Category: Sustainable Finance

To mark International Women’s Day 2018, Katie Koch of Goldman Sachs Asset Management discusses barriers facing female entrepreneurs around the world and why these business owners represent a substantial economic opportunity.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is seeking proposals for large scale solar power installations to benefit from a $107 million investment from the state’s solar initiative. Under the NY-Sun Competitive PV Program, a total of $36.4 million will be available in 2012 and $70.5 million in 2013.

The first round proposals are due November 8. The funding cap is set at $3 million and to better leverage the state resources, the projects will require co-funding from private developers. “The NY-Sun program has helped establish New York State as a leader in solar power, and these investments in photovoltaic systems will allow businesses and municipalities to put in place green, cost-effective electric generating installations,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.  “I encourage all businesses and municipalities eligible for these grants to apply.” Full article

 

Adam Savage, speaks at a TED-ED event on fascinating examples of profound scientific discoveries that essentially came from simple yet creative methods. Adam has co-hosted MythBusters, a Discovery Channel show.

Adam’s talk reminded me of Steven Johnson’s book, ‘Where Good Ideas Come From‘. What is apparent is that ideas come from everywhere; no group of people or institution can claim absolute monopoly of good ideas!

Here is Steve’s TED Talks:

“A good idea is a network. A specific constellation of neurons–thousands of them–fire in sync with each other for the first time in your brain, and in idea pops into your consciousness. A new idea is a network of cells exploring the adjacent possible of connections that they can make…an idea is not a single thing. It is more like a swarm.” Steven Johnson

 

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