Author Archives: Susanna Schick

Isidore — The Cure For Black Friday Overconsumption

November 27th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

While millions of Americans are doing everything they can to get the latest electronics, billions of discarded devices lie waiting to become truly obsolete in dusty basements everywhere. Some are lucky enough to get donated to charities that resell them to people who can't afford the latest and greatest. But most, about 75% of the e-waste America generates, winds up in a landfill somewhere. The toxic metals then mix with the liquids and can easily find their way back into the water supply. Meanwhile, circuit boards in public toilets are stripped for their precious metals, while the majority of offshore electronics recycling is done with little regard for health and safety


Los Angeles CleanTech Global Showcase | The Latest In Cleantech Innovation

November 11th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

Last week, we covered the inaugural CleantechLA Global Showcase. With an 87% success rate, it's no wonder the LA Cleantech Incubator's babies provided a day of very exciting presentations. The companies presented some very exciting technologies, from a new type of lithium battery that lasts longer than any currently on the market to a fascinating new turbine inspired by the Fibonacci principle. The full list of presenting companies is in the program, here. The keynote on day 1 was presented by Matt Petersen, Los Angeles's first Chief Sustainability Officer.


Plug In Day 2013 (Los Angeles)

October 6th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

Originally published on Gas2. This year’s Plug-In Day celebration may not have had hunky models riding motorcycles, but there were a [&hellip


Women In Green Forum 2013 | The True Revolutionaries

September 3rd, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

While a bunch of rich white men are off in the desert getting their freak on, a few hundred women gathered in a Beverly Hills conference room to politely discuss how they're actually changing the world. The Women in Green Forum began in 2009, and now holds events in both Los Angeles and Washington DC. The 2013 Los Angeles speakers included game-changer Kabira Stokes, founder of Isidore Recycling. She may look like any model/actress/entrepreneur you'd meet in LA, but she's a lot smarter than most.


Women In Green Forum 2013 | Ford’s Future Plastics

September 3rd, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

At the Women in Green Forum, we had the pleasure of not only watching Dr. Ellen Lee give a presentation on the work Ford is doing to end their dependency on petroleum-based materials, but also sat down with her to get to the tofu of the matter... Dr. Ellen Lee and her team spend their days devising new ways to make plastic more sustainable. She does this at Ford, so it’s not just about renewable resources, but also about reducing weight. She’s always on the lookout for the lightest materials with the lowest environmental impact at Ford prices


California Solar Farms Bring Home-Grown Solar Power (Exclusive Photos & Video)

July 23rd, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

Sure, we've all heard about the skyrocketing growth of PV solar power in the state. We've reported it here, and on planetsave. But to see it happening is something else entirely. Riding from Los Angeles to Monterey to cover eRoadRacing for Gas2, I discovered California Valley is in the process of becoming a massive source of energy for the state. The valley has been largely uninhabitable for decades, thanks to excessive nitrates in the groundwater from all the cattle farming nearby. Here I stop and ask the only questions they're allowed to answer about Topaz Farms


There’s A Fortune In Your Trashcan | Sustainable Brands 2013

June 8th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

Recycling was a big topic at Sustainable Brands this year. More specifically, how brands are making money out of trash. A perfect storm of forces has coalesced to make recycled plastics more viable than they used to be, and sometimes more viable than virgin plastics. A persistently weak economy, a generation growing up with terror of environmental collapse, and the passion to do their best to prevent that, and “waste” becoming more plentiful than crude oil. William McDonough's pioneering work in Cradle to Cradle is finally heading into the mainstream


Sustainable Brands 2013 Day One | San Onofre Goes Solar!

June 4th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

Well, alright, it hasn't happened yet. But listening to various panelists talk about consumer research they've conducted, it's clear the public wants solar power much, much more than nuclear. Sustainable Brands 2013 launched with a day of workshops on a wide range of topics, with all sorts of interesting news. The panels I sat in ranged from one on Life Cycle Assessment to one on Systems Thinking. Driving past San Onofre on the way down from LA, it looked as ominous dormant as it did when it was active. They're threatening to re-open it, but with solar getting so cheap, is it really worth the risk


Sustainable Brands 2013 Is Approaching

May 10th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

This article originally appeared on Gas2. Sustainable Brands returns to San Diego’s Paradise Cove for 2013. The 4-day conference, hosted by Saatchi [&hellip


The Dark and Seamy Underbelly of the Recycling Industry

March 16th, 2012 | by Susanna Schick

Today was Day One of the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Los Angeles, held by the Blue Green Alliance. That's not blue as in oceans, that's blue as in blue collar workers. This exciting conference brought together clean tech industry leaders, labor union leaders, government, investors and educators to discuss how best to create more green jobs. This builds on the work Van Jones did in promoting a Green Collar Economy. Villaraigosa and many other speakers all mentioned the importance of working together to create more quality green jobs


Verdexchange 2012 Cleantech Conference

January 24th, 2012 | by Susanna Schick

I spent the day at the Verdexchange conference, and heard a lot of interesting news on topics ranging from ESG reporting to Waste to Energy conversion and so much in between. Highlights included witnessing the beginning phases of California's carbon market being developed, hearing Mayor Villaraigosa freestyle at the end of his speech and speak from the heart about his passion for making LA as much a Clean Tech Capital as it is the world's Entertainment Capital.


Gaming to Prevent Climate Change | Climate Reality Project

December 7th, 2011 | by Susanna Schick

On Friday, Trends Research and Innovation Company psfk, in partnership with The Climate Reality Project announced the ten finalists of “Gaming for Good”. Contestants were invited to develop games which help people improve their environmental impact, taking inspiration from psfk’s recent report; The Future of Gaming. The goal of The Climate Reality Project is global acceptance of the realities of climate change



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