This week 2,000+ scientists, policy makers, NGO leaders and corporate representatives convened in Stockholm for World Water Week, where they grappled with water scarcity, access and other thorny water issues. But what should companies be doing about it—now? Just like with energy efficiency, there is much low-hanging fruit to be picked where water is concerned.
When it comes to corporate computer networks, it's smart to be thin — even if that means the machines on your employees' desks are dumb. Thin client computers, made by HP, Wyse and others, are designed to be dumb. These stripped-down terminals run programs like internet browsers and word processors but store data on central […]
In today's IX blog post "Treasure Hunting for Gigatons," EDF's David Witzel and Gwen Ruta urge us to "make money [by] addressing the first 20% or so of the climate change problem. These 4 to 5 gigatons of 'low hanging emissions' come from energy inefficiencies that actually cost firms money." For one such example of […]
Many big- (and not so big)-box retailers are building new "green prototype" stores as part of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Retail pilot program. The most cutting-edge companies have also seized the corollary opportunity: retrofitting their existing stores. Albeit a much more complicated job, retrofitting offers more massive returns simply because […]
No one ever takes a rental car to be washed. And most people don't think about energy savings when staying in a hotel. Too many blast the air conditioner or heat even when deserting the room for the day. But good luck to the hotel that tries to add it to my bill! Thankfully, key-card […]
Yesterday on the IX blog, Jason Mathers reminded managers that vehicle efficiency can protect profit margins amidst volatile energy prices. He writes, "While gas prices have receded from their highs of last summer, they are back on the rise. Fleets would be wise to hedge against the growing volatility of fuel prices by choosing more […]
Kansas utility Midwest Energy is breaking the mold: making more money by selling less energy (without regulatory incentives). Business strategy for a utility company often centers on the legislative landscape of its regional market. Conventional wisdom says that robust energy efficiency programs only exist in states that are "de-coupled"—that is, state law has separated utility […]
If you’re reading this, you probably own a computer. Your company might own a hundred or a hundred thousand. Aggregating all our humming little buddies, we produce a lot of emissions, and we squander two valuable resources: energy and money. Speaking of money, venture capitalists are opening their minds (and checkbooks) to the opportunities presented […]