Greening Westin: It's All You

For a while hotels have been asking you to help them save the environment. A recent Westin I stayed at took this to a whole new level, and there were little cards around the room to help me understand how I was helping. Examples (my paraphrasing): "If you want to…

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My New Gig(s)

It's been almost a year since the Oracle deal closed, and I've been fortunate to work on a lot of interesting projects since then, including the Energy Innovation Tracker, which I'll write more about soon. By last fall I was feeling like it was time to settle down somewhere again.…

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UK Carbon Bait and Switch

David Roberts has an excellent piece at Grist titled "Carbon tax in the U.K.: What does it mean for U.S. debate?".. Personally I wasn't surprised. I've always believed that there was a mismatch between the idea of a pure cap and trade system and a democratic system of…

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Two Reasons Why Carbon Management Software is Not the Next Big Thing

In my experience Chris Mines at Forrester is the top analyst covering the green enterprise, but I think he's slightly off the mark on his latest article "Five Reasons Why Carbon Management Software is the Next Big Thing". Before I talk about where he's wrong, let me say that he's…

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The EPA Turns to Bridge Burning

Over my years as Sustainability Officer at Sun I've publicly given lots of credit to the EPA, primarily for their world-leading Energy Star program and for the excellent Climate Leaders program. Boy, do I feel foolish now. First, in my eyes they tarnished their crown jewel, Energy Star, with the…

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CSR, Oversimplified

In Associate Professor Anil Karnani's world, Corporate Social Responsibility professionals at the world's largest companies only do two things: propose projects that the business should already be doing because they make total financial sense, and propose projects which are financial disasters and companies should never seriously consider. And if you…

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BP: Trying to Save the Well?

I got the following note from a friend from my MIT days: There is a drilled well that, at the seabed, enters a structure that is compromised. That structure cannot be fixed in a timely fashion or at all. Thus eliminate the structure (drag it away, underwater demolition, piecewise removal)…

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A Guide to Cap and Trade Legislation

When I first heard of the concept of a Cap and Trade system for reducing pollution, I thought it was one of the most elegant ideas that I'd ever heard. A Cap puts a hard limit on the amount of pollution that will be allowed in a given time period,…

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