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A challenge of Olympic proportions …

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off

The opening ceremony is hours away and sporting events have begun for the 2012 summer Olympics in London. Besides a life-long joy at exposure to new sport, great sports feats, and the basic global harmony concept of the Olympic games, the London games caught my attention for the organizers’ plans to make it totally [...]

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Tags: Energy · Global Warming · business practice · carbon offsets · green · greenwashing

UMW: a messaging path to a clean-energy future?

June 29th, 2011 · 7 Comments

When it comes to discussing the value and power of a clean-energy future, in a way that touches core values and life-experiences of a good share of Americans, perhaps it is time to think and speak UMW.  No … not the United Mine Workers.  Instead,  when we think UMW and energy, we should turn to [...]

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Tags: Energy · business practice · energy efficiency · political symbols

Home energy efficiency: no surprise, very fast paybacks to be expected

November 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Very simply, across the economy, energy efficiency is almost certainly the top investment option — as individuals, businesses, communities, government … The rate of return possibilities are tremendous and unlike gambles to grow business or play the stock market, this is ‘guaranteed’ cash in the bank.
And, it is ‘cash in the bank’ in terms of [...]

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Tags: Energy · architecture · business practice · energy efficiency

Power of Efficient Lighting … notes from an energy ‘geek’-aholic

October 18th, 2010 · No Comments

Like many people, I can happily spend time playing with my kids, have coached sports teams for years, can tune out with a foolish comedy, happily read fiction, can become entranced with a recipe, thrilled at an outdoor experience … e.g., there is much to life outside the study of energy and climate issues. Truly, [...]

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Tags: Energy · business practice · lighting

Energy COOL: Direct Wafer

August 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Since diving into the deep end when it comes to energy issues, almost every day sees new fascinating concepts, approaches, and technologies. Fascinating … exciting … even hope inspiring at times. And, as well, as the passion builds, so many of these are truly Energy COOL.
The concept of Silver Bullet solutions concerns me and [...]

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Tags: Energy · Solar Energy · business practice · department of energy · energy cool · solar

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bond Programs

April 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Developing a lower total ownership cost (TOC) can often require paying a bit more money upfront. When it comes to energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE/RE), that upfront incremental cost is too frequently a barrier to achieving that more cost effective longer term solution. A bond program targeted specifically for EE/RE in government facilities [...]

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Tags: Energize America · Energy · business practice · energy efficiency · environmental

An entrepreneur reports from the “Green Olympics”

February 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Jack Hidary, one of the more innovative green entrepreneurs, is at the Vancouver Olympics evidently enjoying himself at events (evidently speed skating) but, more importantly, engaging with world leaders (political, cultural, private sector) to foster engagement toward more sustainable practices.

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In this video, Hidary discusses Vancouver’s Green Olympics (VANOC [...]

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Tags: business practice · environmental · green

Science blows the top off mountaintop removal mining

January 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

This cross-post from DWG provides an excellent perspective on the heavily peer-reviewed study, just published in Science magazine, that provides strong material about the serious health (environmental and human) implications of Mountain Top Removal (MTR).  For links to numerous other discussions, see here.

The rapacious polluters in the coal industry are celebrating. The approval of a [...]

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Tags: Energy · business practice · coal · environmental · government energy policy · pollution

MJ on Whole Foods’ CEO’s climate ignorance

January 5th, 2010 · No Comments

I regret not seeing Kate Sheppard’s excellent discussion at Mother Jones prior to writing Whole Foods’ CEO vs Whole Foods’ Values? and Whole Paycheck’s “Crazy Uncle”’s crazed global warming ignorance. Kate addresses the connection between Mackey’s statements/views, Whole Foods’ lobbying (or lack of it), and governmental action on environmental issues. As with The New [...]

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Tags: Global Warming · business practice · climate change · climate delayers · global warming deniers

Whole Foods’ CEO vs Whole Foods’ Values?

January 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Whole Foods’ CEO, John Mackey, has made news with a New Yorker profile quoting him promoting the rejection of climate change science. (See Whole Paycheck’s “Crazy Uncle”’s crazed global warming ignorance.) When it came to his climate science ignorance, the article’s author commented
One would imagine that, on this score, many of his customers, to say [...]

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Tags: Global Warming · business practice · carbon dioxide · climate change · climate delayers · global warming deniers