RP Siegel

RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. His publications include business and technical articles as well as books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an adventure novel about sustainability. RP is a professional engineer - a prolific inventor with 52 patents and President of Rain Mountain LLC a an independent product development group. He is also active in his community of Rochester, NY. A regular contributor to Mechanical Engineering magazine, RP recently returned from Abu Dhabi where he traveled as the winner to the 2015 Sustainability Week blogging competition.. Follow @RPSiegel on Twitter. Contact: bobolink52@gmail.com

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CODA Automotive Back From Bankruptcy With Energy Storage Solution

CODA Energy formerly known as CODA Automotive spent four years trying to enter the EV market, and filed for bankruptcy last spring after selling approximately 100 cars. Now they are back trying to leverage their battery technology in the energy storage market.

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Vestergaard’s Success Secret: Its Culture

In my previous posts, I’ve already described the tremendous level of innovation that this company brings to bear, not only in its products, but also in its business models and distribution methods. But there is another element at play here.

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The Carbon for Water Program’s Impact in Rural Kenyan Homes

On Friday, I made a number of home visits with Steve Otieno, Vestergaard’s country director for climate & water in Kenya. Steve manages the Follow the Liters campaign here. He also managed the Carbon for Water program, which, funded by carbon credits that were administered by Climate Care, provided nearly 900,000 LifeStraw family filters back in 2011. At each home, we learned how rural Kenyans were making use of their new gravity-fed water filters.

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Follow the Liters Campaign Brings Water Filters to Rural Kenyan Schools

Monday was the opening ceremony for Vestergaard’s Follow the Liters campaign at the Ebombwa Primary School in Kenya. More than 1600 LifeStraw Community filters will be distributed by this program, each one providing clean water to 75-100 children for several years.

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MyMeter Provides Energy-Saving Tools to Homes and Businesses

Software applications like MyMeter, from Accelerated Innovations LLC, help to “empower electric, gas, and water utilities and their customers to better manage end-use demand and consumption. It’s the engaging, intelligent connection that transforms meter data into insights for action.”

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Volvo Introduces High-Performance Hybrid-Electric Bus

Volvo just announced that its new 7900 Hybrid Electric Bus will be launched at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show next week. The bus which, utilizes a 201 HP electric motor in conjunction with a lithium-ion battery, could be a game-changer.

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Life After Sandy: How NYC is Improving Its Electric Grid

With our climate in upheaval, many cities, organizations and businesses are talking about building resiliency into their operations, in order to allow them to better deal with extreme events such as heavy storms, droughts and floods. While these expenditures are often high, given today’s reality they are considered necessary — in keeping with Ben Franklin’s adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Chiquita Sued For Deceptive Sustainability Claims

Last month, Chiquita Brands International received notice of a lawsuit filed by Seattle-based Water and Sanitation Health (WASH) accusing the company of deceptive advertising practices. Specifically, the company claims in their advertising that their “bananas are farmed in an ecologically friendly and sustainable manner.” This, according to WASH founder Eric John Harrison, “is far from the truth.”

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Obama to Seek ‘Politically Binding’ Climate Agreement

With a United Nations summit meeting coming up in Paris next year that will attempt to come up with some kind of meaningful global agreement, the president is determined not to show up empty-handed this time.

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Health Care Savings Will More Than Cover the Cost of Reducing Emissions

A cost-benefit study conducted by a team of MIT researchers and published in the journal Nature Climate Change looked at three different climate intervention scenarios, taking into account the health care cost savings. What they saw was that in one scenario, the health care cost savings achieved were actually ten times greater than the cost of implementing the scenario.