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Bill Browning, co-founder of Terrapin Bright Green and HuntGreen LLC partner is the 2011 Evergreen Awards Perspective Winner

October 22nd, 2011

We want to con­grat­u­late Bill Brown­ing on his recent recog­ni­tion as the 2011 Ever­green Awards Per­spec­tive Win­ner. You can read more about Bill in the fol­low­ing inter­view, pub­lished in this month’s Eco-Structure Mag­a­zine.  Bill Brown­ing is one of the green build­ing and real estate industry’s fore­most thinkers and strate­gists, and an advo­cate for sus­tain­able design solu­tions at all lev­els of busi­ness, gov­ern­ment, and civil soci­ety. His exper­tise has been sought out by orga­ni­za­tions as diverse as For­tune 500 com­pa­nies, lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties, non-profit orga­ni­za­tions, the U.S. mil­i­tary, and for­eign governments.

Dave Muyres addresses PodCar City Conference in Stockholm

September 20th, 2011

Dave Muyres pre­sented at the 5th annual Pod­Car City Con­fer­ence in Stock­holm Swe­den on Sep­tem­ber 7th, 2011.  The inter­na­tional audi­ence was con­vened to dis­cuss the world’s grow­ing inter­est in Pod­Cars as a new form of urban trans­porta­tion.  A high­light of the con­fer­ence was the recent announce­ment that the new Pod­Car sys­tem at Heathrow was fully up and run­ning.  Sev­eral other new ini­tia­tives around the world were also announced includ­ing new sys­tems in Korea, India, the United States and the Mid­dle East.  Dave shared thoughts about how to build the same level of pas­sion and allure into Pod­Cars as we cur­rently have for today’s cars.  We need to build excite­ment around what hap­pens next or change towards new sus­tain­able and energy effi­cient forms of trans­porta­tion will be very slow.  Dave speaks fre­quently about the role of Inno­va­tion in dri­ving change within the trans­porta­tion indus­try in part­ner­ship with NewNorth Cen­ter for Design in Busi­ness and OnGo­ing Trans­porta­tion.

Suzanne on Marketplace — NPR

September 9th, 2011

Photo pro­vided by the US Navy

I helped out with this piece by Marketplace’s Scott Tong that aired on August 31st, 2011. Mil­i­tary fund­ing spurs clean-tech innovation

“As the Pen­ta­gon looks to cut oil use, its efforts are giv­ing a boost to start-up tech­nol­ogy that could one day go mainstream.”

SUZANNE HUNT: Some­one has to pay for those expen­sive test batches. It’s very sim­i­lar to what the mil­i­tary did with cell phones and com­puter chips. They were the ones that bought the big, clunky, super expen­sive first model.

And they may play a big cul­tural role in the new energy econ­omy. Hunt says just as the mil­i­tary was an early insti­tu­tion to deseg­re­gate — sol­diers, sailors, Marines and air­men are now early adopters of renewables.

HUNT: They bring that knowl­edge and that expe­ri­ence back to their com­mu­ni­ties. And they tend not to be the same com­mu­ni­ties as one often things of — Sil­i­con Val­ley, Man­hat­tan — what­ever peo­ple think of with clean tech.

As for alter­na­tive fuels, the mil­i­tary has a lot rid­ing on it. The Air Force, Navy and Marines all hope to cut their fos­sil fuel use in half. But, is the tech­nol­ogy ready? Is now the right time to bet on it?

Suzanne quoted in Forbes Magazine

September 9th, 2011

Photo taken from Forbes article

Forbes Magazine’s Todd Woody quoted me and other col­leagues in his August 08, 2011 “Jet Green” arti­cle. Note to self, any­thing you say to a reporter could end up in print!

Algae is the great green hope for jet fuels. “The­o­ret­i­cally, algae has incred­i­ble pro­duc­tion capac­ity,” says Suzanne Hunt, senior advi­sor to the Car­bon War Room, a group cofounded by Virgin’s Richard Bran­son that is work­ing with air­lines and bio­fuel pro­duc­ers to jump-start the indus­try. “Camelina plants and all the other plants that grow on land have to put all this energy into fight­ing grav­ity and into roots and fruits and flow­ers. Algae just floats and grows.“

Suzanne & Dave to Co-Chair key tracks at the upcoming Creating Climate Wealth Summit in Washington DC May 3–4

April 25th, 2011

Suzanne and David will be co-hosting two impor­tant work­ing tracks at the Car­bon War Room’s most sig­nif­i­cant annual event: the Cre­at­ing Cli­mate Wealth Sum­mit.  Suzanne will con­vene renew­able avi­a­tion fuel lead­ers to dis­cuss impor­tant next steps to the sus­tain­able com­mer­cial­iza­tion of renew­able avi­a­tion fuels.  David Muyres will be co-hosting a new track this year focused on Per­sonal Trans­porta­tion.  If we are to reach giga­ton car­bon reduc­tion lev­els we must look at this topic more broadly: beyond pol­icy and tech­nol­ogy alone.

Dave Muyres Presented in Shanghai about the Future of the Auto Industry

April 25th, 2011

On April 15th, Dave Muyres addressed the Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce regard­ing the role of inno­va­tion in the future of the car indus­try. While in Shang­hai he also pre­sented at the Inte­ri­or­mo­tives Con­fer­ence to a group of 400 global design lead­ers about Design and the Future of the Trans­porta­tion Indus­try on April 17th. On April 19 and 20 he attended the Shang­hai AutoShow press days, Asia’s largest autoshow and blog­ging about chang­ing con­sumer behav­ior. In Feb­ru­ary 2011, at the invi­ta­tion of IDSA, Dave addressed a group of 300 design enthu­si­asts about the Role of the Indus­trial Designer, Sus­tain­abil­ity and the Future of How We Move Around the Planet. This event was hosted by Design West Michi­gan and held at Kendall College.

Suzanne Hunt — Senior Advisor to the Carbon War Room

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.

Dave Muyres to Speak at IDSA Conference on Transportation Design

September 3rd, 2010

The IDSA Michi­gan con­fer­ence, titled Expand­ing the Fron­tiers, will focus on how to trans­form the car indus­try into a robust provider of trans­porta­tion sys­tem solu­tions.  Dave will dis­cuss the key role of design in guid­ing and ener­giz­ing this crit­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion.  The con­fer­ence will take place on Sep­tem­ber 17th, 2010 at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Troy, MI.  For more infor­ma­tion on the com­plete event, go to their web­site.

Suzanne Advising “Living City Block”

July 5th, 2010

LCBLogo2It is esti­mated that by the year 2050, eighty per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion will live in cities. In addi­tion, the Urban Land Insti­tute pre­dicts that eighty per­cent of cur­rent build­ing stock in the US will still be in use in the year 2050. A series of impres­sive efforts are under­way to mobi­lize the financ­ing and tech­nolo­gies to retro­fit large build­ings, but nearly half of the build­ing stock in Amer­ica is small-medium sized.

Liv­ing City Block is an ini­tia­tive to help cities redesign and retro­fit inef­fi­cient and/or aging build­ings at the block scale and is is com­mit­ted to work with com­mu­ni­ties to cre­ate resource hyper-efficient, eco­nom­i­cally sus­tain­able and health­ier and more liv­able neigh­bor­hoods. Aggre­ga­tion of square footage at the block scale enables economies of scale for small-medium sized build­ings and lends the abil­ity to work with local gov­ern­ments to imple­ment not just trans­for­ma­tive energy solu­tions, but also to rework water, waste, health­ier streets and other block-scale issues.

Liv­ing City Block was born at the Rocky Moun­tain Insti­tute and was launched ear­lier this year by Llewellyn Wells.
The ini­tial pilot project is under­way in lower down­town Den­ver that will pro­duce a frame­work that can be exported and adapted in sis­ter cities. Already we are in con­ver­sa­tions with key poten­tial part­ners in Boston, Wash­ing­ton DC, and Santa Marta (Colombia).

Visit to DAK Renewables & Minwind

June 13th, 2010
David Kolsrud at AgriEnergy Ethanol Mill in Lucern, South Dakota

David Kol­srud at AgriEnergy Ethanol Mill in Luverne, Minnesota

Ear­lier this spring I vis­ited David Kol­srud and his team at DAK Renew­able Energy in South Dakota. DAK has a port­fo­lio of ethanol, biodeisel and wind invest­ments with the com­mon theme being com­mu­nity own­er­ship. We vis­ited Agri-Energy, an ethanol mill that is owned by 230 local farm­ers and pro­duces 22 mil­lion gal­lons of ethanol as well as dis­tillers grain (fed to live­stock) and bio­mass pel­lets that are burned in place of some of the coal at a power plant in the region. For a decade and a half they have been pio­neers in com­mu­nity own­er­ship struc­tured renew­able energy devel­op­ment in the mid-west and are seek­ing to con­tinue their lead­er­ship by invest­ing in, and deploy­ing more sus­tain­able, inte­grated tech­nolo­gies and prac­tices. While I was there we vis­ited Mark Willers of Min­wind in Min­nesota and toured their fully com­mu­nity owned windfarm.

Minwind 1.65MW turbine

Min­wind 1.65MW turbine

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