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Upcoming Webinar on January 11 – The Business of Risk: Climate and Resilience

 Climate change poses serious and novel risks to businesses of all types and sizes–from supply and chain disruptions, to changes in national and international regulation, to shifting expectations of employees and customers. Moderated by Dr. Ann Goodman, author of Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience, this webinar will explore the implications of climate risk for business. Experts from among the companies most advanced in resilience thinking will share their views of how climate risk has changed their firms’ products, services, and ways of doing business—and how to weigh the costs of acting on climate against the risks of not preparing.

Join us for the webinar on January 11th at 1:15pm EST. Check back for registration details.

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

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Dr. Goodman on the Maine coast.
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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.

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

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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

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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”