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  • SolveCasters
    One area for example, is in energy access. There's a huge gap in the financing that it's going to require to get everyone access to electricity particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. And one of our partnerships is called energize Africa and they are using crowdfunding. To invest in solar companies based in Sub-Saharan Africa and they're on track to get millions of people, access to clean electricity who didn't have access before. That financing gap is one of the obstacles that that can now be measured and tracked. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15382-the-2030-sustainable-development-goals-what-they-are-and-how-to-meet-the-task-with-katherine-camp-p4g-partnerships
    2021-04-12
  • SolveCasters
    And it's something that we're trying to change. And people would be amazed at how inefficient from a technological perspective, our whole grid functions and for people that are in it, it's probably, it's just a daily issue that I deal with. But, the other thing is that our regulatory, because we're so separated from the energy, there's multiple layers, whether you're in a vertically integrated, meaning your utility, owns the generation, the, sometimes transmission and distribution to your house, you don't see. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15228-how-do-organizations-track-utilization-of-renewable-energy
    2021-04-22
  • Karrah Krakovyak
    I mentioned air quality as well, it's also similar. For example, if there was someone who lives near a factory plant, where that plant is giving off toxicity from their from their business practices. Now you all of a sudden have regulation will need to be done from the government level. You need to be having air quality testing and monitoring to make sure that we're taking accountability for the quality of our air. And then, that also goes into a larger conversation. When you're talking about the wider United States. You're talking about we're talking about greenhouse gas emissions. We're talking about. That pollution coming from our business practices that is going into our air and therefore not just affecting air quality, but also affecting our atmosphere. And and then I think the other one of them I said was food waste reduction. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15380-karrah-krakyovyak-solvecaster-priority-topics-for-sustainability-3-31-21
    2021-04-01
  • Karrah Krakovyak
    Talking about food, if we're having throwing out food and copious amounts every year, not only does it have an impact on our waste and landfills, it also has an impact on food crises. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15380-karrah-krakyovyak-solvecaster-priority-topics-for-sustainability-3-31-21
    2021-04-01
  • Karrah Krakovyak
    When we're talking about water, there's very large scale issues in their small scale. And so for time, on the large scale, we can be talking about plastics in our oceans, rising water levels and also, retention national disaster resilience situations on the individual level. You're talking about contamination of water sources potentially, lead piping that could be affecting our water. Even thinking about the sewer system in your city and potentially the safety issues, there's a problem with that. But the interesting thing to talk about here is that notice how I said that we're told about toxicity. The toxicity that affects us individually also affects our larger world teaches really the important piece of why we always tell individuals to take action in their communities, because it has a large effect on the world and, communities as a whole. For water, I would say really starting with understanding the toxicity of our water, understanding what is going into our water. Are we, do we have a huge plastics problem is our water source next to a factory plant that is causing pollution. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15380-karrah-krakyovyak-solvecaster-priority-topics-for-sustainability-3-31-21
    2021-04-01
  • SolveCasters
    We need to reduce post-harvest food loss and food waste. So 30% of the food grown in poor countries don't reach the consumers. And in rich countries, 30% of food boxes is discarded, not eaten. And we need to shift diets towards diets. There are more nourishing and more environmentally sustainable. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15232-solving-for-the-future-of-food-with-daniel-ruben-food-tech-advisor
    2021-04-01
  • SolveCasters
    One of them that one of our partnerships works with is sustainable development goal 12, which is about responsible consumption and production. And one of those sub goals is which is to cut the amount of food loss and waste in half by 2030. And that is important for a number of reasons because not only does the food waste include embodied water use and energy use and carbon emissions that then are, for no good purpose. Nope. No good comes out of that. Because it's wasted, but also then the the food creates methane as it decomposes and, it's just. We don't need food waste. Nobody does. So the benefit of having that target is that all the countries, everyone knows we need to get to half. So what can we do? We can measure what, where we're at right now. We can, we, we have that target of how to get to half, and then we are developing solutions to to reach that. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15382-the-2030-sustainable-development-goals-what-they-are-and-how-to-meet-the-task-with-katherine-camp-p4g-partnerships
    2021-04-12
  • Karrah Krakovyak
    And then I think the last one I mentioned was energy. And then energy really ties kind of ties in well into everything I just mentioned. So energy in order to generate it, you need to use what you need to use coal and gas and oil and. We're generating greenhouse gas emissions from extracting that oil from from the point of extraction to getting it to be used in people's homes that also generates greenhouse gas emissions, and also affects our air quality because from the factories that they're generating that air pollution is also affecting our water because they need water in order to create and, make, create that energy stores. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15380-karrah-krakyovyak-solvecaster-priority-topics-for-sustainability-3-31-21
    2021-04-01
  • Laurie McGinley
    I would say all - if not - nearly all architects I know are very aware of [sustainability] . They weave it into their practice. It's a conscious part of the decision-making. It's certainly part of our code of ethics as architect to, to care for society at large. And climate change is a piece of that now. So philosophically, I believe most, if not all architects carry that into the equation and the architects, aren't the only people at the table, but there are also owners and contractors and stakeholders and sometimes taxpayers who are involved in that equation. https://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/29674-how-fear-of-change-inhibits-our-progress-toward-a-sustainable-future-with-laurie-mcginley
    2021-08-04
  • Laurie McGinley
    If I tell you the story about whose lives are better, because we make this. And I let you know how they feel and how that impacts you. That's a story that people want to listen to. And so I think as architects, it's our job to tell a story in a way that daylights everything, not just numbers that lead to return on investment, not just you'll feel better at night because this building is 4% more efficient. That doesn't mean anything to anymore. It's all of the things. And it's telling the story in a way of, I'm not going to tell you doing state story about what happens if we don't do this, but I am going to tell you stories about our beautiful future, where we can keep reading the air and drinking the water and eating food, because we have. And I think that piece is missing sometimes in the presentation of here's your new building. https://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/29674-how-fear-of-change-inhibits-our-progress-toward-a-sustainable-future-with-laurie-mcginley
    2021-08-04
  • Cynthia Fishman
    The other essential element is more of a philosophical, ethical component of trying to refocus. How humans interact with the natural world and all the other species, as well as other humans, to be more empathetic and to realize that there is an intrinsic value to all other organisms and that it's not just looking at a tree being like, wow, that's going to make some great pieces of paper. https://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/27971-biomimicry-for-enhancing-products-and-the-built-environment
    2021-07-09
  • Space Commerce Matters
    Delta Faucets is looking at flow out of their shower heads so they can maximize the the feel of water without actually taking as much. That's obviously good for energy efficiency, water conservation, and also energy conservation. https://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/26988-the-far-reaching-impact-of-space-commercialization
    2021-06-21
  • SolveCasters
    And so we can zero in on the need to regulate and enforce what happens with a few key facilities. Most of them are old steelmaking facilities and Coke making facilities...It has technology that dates back to the 1970s. So it's 50 years old and the company hasn't been investing in, improving it. In fact, what US Steel has done over this past year is take the money that it's made and invested in new facilities in Arkansas and Alabama, and not doing anything to repair the problems in Southwestern, Pennsylvania, which is where that company started, by the way. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15273-civilian-scientists-air-quality-tech-innovation-with-matt-mehalik
    2021-01-22
  • Annie Leonard
    So one of the things I argue for instead is a different metric you know we pay attention to what we measure let's measure human happiness and well-being let's measure health things like the genuine progress indicator there's lots of other statistics that we could be user metrics we could be using to track our progress in fact you say we should be measuring the ecology not not measuring the economy and I'm wondering does anyone do that and how do you do it yeah there's some wonderful metrics of this my favorite one is called the Happy Planet Index which is produced by the New Economics foundation in London and they take two different metrics one is how happy a country is which is calculated by their life expectancy times their life satisfaction over how many resources they use or their their national footprint so it's basically a metric of how effective or how efficient a country is at converting natural resources into human wellbeing so it turns out we are not very good at that and in 2009 the most recent Happy Planet Index out of 140 countries were 114 and Costa Rica was number one I think a lot of people are shaking their head saying Costa Rica why how well Costa Rica has a higher life expectancy a higher level of life satisfaction than we do in the United States and they're using a quarter of the resources to me that's very inspiring because it makes me realize we could be so much more efficient we could waste so much less https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5BcJb3BBz8
    2021-04-10
  • SolveCasters
    We have all the environmental issues where the food system uses 70% of fresh water, half of vegetative land, it's responsible for maybe a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. there's the w our relationship with animals, the way we race livestock and animals for food, which, triggers pandemics. So there's a lot of issues with the food system and a lot of innovators and entrepreneurs are trying to solve these through innovation and, leveraging technology, to make the food system more nourishing, more environment, environmentally sustainable, and more resilient. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15232-solving-for-the-future-of-food-with-daniel-ruben-food-tech-advisor
    2021-04-01
  • SolveCasters
    We're really trying to do is applying the best practices of creative placemaking and participatory design for communities, which is a well-established discipline to the energy landscape. Transformation because we need to recognize that these solar installations, wind installations or other kinds of renewable energy power plants are really adaptable, can be distributed. They can be right into places that we live and work, and they're gonna transform our visual landscape, like nothing since the advent of the automobile brought the super highways across the world. We need to think proactively about what that actual implementation looks like. And so it's time for the energy developer community to really merge with the community design community to, to think about how this happens properly and equitably. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15367-sustainable-design-implementation-with-the-land-art-generator
    2021-03-17
  • Annie Leonard
    I was able to spend about 20 years traveling around the world looking at literally hundreds of the factories where our stuff is made and the dumpster our stuff is dumped you know from Haiti to South Africa to India it was amazing and what I saw in all my travels was that all of this stuff in our life our electronics our clothing our shoes our appliances our furnitures our cars everything has enormous hidden environmental and social and health impacts before it gets to us and after it leaves us as well as while we do have it and most of those impacts are hidden from view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5BcJb3BBz8
    2021-04-10
  • SolveCasters
    We can tell stories and we can tell stories about solar panels and wind farms being put into place. At the same time. It can tell stories about Lake Mead shrinking because Las Vegas grows too quickly. And literally thousands of stories are possible. Each one though, because they're visual really burn themselves into your retina and get right into your cortex. So it's like a direct path in that lets you emotionally engage with the whole idea that the earth is changing under our feet rapidly because of the decisions we make. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15342-data-visualization-for-meaningful-change-with-illah-nourbakhsh-carnegie-mellon-university-director-of-the-create-lab
    2021-03-03
  • Bill Gates
    Manufacturing. Here we're talking about all the stuff we buy: furniture, beds, the cars themselves, all of those things. Just the very process of making cement is CO2 emitting.There’s a lot of embedded energy. We'll have to change the way that we do that manufacturing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A4npk1Deug&t=9s
    2021-03-18
  • SolveCasters
    And on any given day, the map, we can map out where the bad smells are flowing through the atmosphere around Pittsburgh. And those data points correlate with what we see on monitors. And so it helps us detect, so human smell is very sensitive. And the It's a good monitoring technique too, to tune into when something smells bad. And it's one data point that can be combined with what the monitors are showing, what the cameras were showing. We've seen many incidents where some people in a community will smell something. They'll report it on Twitter and recorded on the smell Pittsburgh app that will prompt us to go and look at cameras. And lo and behold, many times we see. Two hours before that smells detected, there was an eruption at one of these major facilities that exists around the Pittsburgh area. So it's that combination of people and their daily experience and quality of life wanting to improve it. Using technology to record and collect data integrated with other sources of information and data, and then take action. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15273-civilian-scientists-air-quality-tech-innovation-with-matt-mehalik #50 #air-pollution
    2021-01-22
  • SolveCasters
    So there's a whole slew of potential rich conceptual framework to, to work within. And so what the narrative, what the story that the teams are telling through their creative expression is unique to every team. Some teams are interested in engaging the public about their perceptions of climate change. Some are interested in communicating real time data. Through information graphics, whether that's illumination or text or some other means that show how the renewable energy is functioning. How much energy is creating an a moment in time, over a period of time. And so there are all a lot of different ways that teams approach the design brief based on what kind of story they want to tell. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15367-sustainable-design-implementation-with-the-land-art-generator
    2021-03-17
  • SolveCasters
    The needs and the goals of community members it directly in their lives, how they experience daily life...And so the connect connecting all of that together is the way in which change can happen. Change that is grounded in thoughtful scientific knowledge and information and public health information, but it but directly impacts people's lives. And that is the best combination of citizen science http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15273-civilian-scientists-air-quality-tech-innovation-with-matt-mehalik
    2021-01-22
  • SolveCasters
    So for decades, a lot of these communities have been ignored despite and during truly awful air quality conditions with high incidents of families being disrupted by disease directly attributable to air emissions. So it's at its core it's an environmental justice issue. The many of these communities are finding their voice by creating a space where people can feel like they can voice their concerns, participate by recording. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/15273-civilian-scientists-air-quality-tech-innovation-with-matt-mehalik #50 #air-pollution
    2021-01-22
  • Bill Gates
    There are days where it feels like focusing on something that requires global cooperation changing the regulations of industries that are very critical but most people just take for granted things like electricity reliability or you know steel or cement you know it can appear quite daunting so unless it's a priority and in the YS that means a priority for both political parties then you can you could be very worried that we're not going to achieve it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMR9OS4qggM
    2021-03-27
  • SolveCasters
    So we actually provide the entire microfactory concept, including machinery, all the market and, sales enablement tools to training so that every city that can source locally, produced locally and distribute the products locally. And that's, I think the uniqueness, when you think of it from a made local aspect, wherever you are. http://www.solvecast.com/articles/detail/14826-solving-for-circular-economy-and-entrepreneurship-with-felix-bock-founder-and-ceo-chop-value
    2021-03-25