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.
Hunt Green LLC provides strategic advising for decision makers in business, government and not-for-profit arenas on a range of renewable energy, sustainable mobility, agriculture, and green design challenges.
Bill Browning, co-founder of Terrapin Bright Green and HuntGreen LLC partner is the 2011 Evergreen Awards Perspective WinnerOctober 22nd, 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.
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?
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 3–4April 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.
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 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.
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.
It 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).
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.