Student Leaders Offer Inspiration
/ October 6, 2011 0 COMMENTS

“Creating Change Together” was the theme of the Upper Midwest Association of Campus Sustainability (UMACS) 2011 Regional Conference with conference sessions delivered around this theme.  UMACS brings together college and university sustainability advocates—faculty and staff as well as students—who are working to integrate sustainability into curricula, operations, and campus-community interactions at public and private institutions…

Changing the Message
/ September 22, 2011 0 COMMENTS

U.S. businesses and individuals could save money, curb emissions of global warming pollutants, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and cut energy consumption by 23% by 2020, merely by taking sensible, practical steps to use energy more efficiently, according to a report from McKinsey & Co. released last week.  How much energy do we waste…

An Uncommon Approach to Apparel
/ September 14, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Are you hankering for some good news on the environmental front? Patagonia just set up a virtual store front via eBay.  It is part of their Common Threads Initiative where they encourage their customers to repair, re-use, recycle and, yes, reduce their consumption. Patagonia’s been active in environmental issues for a long time; some of…

Business in the Lead on Sustainability
/ September 1, 2011 0 COMMENTS

An environmental transformation is happening and it is being led, somewhat unexpectedly, by…people in suits—all kinds of suits, ranging from NASCAR jumpsuits to bikinis and even the button-down styles preferred by people in corner offices. While the headlines suggest we are divided on issues of energy and sustainability, US corporate leaders—across all kinds of industries—continue…

Inspire via Stories
/ July 7, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Google announced that they are discontinuing the Google PowerMeter and today I got an email from Microsoft indicating that their Microsoft Hohm product would be discontinued in May 2012. My immediate reaction was to wince – because some will see this as more proof that nobody wants to friend energy conservation, that efficiency isn’t sexy,…