cleantech

How Do You Define Cleantech?

The second half of the calendar year is busier than usual for us, in part because it’s “cleantech season.” The major cleantech accelerators, incubators, analysts and pitch competitions all ramp up during the summer months. The Global Cleantech 100 are announced in October as part of Global Cleantech Week, and that’s followed by the NREL […]

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Adapting in Advance

“Adapt to that which you can’t prevent, prevent that to which you can’t adapt.” —Bill McKibben Back in January, we began a blog with this statement, pointing out that adaptation is the new imperative. We never knew just how close to home this would strike—not only for those of us who just experienced the Colorado […]

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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Lisa Magnuson

We find it fascinating to learn why people do what they do and think what they think. This month, we checked in with Lisa Magnuson, Senior Director of Consumer Engagement at Silver Spring Networks. Why do you do what you do? I do what I do because I care deeply about the environment and the […]

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Prevention and Adaptation

“We have to adapt to that which we can’t prevent, and prevent that to which we can’t adapt.”  — Bill McKibben For years, our efforts as cleantech and sustainability champions have focused on the latter half of this statement—preventing that to which we cannot adapt. But now—in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and countless other […]

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Is this the slope of enlightenment?

Is it just us, or has the term “cleantech” come out of the shadows in recent weeks? In the wake of the November elections, the left-liberal/progressive end of the media spectrum is clearly emboldened—talking loudly and often not just about the “fiscal cliff” and the Middle East, but about domestic energy policy, “green jobs,” electric […]

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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Rob Writz

We find it fascinating to learn why people do what they do and think what they think. Last month, we checked in with Rob Writz, Director of New Ventures at CleanLaunch, a Colorado-based cleantech incubator. Why do you do what you do? My personal value system leads me to seek out professional experiences that contribute […]

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Education: It’s up to us.

A recent study reveals that the majority of Americans cannot name one type of renewable energy, and nearly forty percent can’t identify a fossil fuel. When it comes to cleantech, people are confused: What is it, exactly? Why does it matter? Won’t all cleantech investments crash and burn like Solyndra did? This is startling to […]

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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Scott Elrod

We find it fascinating to learn why people do what they do and think what they think. This month, we sat down with Scott Elrod, who not only is VP of the Hardware Systems Laboratory at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), but is also responsible for PARC’s Cleantech Innovation Program—with projects ranging from photovoltaics […]

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What Happens Between IP and PR

Lately, we’ve been talking to a lot of folks who work with cleantech startups on a daily basis—incubators, labs, universities, economic development groups and others who provide valuable services to fledgling enterprises. And we see that when it comes to marketing, cleantech startups have more in common with their startup peers in other industries than […]

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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Rex Northen

We find it fascinating to learn why people do what they do and think what they think. This summer, we sat down with Rex Northen, Executive Director of the Cleantech Open, during the Cleantech Open Academy in San Jose.   Why do you do what you do? This is a nonprofit (my first) and it […]

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