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A monthlong sequence about female-led local weather tech ventures?! Signal me up.


Final week, I used to be fortunate sufficient to satisfy my whole GreenBiz workforce for the primary time at our firm offsite in Oakland, California. As reported by our personal GreenBuzz E-newsletter, my fellow workers members had been all so beautiful and motivated to sort out the local weather disaster. Not a whiff of defeatism or “doom and gloom” within the room. I’ve labored in local weather change mitigation for years and let me let you know — that’s NOT the norm. 

I additionally had the chance to go to some kick-ass Bay Space-based startups whereas I used to be Cali-living. LivingCarbon, Sunfolding, and Twelve had been all gracious sufficient to host yours really and take me on a tour of their labs and amenities. Moreover, enterprise capital agency Provoke invited me to see its San Francisco headquarters and interact in some fascinating discussions in regards to the present and future state of local weather tech investing. 

However for the pleasure of my firm, every entity needed to clear one easy hurdle: Make use of a feminine or female-identifying particular person in a decision-making position. Interval. Finish of sentence. 

As I wrote about a few weeks in the past, startup funding contributions to female-owned firms don’t even come near the quantity of startup funding given to male-run ventures. Like, the distinction between the 2 total numbers is embarrassing, actually. In order a journalist with the ability of the pen and an unimaginable group of readers, I made a decision to spotlight people who by no means have the door mechanically open for alternatives of any type. 

(And sure, here is Dolly Parton’s CLASSIC track “9 to five.” Dolly has been cataloging the obstacles and bull girls face in regular life since earlier than a local weather tech sector even existed. I “pour myself a cup of ambition” day by day and worship at her altar.)

And if you realize of a local weather tech startup or VC agency you assume I ought to go to (within the U.S. or overseas!) as a result of it clears my one hurdle and is altering the sport, please ship it my means. I need to discover and spotlight totally different and progressive merchandise and concepts impacting the way forward for the likes of vitality improvement, ecoengineering, transportation, infrastructure or the rest remotely local weather tech-y! 

The following few occasions you hear from me, I might be highlighting the businesses I visited and answering questions comparable to:

  • How was the corporate fashioned? 
  • What’s its function? 
  • How does it hope to make an impression? 
  • What obstacles had been overcome?
  • Who’s main the cost?  
  • Why ought to we care about any of it? 

Can’t wait?! Me neither. 

However for now, I’ll wrap up with the thrilling information that THE INFLATION REDUCTION ACT OF 2022 PASSED THE HOUSE AND IS OFFICIALLY SIGNED INTO LAW. 

Man dancing in American flag speedo in front of fireworks

The IRA represents the only largest federal funding towards mitigating the local weather disaster in American historical past, together with provisions comparable to tax and buying incentives for cleaner transportation, climate-conscious infrastructure and accessibility, and nationally manufactured photo voltaic and wind vitality know-how. 

This isn’t to say this legislation is ideal. The truth is, GreenBiz’s personal Transportation Analyst Vartan Badalian defined one side that warrants consideration relating to electrical autos, saying, “The invoice does two issues to make sure higher provide chain safety and sustainability for any automotive firm wanting full eligibility: (1) requires remaining meeting to be in North America and (2) battery minerals be sourced from international locations the U.S. has a free commerce settlement with or recycled in North America. So, as soon as this invoice goes into impact, many autos will not be eligible for the complete incentive, given a majority of uncooked minerals for batteries at the moment come from China. Nonetheless, relying on how a lot automotive firms worth the inducement to drive gross sales, it is going to push them to reshore meeting and mineral sourcing, which is able to solely assist the U.S. in the long term.”

So whereas there are lots of incentives formally on the board to purchase electrical autos, suppliers want to determine exactly how they are going to supply the minerals nationally, guaranteeing buying is accessible — whereas concurrently reconfiguring their provide chains to make sure remaining meeting occurs inside North America.  

And that can take time. 

However my pleasure is not going to be dampened. Not less than now there’s a authorized necessity for firms around the globe to cease and take steps to make sure their processes are extra environment friendly and compliant with American Requirements due to official American local weather laws (I by no means realized how nice it might really feel to sort that sentence. I’m crying. Thank goodness this can be a publication and never reside). 

For the primary time in too lengthy, I’m formally tempted to cue All-Round-Queen and Nationwide Treasure Dolly Parton’s “Coloration Me America” and truly imply it.

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