Will McKinsey’s ‘Business of Sustainability’ Report Elevate the Triple Bottom Line?

McKinsey has a unique ability to frame a conversation.  During the last decade when a price on greenhouse gases seemed imminent, every Fortune 500, government or startup’s GHG strategic plan featured McKinsey’s GHG Cost Curve.  While the argument for carbon abatement may have fallen out of favor, leading companies discovered that sustainability initiatives create value … Continued

energy efficiency

Must-Read Energy Efficiency Reports for Your Summer Reading List

Two excellent building energy efficiency reports were released last month. The first is from the Environmental Defense Fund entitled Show Me the Money: Energy Efficiency Financing Barriers and Opportunities. The second from the Institute for Market Transformation is a comprehensive look at Building Energy Transparency: A Framework for Implementing Energy Rating & Disclosure Policy


The FOMO Generation? Is ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ Destroying Happiness

Increasingly my world is filled with overachievers who feel like underachievers. Are we the FOMO Generation? Is ‘Fear OF Missing Out’ destroying happiness. In past generations people tryied to keep up with the Joneses, their neighbors with a nicer yard, cuter kids, or a better car. But now thanks to LinkedIn and Facebook we have to keep up with the Joneses and the Shahs, Lees, Carters, Smiths, Levys and our hundreds of other acquaintances online.


Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Engagement: Let’s Get Hitched

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. “Engaging Stakeholders” is a funny term.  Presumably it means meeting with and soliciting input from others, but often times it seems it is more like engaging in combat.  As a man who has recently started shopping for rings, I cannot help … Continued

How to Get a Job in the Obama Administration

“Billions of dollars in stimulus, there must be tons of jobs in DC. How do I get a job with the Obama Administration?” As K Street becomes the new Wall Street, socially conscious business folks are flocking to DC to find jobs with the new administration. There are a lot of green jobs supporting the … Continued

New Documentary Fuel Presents Road to Energy Independence

Al Gore told us The Inconvenient Truth about global warming. But many of us asked, “What can I do about it?” The documentary film FUEL, winner of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, provides more than doom and gloom; it provides sustainable business solutions. This film has the potential to do more to promote … Continued

Beyond Green Building – High Performance Buildings

What is beyond Green Building? I set out to AEC-ST EcoBuild America in Washington DC to find out. Although the U.S. Green Building Council and the LEED greenbuilding program seem to be getting the publicity, the federal government has been studying building science and developing best practices for decades. They have compiled these findings into … Continued

Introduction to Clean Technology Investing – A Must Read Presentation

What is Cleantech? This is the question Lightspeed Ventures Partners’ Andrew Chung set out to explain to government officials in a recent presentation. Every aspiring clean tech venture capitalist and green entrepreneur ought to take 10 minutes to review this clean technology presentation. By highlighting eight sectors of green and clean technology, Andrew creates a … Continued

Innovative Wharton Energy Conference Delivers

The Wharton Energy Conference has become one of the top energy events for MBA’s, bringing together energy industry leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, government officials, journalists, academics and students for a day of learning and networking. This year’s conference incorporated a number of innovative events that broke the monotony of traditional conferences, delivering beyond expectations.

Builders, Venture Capitalists and Governments Embrace Green Building Retrofitting

Green Building Retrofitting: How do you promote green building when building, green or not, has ground to a halt? You take green to the existing building stock. Existing green builders and young green retrofit companies are emerging at a time when national, state and local governments are embracing programs to promote energy efficiency and green … Continued

GreenBuild in Boston – What Will Green Building Materials Manufacturers and Green Builders Have to Say?

Next week I am off to Boston for GreenBuild, the US Green Building Council’s premier event. Greenbuild International Conference and Expo was launched in 2002 as the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. This year attendees will learn about new green building products, innovative projects, the latest building research and more. The … Continued