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  • Top 10 Reasons You Won't See Me at the People's Climate March

    19 September 2014, 5:05 pm

    "This is an invitation to change everything."Right. So says the notice about the (so-called) People's Climate March. It goes on to say, "In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban…
  • My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

    16 July 2014, 4:18 pm

    Here's My Top 5 reasons cleantech is alive and well:  1.) China. China finally seems poised to address its outrageous pollution problem. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection estimates it will cost China upwards of $800 billion to clean…
  • Ideas on Energy: Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum Looks to the Industry’s Future

    17 April 2014, 11:51 am

    (Note: This is reposted from my friends at Pepper Hamiliton LLP, co-hosts of the Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum with the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic, of which I am co-founder.)The future of the energy industry; the technologies with the potential to…
  • Coming Up: 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Energy Tech Investment Forum

    3 March 2014, 4:22 pm

    Six years. We've been running these cleantech and energy tech investment forums for six years. And by "we" I mean my co-founder of the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic, Kevin Brown of Hobbs & Towne, and me, along with our pal Tom Dwyer, who was part of the…
  • My Key Take-Aways from the Cleantech Innovation Summit 2014

    3 March 2014, 1:35 pm

    "There's more optimism than ever for cleantech,"according to Raj Atluru of SilverLake Kraftwerk. Atluru was speaking at the Cleantech Innovation Summit in Newport Beach, California last week.His was not the only optimism to be heard on the dais, in the…
  • Can Crowdfunding Help Cleantech Ride the Big Data Wave?

    26 February 2014, 10:40 am

    "Big data is a coming wave of 'green gold,'" says Nick Eisenberger of Pure Energy Partners."Information technology will be the most powerful tool to address resource challenges in our lifetime." Eisenberger was speaking at the Markle Foundation offices in New…
  • If I Could Speak at Davos: My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

    22 January 2014, 11:12 pm

    My colleague who posts as @EY_Cleantech had an interesting tweet this morning. She posited the question, If you could speak at the World Economic Forum on cleantech, what would you say?Here is my answer.Cleantech isn't dead. It hasn't crashed, hasn't lost its…
  • Number 9 Dream and a Note of Thanks to Readers

    25 November 2013, 11:27 am

    Nine years ago yesterday I wrote my first blog post here The Green Skeptic. Some 900+ posts later, my come more slowly and less frequently as other forms of writing and communication have usurped the blog's domination, but it's still chugging along.As John…
  • Know Your Audience (and Its Bite Size), Say Corporate VCs to Cleantech Entrepreneurs

    18 November 2013, 5:03 pm

    Grant Allen of ABB TechnologyVentures"Get your stuff together before you meet with us," said Grant Allen of ABB Technology Ventures to an audience of entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate leaders gathered at the offices of Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia…
  • Energy Giants: Looking for Innovative Investments

    29 October 2013, 11:46 am

    Join me as I moderate this panel on corporate investors looking for innovative technologies that fit their corporate strategies. Hope to see you there.   Energy Giants: Looking for Innovative InvestmentsThursday, November 14, 2013Large and forward-looking…
  • 3rd Annual EY Cleantech CEO Retreat Underway

    30 September 2013, 8:30 pm

    EY Cleantech CEO Retreat UnderwayToday starts the 3rd Annual EY Cleantech CEO Retreat, an event I've managed for the past two years and which we, EY's Global Cleantech Center, hosts at the Carneros Inn in Napa, California.This two-day Retreat is designed to be…
  • In Case You're Wondering Why The Green Skeptic Hasn't Posted in Some Time...

    18 September 2013, 9:49 am

    As the season turns from summer to fall, it's becoming increasingly obvious to me that I've neglected The Green Skeptic and its readers for too long -- my last post was August 2nd.But there's good reason! In addition to the usual summer vacation (those of you…
  • Review: ENVIRONMENTAL DEBT by Amy Larkin

    2 August 2013, 4:34 pm

    There have been a number of books about business and the environment over the past five years.Most follow the same formula: explain the environmental issues and problems we're causing as a species, point to a few success stories -- especially about good…
  • July Hiatus: Chris Nelder's Tribute to Randy Udall

    31 July 2013, 11:50 am

    While I'm on my July blogging hiatus, I'd thought I'd share with you a few posts from friends whose thought leadership I admire. Earlier this month, my pal Chris Nelder wrote about Randy Udall for SmartPlanet. Udall passed away at the age of 61 while on a…
  • July Hiatus: Gregor MacDonald's TerraJoule

    30 July 2013, 10:53 am

    While I'm on my July blogging hiatus, I'd thought I'd share with you a few posts from friends whose thought leadership I admire. My pal Gregor MacDonald recently launched a new subscription publication called TerraJoule.us, a monthly newsletter covering…
  • July Hiatus: Howard Lindzon on The Best Trade of His Life

    26 July 2013, 2:11 pm

    While I'm on my July blogging hiatus, I'd thought I'd share with you a few posts from friends whose thought leadership I admire. Here's Howard Lindzon on The Best Trade of His Life. Love the line: "Not all trades are for money. Sometimes you just need to…
  • July Hiatus: Andy Swan's "Make Some Noise"

    25 July 2013, 12:30 pm

    While I'm on my July blogging hiatus, I'd thought I'd share with you a few posts from friends whose thought leadership I admire. Here's Andy Swan on "Make Some Noise":Make some noiseWhen the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the facts are against…
  • July Hiatus: Jack Ricchiuto's "Mindful Leadership"

    24 July 2013, 2:13 pm

    While I'm on my July blogging hiatus, I'd thought I'd share with you a few posts from friends whose thought leadership I admire. Here's Jack Ricchiuto on "Mindful Leadership":Mindful Leadership: The Key To High Engagement OrganizationsIt’s interesting that…
  • Is NYC's Climate Resiliency Plan Too Shortsighted? Geophysicist Klaus Jacob Thinks So

    24 June 2013, 11:40 am

    "We have to have a long term view to create meaningful short term solutions," so says Klaus Jacob, research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.Jacob warned of New…
  • Tesla's Elon Musk Shows Why Electric Cars Are the Future, Today

    21 June 2013, 9:52 am

    Last night in Los Angeles, Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, Inc, staged a brilliant show in an attempt to convince skeptics of electric vehicles that charging, or in this case swapping, EV batteries is easier than filling your gas tank.He did it by…
  • Cleantech In Da House (Brooklyn's House, That Is)

    20 June 2013, 9:26 am

    NYU-Poly's MetroTech Campus“Brooklyn is in the House” or Cleantech is in Brooklyn's House, I should say.The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and New York University’s Polytechnic Institute (NYU-Poly) announced yesterday they will…
  • With Artisan Exchange, Collaborative Economy Meets Specialty Foods Movement

    18 June 2013, 11:20 am

    Co-working works well for techies, freelancers, and artists -- why not for small food businesses?That's what Frank Baldassarre and Artisan Exchange are trying to answer out in their West Chester, PA, manufacturing and distribution center.Frank, Green Skeptic…
  • Power to the People: EY's Renewable Energy Index Ranks Country Attractiveness

    29 May 2013, 10:35 am

    For the past ten years, Ernst & Young has published a quarterly index analyzing the attractiveness of countries around the world for developing renewable energy.Called the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (or RECAI, for short), the index has…
  • Tesla "S" Garners Consumer Reports Best Car Rating...Ever

    9 May 2013, 4:27 pm

    Tesla Model SThe Consumer Reports headline reads, "The Tesla Model S is our top-scoring car""There, we said it," CR goes on to say. "The Tesla Model Soutscores every other car in our test Ratings. It does so even though it's an electric car. In fact, it does…
  • My Three Take-Aways from BNEF Summit 2013

    1 May 2013, 9:29 am

    Last week was the BNEF Summit (Bloomberg New Energy Finance), the annual gathering of the clean energy faithful curated by Michael Liebreich.BNEF puts on a good show. Their analysts have a deep understanding of their particular focus area and they know how to…

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