RENEWables #50: Kanbe’s Markets is Giving Access, Delivering Food Justice & Eliminating Food Insecurity

RENEWables #50: Kanbe’s Markets is Giving Access, Delivering Food Justice & Eliminating Food Insecurity

Across the U.S., 15% of households are food insecure, meaning they don’t have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. In Missouri alone, there are more than 600,000 people living in food deserts—an area without a grocery store or other source of fresh, healthy food, making it even harder to get the meals they need.

Kanbe’s Markets is a non-profit working to build a more equitable food system for these residents of inner city food deserts. One way they’re doing this is through their Healthy Corner Store Program which partners with smaller convenience stores and “mom-and-pop” businesses who are often the only source of groceries in a food desert, but lack the resources to provide healthy and affordable options. Kanbe’s Markets provides them with the equipment, training and support they need to offer nutritious foods at prices that their customers can afford—which, on average, is about 25% less than the grocery store.

Kanbe’s Markets is changing lives by working to dismantle the barriers that stand in the way of equitable access to nutritious food. Through their Healthy Corner Store Program and partnerships with small businesses, they are ensuring that everyone has access to fresh, healthy, affordable food—regardless of their zip code.

SHOW NOTES:
Kanbe’s Markets Website

RENEWables, A Sustainabilty Podcast is a new podcast focused on the energy landscape of today. Everything from emerging renewable energy technologies to sustainability practices to why brands are changing the way they think, RENEWables is a source for current and dynamic conversation.

Be the first to hear new episodes by subscribing to our email list here.

Spotify Apple Google Anchor
Read More

RENEWables #49: Carbon Credits for Farmers & Agroforestry

RENEWables #49: Carbon Credits for Farmers & Agroforestry

Scientists have long suspected a link between industrialization and climate change, but serious study of the issue did not begin until the second half of the twentieth century when the first predictions that changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels could substantially alter Earth’s surface temperature through the greenhouse effect.  It would be another 100 years before carbon credits are introduced as a mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating the $2 billion carbon credit market in which companies can offset their emissions by investing in environment-positive projects, such as planting trees in the tropics.

Join this episode of RENEWables, where we sat down with Robin Saluoks, CEO of eAgronom, to learn more about their carbon market program, what organic farming looks like in Estonia, and the short- and long-term benefits they are bringing to farmers all over the world. 

Show Notes:
eAgronom website
eAgronom Linked In

RENEWables, A Sustainabilty Podcast is a new podcast focused on the energy landscape of today. Everything from emerging renewable energy technologies to sustainability practices to why brands are changing the way they think, RENEWables is a source for current and dynamic conversation.

Be the first to hear new episodes by subscribing to our email list here.

Spotify Apple Google Anchor
Read More

Solar Case Study – Pennsauken School District

Solar Case Study – Pennsauken School District

Solar Case Study | Pennsauken School District

BioStar’s development team, acquired, built, and stabilized the district’s portfolio of solar assets.

Pennsauken School District Solar project completed construction and commenced operation in October of 2018. The project delivers renewable power from solar, totaling 4MWdc, and roof replacements on 8 School buildings plus the Administrative Building in the Pennsauken School District. This project will generate over 4,500,000 kWh annually across all 9 properties for the next 25 years, saving money and reducing the district’s reliance on utility provided electricity.

solar-CaseStudy-penn-web-preview

Get Instant Access To This PDF Case Study

Name
Read More

RENEWables #48: Tracking Your Favorite Brand’s Supply Chain Sustainability

RENEWables #48: Tracking Your Favorite Brand’s Supply Chain Sustainability

Survey shows that consumer expectations for the fashion industry to treat workers fairly rank as high as expectations for environmental issues. Some results even show that consumers are willing to pay more for ethically produced clothing. That’s why it’s important to create ongoing visibility into wages throughout the supply chain; the same way, it’s important to have visibility into products, materials, emissions, waste and more.

On this episode of RENEWables, we sat down with Shameek Ghosh, Co-founder and CEO of TrusTrace, to learn more about their software platform for supply chain traceability, and how they plan to alleviate challenging hurdles in the fashion industry by mapping every tier of even the most complex supply chains.

Tune in and subscribe.

Show Notes:
TrusTrace website
Shameek Ghosh Linked In
Email Shameek Ghosh

RENEWables, A Sustainabilty Podcast is a new podcast focused on the energy landscape of today. Everything from emerging renewable energy technologies to sustainability practices to why brands are changing the way they think, RENEWables is a source for current and dynamic conversation.

Be the first to hear new episodes by subscribing to our email list here.

Spotify Apple Google Anchor
Read More

RENEWables #47: 2022 SuperSix Field Trials Farm Tour!

RENEWables #47: 2022 SuperSix Field Trials Farm Tour!

Your host, David Smart, and BioStar’s Chief Agronomist, Allen Philo hit the road to meet and greet farmers in the midst of BioStar’s 5th year of SuperSix field trials! BioStar is grateful that Prairie Earth Farms, Sam Knob Farm, and Twin Pines Organic Farms participated in a variety of crop trials using our SuperSix organic fertilizer. From Wisconsin to Illinois, to Indiana to Michigan, these organic farmers each have their own unique approach to growing organically, but this year, there is a common thread, using SuperSix in field trials to improve crop yield and boost fertility. 

On this episode of RENEWables you will learn about the history and crop mixture of these incredible Midwest organic farms. These conversations were recorded at farm-to-table restaurants, in the barns and even in the field! We learn about how these farmers are utilizing SuperSix and what they have learned from the trials. You will hear from the farmer some of the benefits of using SuperSix, how it is applied, and more! Tune in and subscribe.

PrairiErth Farms

RENEWables, A Sustainabilty Podcast is a new podcast focused on the energy landscape of today. Everything from emerging renewable energy technologies to sustainability practices to why brands are changing the way they think, RENEWables is a source for current and dynamic conversation.

Be the first to hear new episodes by subscribing to our email list here.

Spotify Apple Google Anchor
Read More

RENEWables #46: Bell Solar & Electrical – Empowering Women in the Solar Industry

RENEWables #46: Bell Solar & Electrical – Empowering Women in the Solar Industry

Alexia Cooper has had a life-long dream of becoming the first woman anything and in 2021 when she was recognized in Forbes 30 Under 30 as the youngest woman in the state of Nevada to hold a C2 Electrical Contractor License, she knew her drive and dedication to that dream had been the foundation for her success.  Alexia is revolutionizing and creating opportunities for women in the construction industry as she chooses to lead by spreading positivity and empowering individuals to be the best version of themselves.

On this episode of RENEWables, we sat down with Alexia Cooper, CEO of Bell Solar & Electrical Systems, to learn more about how the Nevada based electrical company’s mission to rewire the world to build a sustainable future has evolved, her focus on finding more female engineers for the very male-dominated industry, and why she continues to push the limits in order to make an impact on the world! Tune in and subscribe.

Show Notes:
Bell Solar & Electrical Systems website
Linked In
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

RENEWables, A Sustainabilty Podcast is a new podcast focused on the energy landscape of today. Everything from emerging renewable energy technologies to sustainability practices to why brands are changing the way they think, RENEWables is a source for current and dynamic conversation.

Be the first to hear new episodes by subscribing to our email list here.

Spotify Apple Google Anchor
Read More

RAE Lead Team Wins $80mm Grant to Develop New Climate-Smart Agriculture Value Chain

RAE Lead Team Wins $80mm Grant to Develop New Climate-Smart Agriculture Value Chain
roeslein-logo

 Partnership Led by Roeslein Alternative Energy Wins $80 Million Grant to Develop New Climate-Smart Agriculture Value Chain 

 ‘Horizon II’ Pilot Project to Demonstrate How Farmers Get Environmental Credit Compensation and Renewable Energy Revenue by Planting Prairie Grasses and Cover Crops 

St. Louis, MO – September 14, 2022 – A partnership of 14 public and private entities led by Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) has been awarded $80 million from the federal government’s first pool of funds from the U.S.D.A’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program. The funding will be used in a five year pilot project in Iowa and Missouri called ‘Horizon II’ to demonstrate a “Climate-Smart Future for Corn, Soybean, Livestock, and Renewable Natural Gas Production.” 

The Horizon II project will enhance climate-smart markets, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve carbon sequestration in the production of corn, soybean, pork, and beef commodities, while creating opportunities for small and underserved producers and benefitting soil health, clean water, flood control, and habitats for native wildlife. 

Horizon II: Environmental and Wildlife Benefits from Renewable Energy Production 

The grant award is a major step toward advancing RAE’s core mission to develop a market-based solution that puts an economic value on restored native grasses and prairie plants, by using the sustainably harvested biomass to create renewable natural gas. 

“Since founding RAE, our overarching goal has been to provide farmers an alternative way to use land, especially highly erodible acres, in ways that will benefit the environment, wildlife, and their own livelihood,” said Rudi Roeslein, RAE Founder and CEO. “This funding will propel Horizon II forward more rapidly than otherwise would have been possible. We will show how farmers and landowners can do well for themselves while also providing ecological services and wildlife benefits.” 

Pilot Program in Iowa and Missouri 

A pilot will be developed, deployed, and verified in Iowa and Missouri, where much of the nation’s corn, soybeans, and pork are produced. Horizon II seeks to incentivize improved management of nitrogen fertilizer and other inputs on agriculture land, which is critical to the success of climate-smart practices. 

  • • Farmers, livestock producers, and landowners will be compensated for GHG reductions and carbon sequestration in the soil through an outcomes-based carbon credit program. 
  • • Cover cropping and grassland restoration will be further incentivized through a novel, market-based program that supports renewable natural gas (RNG) production through the anaerobic digestion of herbaceous biomass combined with manure. o This renewable energy can be fed into the national grid and become part of the sustainable new value chain. 
  • • Program partners will collaborate with farmers, livestock producers, landowners, and other stakeholders, including early adopters of practices and historically underserved producers, to ensure equitable access to the opportunities offered by the low-carbon agriculture of the future. 

Horizon II Partner Organizations 

Partner organizations involved in the RAE Horizon II project are: Biostar Renewables, Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa State University, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Sievers Family Farms, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Smithfield Foods, The Nature Conservancy, University of Missouri, Verdesian, and Veterans in Agriculture. 

“Iowa State University has been working with Roeslein Alternative Energy and many additional partners for nearly a decade, laying the foundation for a climate-smart commodity supply chain based on the anaerobic digestion of prairie grasses and winter hearty crops along with manure,” said Lisa Schulte-Moore, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and co-director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University. “I’m excited and thankful for this tremendous investment by USDA toward commercializing our research and development, with the goal of closing system loops to return more value from agriculture to people and the land.” 

Once fully developed, deployed, and verified, the program can be extended and tailored to other agricultural commodities (i.e., dairy, poultry) and regions of the country. While focused on GHG reduction and soil carbon storage, these climate-smart agricultural systems will add further value in terms of soil health, clean water, flood control, and habitat for native wildlife. 

“We are thrilled to partner on this transformational project that will drive adoption of prairie strips and cover crops; create clean, renewable natural gas; improve water quality, address climate change and improve America’s energy independence,” noted Sean McMahon, Executive Director of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance. 

About Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC 

Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) is the owner, operator and developer of renewable energy production facilities that convert agricultural and industrial wastes, along with renewable biomass feedstocks to renewable natural gas and sustainable co-products. RAE engages in these business operations with a focus on incorporating native prairie restoration. RAE is a limited liability company with its principal offices located in St. Louis, Missouri. RAE was launched in 2012 by Rudi Roeslein, co-founder and CEO of St. Louis-based Roeslein and Associates, Inc. (a global leader in engineering, modular fabrication, and construction of industrial plant facilities). 

###

Read More

RENEWables #45: Grasping Electricity Markets, Price Increases & Impacts of Crypto

RENEWables #45: Grasping Electricity Markets, Price Increases & Impacts of Crypto

Did you know electric power is the largest operating cost for cryptocurrency miners? Therefore, miners with the lowest power costs will have the highest margins and be in the best position to capture profits whether network hash rates rise or fall.

On this episode of RENEWables, we sat down with Andrew Barth, Partner and Co-founder of CSD Energy Advisors, to understand the impacts of the crypto space and how the energy management firm uses market knowledge to guide their clients into smarter decision making, reducing costs and improving their energy management strategies for the long haul. Barth combines fifteen years of industry experience, customer service, and technology to provide client based solutions. His areas of expertise are in the planning and sourcing of commodity procurement strategies, risk management, and the development of efficiency and sustainability initiatives. Tune in and subscribe.

 

Show Notes:
CSD Energy Advisors website

CSD Energy Advisors Linked In

Andrew Barth Linked In

Andrew Barth email –



RENEWables, A Sustainabilty Podcast is a new podcast focused on the energy landscape of today. Everything from emerging renewable energy technologies to sustainability practices to why brands are changing the way they think, RENEWables is a source for current and dynamic conversation.

Be the first to hear new episodes by subscribing to our email list here.

Spotify Apple Google Anchor
Read More

RENEWables #44: Burns & McDonnell – All Things Hydrogen

RENEWables #44: Burns & McDonnell – All Things Hydrogen

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the world and can be used to store, move, and deliver energy produced from other sources. Hydrogen technology isn’t a new concept but due to high production costs and infrastructure latency issues, we haven’t been able to capture and use the hydrogen for our energy needs until recently. Today, hydrogen fuel can be produced through several methods including natural gas reforming and electrolysis but how we store, transport and drive popularity around this element will ultimately determine whether or not we can meet our goal to hit Net-zero by 2050.

On this episode of RENEWables, we sat down with David Slavin, Senior Project Engineer at Burns & McDonnell, to learn more about hydrogen technologies and the challenges associated with successfully implementing hydrogen into the renewable energy market, long-term and in large-scale. 

 

Show Notes:
Burn & McDonnell website
Linked In

RENEWables, A Sustainabilty Podcast is a new podcast focused on the energy landscape of today. Everything from emerging renewable energy technologies to sustainability practices to why brands are changing the way they think, RENEWables is a source for current and dynamic conversation.

Be the first to hear new episodes by subscribing to our email list here.

Spotify Apple Google Anchor
Read More

RENEWables #43: EcoEnclose—The One-Stop-Shop for Eco-friendly Shipping Solutions

RENEWables #43: EcoEnclose—The One-Stop-Shop for Eco-friendly Shipping Solutions

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that plastic and other packaging waste makes up around 30% of total U.S. waste annually. That’s only in the U.S., so imagine what that looks like worldwide.  Creating more sustainable practices within your business is essential for the health of the planet and as more companies start to enhance their sustainability efforts, updating product packaging is becoming a no-brainer!  Tune into this episode of RENEWables featuring Saloni Doshi, CEO and “Chief Sustainability Geek”, at EcoEnclose—the world’s most eco-friendly packaging company, to learn how to evolve your company’s sustainability packaging strategy and help save the planet.

Show Notes:
EcoEnclose.com
Email Customer Service
Email Saloni Doshi

RENEWables, A Sustainabilty Podcast is a new podcast focused on the energy landscape of today. Everything from emerging renewable energy technologies to sustainability practices to why brands are changing the way they think, RENEWables is a source for current and dynamic conversation.

Be the first to hear new episodes by subscribing to our email list here.

Spotify Apple Google Anchor
Read More