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Climate Urgency

Posted by on December 17, 2019 in Featured, Pete's Perspective | Comments Off on Climate Urgency

Climate Urgency

Greta Thunberg was in Denver, October 2019 and has great energy with her urgency to make changes with the status quo before it’s too late.  In front of a large rally at Civic Center Park, Greta said, “This is the hope — the people.” 

The people, need to realize, we can solve the climate crisis working together implementing the best systems to be fossil free.  Fossil fuel industry executives, and some world leaders are spending millions on propaganda denying the facts/science because they don’t want to lose their cash flow, and lifestyles.  It’s up to the people to provide solutions through innovation.  If necessary civil disobedience on a large scale.

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo submitted a formal notice November 2019 to the United Nations that the United States of America is withdrawing from the Paris Climate accord due to an “unfair economic burden” to the U.S. economy.  I disagree with Mr. Pompeo.  In December 2019 at the Climate Change Conference in Madrid, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world’s efforts to stop climate change have been “utterly inadequate” so far and there is a danger global warming could pass the “point of no return.”  I agree with Mr. Guterres and one of many reasons for ET Squared’s urgency.     

Somini Sengupta of the New York Times wrote an article, November 2019 about the Emissions Gap Report and how countries are doing nothing.  The two biggest polluters China and the United States increased their emissions last year.  The article was very clear, it’s urgent, the time is now to make a difference in the way we do things instead of doing nothing before it’s too late.

We at ET Squared are focused in on how to change the current systems required when building developments.  Developments must be sustainable for the life of the dwelling and neighborhood in which it resides.  The Energy Oasis Model can easily be replicated anywhere in the world.  The design phase is critical when joining systems together while creating a net-zero development.  Each development site is different, being able to chose the best systems for that specific site is what we are implementing.

The Sunnyside Energy Oasis at 47th & Jason in the Sunnyside neighborhood, one of the oldest in Denver, will be a twenty-story urban farm in the middle of a food desert just west of Denver’s Gold Line and the old Denver Post site.  The Sunnyside Energy Oasis is a net-zero development which replaces decaying infrastructure, while using waste streams, wind, and solar as resources all within walking distance to the 41st & Fox light rail station.  The Sunnyside Energy Oasis is our way of doing what we can to ensure our grandchildren’s environmental future.  

In 2002 Engineered Tools & Technologies was created due to our awareness for urgency to formulate solutions to mitigate climate change and we hope we can do it before it’s too late.  ET Squared is a low budget self-funded company who is currently testing our patents/technologies to prove them reliable.

Fort Collins Grow House in the News

Posted by on October 21, 2019 in Awards, Featured, News & Notices | Comments Off on Fort Collins Grow House in the News

Fort Collins Grow House in the News

The Coloradoan newspaper ran an article featuring ET2 to showcase their Fort Collins environmentally friendly grow house:

A Denver-area think tank is pitching the idea of building a three-story, 42,000-square-foot marijuana grow house in south Fort Collins.

Englewood-based ET Squared, which says it’s battling “the negative impact of human beings on our planet,” is marketing 108-116 Bueno Drive for $2 million, said Pete Tovani, general manager of ET Squared. The property is just east of College Avenue, midway between College’s intersections of Harmony and Trilby roads. The site is in the city’s service commercial zone, which allows marijuana grow operations.

“We are trying to show how we can reduce the carbon footprint of the marijuana industry by doing smart design and incorporating what we’ve been working on for the last 14 years,” Tovani said in a telephone interview…

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Foundation for ET Squared

Posted by on August 9, 2019 in Featured, Pete's Perspective | Comments Off on Foundation for ET Squared

Foundation for ET Squared

June 22, 1988, Dr. James E. Hansen of NASA reported to a U.S. Senate committee that there was a correlation between global warming and the greenhouse effect.  In 2002, I started Engineered Tools & Technologies to work on projects that are interesting and important to me.

As the founder of ET Squared, who grew up in Boulder during the 1960’s and 70’s, I have been aware of the issue of Climate Change for over fifty years.  With tours of the university, the National Laboratories, NCAR and hikes with family, my awareness grew quickly on how we, human beings, are using up our limited natural resources.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention:  As a sixty-year-old American inventor and entrepreneur, I have learned how we can transition from fossil fuels to clean energy sources while building economies of sustainability.  ET Squared is combining simple systems into a model that can easily be replicated anywhere in the world.

Talking with younger generations, we share an urgency to solve the problems we are faced with.  Instead of doing nothing, watching myopic despotic world leaders dismantle our environmental protections, people know it is our time to collectively make a stand.  All ages and peoples must work together, shoulder to shoulder, implementing the necessary changes to protect ourselves from those despots causing us harm. 

When Indian Peaks Wilderness Area was created and vehicles were no longer allowed on abandoned mining roads, my uncles took some of their nieces and nephews, for a drive.  I remember being in the same spot twenty years later while running with my cousin Wayne in the eighties.

Climate Change is an issue that is interesting and important to me.  Can human beings reverse the effects from the industrial revolution?  I think we can by putting simple systems together that lessen our dependence fossil fuels by using alternative resources from the status quo.

ET Squared would like to introduce the Energy Oasis Model.  This model is a common-sense solution that transitions us from a fossil fuel-based system to a sustainable energy grid.

The Energy Oasis Model brings agriculture into the 21st century, weaving urban farms along a city’s transit system, building net-zero developments, replacing decaying infrastructure.  What we build today is the legacy that insures our grandchildren’s environmental future.

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Related | Comments Off on The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert


The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is a 2014 nonfiction book written by Elizabeth Kolbert and published by Henry Holt & Company. The book covers past mass extinctions and demonstrates that the earth and humans are in the midst of a “sixth” mass extinction. She chronicles previous mass species extinction events, as well as specific species extinguished by humans, and she includes the accelerated widespread extinction of many species during our present time. Kolbert also describes prehistoric and historic ecologies surrounding prior and near-present species extinguishing events. The author received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for the book in 2015

The target audience is the general reader, and scientific descriptions are rendered in understandable prose for the lay reader. The clear writing blends explanations of her treks to remote areas with interviews of scientists, researchers, and guides, without advocating a position, while maintaining objectivity. Hence, the sixth mass extinction theme is applied to flora and fauna existing in diverse habitats such as the Panamanian rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, the Andes, Bikini Atoll, city zoos and the author’s own backyard. The book also applies this theme to a number of other habitats and organisms throughout the world and its oceans. When researching the current mainstream view of the relevant peer reviewed science, she estimates flora and fauna loss by the end of this century to be between 20% to 50% “of all living species on earth”.

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.

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City Century by Michael Bloomberg

Posted by on September 21, 2015 in Related | Comments Off on City Century by Michael Bloomberg

City Century by Michael Bloomberg

Athough history is not usually taught this way, one could argue that cities have played a more important role in shaping the world than empires. From Athens and Rome to Paris and Venice to Baghdad and Beijing, urban ideas and innovators have left indelible marks on human life. By concentrating the brainpower of humanity in relatively small geographic areas, cities have promoted the kinds of interactions that nurture creativity and technological advances. They have been the drivers of progress throughout history, and now—as the knowledge economy takes full flight—they are poised to play a leading role in addressing the challenges of the twenty-first century.

One hundred years ago, some two out of every ten people on the planet lived in urban areas. By 1990, some four in ten did. Today, more than half of the world’s population dwells in urban areas, and by the time a child now entering primary school turns 40, nearly 70 percent will. That means that in the next few decades, about 2.5 billion more people will become metropolitan residents.

The world’s first Metropolitan Generation is coming of age, and as a result, the world will be shaped increasingly by metropolitan values: industriousness, creativity, entrepreneurialism, and, most important, liberty and diversity. That is a hopeful development for humanity, and an overpowering counterweight to the forces of repression and intolerance that arise out of religious fanaticism and that now pose a grave threat to the security of democratic nations.

As those in the Metropolitan Generation assume leadership positions, cities will become not just more culturally significant but also more politically powerful. Influence will shift gradually away from national governments and toward cities, especially in countries that suffer from bureaucratic paralysis and political gridlock.

This trend has already emerged, and it is most pronounced in the United States. Congress began reducing funding for infrastructure in the late 1960s, a mistake that, coupled with the loss of manufacturing jobs, dealt a devastating blow to cities. Nevertheless, federal divestment also produced an important benefit: cities eventually recognized that the best replacement…

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About the Author: MICHAEL BLOOMBERG is Founder and CEO of Bloomberg LP. From 2002 to 2013, he was Mayor of New York City. Follow him on Twitter @MikeBloomberg.

What Will It Take to Save Humanity and the Planet?

Posted by on October 3, 2014 in News & Notices | Comments Off on What Will It Take to Save Humanity and the Planet?

What Will It Take to Save Humanity and the Planet?

Instead of being afraid and frustrated by Climate Change we at ET Squared are doing something about it; proposing the Energy Oasis® Model which is one of many systems needed to be implemented to ensure a successful transformation to save our world while we still can.

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Sept 20: Bernie Sanders – Bill McKibben – Naomi Klein – Kshama Sawant – Chris Hedges – Brian Lehrer

WNYC host Brian Lehrer, organizer Bill McKibben and Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant speak at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Manhattan on Sept. 20. Photo by Joe Friendly/YouTube

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, activist Bill McKibben, journalist Naomi Klein, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and public radio talk show host Brian Lehrer participated in a panel discussion the night before the People’s Climate March in New York City this month.

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Clean Tech Open 2013 Finalist

Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Awards | Comments Off on Clean Tech Open 2013 Finalist

Clean Tech Open 2013 Finalist

Press Release :: The Clean Smart Enegy Grid system developed by ET Squared has been chosen as a Semifinalist in the 2013 Cleantech Open Accelerator program. Our team will join a group of formidable companies from across the country in a process that has assisted past participants in raising over $800 million in funding and helped secure valuable relationships with future clients and partners. About The Cleantech Open The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled 727 cleantech start-ups to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helped its alumni companies raise more than $800M in external capital, and created thousands of green-collar jobs. Fueled by a global network of more than 1,500 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America’s and the world’s cleantech sectors a thriving economic engine.


Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Featured, News & Notices | Comments Off on Narrative


ET Squared, Engineered Tools & Technologies, was started in July of 2002 as a grassroots think tank/company whose goal is to create, design, and develop innovative products to mitigate the negative impact of human beings on our planet.

In the 1860’s the Industrial Revolution has given us today’s status quo. An energy system based on finite fossil fuels which is having detrimental effect upon Earth’s frail biospheres.

We believe it is our moral obligation to provide solutions to change the path we are on where the benefits are for the many, not just a few. As American innovators we know we can change the course of destruction by proposing cost effective solutions for building the clean/smart energy grid.


2009 Inventor Showcase Award

Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Awards, Featured | Comments Off on 2009 Inventor Showcase Award

2009 Inventor Showcase Award

Several winners were announced as top inventors for 2009

The DaVinci Institute, a futurist think tank and host of the 5th annual Colorado Inventor Showcase announced the award winners at the event held November 3rd at the Denver University Cable Center. Winners in the six categories accepted their honors as the evening came to a close.  The DaVinci Institute also extended its thanks to Colorado and surrounding states for participating in this year’s event. Seventy celebrity judges from venture capital, the media, high profile businesses and academia selected the award winners based on their innovation and value of their creations to society.


Steve Spangler at the Colorado Inventor Showcase

“We had a remarkable group of inventors this year,” said Thomas Frey, Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute. “From technical to consumer to medical, they represented the top innovators in Colorado and surrounding states. It’s the inventors that make our Showcase a success and we thank them for exhibiting with us. We firmly believe that inventors are the hope of our future and we will continue to offer a platform to help them gain visibility and recognition for their brilliant ideas.”

The inventors receiving awards and honorable mentions are:

  • Inventor of the Year Award – Steve Schmutzer – Infusion Management System by Firefly Medical – – “The ‘Infusion Management System,’ or IMS, is a disruptive new product category designed to replace the outdated and unsafe IV pole in hospitals.
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Philip Hartman – A steam cleaning windshield wiper
  • Commercial Product of the Year Award – Pete Tovani – ET Squared – – BioReactor is a waste to energy system which is part of the clean/smart energy grid design
  • Consumer Product of the Year Award – Gordon Nuttall – Rocky Mountain Imaging – The Rocky Mountain Imaging mobile scanner is a portable and versatile scanning solution that simply and quickly converts photos, images, and pages to digital
  • Software Product of the Year Award – Roger Toennis – Loyal2.ME by Liquid Media – – The Worlds First “Personal Loyalty Program” designed for the Social Media generation.
  • Peoples’ Choice Special Award – Craig Jenkins – EZ Shot Basketball – – EZ Shot is a patented fully-automatic basketball return machine well suited for training, recreation and entertainment
  • Honorable Mention – Mark Felker at WebRecept – – WebRecept™ is a proactive, web-based, customer relations management service that provides live website chat interaction and site monitoring through trained, qualified agents that increase a company’s online sales conversions by engaging visitors and building personal relationships from your website.
  • Honorable Mention – Kirk Dennis – TelePresence Tech –– TelePresence Tech offers 3D TelePresence solutions designed to offer an enhanced communication experience for either corporate communications, or customer service applications.
  • Honorable Mention – Rocky Mraz – Electronic Target – (No Website) – Electronic training target designed for remote viewing of target
  • Honorable Mention – Richard Sweeny – UFO Micro Furnace – – It is the world’s smallest, lightest, most portable, easiest to use and most affordable furnace for performing assays of precious metal ore.
  • Honorable Mention – Kip Kusser – Zip-Zac Towels – – A towel with a patented innovative zippered pocket lined with water resistant nylon.

About the DaVinci Institute

The DaVinci Institute is a Futurist Think Tank based in Louisville, Colorado. The Institute goes beyond the traditional role of a think tank. The Institute believes that shaping the future requires more than ideas; it requires action as well. The DaVinci Institute also believes that the people that will shape the future are those that take brilliant ideas and make them become reality. Inventors and entrepreneurs will shape our future. That is why the DaVinci Institute produces futurist events designed to assist the revolutionary thinking inventor and entrepreneur, and helps them get their ideas off the ground.

The DaVinci Institute is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization supported by memberships, sponsorships and attendance fees for the programs we produce. For more information about the DaVinci Institute call 303-666-4133 or go to

2008 Inventor Showcase

Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Awards, Featured | Comments Off on 2008 Inventor Showcase

2008 Inventor Showcase