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2016 — The Real Work Begins

Welcome to 2016, the year with the best chance so far of concerted progress towards sustainable improvement in the U.S. and the world! What will it mean for you, your company and your world?  Let’s take a look back at what happened in 2015 and see how that positions us for the new year. There […]

Why the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Is Good for Your Business

“On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement, the final Clean Power Plan is fair, flexible and designed to strengthen the […]

Beyond the Carbon Footprint: What’s Next?

“So we have our first carbon footprint measurement.  What’s next?” Coupled with wanting to know how their company compares with other companies, this is the inevitable question management teams ask when presented with their first carbon footprint number. A carbon footprint is only a baseline, and it is difficult for companies to compare themselves to […]

How Shadow Pricing Can Improve the Outlook for Sustainability Projects

Suppose you have a project that you’d like to undertake that, based on standard cost/benefit analysis, doesn’t quite meet the payback period that your company requires. However, you know that in addition to the easily quantifiable benefits of the project there is one more, less obvious, benefit. The completed project will reduce the company’s carbon […]

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Carbon But Were Afraid to Ask

“So why are we doing a Carbon Footprint?” The question stopped me dead.  We’d been working for months with our industrial client to develop their first Carbon Footprint. Their team of very talented engineers had been excellent partners and we were making significant progress and then, the question. “So why are we doing a Carbon […]

EPA’s New Clean Power Plan: A Primer

Announced on Monday, June 2nd, the Obama administration’s new proposed plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants has already made waves.  For environmentalists, the plan was welcomed as a bold action to stem the effects of global warming.  From those in the industries most likely to be affected by the new plan (and lawmakers […]

The Planet’s Carbon Odometer Turned Over 400. What Now?

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the data that we’ve hit carbon dioxide levels of 400 parts per million (PPM) in our atmosphere.  This, in turn, sparked a media flurry of hand-wringing over how we’re failing to combat climate change, and we continue to be on a collision course with “the […]

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