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 companies representing US$5 [...]

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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 and [...]

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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 month.  [...]

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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. The [...]

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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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Fukushima’s silver lining

March 19, 2011

By David Levy
If the triple catastrophe in Japan has any silver lining, it’s the boost to non-nuclear renewables such as wind and solar energy. Japan faces immediate power shortages in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown, and as Geoffrey Styles observes:
As of the end of 2009 Japan already had the world’s [...]

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US Lagging in Green Jobs

November 10, 2010

New Clean Edge  jobs report shows the Boston region is doing relatively well, but the U.S. is lagging in green jobs
by Joshua Rinaldi and David Levy
Joshua Rinaldi is a first year doctoral student in the McCormack School of Public Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
A recent Clean Tech Jobs Outlook [...]

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SRECs to Rescue Solar Power?

May 18, 2010
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A few weeks ago I ran into David Weinberg, President of Apogee Solar, a solar energy developer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. I was intrigued by his company’s business pitch: to provide solar installations at no up-front cost to customers and then enter a long-term agreement to sell power to the customer at a heavily discounted [...]

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Smart grid faces implementation hurdles

March 11, 2010

Smart cities need smart buildings connected to a smart grid. The business opportunities associated with Demand Response, smart buildings, and smart grid have been gaining a lot of attention recently, with articles just last week in The Economist and Barron’s. Last summer a Cisco executive caused some ripples by forecasting that the convergence of IT [...]

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