David received his undergraduate degree in Geographic Information Sciences from James Madison University and completed an M.A. in International Development at Clark University. With over 10 years of experience in the field of environmental sustainability, David has worked for organizations such as Environmental Defense Fund, USDA, USGS and the Smithsonian Institute.Currently, David is a NetImpact member and an MBA candidate at the Presidio School of Management where his research focus is on developing market incentives for investment in environmental sustainability.

Green MBAs Find $350 Million through Climate Corps

This past summer, 47 Fortune 1000 companies discovered opportunities for saving a combined $350 million through energy efficiency measures.  Across all projects, these savings represent an opportunity to reduce over 400,000 metric tons of annual greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions. These figures are enough to catch the attention of any business manager looking to improve the … Continued

Solving the Energy Efficiency Puzzle

In 2008 and 2009, McKinsey & Company published two leading reports that describe the vast potential for economic and environmental gains that are possible through energy efficiency measures.  However, it’s almost 2011 and we have yet to see widespread investment in such (EE) measures.  This begs the question, “why don’t we see more businesses and … Continued

The Private Equity Industry Just Got Greener

This past summer, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts (KKR) released updated results from the company’s Green Portfolio Program and their accomplishments are impressive.  Across eight portfolio companies, the program has generated a combined savings of more than $160 million in operating expenses, the avoidance of over 345,000 metric … Continued

Australian Climate Change Legislation Could Cause an Early Election

Australia’s inaugural cap-and-trade legislation is causing the nation’s political climate to heat up so much that it has now become the deciding factor between whether or not the country will see an early election this year. The country’s opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull, has made it clear that his coalition will vote against the nation’s first-ever … Continued

Growing a Business Through Growing Gardens

When Gavin Newsom announced last week that the city’s new sustainable food policy calls for more urban land to be used to grow food, many residents wondered where the additional land would come from. According to Garden Fare, a new and growing business in the Bay Area, most residents don’t need to look any farther … Continued

Texas Instruments Saves Big with Efficiency

In 2008, Texas Instruments (TI) saved $5.1 million through reducing energy use by 5% and water consumption by over 7%. As a result, TI reduced its worldwide carbon footprint to 2.07 million metric tons of CO2, which represents a 2.8% reduction in the company’s worldwide carbon footprint. The company’s 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Report outlines … Continued

International Climate Policy Is in a Global Gridlock

On Wednesday of this week, the G8 leaders failed to unanimously pass a climate bill to mandate a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. The group’s failure to agree is further evidence that international agreements on a global climate change policy are stalling. The cause of the gridlock stems from disagreements among national leaders … Continued

Hohm: Microsoft Enters Home Energy Management

The field of competitors within the emerging field of energy management software now includes Microsoft. Earlier this week Microsoft launched Hohm, a home energy management application that delivers appliance specific energy consumption data to users through a web interface. The intention behind Hohm is to enable consumers to gauge their electricity usage and determine strategies … Continued

The Impact of Free Trade on Climate Change

On Friday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) published a report that indicates increased economic activity could result in a rise in carbon dioxide emissions. However, the report also stipulates that increased ease of trade can also help combat climate change through delivering energy efficient and renewable energy technologies … Continued

New Study Finds F-gases Are Making It Harder to Stay Cool

Earlier this week, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences confirmed that refrigerant chemicals known as “F-gases” pose a greater threat to global climate change than was previously thought. The paper, which was authored by a team of scientists from NOAA, EPA, Dupont and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, estimates … Continued

What Are the Main Trends in Green IT?

Building upon my recent article, “Growing a Green IT Strategy,” this follow-up post provides a detailed presentation of the emerging trends and leading practices within the growing field of sustainable business practices for information technology professionals. As indicated by the 2009 Worldwide Green IT Report, 45% of surveyed IT professionals have already implemented Green IT … Continued

Growing a Green IT Strategy

Currently, carbon emissions from IT and communication technologies represent 2% of global CO2 output, which puts information technology (IT) on par with the aviation industry in terms of carbon pollution. With an average increase in emissions of roughly 12% per year, IT has become the fastest growing industry for contributing to the carbon content in … Continued

Xerox’s Sustainable Growth Plan

The Xerox Corporation is a $16 billion enterprise that is beginning to integrate sustainability into their product offerings and operations. It strives to operate as a sustainability leader who delivers “waste-free” products that offer quantifiable benefits to the environment. Worldwide, consumers and investors ask how a company that is invested in toxic ink toners can … Continued

Patagonia: Sustainability from a Shed

For years, Patagonia has established itself as one of the strongest leaders of sustainability within the business community. Although it’s a well-deserved reputation, there are a number of innovative strategies behind why Patagonia’s industry leading reputation is so widespread. From their product catalogs, which serve as environmental education materials to their product labeling strategy that … Continued

Volvo Plug-In Available in 2012

Earlier this week, Volvo introduced a new model that integrates a plug-in lithium battery and a diesel engine, which Volvo plans to make available by 2012. When compared to Volvo’s earlier plan to have a hybrid vehicle available in 2012, the new plug-in model represents a more aggressive move on Volvo’s behalf. Notably, this move … Continued