December 8, 2020 - By Mike Mattera, Akamai Technologies
As a sustainability professional living in the Commonwealth, Mike Mattera of Akamai Technologies is pleased to see that landmark climate change legislation was passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Now all eyes are on the state's general court, where final terms of the bill are being negotiated. In this column, Mattera explains the importance of legislation to build back a stronger, more equitable, just, and sustainable economy.
Energy Efficiency - December 7, 2020 - By ENERGY STAR
2020 was supposed to be a big year for energy treasure hunts and the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR© program - until COVID-19 hit. Yet even with restrictions brought about by the pandemic, this column from ENERGY STAR shows that organizations can still implement programs to find energy savings, engage employees, and build better energy management practices.
November 11, 2020 - By David Solsky, Envizi
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.
Distributed Energy Resources - October 26, 2020 - By Jay Paidipati, IBM
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.
October 2, 2020 - By Thomas Murray, EDF +Business
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.
Distributed Energy Resources - September 25, 2020 - By Better Buildings
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.
September 23, 2020 - By Jeff Colvin, MP2 Energy LLC
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.
August 21, 2020 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy
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.
August 17, 2020 - By Debra Chanil, Smart Energy Decisions
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.
August 7, 2020 - By Nexamp
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.