overall less than the CO2 impact of all individuals driving to the store. By doing shopping online with a reasonably efficient service you can cut your CO2 impact by half.
As we go into the holiday season, rest easy knowing that sustainability costs of the retail experience are not as wasteful and inefficient as they seem, especially if you order online.
Larry Ehl of Transportation Issues Daily summarizes Mr. Greg Barker’s remarks from last week’s breakfast for us in his recent post, Conservative Politician Describes Fight Against Climate Change and Skeptics.
Mr. Barker was on a tour of the West Coast to share the UK fight against climate change and to learn about the innovative ways western communities are addressing the issue. On top of taking the time to speak with us, he signed a Joint Declaration to Strengthen Partnership in Combating Climate Change with Washington Governor Jay Inslee. UNC WA DECC Joint Statement on Collaboration (2) (PDF)
“We think we can address climate change in an ambitious way without out harming our economy,” Barker said of his colleagues. So in 2008 the conservative government led an initiative that resulted in bipartisan approval of legislation to reduce emissions to 80% of 1990s level by the year 2050. In just five years emissions have been reduced by 26% – and yet Britain survives.
In fact, “green business” has accounted for about one third of the UK’s recent economic growth — increasing 5% per year, according to Barker. He noted that low regulation and targeted tax rates that have been important for green innovation and business. In particular, the government has fostered policies and regulations to help disruptive and small businesses Barker noted that big business has bought in as well, and partnered with the government on initiatives.
Barker commented that we need ground up, community-based solutions to climate issues. There is no amount of government funding that can solve the [climate] problems.
Read more from the original article here.
Export control reform is coming in October, is your company prepared?
Get the latest updates on export control reform. Discuss recent legal updates and best practices in export compliance. Discover through actual case examples, why these export controls are so important and how our nation’s adversaries attempt to violate them. This fast-paced seminar is geared toward both new and experienced export control professionals.
Hear speakers from:
Dorsey & Whitney LLP; FLIR Systems, Inc.; The Boeing Company, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (Invited); the Defense Technical Security Administration; ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations; and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security