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Tuesday
Nov132012

America Spoke Renewable Clean Energy Is On

 

 

By Dr. Tyra Oldham, Sustainable Sherpa, November 13, 2012

 

Image provided by U.S. SEO Smaba PartnersThe election has ended and the voters have spoken to an energy policy at least different from a pure coal solution. The task now is to establish a hearty energy policy inclusive of renewable clean energy that leads to affordable, accessible, operational and infrastructural solution that the green, political and private stakeholders can agree.

The "Americans Vote for A New Energy Future" reported by Earth Techling. The question is defining what America  as voted for and/or has the tolerance to accept to get to oil independence. The method of this type of plan is organically and operationally a new intelligence that falls in alignment to "think sustainably". This is not a paradigm shift or new normal but a new-new-new

America has spoken shared the following:

"U.S. voters have rejected candidate Romney’s fossil fuels-only approach to energy policy and embraced the new course set by President Obama in his first term."

"It was the fossil fuel industry itself, fueled by millions of dollars from the coal and oil industries, that decided more than a year ago to turn the 2012 election into a crusade—and a referendum. Bolstered by an unprecedented war-chest and exaggerated attention to a few failed solar loans by the Obama administration, the energy establishment made its election preference abundantly clear, giving American voters a clear choice. It was an all-in bet by the “drill-baby-drill” crowd—and one they decisively lost."

"Throughout the campaign, the fossil fuel companies’ arguments were undermined by the fact that, apart from the failed cap-and-trade legislation, President Obama has a solid energy record. During his first term, the fuel economy standards for automobiles were nearly doubled, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions fell 10 percent, oil imports declined 32 percent, wind power more than doubled, and solar energy jumped sevenfold—energy achievements that arguably exceed those of any U.S. president in modern times."

"Public opinion polls show that a solid majority of Americans support President Obama’s policies to spur the development of new energy industries and reduce dependence on oil and coal. The coal industry’s efforts to exaggerate the number of jobs in coal mining (representing just 2 out of every 1,000 jobs in the pivotal state of Ohio) fell flat as the public began to realize that U.S. jobs in the wind, solar, and battery industries already exceed coal mining (an industry that has voluntarily eliminated three-quarters of its jobs via automation over the past two decades)."

"President Obama’s challenge in his second term is to strengthen federal support for renewable energy while closely guarding taxpayers’ money."

It has never been clearer that energy is the number one concern. Yes, without a strong energy policy the margins, efficiencies, technologies and profits will be undermined by the higher cost of energy producing a non-competitive advantage that is sure to move a leading nation to a undervalued nation. The past of Solyndra one mistake needs to be identified as a hallmark of how to do better and what are the steps to engage in developing strong energy solution based companies.  The new-new-new is not to engage in energy as a LEED banner but a mission, vision and solution for sustainable development and innovation. We stand as a disruptive solution based company providing plans to structure, integrate and adopt energy solutions to be the leaders in their field which starts with the vision and mission to be sustainable.  

Contact Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds to lead sustainably.

Monday
Oct292012

Hurricane Sandy Potential to Effect Millions

October 29, 2012

 

It is crucial to regard the impending path of the hurricane that  may affect millions. We at LAND sds keep them at top of mind and offer safety and protection during this time. CNN U.S. reported in Coast Guard official: Hurricane Sandy 'could be bad, or it could be devastation' "But if, as expected, it turns toward the United States early Monday morning, Sandy will have an even more direct -- and potentially calamitous -- effect on millions."

Further, the Huffington Post stated in Hurricane Sandy Eyes DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia And New York that, "Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall."

"Sandy strengthened before dawn and stayed on a predicted path toward Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York – putting it on a collision course with two other weather systems that would create a superstorm with the potential for havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. About 2 to 3 feet of snow were even forecast for mountainous parts of West Virginia."

We pray for all those in the wake of this storm. We pray that those in the path and those who have families near or in the center of Sandy are protected. This is the action of sustainability to be one nation in support of one another in these times.

 

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Tuesday
Oct232012

Water Management in Terms of Legalities

LAND sds, October 23, 2012

 

 

Water mitigation is the topic of infrastructural security and city sustainable planning. The Bristol Bay Times reported "Lawyers clean up in waste water lawsuit".

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"The city of Unalaska paid more than a half-million dollars in legal fees fighting the federal lawsuit requiring the construction of a new sewage treatment plant, water treatment plant and the towering new leachate tank on Summers Bay Road adjacent to the landfill."

"The city released the legal expenditures Monday in response to a written request from the Bristol Bay Times - Dutch Harbor Fisherman, under the terms of the Alaska Public Records Act."

" The city instead paid a fine of $340,000 for multiple violations of the federal Clean Water Act, under the terms of a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, representing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

Efficient plants often leading toward green can manage sewage, waste water and overflow. The importance of water management is difference between health, security and safety. Water is not a conversation to be bottled and/or tapped. Accessing water impacts can lead to sustainable change.

Tuesday
Oct022012

EPA E-Waste Recycling Push for Industry Changes

Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, Green News, October 2, 2012

 

The importance of changing standards and applying analytics to the process of recycling can reduce the overall waste produced by electronics. The story "EPA Challenges E-Waste Recycling Industry to Certify Its Act" from Sustainable Plant.

The E-Waste approach:

"On September 20, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of its Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge was announced at Vintage Tech Recyclers, a certified electronics recycling facility in Romeoville, Illinois."

"Officiating at the event, EPA Administrator Lisa. P. Jackson said, “Already, the United States generates almost 2.5 million tons of electronic waste per year – and that number will only grow. Used electronics have materials in them that can be recovered and recycled, reducing the economic costs and environmental impacts of securing and processing new materials for new products.” Jackson continued, “The SMM Electronics Challenge will help us ensure that we are doing all we can to repurpose or safely dispose of the cell phones, computers and other devices we use every day – all while helping to build a robust market for electronics recycling in the United States.”"

"The SMM Electronics Challenge urges leaders in the electronics industry to commit to sending 100% of the used electronics they collect to third-party certified refurbishers and recyclers, as well as to increase the amount of used electronics they themselves collect. The challenge provides a visible and readily measurable way for electronic companies to showcase their commitment to safe and environmentally protective practices for the refurbishment and recycling of used electronics. The resulting data points generated from this commitment can be transparent in openly showing their progress toward their recycling targets and objectives."

"Participating recyclers must first undergo a rigorous certification process, which includes having a management system complete with procedures and other system requirements approved by an accredited, third-party certification body as meeting industry standards Responsible Recycling (R2) and Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.."

The challenge if accepted will assist companies to establish broader standards and more competitive goals. Companies like Sprint who have a 100% recycling plan by 2017  could close the gap in shorter time reducing greenhouse gases, emission and less waste in landfills. The complexity is having companies adopt the value proposition that can deliver ROI.

Thursday
Sep132012

Water Lands Threatened By Climate Change

By Dr. Tyra Oldham. Sustainable Green Strategist & Consultant

 

 

The beauty of our oceans are relevant to the climate change bubble that continues to expand. The story "7 National Seashores Threatened By Climate Change" from Care2 illustrates the dynamic effects of one system on another within this complex ecosystem.

"According to a new report from the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Researchers today announced that if heat-trapping pollution isn’t drastically reduced, all seven face real risk of being submerged by rising sea levels. The national seashores most threatened by unchecked climate change are Cape Cod (in Massachusetts), Fire Island (New York), Assateague Island (Maryland and Virginia), Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout (North Carolina), Cumberland Island (Georgia), and Canaveral (Florida)."

"The report, Atlantic National Seashores in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption [PDF], states that all areas listed have a majority of their lands less than one meter (3.3 feet) above sea level, and therefore are at serious risk of inundation by a higher sea level."

"Science is compelling that climate is changing, becoming warmer and much more variable,” said Dr. S. Jeffress Williams, scientist emeritus for the U.S. Geological Survey."  Further, "In order to avoid the impending destruction of these valuable national seashores, researchers say the EPA must be allowed to enforce the Clean Air Act, a piece of legislation that has come under continued attack by the fossil fuel industry and its pocket politicians. The report also recommends establishing comprehensive mandatory limits on carbon pollution to reduce emissions by at least 20 percent below current levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050, and programs to educate National Park visitors on climate change threats and examples of emission reduction efforts."

Thursday
Aug302012

Solar Reflections Across the Western US

 

 

Enthusiasm for environmentally friendly energy sources has been a driving force and now a road of solar energy will be reflecting across the West.

There is an overwhelming support for taking up alternative energy sources according to The Hill’s article “Government Investment in Clean Energy a Plus,” and eliminate the rising cost of traditional energy sources.

Today’s businesses are learning clean energy and energy efficiency make sense for ROI, and Colorado in particular is a solar enthusiast:

“A total of 285,000 acres in six states—Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah—have been designated for the solar energy initiative announced last month. The plan would also speed up the approval of new solar projects and reduce a number of up-front costs for developers.”

 “Many in Colorado have already taken steps to improve energy efficiency at their businesses. In fact, 61 percent have installed energy-saving measures such as energy efficient light bulbs, appliances, windows and insulation, reduced their heating and/or air conditioning usage, or taken some other energy saving measure.”

Green energy is providing companies with more realistic options to cut costs, increase efficiencies and generate ROI. "The aggregation of land that pushes forward energy consolidation is what we at LAND sds calls "Enabled Sustainable Synthesis" which links and leverages power for optimal solutions is the making of energy rich solution for the six states," states Dr. Tyra Oldham. Solar development is an option for a renewable future paving the way for a more energy efficient, sustainable future.

 

Jennifer Shockley, August 30, 2012