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November 11, 2020 - By David Solsky, Envizi

Carbon Accounting is Complex. Software Can Help.

While making commitments and quantifying results is the critical first step to a carbon reduction journey, companies will find that carbon accounting and the process to reach traceable, auditable metrics can be complicated. This column from David Solsky, CEO and Co-Founder of Envizi, explains why it is critical to get started with a proactive approach. and why spending time doing the hard work now is time well spent.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  October 26, 2020 - By Jay Paidipati, IBM

IBM's DER Project Risk Evaluation Framework

While a DER project’s financial impact is very important to IBM, the company also needs to assess its impact on operations, the likelihood that it will get built, and how external factors might impact the project. In this column, IBM's Global Energy Manager Jay Paidipati shares the framework IBM developed to evaluate projects in the interest of exchanging best practices and benchmarking.
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October 2, 2020 - By Thomas Murray, EDF +Business

Net zero is THE new business imperative

Even in this bleak current moment, when hope may seem sparse and many eyes are narrowly focused on November 3, we can’t lose sight of another urgent and looming crisis, one that poses severe threats to our communities and economy: climate change. In this column, Thomas Murray, EDF +Business, discusses the current landscape as a growing number of companies and investors recognize the risks posed by climate change and the need for bold and immediate action.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  September 25, 2020 - By Better Buildings

Resilience Isn't a Project - It's a Mindset for Better Plants Partners

2020 has been the year of “the pivot” – of looking critically at every part of operations and thinking creatively about new approaches to doing business. In this column from the Better Plants program, learn what General Motors and L'Oreal USA did to adapt to the events of 2020.
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September 23, 2020 - By Jeff Colvin, MP2 Energy LLC

Redefining Corporate Renewables Procurement Strategy: Simplified, Effective and Accessible

For over a decade, renewable energy has been gaining prominence with leading global corporations. Yet even with declining renewable generation cost and increased pressure from shareholders to demonstrate sustainability progress, many organizations continue to struggle to execute on their sustainability strategies. This column from Jeff Colvin, MP2 Energy, explores innovative and simplified renewable energy solutions that can help them attain their sustainability goals.
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August 21, 2020 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

DWS: Site-Level Climate Risk and Resiliency Checklist Pilot

DWS' real estate business has been investing in assets for more than 40 years and includes $55.6 billion in assets under management across the globe. This column from Better Buildings explores the company's implementation of a Climate Risk and Resiliency Pilot to assess properties at risk from the impacts of climate change and identify strategies and improvements that would protect occupants, interior systems and equipment, and the physical asset.
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August 17, 2020 - By Debra Chanil, Smart Energy Decisions

Sustainability Programs During COVID-19: There’s a will… but is there a way?

As the energy industry faces the continuing shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s becoming clear that organizations want to hold firm to their sustainability strategies, even as budget uncertainty and competing priorities may get in the way. Smart Energy Decisions, in partnership with BloombergNEF, fielded a survey among energy executives to measure the current impact of COVID-10 on a series of sustainability factors as well as what they anticipate the impact to be as we move through re-openings and economic recovery.
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August 7, 2020 - By Nexamp

Bringing Sustainability & Savings to Albany Medical Center

Hospitals everywhere are finding that budgets are very tight, which means they need to explore every opportunity to reduce operating costs. This column from Nexamp shows how Albany Medical Center jumped at the opportunity to join a nearby community solar farm to realize savings and support local renewable energy resources.
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Demand Management  -  August 5, 2020 - By Jake Duncan, IMT

Stronger Together: Systemic Efficiency through Demand Management

Most conversations around clean energy are focused on what type of energy we are using, but to fully decarbonize our economy, we also need to address when energy is used. In this column from IMT - the third in a series - Jake Duncan explains that by purposefully managing energy usage, we can better match the demand for power with the availability of clean energy.
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Energy Efficiency  -  July 17, 2020 - By Andrew Schaap, Aligned

Now Is the Time for Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Data Centers

As we begin to look back on the historic acceleration of telework, distance learning, and the digitalization of business and government caused by COVID-19, it’s clear that we have been afforded a glimpse into the future. In this column, Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned, a data center solutions company, explains that there has never been a stronger case, nor a more urgent time, for designing and building energy-efficient and sustainable data center infrastructure.  
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