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September 9, 2022 - By Margaret Lo, IMT

Why Your Lease is a Tool for Climate and Social Action

Fighting climate change usually conjures images of community clean-ups and wind farms or solar panels, but in this column, Margaret Lo of IMT (Institute for Market Transformation) explores another very important way that organizations can take action: switching to green or performance-based leases.

August 24, 2022 - By Dana Clare Redden, Solar Stewards

New Frameworks for Clean Energy: We're Not In Kansas Anymore

Can you feel a Brand New Day? In this column from DiCE (Diversity in Clean Energy), Dana Clare Redden cheers the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act while reminding the industry of the historically excluded communities who continue to hold cautious hope for a more equitable energy paradigm.

August 19, 2022 - By Dean Nelson, Infrastructure Masons

Time is running out. This is our moment to lead the industry to net zero.

The digital infrastructure industry builds the digital engines that power the globe. In this column, Dean Nelson of Infrastructure Masons - presenters of a workshop at the upcoming Net Zero Forum - describes the creation of the iMasons Climate Accord, a group of companies who are agreeing to an open standard and governance to report the carbon footprint in materials, products, and power across digital infrastructure.

Energy Efficiency  -  August 8, 2022 - By Better Buildings

Whole Foods Market Reaches, Exceeds Better Buildings Challenge Goal

In 2013, Whole Foods Market became the first grocery partner to join the Better Buildings Challenge, committing to a 20% improvement in energy use intensity by 2023 across its building portfolio of more than 12 million square feet. In this column, learn how Whole Foods Market surpassed that goal two years ahead of schedule, achieving a 21% energy reduction.

Sourcing Renewables  -  July 27, 2022 - By DiCE (Diversity in Clean Energy)

Applying a Regeneration Framework to Clean Energy

“Global Warming... is an offering to re-imagine who we are and what we can create with our minds, our heart, and our brilliance." This column, the second in a series from DiCE (Diversity in Clean Energy) highlights two diverse-owned corporations in the clean energy sector who have been instrumental in shaping the DiCE initiative.

July 22, 2022 - By AB Ghosh, Hemlock Semiconductor

Now Is Our Moment To Create a Resilient, Equitable, Environmentally Sustainable Solar Supply Chain

Clean energy procurement now means focusing on resilience, prioritizing community stakeholder needs, and optimizing carbon impact. In this column, AB Ghosh of Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC) explains why energy customers have an opportunity and obligation to lead in this evolved energy market using collective buying power to build a domestic solar supply chain.

Utilities  -  July 21, 2022 - By Darren Legge, Ndustrial

Hot Texas Summer

You already know Texas electricity prices can spike dramatically. Are you ready for a record-breaking summer? In this column, Darren Legge of Ndustrial explains how large energy users can find ways to manage their risk.

July 15, 2022

Partner Post: Focus on your business, not what powers it

You’re facing a rapidly changing business landscape – corporate sustainability goals, the demands of a fast-growing business, aging equipment and the increasing need for power reliability. In this video from Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, learn about designing a solution to help you reach your business objectives.

July 13, 2022 - By Tim Carter and Bridget Flynn, Second Nature

A “Whole-of-Higher-Ed” Approach to Energy Solutions

While there clearly has been progress in higher education to help deploy climate and clean energy solutions, the key question now is, “Is the sector doing enough?” In this column, Tim Carter and Bridget Flynn of Second Nature explore how leveraging academic and educational resources could expand campus climate solution activity beyond its own needs and could allow new cross-sector partnerships to emerge.

July 6, 2022 - By Jonathan Tan and Peter Cooke, Ratio Institute

Let’s Measure Sustainability with an Aim to Improve Operational Performance and Profits

There has been a sharp increase in the number of food retail chains that collect sustainability data and publish sustainability reports. However, there is much room for improvement in how companies measure sustainability and use data-driven insights to inform operational improvements. In this column, Peter Cooke and Jonathan Tan of Ratio Institute review common problems and offer new approaches for successful sustainability reporting.
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