Facing the Rising Seas: Can we Learn from Climate Mitigation?

May 5, 2016

By David Levy, University of Massachusetts, Boston This article was originally published in the Organizations and Social Change blog. In April 2018, David authored a report ‘Financing Climate Resilience: Mobilizing Resources and Incentives to Protect Boston from Climate Risks’. It’s approaching three years since hurricane Sandy killed over 230 people in 8 countries, and wreaked […]

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Why corporate CSR doesn’t go far enough to solve climate change

December 2, 2015

by David L Levy, University of Massachusetts Boston This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In the run-up to the much-anticipated COP21 international climate summit in Paris, business leaders worldwide have shown substantial support for action on greenhouse gases (GHG). The White House launched the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, with 81 […]

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Carbon Fiddles While the Planet Burns

May 17, 2013

by David L. Levy As regular readers will have noticed, ClimateInc is now dormant. I’ve learned that sustaining a blog individually is a lot of work, and a group effort is more feasible. I have now joined the editorial team of a new blog launched by our Organizations and Social Change group at UMass-Boston.This article […]

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Path to Breakthrough in Financing Energy Efficiency?

July 4, 2012

This is a guest post by Milton Bevington, a UMass-Boston Lecturer affiliated with SERC, and who has been closely engaged with the Clinton Climate Initiative. He is also a member of the City of Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee. I recently released a study of innovation in energy efficiency project finance, the culmination of five […]

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Green Chemistry and Clean Energy

January 23, 2012

In December, the University of Massachusetts, Boston (where I work) hosted three leading proponents of green chemistry for a panel discussion of the potential and challenges of the field. John Warner, widely considered the father of green chemistry, is a former chair of the UMass-Boston chemistry department and is currently the president and chief technology […]

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Overcoming Hurdles to Clean Energy Commercialization

November 18, 2011

In the absence of a global framework for regulating emissions, the future of the planet largely rests on choices by private firms and investors regarding which technologies to pursue and commercialize. by David L. Levy Despite the mounting evidence of severe climate change, there is a funding crisis for potential solutions. The Department of Energy […]

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64,000 Clean Energy Jobs in Massachusetts

October 31, 2011

Beyond the headline numbers, the report highlights the diversity of sectors, activities, and skill levels associated with clean energy, and points to workforce education needs. By David L. Levy The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center released the 2011 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report this month, just a few weeks after the failures of solar firms Solyndra […]

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Clean Energy Workforce Development in Massachusetts

October 14, 2011

This is a guest post by Kevin Doyle, Principal of Green Economy and Co-Chair of the New England Clean Energy Council’s Workforce Development Group. It is reprinted by permission from the Clean Energy Council blog. Economic development and workforce development must be done together.  That was the primary recommendation of two research reports released last […]

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The “race” for clean energy in a dynamic global industry

September 23, 2011

by David L. Levy The American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) released a new report last week, Catalyzing American Ingenuity: The Role of Government in Energy Innovation, which makes the case that the US government should dramatically increase its investment in energy innovation in order to enhance US competitiveness, energy independence, and create affordable clean-energy alternatives. […]

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Growing Clean Energy through Business Model Innovation

June 28, 2011

Boston-based Zipcar raised $174 million from its Initial Public Offering in April 2011. It already has operates in 14 big cities and 230 college campuses around the United States, Canada and the UK, and is planning to use the new capital for market expansion. Zipcar is not a high tech business, and its success is […]

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