How National Security Drivers are also Driving the Market
Military, private sector aim to cut energy use
Director of the Harvard Office for Sustainability
Pipeline plans could disrupt climate initiatives in the Northeast
The Latest E2 Happenings Nationwide
Over 140 California-based companies have joined the Climate Declaration
NRDC report examines the link
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| ||John Foster, Sharon Burke, Nicole Lederer, Jerry Hinkle |
War is changing: the battlefield of today is becoming increasingly decentralized. This requires the Department of Defense - a historically top-down, centralized institution - to adopt new approaches to meeting its energy needs.
This is one of several insights shared by Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs Sharon Burke at the luncheon panel E2 hosted during this year's Cleantech Forum, and at our roundtable event later in the evening. Ms Burke's office was established to build energy awareness into operational policy and procurement – what it takes to sustain the fighting force in the field.
There is no longer a clearly demarcated "frontline." This changes how our soldiers fight, operate, and use energy. Fuel and supply lines to the forward operating bases where solders live and operate must be maintained through a heavy investment...read more >
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Fort Bragg is one of the U.S. Army's biggest installations. Encompassing 250 square miles of North Carolina longleaf pine forest, the post is home to about 50,000 active-duty personnel, including the 82nd
Airborne's famed paratroopers.
In contrast to base closures occurring across the country, Fort Bragg is growing. New office buildings and barracks are being constructed or retrofitted. More energy-intensive computer systems are being installed to train soldiers in modern warfare. More people require more transportation options on roads named after important battles like Ardennes and Normandy.
"It's the center of the military universe," said Gregory Bean, director of public works at Fort Bragg and a retired colonel.
This growth presents a big challenge for Fort Bragg's small team of six civilian employees who manage the installation's energy program. But the challenge they face – doing more...read more >
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| ||Heather Henriksen |
E2 Member Heather Henriksen is the Director of the Harvard University Office for Sustainability. In this role she oversees a team of change agents that works across more than 12 Schools and dozens of administrative departments to set and achieve university-wide sustainability goals. Prior to joining Harvard, Heather was Director of Corporate Marketing & Business Development at Time Warner and served as an Assistant Director at Stanford University Law School. She holds a Master's in Public Administration with a focus on energy and environment from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Earlier this month, we got a chance to talk to Heather about what's going on at Harvard. On the role of universities
We believe that one of the core missions of the higher education sector is to solve global challenges, which include climate change and environmental sustainability. Harvard President Drew Faust has called this "our accountability...read more >
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| ||Tar Sands Pathways |
Oil industry plans could cause a dramatic increase in the use of tar sands–derived gasoline in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, a shift that would move the region backwards in its efforts to fight climate change. A recent report by Hart Energy
shows that by 2020 fuels derived from tar sands could make up between 11.5 and 18.0 percent of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic market – compared to less than 1 percent in 2012.
E2 New England, together with NRDC, and other environmental and business groups, recently met with Massachusetts state officials to make them aware of the looming problem and suggest solutions.
Gulf Coast refineries are taking an increasing volume of tar sands crude as more pipelines are built or retrofitted to carry it to the Gulf, such as the new Gulf Coast Pipeline Project from Cushing...read more >
Southern California: Join E2 in Welcoming Fynne Rose!
North Carolina: Business Roundtable Recap: Charlotte NC
New York: Chapter Update Northern California: Powering the 21st Century: Energy Policy for the Future Focus Meeting Recap New England: Smart Grids for Dummies: Smoothing the Way to a Clean Energy Future Event Recap New England
: Accelerating Our Transition To A Clean Energy Economy Event Recap MidAtlantic:Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee Green Jobs Discussion Pacific Northwest
: Chapter Update Midwest: Chicago Business Roundtable Recap
Join E2 in Welcoming Fynne Rose!
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| ||Laura and Fynne |
E2 Southern California Chapter Director Laura Berland-Shane gave birth to a daugther, Fynne Rose, on September 30th 2013.
Fynne greeted the world with an early and steadfast commitment to sustainability, as she was born in the front seat of Laura's Chevy Volt!
Business Roundtable Recap: Charlotte NC
On February 26th, we held our third E2...read more >
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| ||Call for U.S. Action on Climate Change |
As California battles the worst drought in centuries, more than a dozen major California-based businesses, including Apple
, SolarCity, San Diego International Airport
and Sapphire Energy
signed the Climate Declaration
, a business leader call to action that urges federal and state policymakers to seize the economic opportunity of addressing climate change. The announcement was made at the U.S. Climate Leadership Conference
at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay.
San Diego-based companies signing the declaration include: Sapphire Energy, Sullivan Solar, Renovate America, the San Diego Regional Airport Authority, and CleanTech San Diego
, a trade association and clean tech cluster representing 800 clean tech companies.
Launched last year by Ceres
, a nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization, and its business network, Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), the Climate Declaration has more than 750 signatories...read more >
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| ||Green Infrastructure |
The Natural Resources Defense Council's new report, The Green Edge: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value, explores
the wide range of benefits green infrastructure can provide to the commercial real estate sector. These include higher rents and property values, increased retail sales, energy savings, local financial incentives (such as tax credits, rebates, and stormwater fee credits), reduced life-cycle and maintenance costs, reduced flood damage, reduced water bills, reduced crime, and improved health and job satisfaction for office employees. The report provides illustrative examples for retail buildings, office buildings, and multi-family residential buildings, showing that the cumulative value of these benefits can total in the millions of dollars over a long-term (40-year) planning horizon. For more information, go to: go.nrdc.org/greenedge
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