Thoughts at “100% Renewables” in San Francisco

Last week, I went down to San Francisco’s Fort Mason, a former military pier turned into a bright, scenic conference center, for some inspiration at the first “Pathways to 100% Renewables” conference. The new event attracted such speakers as SF Mayor Ed Lee and the Small Planet Institute’s France Moore Lappé. Sponsored by a variety …

Travelogue: RECS Market Meeting 2013

My colleague Alex Pennock and I recently travelled to snowy Berlin to attend the RECS Market Meeting hosted by RECS International.  After the long journey, we arrived in the historic German city and were greeted warmly by the almost exclusively European conferencegoers. Why go to Europe?  Over the past few years, there have been numerous …

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A Bridge to Somewhere in the General Direction of Cleaner Energy

It’s National Political Party Convention Time! Presidential Platforms are being finalized and our focus is slowly shifting from campaign flubs and gaffes toward actual policy issues (hopefully anyway, hilarious though said gaffes may be). Now it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty, meat and potatoes world of things like energy policy. Hooray! And this means …

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Disproving the Tragedy of the Commons: Rio+20 Sustainable Development Commitments

When Garrett Hardin wrote his famous essay The Tragedy of the Commons in 1968, he used the example of herdsman grazing their animals in a common pasture to exemplify the “tragedy” that results when multiple actors, acting independently and “rationally” (in the economic self-interest sense), will deplete a shared finite resource, even when it is …

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The LEED 2012 Green Building Standard’s Green Power Credit

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has recently opened a fourth comment period for many of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards. The review process has been long and involved, but I’m extremely pleased to see that the language for the updated Green Power credit is no longer up for …