Sac Sustainable Business Awards 2018

golden 1Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Awards Expo at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA.  It was such a cool event.  Best part was it was free.  As we arrived, we were able to check out some really cool cars.  Tesla’s, Nissan Leaf, Honda Fuel Cell and more.

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Valerie, a Health Coach and Johnny, a Videographer checking out the Tesla’s.  

Once we arrived inside the beautiful Golden 1 center, there was a free contentinenal breakfast which was really good.  It was all locally grown and zero waste as well.  Major score!!

Congresswoman Doris Matsui was there and she gave a little speech about how awesome Sacramento is and their sustainable way of life.  Also Aran Rush, Vice President of Arena Operations for the Sacramento Kings discussed how smart the Golden1 Center actually is.    It has solar panels and also gets its energy from a solar farm.

2018 Award Winners

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The Award for Water Conservation goes to Veg Cafe which is a Thai Restaurant.  They do many things to conserve.  They allow you to take only the amount of water that you will drink.  All water that is left over is used to water the plants and also they use it to flush the toilets.  What a cool restaurant.  I definitely want to go there.  The food and beverages looks amazing!!

The Award for Transportation and Air Quality goes to Taylor’s Market & Kitchen.  I can’t remember why they got it to be honest but hey they did something to get the recognition.  Way to go Taylor’s Market & Kitchen

The Award for Pollution Prevention goes to Roxy Restaurant & Bar.  They get their food locally and they compost. They are a Farm to Fork restaurant.  Can’t wait to try this place!!

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The Award for Solid Waste Reduction goes to Gutterglove Inc. They have removed 4500 tons of waste from the landfill. Wow that’s a lot of waste!!  Thank you so much!!!  You’re a rockstar!!

The Award for Energy Conservation goes to Datacate, Inc.  It’s a Virtual Data Center with Cloud computing and all kinds of cool stuff!! Congratulations!!

The Award for Green Building goes to Clark Pacific. Their core value is to be sustainable. They built the 49ers Stadium and are working on the Warriors Arena as well.

Honorable Mentions: Sacramento Eco Fitness, Refill Madness, Cal Family Fitness, Tim’s Music,  Dream Coffee.

I had the opportunity to check out the bikes with Sacramento Eco Fitness and you can watch the video here:


The BERC Sacramento Area Sustainable Business (SB) program certifies businesses that voluntarily adopt environmentally friendly practices in any one of the above areas.  This certification is provided free of charge due to sponsorship of the following:

Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Sacramento County Department of Water Resources, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), SACRAMENTO REGIONAL COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Sacramento Regional solid Waste Authority (SWA), Environmental Management Department, Environmental Management Department, Business Environmental Resource Center, US Small Business Administration, California Farm Fresh to You, Sacramento Metro Chamber, Dr. Bing Gu, CEO California Sunlight, SAC EV.

This was such an amazing event!!  I’ll definitely come again next year.  There’s so much happening that’s wonderful in the world.  And this was definitely an opportunity to meet some amazing people that are taking positive action.  They are not just complaining but choosing to do it the right way.  I’m so grateful to have attended this event.  It gave me so much hope for out beautiful world.  A world  that is coming together in Unity to heal our Dear Beloved Mother Earth.

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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and  a Yoga Instructor.  She has a passion for  Singing and Dance.  She believes as you heal yourself, you heal the planet.  To learn more about Zero Waste Eco skin and hair care click here.  For Eco friendly products that need to be purchased globally to reduce waste  click here.

 

Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry

Originally published on Bloomberg.com on April 23, 2018 By Jeremy Hodges

Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry

 

A worker charges an electric bus in Shenzhen.
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

 

Electric buses were seen as a joke at an industry conference in Belgium seven years ago when the Chinese manufacturer BYD Co. showed an early model.

“Everyone was laughing at BYD for making a toy,” recalled Isbrand Ho, the Shenzhen-based company’s managing director in Europe. “And look now. Everyone has one.”

Suddenly, buses with battery-powered motors are a serious matter with the potential to revolutionize city transport—and add to the forces reshaping the energy industry. With China leading the way, making the traditional smog-belching diesel behemoth run on electricity is starting to eat away at fossil fuel demand.

The numbers are staggering. China had about 99 percent of the 385,000 electric buses on the roads worldwide in 2017, accounting for 17 percent of the country’s entire fleet. Every five weeks, Chinese cities add 9,500 of the zero-emissions transporters—the equivalent of London’s entire working fleet, according Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

All this is starting to make an observable reduction in fuel demand. And because they consume 30 times more fuel than average sized cars, their impact on energy use so far has become much greater than the passenger sedans produced by companies from Tesla Inc. to Toyota Motor Corp.

For every 1,000 battery-powered buses on the road, about 500 barrels a day of diesel fuel will be displaced from the market, according to BNEF calculations. This year, the volume of fuel not needed may rise 37 percent to 279,000 barrels a day because of electric transport including cars and light trucks, about as much oil as Greece consumes, according to BNEF. Buses account for about 233,000 barrels of that total.

“This segment is approaching the tipping point,” said Colin McKerracher, head of advanced transport at the London-based research unit of Bloomberg LP. “City governments all over the world are being taken to task over poor urban air quality. This pressure isn’t going away, and electric bus sales are positioned to benefit.”

China is ahead on electrifying its fleet because it has the world’s worst pollution problem. With a growing urban population and galloping energy demand, the nation’s legendary smogs were responsible for 1.6 million extra deaths in 2015, according to non-profit Berkeley Earth.

A decade ago, Shenzhen was a typical example of a booming Chinese city that had given little thought to the environment. Its smog became so notorious that the government picked it for a pilot program for energy conservation and zero emissions vehicles in 2009. Two years later, the first electric buses rolled off BYD’s production line there. And in December, all of Shenzhen’s 16,359 buses were electric.

BYD had 13 percent of China’s electric bus market in 2016 and put 14,000 of the vehicles on the streets of Shenzhen alone. It’s built 35,000 so far and has capacity to build as many as 15,000 a year, Ho said.

BYD estimates its buses have logged 17 billion kilometers (10 billion miles) and saved 6.8 billion liters (1.8 billion gallons) of fuel since they started ferrying passengers around the world’s busiest cities. That, according to Ho, adds up to 18 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution avoided, which is about as much as 3.8 million cars produce in each year.

“The first fleet of pure electric buses provided by BYD started operation in Shenzhen in 2011,” Ho said by phone. “Now, almost 10 years later, in other cities the air quality has worsened while—compared with those cities—Shenzhen’s is much better.”

Other cities are taking notice. Paris, London, Mexico City and Los Angeles are among 13 authorities that have committed to only buying zero emissions transport by 2025.

London is slowly transforming its fleet. Currently four routes in the city center serviced by single-decker units are being shifted to electricity. There are plans to make significant investments to the clean its public transport networks, including retrofitting 5,000 old diesel buses in a program to ensure all buses are emission-free by 2037.

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A BYD Co. double-decker electric bus at the EV Trend Korea exhibition in Seoul on April 12.Photographer: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg

Transport for London, responsible for the city’s transport system, declined to comment for this article because of rules around engaging with the media ahead of May local government elections.

Those goals will have an impact on fuel consumption. London’s network draws about 1.5 million barrels a year of fuel. If the entire fleet goes electric, that may displace 430 barrels a day of diesel for each 1,000 buses going electric, reducing U.K. diesel consumption by about 0.7 percent, according to BNEF.

Across the U.K. there were 344 electric and plug-in hybrid buses in 2017, and BYD hopes to be picked to supply more. It has partnered with a Scottish bus-maker to provide the batteries for 11 new electric buses that hit the city’s roads in March.

Falkirk-based manufacturer Alexander Dennis Ltd. began making electric buses in 2016 and has quickly become the European market leader with more than 170 vehicles operating in the U.K. alone.

More work is on the horizon, with London’s transport authority planning a tender to electrify its iconic double-decker buses, Ho said.

“The tech is ready,” Ho said. “We are ready, we have our plants in China, and Alexander Dennis in Scotland is geared up for TfL. Once we’re given the word, we are ready to go.”

(Corrects fifth paragraph to clarify total attributable to buses. )