ABLC 2017 Summaries Now Published

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) 2017 in Washington, D.C. was amazing, as it often is every year, but this year in particular was special because of all the uncertainty in our future regarding the government’s support of biofuels and biomaterials, the constantly changing global economy, and just the sheer amount of new and innovative technologies being developed on what seems like a daily basis.

There were many new announcements at the ABLC and some shocking things too, so check out my summaries below.

Day 1 ABLC Highlights

Day 2 ABLC Highlights

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TerraTech’s “Hot Products and Trends in the Sustainable Markets” Radio Show

Missed me on this morning’s TerraTech radio show on Hot Products and Trends in the Sustainable markets? Hear my updates at 16:30 mark on latest biomaterials news and stories like 3D printed cars, ExxonMobil’s move into algae biofuels, biomaterial based organs for transplants, and U.S. Navy hagfish slime for defense!



A Fierce Green Fire

If you have nothing on your agenda for this Earth Day, check this out:

American Masters presents A Fierce Green Fire, the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, premiering nationally Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/schedule/) in honor of Earth Day.

The one-hour documentary chronicles one of the largest movements of the 20th century, and one of the keys to the 21st.

Written, directed and produced by Academy Award-nominee Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties), American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire spans 50 years of grassroots and global activism from the 1960s-2009 and connects the major causes of environmentalism, from conservation to climate change. Narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, the film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has won acclaim worldwide.

Inspired by the book of the same name by environmental journalist and film interviewee Philip Shabecoff, and informed by advisors like conservation biologist E.O. Wilson, A Fierce Green Fire unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character, featuring vivid archival footage and new interviews that shed light on the battle for a living planet. The first four acts include success stories of people fighting for causes against enormous odds, and the fifth concludes with climate change.



Can A Fall Festival Be Greener?

So Manassas is having it’s annual Fall Festival tomorrow and I’m wondering about the environmental impact that fall festival will have…yes, that’s me, that’s how I think.  While most are thinking about hot apple cider or bluegrass music or what freebies will be there, I think about the “greenness” of it.

While a fall festival can provide some wonderful benefits, like teaching my kids about the colors of fall…the red apples, the orange pumpkins…and the “harvest” season as a whole, it still can have quite an environmental impact.  The food waste and packaging, the plastic bouncy house (how is this “fall-like”?), the plastic freebies given out in plastic bags, etc.  And let’s not forget that the Chainsaw Chix will be there…how cool?!  Women with chainsaws making art…beautiful sculptures out of wood.  Love it, right?  Well, I do love it actually and can’t wait to see them create their art, BUT  if you know me, you know I’m thinking about the trees that were killed for the art and wondering what powers their chainsaws.  Are they gasoline powered or electric?  What kind of carbon emissions do those let out over a whole day of cutting and shaping wood into art?

So the big question for me today is should I go to the fall festival tomorrow and ooh and aah over the incredible artwork and stay quiet or should I speak up and ask the Chainsaw Chix if they can consider powering their chainsaws with sustainably certified biofuels?  What do you think?  Should I shut up or speak up?