Martial Arts and Medical Outreach

MIT Senior Christina Lalani applies lessons she learned from karate to global health disparities.

Training for a black belt in karate requires patience and focus — and, above all, support. While in high school, MIT senior Christina Lalani would practice for more than 10 hours a week at her karate school in Scottsdale, Ariz., but never without her partner, an effervescent mother in her 30s. When her training partner passed away from colon cancer, Lalani harnessed her grief and turned it into motivation.

“She passed away in the middle of training, and it was the first time I had to deal with loss,” she says. “That experience pushed me to get involved with cancer research at the end of my time in high school, and to continue at MIT.”

Lalani, a biology major who will graduate in February, spent her freshman year in the lab of Michael Cima, the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering, where she researched a drug-delivery device for treating ovarian cancer, the fifth-leading cause of cancer death among American women. Lalani, who was tasked with optimizing the device, says the experience expanded her research focus beyond the basics of biology, and into materials science and engineering. MORE


Solar Now

An Employment Perk For 100,000

A coalition of U.S. corporate giants has announced a nationwide employee benefits program designed to help bring cheap solar power to communities across all 50 US states and parts of Canada.

The Solar Communities Initiative is facilitated by the World Wildlife Fund and modeled on similar programs in towns and neighborhoods elsewhere. The program offers 100,000 employees, friends and families of 3M, Kimberly-Clarke and The National Geographic Society discount rooftop solar energy systems at a flat rate 35 per cent lower than the national average and roughly 50 per cent less expensive than average electric utility rates.

“We are pleased to offer our US and Canada employees a renewable energy alternative to cut their own electric bills,” said Ali Ahmed, manager, Cisco Global Energy Management and Sustainability. “By extending the benefits of affordable solar energy that we have as a corporation to our employees and other stakeholders, we are multiplying our sustainability impact.” MORE


Clean Energy Growing in Rhode Island

Recently ReNewable Now was invited to cover and participate in a panel discussion that focused on the economic outlook for renewable energy within the state of Rhode Island. The event took place in the city of Providence and was organized by BlumShapiro, an accounting, tax, and business consulting firm based in New England with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The panel included some very well known local experts when it comes to the business of sustainability. Representing the State of Rhode Island was Chris Kearns, Chief of Program Development for the RI Office of Energy Resources who spoke about programs the state is implementing to create a more conducive environment for renewables. From the management and development side of renewable energy, Julian Dash founder of Clean Economy Development, and formerly the Director of Renewable Energy for the RI Economic Development Corporation spoke about how to begin the process of engaging in a renewable energy project. From Deepwater Wind the CEO is Jeff Grybowski, MORE

SunEdison Announces

Solar Joint Venture In China

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) has announced a joint venture agreement with JIC Capital that will result in the development of up to 1 GW of utility-scale solar PV projects in China over the next 3 years.

The joint venture will involve coordinating nonrecourse financing for the solar farms and SunEdison may directly or indirectly purchase the facilities at fair market value.

“This historic joint venture is a great step forward for SunEdison,” said Ahmad Chatila, President and CEO of SunEdison. “It is a great honor to partner with a leader like JIC Capital, and we are committed to harnessing our world leading technology and deployment capabilities to deliver clean, cost effective solar energy to the people of China.” MORE

100% of World's Power From Renewables

by 2050?

A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible - it could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research.

Even though photovoltaic power requires up to 40 times more copper than conventional power plants, and wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy.

These positive findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Edgar Hertwich and Thomas Gibon, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Department of Energy and Process Engineering.  MORE



"Building a Net-Zero Manufacturing Building in RI"

Paul Carroll, Civic Investment Director (heading up economic development as well) in the City of Newport, and our co-host,  has a true calling, a life passion to see his City and RI build a resilient future.  Doing so requires a lot of changes, not the least of which is to reduce or eliminate our collective dependence on centralized power.

Our guest today, Joe Palumbo, Marketing Director of American Eco Tech and brain child of a fascinating proposed initiative in RI that helps RI build a smarter, more sustainable State, has a motto that says, as Paul Carroll would echo, "we want to build here a place of excellence."

How will he do this?  Is it possible in this process to build the State's first Net-Zero manufacturing facility, which is one of his goals?  Most importantly to us, how can Joe's Rhode Island Environmental Work Force initiative bring new jobs and entrepreneurs to this struggle, tiny state?  

Listen in to find out. MORE