RMI Outlet, Rocky Mountain Institute’s blog, explores topics critical to RMI’s mission to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.
Plug Into New Ideas
Oil and coal have created modern civilization; yet their rising costs are starting to erode and outweigh their benefits. Is there a better way to fuel and power the world’s advanced industrial societies than digging up and burning roughly four cubic miles a year of the rotten remains of primeval swamp goo? Originally posted on Corporate Eco Forum on October 27, 2011.
New Energy Era, Energy, Renewables, Reinventing Fire
This post originally published on the BSR Blog [http://www.bsr.org/en/our-insights/blog-view/in-your-words-rmis-ned-harvey-on-leadership]. Ned Harvey is the chief operating officer and vice president of finance at the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit think-and-do tank.
Earlier this month, South by Southwest (SXSW) held their inaugural Eco conference in Austin, Texas. Although SXSW holds an annual independent film festival that is second only to Sundance, an interactive conference comparable to TED and a music festival that is truly second to none, the SXSW crew saw the need for a concerted, cross sector approach to solving sustainability and environmental challenges and launched their latest effort, SXSW Eco.
In a public announcement last month, Mayor Greg Ballard detailed the upgrades to the 73,000 square foot City-County Building. The comprehensive energy retrofit targeted the 1960’s era heating and cooling systems, and included improvements that reduced total energy usage by 46 percent, and are resulting in guaranteed energy savings of $750,000 annually for the next 15 years.