People value the notion of national energy independence highly, but they are even more excited and supportive about what we now call small "i" independence. The kind of independence that can come from electricity produced locally from solar and wind.
f we really lean into this we will simultaneously increase prosperity for our people, reinvigorate the American Dream, and restore this magnificent blue planet. This is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our lifetime.
We may not be keeping pace with these pressures, but leading companies continue to evolve more sustainable strategies and tactics. Let's look at some top macro- and company-level stories.
For many, closet space is a luxury. So, now that the temperature is warmer and you won't be needing your winter wear, clean them, pack them and put th...
Instead of offering targeted policies, many leaders are suggesting an "all of the above" approach to energy development. The idea is that we should throw everything we have at the problem and see what sticks. It's a misguided strategy that would do more harm than good.
Three governors and the Premier of British Columbia announced an action plan to make the Pacific Northwest's homes more energy efficient, its vehicles less dependent on oil, and its communities less vulnerable to the threat of global climate change.
For very few jobs and no increased access to oil, we get to assume the liability of this project and its negative impact on our land, water and atmosphere.
When Dr. King was assassinated, it was 1968. President Obama was 7 and EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson was 6. Many of the African-American leaders who now carry the torch of justice that King lit were young when he died.
Whether the pipeline "serves the national interest" is the threshold for deciding whether it can move ahead. The decision should be a no-brainer. Here are five reasons why Keystone XL is not in the national interest.
State clean energy funds -- having funded thousands of individual projects -- bring significant knowledge to bear as they focus now on building whole industries. For that reason, the funds' transition from project development to industry creation should be nurtured and supported.
If we are to create a greener utopia of lower health costs and good jobs, it means we have to stop voting for the Santas that continue to stuff coal in our stockings.
While I do not hold out much hope for a new U.S. climate bill this year, there are plenty of other actions now underway. Young people understand the challenges of global sustainability and I am convinced that the situation is far from hopeless.
Fukushima has taught us that as long as reactors operate, the apocalyptic clock is ticking. With that in mind, and with the flow of green money turning into a financial tsunami, we can make 2012 the year nuke power finally dies.
There is much to be learned from the Dutch, who have found a way, through public and private partnerships, cultural indoctrination and political will to make green peace a part of daily life.
It's time to look back on what we've learned and oversimplify into a handy list. Here's my take on the 10 big stories in sustainability and green business this year.