Matthew Holtry is a full-time Consultant for PRIZIM Inc. and a seasonal Journalist for Triple Pundit. His previous experience includes greenhouse gas & energy consulting, eco-business journalism, and various IT roles. He recently received his MBA from Penn State University, where he also served as the President of Penn State Net Impact. He was a former AmeriCorps Team Leader with Outward Bound, has driven cross-country twice, visited 19 countries, and now resides in Washington, DC.

Sustainable Systems at Work. Do They… Work?

At Juniata College, my undergrad alma mater, I was originally attracted to the school by a catchy slogan:  “Think.  Evolve.  Act.”  After all, that is exactly what I wanted to do in college, right? Of course, this process isn’t restricted to academia.  It has a rightful place in business, too.  That’s why I was pleasantly … Continued

AT&T: Aligning Business and Sustainability Strategy

I ask a simple gut-check question when reading a sustainability report:  “What does [insert “green” initiative here] have to do with this company’s operations?” The connection should be obvious. While “One Million Acts of Green” are admirable, it makes more sense to inventory impacts and make reductions where they matter most.  (Can I leave my … Continued

FMI Sustainability Summit: Only 5,000 Days to Get It Right

Image Source: Food Marketing Institute Last week, I presented at a Sustainability Summit for the Food Marketing Institute, an industry trade group representing 3/4 all the food sold in the United States. Joel Makower, founder of, delivered the keynote address with a bold call to action:  We have just 5,000 days to prevent irreversible … Continued

USGBC: True Green LEEDership.

Photo Credit: Metropolis Magazine and Envision LEED-Certified “green buildings” consume less energy, require fewer resources to build, and generate less waste than conventional buildings.  Oh, and they have higher market value.  And did I mention their occupants are happier, healthier, and sometimes even smarter? That’s not some hippie propaganda.  Those are all findings from well-documented … Continued

Cleantech Investment Is Up. So Why Isn’t the Sun Shining on Solar?

Photo Source: Cleantech investments have (mostly) rebounded according to a new joint study by Cleantech Group and Deloitte. After two quarters of decline, 2Q09 cleantech VC investment hit $1.2 billion.  The transportation sector was the clear winner—funding for biofuels, advanced batteries, and electric vehicles reached a new quarterly record of $607 million. Meanwhile, investors … Continued

All-Electric Commercial Vehicles: Now Available in the U.S.

Photo Credit: Vi Photography I have heard the future.  And it sounds… quiet.  As a new transplant to DC, I started accepting road noise and grimy air as inevitabilities of city life.  On Tuesday, Bryan Hansel, CEO of Smith Electric Vehicles, showed me an alternative.  (Thank you, Bryan.) On Tuesday, at the footsteps of the … Continued

P&G: Giving Philanthropy a Brand. And Saving Lives.

Photo Source: Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program P&G manages brands. A lot of them. In fact, you probably used one of their products before leaving for work (or whatever it is you do) today.  Over 300 brands – from Duracell, Tide, Pampers, Charmin, Crest, to even Pringles – fall under the P&G banner. Now the … Continued

Summer Project: Funding a Solar Project at a School

Nationwide, K-12 schools spend over $6 billion per year on energy – that’s more than textbooks and computers combined. While government-sponsored solar incentives hope to reduce that bill (and provide a fun educational opportunity for students), not all incentives are created equally. When I asked Richard Raeke, Director of Project Finance at Borrego Solar Systems, … Continued

Cheap Solar: It’s Closer than You Think

Skyline Solar hopes to achieve grid parity within the next 18 months. According to research by Clean Edge, solar power and conventional electricity sources will reach a “crossover” point by 2015. In other words, electricity from the sun will be cheaper than electricity from fossil fuels. Today’s peak solar price of 15-32 cents/kWh is expected … Continued