New Federal Report Shows that Climate Change will Affect What Matters to Every American


Evidence is mounting that the planet is warming due to human activity. According to the National Climate Assessment, which was released on Tuesday at the White House, the three most significant threats from climate change in the USA are rise in sea levels along the coast, drought and fires in the Southwest, and extreme precipitation in every part of the country.

“Climate change is here and now, and not in some distant time or place,” said Texas Tech University climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, one of the authors of the National Climate Assessment (NCA).

It is no longer only about the polar bears and the butterflies. Every American will find things that matter to them in this report. The warning bells in the NCA is about our kids, our dinner tables, and our future well being. From corn producers in Iowa to city dwellers in New York City to water managers in the Southwest, everyone will be affected by the climate changes.

Even representatives from oil companies, such as ConocoPhillips and Chevron and environmental groups such as the Nature Conservancy endorsed the assessment’s findings. “Chevron recognizes and shares the concerns of governments and the public about climate change,” said Chevron spokesperson Justin Higgs. “Chevron’s Arthur Lee was one of 60 committee members and 240 authors to assist in the compilation of this report. We recognize the importance of this issue and are committed to continued research and understanding.”

“I am happy to see large oil companies such as ConocoPhillips and Chevron endorsing the assessment’s findings,” said Thomas Hsiao, President of SuperGreen Solutions Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Region.  “It would be easy for them to dismiss the assessment and claim it to be unsubstantiated scare tactics; if the report gets all parties to engage in serious discussions about the long-term economic and environmental consequences of doing nothing, then I believe it’s a success.”

The 1,100-page assessment is the largest, most comprehensive U.S. focused climate change report ever produced. The NCA is a federal mandated report, prepared and written every four years by hundreds of the USA’s top scientists and other experts from academia, local, state and federal governments, the private sector, private citizens, and the non-profit sector.

Will your home be under “Surging Seas” by 2040?


In 2012, Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters left New Jersey homes and businesses devastated. New online tools are now available to help people better understand what rising sea levels and climate change could bring.

Are you living on the U.S. coast and wondering how climate change will impact your ZIP code over the next 25 years? Now you can find out with the touch of a mouse. A new online mapping tool, called “Surging Seas,” will show how much sea levels are expected to rise in your area.

By the end of the week, those living from Florida to New England can see the predictions of how much sea levels are expected to rise, as well as the number of buildings that could be flooded. Data on other U.S. coastal communities, including the Pacific states will be available by the end of the summer.

For example, with sea levels predicted to rise a foot and the threat of storms, there is a 1 in 3 chance for a 6-foot flood in NYC by 2040. This would be the worst flooding in history besides Superstorm Sandy, which caused  massive flooding and damage to Manhattan and New Jersey in October 2012.

When asked about this new database, Thomas Hsiao, President of SuperGreen Solutions Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Region, stated, “With a better informed public, the dangers of global warming hits closer to home for all of us.  Although we don’t all live in low lying areas, it is all of our’s duty to help reduce our carbon foot print and slow down the effects of global warming.”

Likewise, the new site “Global Forest Watch,” was recently released in February. “It’s groundbreaking,” says Crystal Davis of World Resources Institute, a non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. who spent more than two years working with Google and more than 40 other partners to build the site. “It wasn’t possible to do this even a few years ago.” This tool shows how much tree coverage has been lost, or in the rare case, gained, since 2000, and the results are unnerving.

Big Plans to Revitalize Charlotte’s Tourist Attractions

Pictured: Steve Bagwell, Vice President of Facilities with CRVA

On April 15th, SuperGreen Solutions joined the the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) to discuss ongoing plans to revitalize the Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, and the Independence Boulevard corridor.  With a vision of Southern hospitality and world-class customer service, the CRVA accomplishes this through destination marketing via Visit Charlotte and management of Charlotte’s public assembly facilities which include Bojangles’ Coliseum, Charlotte Convention Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Ovens Auditorium and Time Warner Cable Arena.

Steve Bagwell, vice president of facilities with CRVA, highlighted the current plans to work with GoodSports Enterprises to bring the Independence Boulevard facilities to world class standards.  Bagwell stated, “Our goal is to not only improve our facilities, but to also revitalize the neighborhoods around us”.  Current plans are to place a 100,000 square foot muli-use field house, 150 room hotel, and numerous new restaurants all in the existing surface parking lot.  Of the total $97 million dollar budget, which includes renovations to both Bojangles’ Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium, $72 million will be coming from private funds.

When asked about any plans to incorporate green or energy efficient equipment and operating practices, Tom Murray, CEO of CRVA, said, “We welcome local companies like SuperGreen Solutions to share their industry expertise… with Green Team Charlotte, we look to pave the way for improving the environment through sustainable business practices and events in our region.”

Thomas Hsiao, President of SuperGreen Solutions Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Region, added, “It’s great to see our local city owned facilities take a stand on going green and lead by example.  We are in discussions with the CRVA on energy efficient products, such as tankless water heaters to make the Charlotte Convention Center and other CRVA properties even more green.”

Current projections have construction beginning fall of 2014 with January 2016 as the completion date.

IPCC Report: A rapid shift to less-polluting energy is needed


Since 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, has released a major assessment every six to seven years reporting the latest research on global climate change.

Written by 235 scientists from 57 countries, the report looks at a variety of ways to fight climate change and will serve as a road map for policymakers who plan to negotiate a new climate treaty next year in Paris.

“It’s not necessarily a phaseout of fossil fuels,” says co-author Leon Clarke, but rather “a phaseout” of power plants and other facilities that don’t capture the carbon they emit. “If we do nothing, temperatures will continue to rise.”

Exxon Mobil, the largest U.S. oil and gas company, said in a March report that new global climate policies are “highly unlikely” to stop it from producing and selling fossil fuels. Rather the company calls for energy efficiency and research funding for emission-cutting technologies.

Although the IPCC report calls for emissions to be cut, it also recognizes that this action may not be enough. Counties may have to enlist controversial technologies that remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Emissions, largely from burning oil, gas, and coal, will need to be slashed 40%-70% by 2050 and almost entirely by the end of the century, in order to keep global temperatures from spiraling out to control.

It also urgently suggests that measures, such as “bio-energy with carbon capture and storage” or BECCS, in which power plants capture and store CO2 emissions in which they produce underground, need to be highly considered.

Thomas Hsiao, Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Regional President of SuperGreen Solutions added, “Although climate change is difficult to see from day to day, the risks are very clear and immediate action is needed. We can all do our part in slowing down or possibly even reversing this epidemic by adopting energy conserving habits, such as using Electric cars, tankless water heaters, or LED lighting in our everyday lives.”

SuperGreen Solutions Sits Down with Governor McCrory


On Tuesday, April 8th, North Carolina’s governor Pat McCrory was in Charlotte meeting with local leaders.  Thomas Hsiao, President of SuperGreen Solutions of the Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Region, was one of those who had a chance to get the governor’s views on current events.

Governor McCrory shared that as of that morning, North Carolina retained its “AAA” rating by all three agencies, the highest credit rating available to state governments. Keys to that top rating includes a low debt burden, strong debt management practices, an improving economy, and one of the strongest pension funds in the nation.
“It’s great news that North Carolina has retained its ‘AAA’ credit rating,” said Governor McCrory. “Our attention to efficient spending practices, cash flow and low debt continue to prove that the state is financially stable. Our prudent and effective financial practices continue to provide a strong signal to companies thinking of relocating to North Carolina or those thinking of expanding.”
Hsiao added, “The triple A rating is a prime example of why we chose the state of North Carolina for our new regional office.  Our company’s efforts to help small business owners, as well as home owners, in this region to bring LED lightbulbs and rooftop solar PV panels within reach is greatly helped by having a fiscally minded state government.”

US Labor Department’s March Job Report shows “we are jogging ahead and not sprinting ahead”


On April 9th, SuperGreen Solutions of Uptown Charlotte was invited to participate in the US Department of Treasury’s briefing on the Labor Department’s monthly job report.

Dr. Jennifer Hunt, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the US Department of Treasury, lead the briefing by reporting that 192,000 jobs were adding in the month of March, meaning that more people found jobs than dropped out of the job force last month. Although this number seems to show that “we are jogging ahead and not sprinting ahead,” the Labor Department has high hopes that the increase will stay.

Hunt also stated that it has been taking more time to turn the corner than originally anticipated, but we should see full employment in the year 2017. But, all numbers depend on the actions we will take in the leading months and years. This recession has been exceptional when considering the crisis in Europe and the hard hit that the manufacturing and construction industry took. This recession does not mirror recessions of the past.

It is too early to judge what the rest of 2014 will bring for our economy due to the full comparison  needed between different states and months. Numbers tend to jump around too much to get an accurate estimate this early in the year. The Labor Reports show, however, that we have started to turn the corner and we have lots of growth ahead of us.

When asked about job growth in the Charlotte area, Thomas Hsiao, President of SuperGreen Solutions Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Region, stated, “We have seen tremendous job growth here locally both within the green sector as well as small businesses overall.  Our company for one will be bringing on additional team members to be based out of our new Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Regional office in the coming months.”

What does Dr. Hunt and the US Department of Treasury believe is the best way we can increase job growth? There are two things: Help match people with jobs and help train people.