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Wider Aperture

Wider Aperture

When I started this blog, I had put a good bit of thought into the subject matter I wanted to cover, but did not yet have a well-formed concept for its presentation. I have experimented with different writing styles, from fact-based and news-like to more personal and opinionated. I do not think I have yet...
E+Co Communications Strategy Project

E+Co Communications Strategy Project

I recently wrapped up a ten week communications strategy engagement with E+Co, a nonprofit organization that invests services and capital in small and growing clean energy businesses in developing countries. E+Co is on the cusp of significant change to its business model and wanted to include a deep analysis of how it can use social...
Making the Green Grade

Making the Green Grade

Yesterday, after several months of preparation and a bit of field study, I took and passed the LEED Green Associate (GA) exam. LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a widely recognized and used green building certification system. The GA is the first level in the professional credentials associated with LEED and a prerequisite...
A First Meeting

A First Meeting

I just returned from my first visit to India. My wife Min and I had the honor of attending our friends Akash and Himani’s wedding. We stayed for a week after the festivities to take in some of Delhi and the surrounding area. Many whom we met could not have been more friendly and welcoming....
Ni hui shuo Zhongwen ma?

Ni hui shuo Zhongwen ma?

Guys will go to great lengths when attempting to impress a girl (or guy). Typical efforts may include flowers, the home-cooked dinner, gratuitous displays of chivalry. When I started dating my wife I decided to learn Mandarin Chinese. I seem to have trouble being satisfied until I have found the most difficult way to accomplish...
Comes with Batteries

Comes with Batteries

I attended an event yesterday at Climate Week NYC entitled “New Ideas for Electric Transportation: Recent Developments in New York State and Quebec.” Though it had been advertised as specifically focusing on battery technology and electric vehicles, what emerged was a rich exploration of the systems linking to and surrounding these technologies. Many matters were...
Light at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Light at the Bottom of the Pyramid

This evening I attended the fifteenth anniversary celebration of SELCO India, a social enterprise established in Bangalore that provides energy solutions and services to households and businesses that do not have access to electricity. The man at the center of evening, founder Harish Hande, downplays his role in the company’s success with humor and deference...
Of Processor Clocks and Kilowatts

Of Processor Clocks and Kilowatts

I just built a new machine with a Cooler Master 80-Plus Certified 600W power supply,  Asus M4A79XTD EVO motherboard, AMD Phenom II X2 555 processor, 4GB of OCZ AMD optimized DDR3 SDRAM 1600, 320GB Western Digital AV-GP SATA hard disk and a fanless Asus GeForce 240GT video accelerator. Say what? In addition to hardware accelerated...
To Market, To Market

To Market, To Market

In our home we are always making changes to the way we do things. It is not that we bore easily, there just seem to be too many good improvements to try that my wife Min and I always seem to have a project or two at any given time. We are currently overhauling our...
Things to Do, People to See

Things to Do, People to See

One underestimated (in my opinion) dividend of being unemployed, “on the bench” as we call it in the consulting industry, is time. Freed from the constraints of a workaday routine, I can more or less decide how, when and where I spend it. This is not to say there is not a tremendous amount of...
It’s Not For Me, It’s For Him

It’s Not For Me, It’s For Him

Luca is three years old. He does not know much, if anything, about sustainability yet. This is all the more reason we must be responsible stewards of our (and his) resources, not to mention teaching him about how to live in a way that considers our impact on our communities and environment. Corporate sustainability initiatives...
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t LEED Building)

It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t LEED Building)

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music has always had many reasons to be proud. At 145 years it is the oldest continuously operating music school in the country. Its graduates can be found in major performing institutions across the world. Admission by audition is extremely competitive, and only a small fraction of applicants are admitted each...