Public Forum

The Leaders In Energy Circular Economy Group is hosting the next installment of its "Working Circular Happy Hour Series" on "How to do a Waste Audit." We will be joined by Kevin John Hollerbach, EPA Environmental Policy Analyst and Andrew Moiseff, Program Analyst at the EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

Date: August 5

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm (EDT)

The 7/22 CEWG meeting examined Project Drawdown and bioproducts.
Green Jobs

Research Analyst, The Energy Futures Initiative

Business Operations Manager, The Montgomery County Green Bank

Program Associate , Clean Energy Business Network

LE Events

On August 27th, Leaders in Energy will host its 7th Annual Green Jobs Forum on “Jobs for a Just, Equitable, and Green Future" Hear from author Justine Burt, "The Great Pivot: Creating Meaningful Work to Build a Sustainable Future," get tips on hiring from green recruiters and from those working in the green economy, and more!

Date: August 27

Time: 6:00-9:00 PM (EDT)

Early bird rates through 8/21 plus student and job seeker discounts. ($5-$15)
New Initiative to Track Real-Time GHG Emissions

Using artificial intelligence, satellites, and other technologies, a coalition of tech companies, nonprofits and former Vice President Al Gore will create a worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) database, known as Climate TRACE that will track emissions and their sources in real time. Such data will be publicly available and will ensure that governments and private companies actually reduce their emissions according to Paris Agreement commitments.
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Venture Summit Virtual Connect | Global

Leaders in Energy invites you to virtually join leading VCs, Corp VCs, Angel Investors and over 100 Top Innovators at Venture Summit Virtual Connect | Global being held on August 4th – 6th 2020. Dedicated Cleantech Track, One-on-One (zoom) investor meetings, 2 days of content including timely panel discussions, workshops and an inspiring keynotes.

Dates: August 4-6


Join the International Climate Action Challenge

Bethesda Green recently launched its 2020 Summer Speaker Series: Tackling Environmental Challenges Through Sustainable Entrepreneurship. In this five-part series, which kicks off July 28th, they're bringing together founders, industry experts, and policy makers for conversations that will inspire, motivate, and educate all who attend.

Series 1: Food Sustainability Series 2: Circular Economy.

From the Blog
By Matthew Capuano-Rizzo

In an interview, Design by Freedom founder and CEO Anukampa Freedom Gupta-Fonner, explains her inspirations, reveals the Freedom Sleeve 2.0 , highlights intersectionality, and unpacks zero-waste during COVID-19. When you purchase the Freedom Sleeve 2.0 , 25% of your purchase will benefit the Tsavo Trust, whose Big Tusker Project protects the last ten Super Tusker elephants in Tsavo National Park in Kenya.
By Jessica Corbett

Researchers featured in the Washington Post found that both Democrats and Republicans support addressing racial injustice and economic inequality in climate legislation. Such proposals include wind and solar investments, unionized clean energy jobs, and retraining fossil fuel workers. Congress, however, is working on a new package that will not include green provisions.
By Allison Crimmins

Amidst the flurry of proposals ranging from the 500 page House Democrat Climate Crisis Action Plan to Joe Biden's 'Build Back Better' $2 trillion climate plan , Crimmins argues that a new department is needed to combat the climate crisis. The department would encompass the climate crisis' threats to national security , public health , and equity and coordinate a federal response. Meanwhile, a new report from the Government Accountability Office underscores the costs of the Trump administration's "deceptive math" in estimating pollution costs and carbon emissions. Such revelations add to a long list of more than 100 environmental rollbacks under Trump's leadership.
By Megan Darby

The US, Japan, UK, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, and Vietnam are employing public funds to finance a $20 billion extraction project led by French oil major Total. This comes as UNEP's 2019 Emissions Gap Report found that "governments are planing to extract 47% more gas by 2040 than can be burned within a 2C global warming limit." Mohamed Adow, from the Nairobi-based think-tank Powershift Africa said “If Total truly cared about Africa, rather than their own bottom line, they would be helping us to develop using clean, renewable power, not more dirty energy.” The UK's support for the project is particularly unsettling as it is set to host the next UN Climate summit, Cop26, in November 2021.
By Silvia Amaro and Christine Wang

Following nearly four days of talks, heads of state in the European Union agreed on a 750 billion euro recovery fund in addition to a 1.074 trillion euro budget for 2021-2027. The European Commission's plan, which still has to be approved by a qualified majority in the European parliament, allows the bloc to, for the first time, issue collective debt to finance support grant and loan support to member countries. Most notably, 30% of the recovery plan's total expenditure and the next EU budget will address climate concerns. Such investment backs up the EU's plan to become a carbon-neutral continent by 2050. In the first half of 2020, Europe produced more electricity from renewables than from fossil fuels.
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