RP Siegel

RP Siegel
bobolink52@gmail.com
RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.
Rain Mountain LLC
Rochester
NY
USA
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Rochester, NY

Posts by This Writer

4 months 4 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Here are some more takeaways from Sustainable Brands17 Detroit.

If we are to realize any kind of vision of a sustainable society, we must confront the idea that truth is negotiable. As author and consultant Andrew Winston said, “We need a working democracy, checks and balances, a free press.” We need the truth.  But what is the truth? For scientists and judges, the truth is found in facts. For most of the rest of us, the truth lies in the stories we choose to believe. As Upworthy’s...


5 months 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — At the onset of Day Two of SB17 Detroit, the thinking behind the conference title, “Redefining the Good Life,” began to reveal itself. A subtext running through the event, like an underground spring, has been the notion that the polarization of our society has become a major barrier to the achievement of a sustainable, flourishing future. That’s why a number of workshops on topics such as “Breaking Through Gridlock,” and “ How to Have Difficult Conversations: Building Bridges in a Divided Country,” are being presented, acknowledging and attempting to address this challenge. The data presented by Solitaire...


5 months 2 days ago


(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Sustainable Brands kicked off their 2017 event in downtown Detroit with a record crowd of over 2,000 attendees.  After a day filled with extended interactive workshops, the official welcome ceremony featured a who’s who of sustainability thought leaders. Koann Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Brands, welcomed the crowd that packed the Cobo Center’s main hall. She set a somewhat sober tone for the event, citing that we live in an age of unintended consequences, and that we have clearly gotten off track in our pursuit of happiness. “Our push for productivity and efficiency has inclined us...


5 months 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Before they went belly up, the automotive brand Oldsmobile ran a series of TV ads saying, “this is not your father’s Oldsmobile,” trying to shake off the stodgy image that the brand had come to represent.

Hydropower is a bit like that—unexciting compared to the new kids on the block, solar and wind. It's a centuries-old technology, associated with massive government projects of almost unimaginable scale. It’s also controversial due to some of its adverse impacts caused by the flooding of large tracts of land in order to make large scale hydro power possible. A number of international projects have generated...


5 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — President Donald Trump is at war with clean energy, immigration, taxes, and regulations, because, he says, these things represent a threat to our economy. He yearns for the days when oil companies, not tech firms, were the largest in the world, and when white people comprised an uncontested majority of the US population.

But his claim that re-establishing that order in a world that has totally changed will somehow make America great again, is misinformed. As Matthew Winkler brilliantly showed in Bloomberg...


5 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — As hundreds of thousands marched last weekend, waving signs and urging their government representatives not to turn their backs on the urgent question of climate change, it felt to many that they were little more than waves bashing against unhearing, unfeeling rocky cliffs. Yet, the president and his cabinet cronies do not represent the entire Federal government, where many, even in his own party do not share his stance of willful oblivion. Indeed, unlike the president’s ill-informed followers, the majority of Americans are very concerned about the changing climate.


Given the divisive nature of our political...


5 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — The 12th annual Energy in the 21st Century Symposium, a forum for energy and energy policy practitioners in NY State, took place recently. This year’s  focus was “How Can We Reach Our Renewable Energy Goals?” There was an unspoken understanding in the room that the question held a deeper significance than it had a year earlier.

Speakers included NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Janet Joseph, VP of Innovation and Strategy at NYSERDA, David Mooney, NREL’s Director of Strategic Energy Analysis and Anne Reynolds, Director of Alliance for Clean Energy, NY. A tremendous amount of information was...


6 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has released their annual US energy consumption chart (Click for larger image). Yes, it looks like spaghetti, but it contains a lot of useful information. It shows, on one page, how much energy we used in 2016, and specifically, what sources we got it from and what we used it for.

For starters, it says that we used 97.3 quads, which is short for quadrillion BTU’s. That’s a lot of energy. As...


6 months 1 week ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) — There appears to be upheaval in the US residential solar market. Attila Toth, writing in Greentech Media (gtm), says it’s ready for a “radical makeover.” Citing a combination of continuing record-breaking install numbers and a strong consolidation among major brand players, with Sungevity and SunEdison going bankrupt, and SolarCity hooking up with Tesla, he points to change in the air.

The industry has done such an amazing job of reducing module costs and providing financing options that the...


6 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — On Day 2 of the Responsible Business Summit RBSNY17, Jim Keane, the CEO of office furniture-maker Steelcase, said that according to a national survey, 66% of all employees are disengaged. This laid down another gauntlet for leaders—to talk about employee engagement. Keane said that for Steelcase, it was about treating their human resources with the same care as other resources. He cited three principles of engagement. The first is Purpose. Each employee should have a clear sense of how they fit in and how they contribute to the overall mission of the company. The second is Connection. They ask...


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