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Transforming Business Leaders Into Clean Energy Experts

Guest author Richard Profit is a senior manager at PepsiCo Global Operations Sustainability. Corporate buyers gathered in the heart of ski country in Aspen, Colorado, this past February for the second Buyer’s Bootcamp organized by the Business Renewables Center (BRC). The two-and-a half-day bootcamp was an intense course in…

Five Reasons Your Company Should Buy Off-site Renewables in 2017

Guest author Scott Macmurdo is a sustainability specialist with NRG Energy, which is a founding sponsor of the Business Renewables Center.  Guest author Patrick Molloy is a financial analyst at the Business Renewables Center. Corporate interest in renewable energy is skyrocketing as companies realize that off-site projects can offer the flexibility…

Getting to Zero in Menlo Park

Guest author Diane Bailey is an environmental advocate, scientist, and the executive director of Menlo Spark. What happens when a small Silicon Valley city flanked by Stanford University and Facebook headquarters sets its sights on a climate-neutral future? A zero carbon pathway and a fresh approach to the built environment…

Data Interoperability Enables Mobility as a Service

Guest author Jackson Crane is an RMI alum. Download the report, Collaborating Toward Data Interoperability for Mobility Transformation here. Imagine a scenario in which people can travel via a wide variety of mobility options that seamlessly get them where they want, when they want, how…

To Get to Net Zero, Think Bigger

Guest author Allison Hibbs was a summer associate at RMI. The World Green Building Council (WGBC) just launched a revolutionary project calling for all buildings to reach net zero by 2050 in an action plan known as Advancing Net Zero. The announcement provides a shot in…

Looking for a Breakthrough in Cement and Concrete

Guest author Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson is an RMI Senior Fellow. The toughest climate challenges involve large global industries, with no good substitutes. One of these literally produces the material under our feet—concrete. Every year, each of us in the U.S. uses about one-third of a ton. Fast-growing developing countries use…

In Pursuit of Climate Neutrality at Arizona State University

Guest author Elaine Gallagher Adams, AIA, is a former RMI Manager I believe Arizona State University (ASU) is the most radical campus in the U.S. It is also the largest. So why is it radical, and how does size factor? ASU president, Dr. Michael Crow, has committed ASU to campus climate…

Missing a Mining Opportunity

Guest author Matthew Cullinen is a Carbon War Room alum. My parents still use America Online (AOL) and they’re not alone. Though many have made the switch to “modern” services like Gmail, others have steadfastly clung to comfortable, old, “easy” ways of doing things. That same dynamic is before…

Robots Don’t Drink and Drive

Guest author Karen Crofton is an RMI alum. A staggering two out of every three Americans will be involved in an accident related to drunk driving in their lifetime. And with the near ubiquity of mobile phones, texting while driving has become a new, deadly problem on our roads.

Google Hangout: Next-Generation Energy Management In Practice

Watch a google hangout on the importance of pursuing energy efficiency before renewable energy generation or offsets, investing in “smart” building management, adopting strategies for health and productivity, supporting workplace mobility and density, enabling a holistic and value-based investment approach, and allocating investments across portfolios.

An Airbnb or Uber for the Electricity Grid?

Guest author Matthew Crosby is an RMI alum. As Thomas Friedman reported in the New York Times, the shared economy is booming, with companies like Uber and Airbnb continuing to disrupt the incumbent taxi service and hotel sectors. The Ubers and Airbnbs of the world tap the…

Pulling Back the Veil on EV Charging Station Costs

Guest author Ben Holland is an RMI alum. Electric vehicles seem to have finally gained a solid foothold. With continued adoption, there will be an increasing need for access to charging locations. We recognize that many drivers today do most of their charging at home, but many others still require…

Feebates: A Key to Breaking U.S. Oil Addiction

Guest authors Bennett Cohen and Cory Lowe are RMI alumni.   Oil addiction, in particular, is a habit RMI would like to help the U.S. kick. The scale of U.S. oil consumption (nearly 19 million barrels per day) combined with its virtual monopoly of transportation energy (97 percent oil-based), creates strategic…