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By Elaine Hsieh, Program Director & Senior Analyst - VERGE

Turns out the cost of fighting climate change will increase 40 percent for every decade of inaction.

That’s one of the eye-opening findings from a new White House report released yesterday, serving as an important reminder that action is essential, but so are scale, speed and scope.

We have taken this to heart at VERGE this year and are committed to disrupting the typical conference model, focusing on accelerating systemic solutions by enabling action instead of just talking about challenges.

For example, we’re hosting City Summit in partnership with C40 and the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network on October 27, the first day of VERGE SF, convening a select group of city and corporate leaders to focus on what it takes to achieve ambitious carbon reduction goals set by many cities. The intent of this daylong workshop is to figure out how the two sectors can work together to scale up solutions to achieve cities' sustainability and resilience goals in a way that is both enduring and economical.

That same day, we’re also hosting eLab Ignite in partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute’s Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab) team. It’s a roll-up-your-sleeves workshop with corporate customers, utilities, regulators and policymakers, technology providers and energy experts working together to create mutually beneficial models to accelerate cleaner, smarter solutions at the electricity system's distribution edge.

These are just a couple of VERGE SF sessions that will be powerful opportunities to catalyze the potential for real transformation. Check out more examples of transformative solutions in the stories below.

And speaking of taking action, a couple reminders: Our deeply discounted Summer Rate for VERGE SF expires tomorrow, so be sure to register soon. Also, the deadline for submitting your VERGE Accelerate nomination is this Friday, so if you’re a promising entrepreneur with an innovative startup, don’t forget to apply this week.


Energy Changes

GreenBiz workshop will explore the business of the electric grid
By Becky Dempsey
Industry stakeholders will address electric grid reliability and resilience.
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Why we need stronger, smarter electrical grids
By Massoud Amin

How antiquated technology and increased demand may be a perfect storm of electricity risk.

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After 130 years, New York rethinks its electric utility model
By John Finnigan

Demand response, smart grids and renewables will help us leave behind a grid that's only one notch better than kerosene lamps.

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7 charts tell the story of a changing energy landscape
By Johannes Friedrich, Thomas Damassa and Michael Obeiter

How have U.S. power sector emissions changed over the last 40 years? These charts will show you.

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14 Strategies to Save up to 70% in Energy Costs Using the Latest in Warehouse Lighting...and More


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Food Transformation

Slow Meat: 5 eating habits to transform the meat industry
By Richard McCarthy

How about Meatless Monday, lamb's sweetbreads or the near-extinct Trail of Tears Bean in your diet?

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Sainsbury's turns its own expired food into electricity
By James Murray

U.K. supermarkets Sainsbury announces that one English store is now powered entirely by biogas....Read More

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Green Careers: Unlocking Hidden Employment Potential


This guide details the ways in which the University of Colorado-Boulder’s online sustainability management programs can help you learn how to evaluate, plan, enact, and gain support for green practices in your organization. It also explores the increasing demand for sustainability professionals and their essential job functions. Click here for more information and to download a free copy.


Water Action

The 3 questions you need to ask about assessing water risk
By Jason Morrison and Sissel Waage

Older protocols are less relevant in this era of climate change and water stress. It's time to reconsider and revise how you assess risk....Read More



In water we trust: How Quito's water trust funds succeed
By Aleszu Bajak

This intriguing solution to watershed degradation has flourished in Ecuador's capital city. ...Read More



Will Clean Water Act foes leave small businesses high and dry?
By Zach Bernstein

What do the small business owners think of the proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule? An ASBC poll revealed some surprises....Read More

 
Connected Innovation

Why SAP sees an open road for 'connected cars'
By Joel Makower

The software company aims to become a driving force in connected cars.

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Southwest's innovative upcycling experiment
By Heather Clancy

What can you do with 14 shipping containers of used leather? The airline is teaming with social entrepreneurs to find out....Read More



Will that M2M solution work? AT&T is hacking the answer
By Heather Clancy

Want to test a smart garbage system? AT&T's "maker" lab can take an idea to a prototype in an hour. Other tech giants are incubating M2M tools, too.

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5 Common Myths About Product Financing


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White Papers

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  • Open Standards-Driven Wireless Building Energy Management
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  • 14 Strategies to Save up to 70% in Energy Costs Using the Latest in Warehouse Lighting...and More
  • Turning Title 24 Regulations into Smart Savings
  • Unlocking ROI+: Understanding the Complete Return on Smart Building Investments
  • 5 Common Myths About Project Financing
  • Corporate Sustainability Practices: Waste & Recycling
  • Green Careers: Unlocking Hidden Employment Potential
  • Verifying Environmental Sustainability in the Electronics Marketplace
  • A Benchmark Study of Current Practices and Tools for Sustainability
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  • Driving Performance and Transparency in Green Building Products
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  • Can You Save Millions with Sustainable Packaging Design?
  • NAEM Trends Report: Planning for a Sustainable Future
  • Guide to Energy, Carbon and Sustainability Software
  • Six growing trends in corporate sustainability

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    Events of Interest
    VERGE Salon New York: Next-Gen Buildings and Cities
    Tue, Sep 16
    New York NY

    VERGE San Francisco
    Mon, Oct 27 - Thu, Oct 30
    San Francisco CA

    GreenBiz Forum 15
    Tue, Feb 17 - Thu, Feb 19
    Scottsdale AZ

    GEO Appathon 2014
    Wed, May 7 - Sun, Aug 31
    Virtual Event

    USZWBC Zero Waste Training at Toyota North American Headquarters July 31st
    Thu, Jul 31
    Toyota North American Headquarters, Torrance, CA

    17th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO
    Thu, Jul 31
    Washington DC

    Moving Forward on Commercial Food Scraps Diversion - Policies and Processes Workshop- Register Today!
    Thu, Aug 14
    Los Angeles CA

    Bangladesh Summit on Sustainable Development
    Sun, Aug 17 - Tue, Aug 19
    Dhaka

    First California Adaptation Forum
    Tue, Aug 19 - Wed, Aug 20
    Sacramento

    Natural Capital: The Business Opportunity You’re Probably Not Thinking About
    Thu, Sep 18


    2014 Rising Seas Summit
    Wed, Sep 24 - Fri, Sep 26
    New York City NY

    Resource Efficiency Summit: Breaking through the barriers to transform current energy, water and waste performance
    Fri, Sep 26
    London

    Getting Value From EH&S Software & Technologies
    Tue, Sep 30
    Boston MA

    Energy Storage North America 2014
    Tue, Sep 30 - Thu, Oct 2
    San Jose CA

    America’s Watershed Initiative Summit
    Tue, Sep 30 - Thu, Oct 2
    Louisville KY

    37th World Energy Engineering Congress
    Wed, Oct 1 - Thu, Oct 2
    Washington DC

    Sustainable Energy & Design Conference
    Thu, Oct 16 - Fri, Oct 17
    Bronx NY

    Summit on Accelerating Innovation
    Tue, Oct 21 - Wed, Oct 22
    Rochester MI

    BSR Conference 2014, "Transparency and Transformation"
    Tue, Nov 4 - Thu, Nov 6
    New York NY

    12th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference - Call for Papers extended March 10th
    Wed, Nov 12 - Sat, Nov 15
    Nashville TN

    Miami Recycling Energy Forum Brings Together Clean Tech Companies And Educational Institutions
    Fri, Nov 14
    North Miami

    Defense, National Security & Climate Change Symposium
    Tue, Nov 18 - Wed, Nov 19
    Washington DC

    26th GLOBALCON
    Tue, Mar 17 - Wed, Mar 18
    Philadelphia PA


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