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Adapting to Change at 1st Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk Conference

Dr. Goodman on the Maine coast.
Dr. Goodman presenting on her book at the conference.

October 21-22, 2016 Dr. Goodman participated in the 1st Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk Conference in Wells, Maine. She presented on her new book, Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience. Her talk focused on the main takeaways from the book, and detailed some of the impressive resilience methods pursued by the major companies profiled in the book.

Adapting to Change Book Launch Panel

Thank you so much to Bruce Schlein of Citi, Jay Bruns of The Hartford, and Lou Ferretti of IBM and everyone who joined us at the Adapting to Change book launch panel. The panel was hosted by the Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College and the Sustainability Practice Network on September 23rd as a part of Climate Week 2016. Here are some photos from the event.

Photo courtesy of Megan Helseth

Photo courtesy of Megan Helseth

Photo courtesy of Megan Helseth

To Get Rich, Change the Climate: In Conversation with Jigar Shah

If you’re looking for the latest data to scare you into combating climate change, you won’t find it in Jigar Shah’s newly released Creating Climate Wealth.

Instead, Shah, the near-legendary founder of Sun Edison, the solar company known for its unique service-versus-sales business model, and former CEO of the nonprofit Carbon War Room, says he deliberately steered clear of the climate fear factor—in favor of inspiring readers through the prospect of climate wealth.

Shah knows a thing or two about the latter, having built Sun Edison from scratch–starting with a home equity loan and ultimately creating a company with over $2 billion in sales last year.

Something of a solar star (yes, we’re inventing the term right here), Shah was returning from a recent book tour that had already taken him to Europe (Oslo, Amsterdam, Berlin, to name a few highlights), through his near-native Midwestern US (Minneapolis, Chicago), to California and Arizona, by the time he had a chance to sit down with me in Manhattan to talk about the book.

AG:What is climate wealth?
JS: There are multiple meanings on purpose. Wealth can be [understood on the] personal, community, national, ecosystem levels. People like to use the word prosperity, but it’s not Continue reading “To Get Rich, Change the Climate: In Conversation with Jigar Shah”

Green Bank Basics: Crowding in the Private Sector to Build New York’s Clean Energy Marketplace


Richard Kauffman
Richard Kauffman

In September, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) filed a petition to New York’s Public Service Commision, launching the first step in capitalizing the state’s proposed Green Bank.
The move came nine months after New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an ambitious clean energy policy for the State last winter, appointing former US Energy Secretary Chu’s senior advisor on clean energy finance Richard L. Kauffman as NYS Chairman of Energy and Finance.
In his role as the State’s energy tsar, Kauffman began explaining the proposed Green Bank to an array of New York audiences last summer, most notably at NYC’s inaugural Energy Week and Amsterdam-based TBLI’s first US conference.
In his summer testimony on clean energy financing before the US Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Kauffman stressed that government subsidies alone haven’t and won’t create a robust clean energy marketplace. But by using powers of the state, including its convening and regulatory power, government can encourage the development of private capital markets by fostering demand to support them.
Kauffman took time out of his whirlwind schedule to talk briefly with me about some green bank basics.
Ann Goodman: What is a Green Bank?
Richard Kauffman: Last winter, Governor Cuomo announced a $1 billion green bank to mobilize private sector capital to finance … Continue reading “Green Bank Basics: Crowding in the Private Sector to Build New York’s Clean Energy Marketplace”

Join Ann at Jigar Shah’s Climate Wealth Preview

Please join me at my friend Jigar Shah’s exclusive preview of his new book. Creating Climate Wealth October 8 in New York City.
“Everything Jigar has done proves that profits in energy aren’t just made in dirty fuels. Thanks to entrepreneurs like Jigar, climate change solutions are attracting investors, greener jobs are being created, and industries are saving big money on energy
costs.” – SIR RICHARD BRANSON – Founder, Virgin Group

“Jigar Shah is a force of nature! Here he recounts his unique journey–as entrepreneur, investor and nature’s defender. His outlook: a fast–changing world where enterprise places greater value on our climate and society. A timely book from a Thinker and Doer, both!” –ANN GOODMAN, President, telesis, Co-Founder, WNSF

For details and to RSVP: Continue reading “Join Ann at Jigar Shah’s Climate Wealth Preview”