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Ask Pablo Introduction

| Wednesday September 6th, 2006 | 7 Comments

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Pablo is a Sustainability Engineer who uses his unique background to answer readers’ sustainability-related questions. Pablo is a Sustainability Engineer and VP at ClimateCHECK. He is a graduate of the Presidio School of Management and earned his engineering degree from Cal Poly. CC_logo_small.jpg He answers readers’ questions with regards to such technical issues as energy consumption, efficiency, life cycle analysis, and environmental footprints of business. His perspective is that of a seasoned engineer with the added business sense that comes with an MBA in Sustainable Management.

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Pablo earned his bachelors degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he was awarded the “College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Award for working to improve the image of the university” for his work in campus sustainability. As an intern at the Wuppertal Institute in Germany, Pablo worked alongside the creators of MIPS, a material intensity analysis tool. Pablo is now the foremost expert in the United States in the application of this tool for quantifying sustainability metrics. Pablo recently graduated from the Presidio School of Management’s MBA in Sustainable Management program. He lives in Novato, CA with his wife, Kristina and dog, Che. When he isn’t playing around with Excel spreadsheets he can be found climbing mountains or dreaming about them.


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  • http://www.innovatorz.org Jesse

    Which is better: Paper or plastic?

  • Kato

    And don’t forget to throw canvas bags of various types into the mix!

  • http://downstream.typepad.com/ Scott

    Hey Pablo, Incandescent or flourescent?
    I know, the answer is (usually) flourescent, but how long do I need to use a flourescent light before the iginition costs of turning it on are offset by the savings in the lower rate of electricy consumption relative to an incandescent bulb of the same luminosity?

  • Axel Hållén

    Hola pablo. You know the maglev trains. Right they have no “track friction” but the big problem with going really fast is air friction right. So what about going in a vacuum tunnel. Is this possible and economically viable? How fast could you go?

  • Anonymous

    Axel, That is a good question. I saw an article a few years ago in the IEEE magazine where they talked about a coast-coast maglev train that travels in a vacuum tube. Without air resistance I think there is almost no limit to the speed. Your limiting factor would be how fast your magnetic track segments could switch from off to on in order. I think in the magazine article’s scenario the top speed was around 500mph.

  • Volker;Wuppertal Institute

    Pablo, I browsed through your postings, nice to read! It is great to see that the usage of the MIPS method spreads further. Will keep coming back to the site and have a read.

  • Axel Hållén

    I read about vacuum maglev trains. You should to.
    here’s a link
    http://faculty.washington.edu/~jbs/itrans/suppes.htm