Sailing the Salish Sea, And Why We Should Think Carefully About the Salmon We Buy

By: John A. Lanier

My wife and I had an amazing experience off the coast of Vancouver, and it was an experience that taught me a lot about an endangered species and how the salmon we buy contributes to the problem.

Sometimes it’s a sound that makes a memory. Don’t get me wrong, the sights were incredible too. Chantel and I were in Vancouver for a bit of vacation last month, and we hopped on a 35-person boat that set out into the Burrard Inlet. We turned around and took in the Vancouver skyline, which was cast in a gray pall due to the cloudy skies overhead. Facing forward though, the sunlight was sparkling off of the blue ocean waters. For the next five hours, our eyes took in the beauty of the Salish Sea while the boat’s engines roared underneath us. That’s not the sound that made this particular memory though.

 

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Reflecting on Ten Years of our Philanthropic Voyage

By: John A. Lanier

A sailing parable is the perfect way to capture our foundation’s philanthropic philosophy. We’ve worked hard to put it into effect in our first ten years, and we are proud of our efforts. Still, there is much work to be done.

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Collaborating to Fund Climate Solutions and Equity in Georgia

By: John A. Lanier

A new collaborative funding opportunity has emerged as five family foundations have come together with a shared vision to jointly support a grant program for climate solutions and equity in Georgia.

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Chitosan: The Wonder Material You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

By: John A. Lanier

Chitosan is a natural material derived from shellfish and crustaceans. It has a remarkably broad range of applications, and one young company is pioneering its manufacturing based on the waste stream of sustainable fisheries. It’s a great example of green chemistry intersecting with the circular economy.

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Paltry Plastic Recycling Rates, and Why We Can’t Ask Consumers to Solve the Problem

By: John A. Lanier

Across the world, but in the United States in particular, very little of the plastic we use is ever recycled. That’s been the case for years, and the recent trend is getting even worse. Fortunately, we are seeing more places take legislative action to address the problem, which is a good thing, since regulation is the best tool we currently have to make a difference on plastic pollution.

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Solving the Intermittency Challenge: The Importance of Grid Storage as Renewable Electricity Rises

By: John A. Lanier

Wind and solar electricity generation is good for many reasons, but intermittency is a persistent challenge. There are multiple solutions to that challenge, but the most important one is figuring out how to cost-effectively store solar and wind energy. Lithium ion batteries may be the best way to do that currently, but I’ll be keeping an eye on a couple other battery types that could unlock grid storage at scale.

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An Invitation to Be Curious, Learn and Adapt

Guest Blog by Lex Amore. Reprinted from the Biomimicry Institute's blog.

"To think of the sheer volume of how many people now integrate some kind of nature-inspired and interconnected design thinking process is awe-inspiring. While not everyone came to the [biomimicry] practice from reading Janine’s book, to us at the Biomimicry Institute it served as the catalyst for our inception."

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Observing Juneteenth: Resources That Can Help Us Stay Engaged in Ending Racism

By: John A. Lanier

In observance of Juneteenth, I offer a couple of resources that have enriched my understanding of racial history in America and in Georgia. It’s important that we keep actively educating ourselves and working to end racism in this country.

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Keeping an Eye on the Bolt: Why I Think It’s The Electric Vehicle To Watch in the Coming Years

Chevrolet announced a rather surprising price reduction in the next model of their most popular electric vehicle. I think the price reduction is very calculated, and it’s intended to earn General Motors as much market share as possible in the affordable electric car market.

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A Climate Conversation with Georgia Business Leader, Roy Richards, Jr.

Reprinted from Drawdown Georgia's Blog

Roy Richards, Jr. is the former CEO and current chair of the board of Southwire Company, a committed climate philanthropist, and a co-chair of the Drawdown Georgia Leadership Council. He recently joined John Lanier to share his story, including the epiphany that inspired him to commit to advancing climate solutions in his professional and philanthropic work, and the Georgia climate initiative that has him most excited about the future.

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