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Jan
28

Green Me Film Festival

 

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9th Green Me Film Festival: Germany

I am very honored to be a partner, contributor, and panelist for the 9th edition of the Green Me Film Festival. This year it will take place at the CinemaxX (Potsdamer Platz) in Berlin from Friday 29th of January until Sunday the 31st. This year’s focus is set on the thematic trio Ocean- Life-Water.

Mission Blue

Over 30 featured films and documentaries addressing the following topics: Ocean, Life and water will be screened. This year’s festival features several special highlights such as Academy Award-Winner “Racing Extinction”Emmy Award Winner documentary “Mission Blue”, which exposes legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle’s work.

Can You Dig This, Ron Finley

Ron Finley’s Can You Dig This” which is a personal favorite documentary as it focuses on my dear friend and colleague, Ron Finley or otherwise known as the Gangsta Garner and explores the urban gardening revolution taking place in South Central Los Angeles.

In addition to fantastic films that will be screened, there will be discussion panels which include the  film directors, experts and environmentalists to discuss topic relevant issues and sustainability.

Winners will be presented awards by celebrities such as Sarah Wiener or Mateo Jaschik, member of the Culcha Candela band at the Green Me Award ceremony, which will be held on Sunday evening.

Our younger audience will be delighted to see productions such as “Ponyo”, a Japanese animation movie or Oscar Nominee movie “Song of the Sea”, perfectly suited for a family day. Children up to 14 years old are admitted free of charge.

The Green Me film festival is a non-profit event and was put together with the help of its partners and the team of volunteers. The festival does not receive any state subsidies.

This year, Auma Obama, sociologist, germanist and expert on environmental questions gave a moving speech as the documentary The Salt of the Earth received the Green Me Award for best documentary. Auma Obama and the German minister for environment Barbara Hendricks presented the award to the awe-inspiring film director, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.

 

Green Me AwardOn a personal note, I am particularly fond of this sustainability festival and received the Green Me Award for my international work in sustainability, specifically my work in Germany in the renewable energy field. I have implemented many wind and solar farms throughout the Country since the early 90’s and helped to create the first feed-in-tariff program.  I was very honored to have received the award from both the German Consulate General Los Angeles and the Green Me Film Festival for my ecological and sustainable achievements. 

As a woman in #stem, it is festivals like this that do make a difference. I do hope you have a chance to enjoy the festival or will support it.

 

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Dec
14

Are Fabric Blades the Next Step for Wind Turbines?

 

Fabric Turbine Blade?

Fabric Turbine Blade?

General Electric (GE) is in the process of creating fabric blades for wind turbines. They are looking at glass-based fabrics combined with a soft, rubbery resin, giving the material or fabric some flexibility. That flexibility will make it more resilient than stiff fiberglass, which will in turn allow GE to use less material, reducing materials costs and weight.

 

Most wind turbine blades today are made of fiberglass and this could be, dare I say a game changer? GE has said that favoring fabric over fiberglass could also ease wind turbine blade production costs by an impressive 25 to 40 percent.

 

“GE’s weaving an advanced wind blade that could be the fabric of our clean energy future,” said Wendy Lin, a GE Principal Engineer and leader on the ARPA-E project. “The fabric we’re developing will be tough, flexible, and easier to assemble and maintain. It represents a clear path to making wind even more cost competitive with fossil fuels.”

As someone who has worked in the wind industry

since the 90’s, I am all for improvements within the industry, especially if it will help ease our dependence off of fossil fuels.

Dec
4

Getting ready for another wind turbine installation

 

The First Step in Installing a Wind Turbine

The First Step in Installing a Wind Turbine

Ready to install another weather station to track wind speeds for the install of a future wind turbine, but my Vanna White impression needs a bit of work. Kidding aside, I do have to say that I love working in the ‘green/sustainability’ space and educating those on the benefits of clean technology! I am proud to be an environmental consultant! We do need more women in construction and I hope this inspires you and perhaps even increase your involvement in renewable energy projects.

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