by Gabe Rissman Co-Founder and President, YourStake.org
I rose to the podium, looked Exxon then-CEO Rex Tillerson in the eye, and spoke. “Why does Exxon fund climate-denying organizations, when you publicly support a carbon tax?” Tillerson deflected the question at the time: “we would never impinge on ALEC’s free speech.” D’oh. Two years later, in July 2018, Exxon ceased funding ALEC, the climate change denying organization I highlighted.
By Jess Brooks, Chief Development Officer, Sunwealth
The existing extractive energy economy isn’t working. Our dependence on coal, oil and gas contributes to global warming, the physical destruction of communities and pollution-related health issues which impact all of us – and disproportionately affect low-income people and communities of color. It’s not sustainable. And it’s fundamentally unjust.
By Murray Rosenblith, co-Manager, New Alternatives Fund
A recent article in Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that two-thirds of the world’s power will be generated by renewable resources by the year 2050. This projection is based on the continuing growth of new renewable power generation projects, primarily wind and solar, over the next thirty-plus years. Conditions have certainly changed since New Alternatives Fund entered the investment world in September 1982.
By Maxwell Roe Business Development, Clean Power USA
Over the last several years, I have realized that there has been a compelling shift in the minds of investors in our business.
Historically, most investors wanted to know the numbers. What would be the return on their investment and how soon would it happen? But more and more, I meet people who are asking about impact, not just dollars.
The momentum of that sea change hit home this spring when we met new investors, a couple. They were mission-driven. They wanted their money to have a measurable impact on the world.
The 2017 proxy season offered some indelible headlines on climate-related shareholder action: majority votes at ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum and PPL Corporation; the first-ever votes in favor of climate shareholder proposals by major investors BlackRock and Vanguard; and the much-anticipated release of initial 2-degree scenario analyses from North American oil and gas and electric power companies.
What would it take to get your neighborhood, community, or town to unify behind the shift to sustainability? This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to the founder of the Transition Network, Rob Hopkins, about the movement to generate universal appeal for sustainable practices by working locally. We examine some of the network’s successes, talk about parallel efforts in the developing world, and discuss the best ways for people to get involved in the transition away from fossil fuels.
Through fleet automation, Republic Services’ One Fleet standardized vehicle maintenance program, conversion to compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks, and the use of renewable natural gas derived from organic waste, Republic has lowered our fossil fuel usage, which also reduces costs.
In fact, over the past four years, even as our business has grown by 11.5%, we’ve been able to hold our fleet fossil fuel usage to just 2.5%, which also results in reduced carbon impact.
The Trump Administration with Scott Pruitt leading the charge may be dismantling the Clean Power Plan, but former Mayor of New York City is doing his part to advocate for cleaner sources of power in the U.S.