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


Final week, I used to be fortunate sufficient to satisfy my complete GreenBiz group for the primary time at our firm offsite in Oakland, California. As reported by our personal GreenBuzz Publication, my fellow workers members have been all so beautiful and motivated to deal with 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 have been all gracious sufficient to host yours really and take me on a tour of their labs and services. Moreover, enterprise capital agency Impress invited me to see its San Francisco headquarters and interact in some fascinating discussions concerning 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 individual 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 corporations don’t even come near the quantity of startup funding given to male-run ventures. Like, the distinction between the 2 general numbers is embarrassing, actually. In order a journalist with the facility of the pen and an unbelievable neighborhood of readers, I made a decision to spotlight those who by no means have the door routinely open for alternatives of any kind. 

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

And if you understand of a local weather tech startup or VC agency you suppose 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 method. I need to discover and spotlight totally different and modern merchandise and concepts impacting the way forward for the likes of power growth, 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 reminiscent of:

  • How was the corporate fashioned? 
  • What’s its goal? 
  • How does it hope to make an impression? 
  • What obstacles have 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 reminiscent of tax and buying incentives for cleaner transportation, climate-conscious infrastructure and accessibility, and nationally manufactured photo voltaic and wind power expertise. 

This isn’t to say this regulation is ideal. Actually, 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 larger provide chain safety and sustainability for any automotive firm wanting full eligibility: (1) requires last 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 now not be eligible for the total incentive, given a majority of uncooked minerals for batteries at the moment come from China. Nevertheless, relying on how a lot automotive corporations 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 loads of incentives formally on the board to purchase electrical autos, suppliers want to determine exactly how they may supply the minerals nationally, making certain buying is offered — whereas concurrently reconfiguring their provide chains to make sure last meeting occurs inside North America.  

And that may take time. 

However my pleasure is not going to be dampened. A minimum of now there’s a authorized necessity for corporations 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 will really feel to sort that sentence. I’m crying. Thank goodness it is 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 “Shade Me America” and truly imply it.

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