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 […]


Environmentalism explained (part 2)

September 5, 2010

Here is part 2, continued from the last post. This part focuses on corporate, or reform environmentalism. Apologies for the academic style, but it’s all part of the job! Reform environmentalism, a third paradigm, is a more pragmatic approach that recognizes the limits of natural systems and attempts to address them within the parameters of […]

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Solar: Clean Greed

June 11, 2010

One of the best speeches I’ve heard on clean energy business opportunities was not given by a cleantech executive or venture capitalist, but by Michael Beard, the fictional character at the center of Ian McEwan’s new novel Solar. Beard is a physicist who earned his Nobel laureate for an early brainwave, but is cruising through […]