Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

Suzanne Hunt — Senior Advisor to the Carbon War Room

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Car­bon War Room founders — Sir Richard Bran­son, Jose Maria Figueres, Strive Masiyiwa, and Vladas Lasas share the stage at Busi­ness­Cli­mate 2010 dur­ing New York Cli­mate Week on Sep­tem­ber 21

Suzanne is serv­ing as a Senior Advi­sor to the Car­bon War Room (CWR). The CWR was founded by Richard Bran­son in 2009 “to har­nesses the power of entre­pre­neurs to imple­ment market-driven solu­tions to cli­mate change.” Suzanne is lead­ing their efforts in Avi­a­tion, Renew­able Fuels, and Biochar. Their approach is to bring together suc­cess­ful entre­pre­neurs, busi­ness lead­ers, pol­icy experts, researchers, and thought lead­ers to iden­tify the bar­ri­ers that are pre­vent­ing market-based scale up of cli­mate change solu­tions and thereby per­pet­u­at­ing the sta­tus quo. In addi­tion to tech­nol­ogy and pol­icy gaps, these bar­ri­ers include principal-agent prob­lems, infor­ma­tion gaps, and lack of com­mon stan­dards or met­rics.” In March the CWR co-hosted a day-long char­rette to explore the poten­tial for biochar to pro­vide a solu­tion for poul­try manure prob­lems in the Chesa­peake Bay Water­shed which would also help jump start the biochar indus­try. Suzanne will be co-hosting a renew­able fuels work­shop in Hawaii with the US Navy and the Biotech­nol­ogy Indus­try Association.

New Windmill at Hunt Country Vineyards!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Windspire at HCV small

Our new Wind­spire ver­ti­cal axis wind tur­bine is up and spin­ning on the hill at Hunt Coun­try Vine­yards! I will be at the win­ery on Octo­ber 9th for the ded­i­ca­tion of the Wind­spire. We will also be intro­duc­ing the newest win­ery addi­tion, which fea­tures heavy insu­la­tion, in-floor heat­ing capa­bil­ity, auto­mated tank cool­ing, and energy effi­cient light­ing, and has already resulted in a sub­stan­tial drop in energy usage.
Our 30 foot tall Wind­spire pro­duces 1.2 kW of power. Mariah Power man­u­fac­tures Wind­spires in Michi­gan, in a refur­bished auto parts plant employ­ing for­mer autowork­ers using Amer­i­can mate­ri­als. The tur­bine pro­duces 110 volt 60 cycle cur­rent, which feeds directly into the res­i­den­tial grid.  It has an auto­matic safety fea­ture whereby it can­not pro­duce power unless the grid is oper­at­ing. As one of the first Wind­spire mod­els in oper­a­tion in New York State, it will be used to demon­strate not only its unique advanced design, but also that small wind tur­bines can be a grace­ful part of the farm land­scape and can con­tribute to local self-reliance and regional sustainability.

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Deutsche Bank Launches Carbon Counter

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

carbon counterOn June 18th Deutsche Bank launched a 70-foot bill­board with a red car­bon counter tick­ing upwards as the amount of car­bon in the atmos­phere increases (data sup­plied by MIT) and a mes­sage read­ing “Cli­mate Change Affects Everyone”.

Climate-altering pol­lu­tion — nor­mally invis­i­ble and out of mind — will now be highly vis­i­ble to hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple in NY City near Penn Sta­tion and Madi­son Square Garden.

I made sure to go to the launch and lun­cheon since the project was man­aged by a friend and col­league on the Deutsche Cli­mate Team. It was great to see the finan­cial com­mu­nity dis­cussing cli­mate change and its impli­ca­tions for busi­ness in depth and with urgency.

Now I’d like to see banks all over the US and the world have the Car­bon counter on their signs next to the date, time and tem­per­a­ture.  And… I’d like a per­sonal car­bon counter app for my iphone. I just looked, and yes, they already exist!

Gigaton Throwdown

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Today the “Giga­ton Throw­down” results were released pub­licly in Wash­ing­ton DC with a num­ber of the Obama Administration’s clean tech and green gurus (namely John Hol­dren – direc­tor of the White House Office of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Pol­icy, Van Jones – Obama’s Green Jobs Advi­sor, Cathy Zoi – Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Energy for EE and RE, and David San­dalow – Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Energy for Pol­icy and Inter­na­tional Affairs) and their staff in atten­dance.  But with a name like “Giga­ton Throw­down”, this is obvi­ously not a Wash­ing­ton ini­tia­tive.  It was con­ceived of by a group of Ven­ture Cap­i­tal­ists in Sil­i­con Val­ley who won­dered – beyond whether their invest­ments would make the money – would they make a dif­fer­ence?  So they enlisted the help of other investors, entre­pre­neurs, exec­u­tives and lead­ing aca­d­e­mics, to ana­lyze which clean tech­nolo­gies have the poten­tial to lower green­house gas emis­sions by 1 bil­lion met­ric tons (a giga­ton) per year by 2020. (more…)