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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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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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Is sustainability part of your mission?

We recently encountered this question on a discussion board: I was told sustainability is outside of our mission. How can that be? Our answer? It can’t be. Cleantech or not, sustainability is always part of your mission as a company. There are at least three business arguments for a focus on sustainability: 1. Cost Sooner […]

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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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A Call for Consolidation

It’s a tough decision, and with each passing year, it only gets more difficult: which cleantech conferences should we attend? Which will offer the most interesting panel discussions? The most innovative technologies and thinkers? The best connections? Which are worth traveling to? There’s the World Renewable Energy Forum here in Denver. That’s easy enough. And […]

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Whole-brain Strategy

We human beings tend to see what we expect to see, and this often constricts the aperture through which we view potential solutions to a problem. But the clearest vision of the future is seen through the widest lens—one that combines both analytical and creative input. As it is with physical eyesight, so it is […]

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This is our Wisconsin.

Last week, the solar energy train in Colorado screeched to a halt when Xcel Energy pulled the emergency brake. After years of increasingly crucial rebates and incentives for residential and business customers, Xcel, a publicly regulated utility with a virtual monopoly in the state, abruptly halted its participation in the program. The decision was without […]

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