Buy Green? Or Buy Less?

Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of hybrid vehicles I see driving the streets here in Boulder, Colorado. Maybe it’s just a heightened awareness due to those special “alternative fuel vehicle” parking spaces now in place at the new 29th Street Mall shopping area; but at times, … Continued

Africa’s First LEED Platinum Structure – Only $150K Short of Reality

As I was exploring possible summer internship positions, a professional colleague suggested that I meet with Mark Reiner, President of Birambye International (BI). I found Mark’s work to be so impressive that I wanted to share it with a wider audience. Mark is an extraordinary person who commits his time, energy and money in alignment … Continued

What’s More Exciting? A Day Skiing or Walk-In Freezer?

“More than individuals, businesses can influence policy because they carry huge weight with government. And businesses can get things done while waiting for policy change to take place.” –Auden Schendler, “Getting Green Done” In terms of sustainability, Boulder, Colorado is turning into the pre-party, the party and the after-party. Juggling the numerous green-themed opportunities like … Continued

L3C: Will the IRS favor Social Progress?

Last month at a peace rally, I saw a woman with a sign that read “where is my social progress?” and she got me thinking…. Where is social progress if not in socially active individuals? I thought of Margret Mead’s famous quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens could change the … Continued

Green, Affordable Housing Faces a New Financing Challenge

Affordable housing projects face enough challenges of their own without the added challenge of making them green. And yet, low-income families face a greater challenge from the burden of housing costs – the more families have to spend on maintaining a home reduces the amount they can spend on other basic necessities. Green features such … Continued

Emerging Cleantech Ventures Showcased at Sustainable Opportunities Summit

Last week, I attended the fourth annual Sustainable Opportunities Summit, held at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. The purpose of the event is to bring together individuals from business, government, academia, entrepreneurial ventures and the investor community to explore the essential role of business in making our global economy more sustainable. Throughout the … Continued

Eurotrip…in the U.S.?

Like many twenty-somethings, I’ve spent a good deal of time backpacking across Europe in the coach class of countless high-speed rail cars. It’s great to pass time looking out the window at stunning scenery, plotting out a plan of attack for the next destination or trying to avoid sitting next to the smelly guy in … Continued