A positive shift begins with innovation. The most promising cleantech companies today bring products and processes with great potential. When they have guidance and resources, they realize this potential and make notable environmental and social strides.
With the right support from VertueLab and our partners, their technologies will successfully reach the market—and customers will purchase and deploy these cleantech products and processes. The result? Fewer emissions, cleaner water and air, food security, preserved habitat, stable global climate, and improved quality of life for everyone. The growth and success of these new products and companies moves us closer to a future where everyone can survive and thrive.
Columbia Green Technologies
Columbia Green Technologies is a pioneering manufacturer of vegetative green roof systems. Their products create beautiful urban habitat while simultaneously serving as an engineered storm water management system to protect rivers and streams from toxic urban runoff. Columbia Green’s green roofs have been installed on hundreds of buildings, including: hospitals, libraries, apartments, and office buildings. It provides a wildlife habitat in urban environments. Columbia Green also treats and retains stormwater before it enters storm sewers and heads to contaminated waterways, like the Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay. This product is an important tool in creating sustainable urban environments.
ESS is a leading innovator in the large scale energy storage systems that enable the transformation of electrical grids to the widespread use of renewable generation from solar and wind. Their redox flow batteries feature their non-toxic, non-hazardous, completely recyclable iron-based electrolyte for safe, reliable, and environmentally conscious energy storage. Sustainable energy storage systems from ESS are now in commercial manufacturing and are being deployed in a variety of applications. This new green technology is paving the way for replacing fossil fuel generation of electricity with renewable energy generation, while reducing the emissions that lead to climate disruption.
TryEco has developed the first truly biodegradable starch-based super-absorbent polymer for agricultural use. The product absorbs water during periods of rain or irrigation and then slowly releases it to the plant roots during dry periods. It leads to reductions in water use, healthier plants, higher yields, and more fertile soils. The availability of arable land is rapidly being outstripped by population growth, and climate change is leading to prolonged droughts. The TryEco product is a new option for addressing these challenges by minimizing water needs and making existing agricultural land more efficient.
The Renewal Workshop
The Renewal Workshop is a new kind of business where tons of clothing and textiles are diverted from landfills and made into renewed apparel, upcycled materials and recyclable feedstock. They partner with major consumer brands to recover value and reduce waste. By providing a whole new way to deal with product returns and minor defects, The Renewal Workshop demonstrated a viable business model that can relieve the growing size and negative impacts of landfills.
Indow is a socially conscious manufacturer of energy efficiency products that make old windows in old buildings perform with modern levels of renewable energy efficiency. Their products use innovative laser measurement technologies and proprietary energy saving inserts to cost-effectively retrofit the massive stock of old buildings. Indow’s product brought a 20% energy savings to thousands of windows in older buildings. Their inclusive hiring practices have also provided manufacturing jobs to a diverse urban workforce.
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"If VertueLab had not come to the table when they did — partnering, collaborating —
that $3.6 million would have never come into the state. And I wouldn’t be here.”
— Rita Hansen, CEO of Onboard Dynamics