The Green Skyscraper

October 9, 2010

This is a guest post by Joshua Rinaldi, a first year doctoral student in the McCormack School of Public Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Massive monolithic figures that cut across horizons, skyscrapers have been symbols of a city’s wealth, prosperity, and architectural ingenuity since their inception. Now, some skyscrapers are taking [...]

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Marketing and Energy Efficiency in Mobile Telecoms

March 30, 2010

Potential exists for energy efficiency despite consumer disinterest
This is a guest contribution by my colleague Dr. Werner Kunz, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Professor Kunz recently collaborated with consultants A.T. Kearney in a survey-based study demonstrating little consumer interest but the potential for energy efficiency in the industry.
Marketing experts know [...]

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Climate Change and Clean Tech in Israel

January 12, 2010
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Israel is a small country of 7.5 million people with an oversized political and media footprint. It also has a growing carbon footprint problem on its current development path, as noted in the November 2009 McKinsey report on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Potential in Israel (the 5-page summary is in English, click here for full [...]


Carbon Counting Confusion

September 29, 2009

By David L. Levy
Carbon comes in many forms: depending on how the atoms are arranged, carbon can be a tough brilliant diamond, a rigid bucky-ball, a super-strong nanotube, soft graphite, or a lump of coal. These forms have very different properties and uses – diamonds are not the best fuel for generating electric power. [...]


Measuring Corporate Carbon Performance

September 17, 2009

This is a guest contribution by Drs. Timo Busch and Volker Hoffman, Professors at ETH Zurich, Group for Sustainability and Technology. It’s based on their recent article Corporate Carbon Performance Indicators in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. It moves toward a clear and operational definition of carbon intensity, dependency, exposure, and risk.
The world faces twin [...]


Sticker Shock – Walmart’s labeling scheme will be costly, but will it be effective?

August 4, 2009
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By Stephen Stokes, AMR Research
Addressing climate change and other environmental issues requires real action at the facility and process level –  just creating product labels may not be effective
Walmart’s product environmental labeling aspirations went public in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal last month and sent ripples of fear and excitement [...]