Water scarcity is a top global risk

The World Economic Forum is sounding the alarm – water crises are the top global risk over the next decade. Competition for this essential and highly localized resource is aggravating geopolitical conflict in already stressed environments. This was one of the key messages from Sandra Postel of National Geographic, who delivered the keynote address at the April 25 Northern Virginia Community College Green Festival.

Janine Finnell and John Gaffigan interview on WERA 96.7 on June 14

Leaders in Energy’s Janine Finnell and John Gaffigan will be the guests on The Green & Sexy Radio Show on Wednesday, June 14th, at 7:00 pm (EDT). The Green & Sexy Radio Show will broadcast live on WERA 96.7FM and stream at: www.wera.fm more »

Cybersecurity and the power grid

In the face of the mounting threats of cyberattacks and the vulnerable, interdependent electric grid systems, governments, utilities, businesses, and people need to come together and do what is necessary to be prepared. No one can afford to be complacent. This was the message at the Energy Infrastructure and Cybersecurity forum held by Leaders in Energy at Make Offices in Arlington, VA (Clarendon) on June 1, 2017.

A sleeping giant has awakened

A sleeping giant has awakened. Instead of looking at the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as a negative, look at this as the passing of the baton to American businesses and citizens to do what Americans do best—innovate and lead!

Opinion: The frog, climate change, and Trump

There is a short analogy that has been used to explain the human response to climate change (whether in the form of denial, inaction, or delay, or simply nonchalance): that if you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, he will hop right out, but if you put the frog in a pot of cold water and then turn on the burner, he will remain calmly in the pot until he is fully cooked.

The analogy does provide some insight into our lackadaisical response to a changing climate. From a human perspective, climate change is indeed a slow-moving phenomenon, but geologically-speaking, it is incredibly rapid. As a set of events and changes unleashed primarily by our discovery of fossil fuels some 300 years ago (and dramatically increased rates of extraction and combustion mostly in the last hundred), a cognitive sense of changing climate is distributed across only a dozen generations – either too slow to notice, or too ambiguous to come to conclusions about causality.

Anything but Luck: Achieving the 13th Living Building Challenge Award

On May 20, 2017, the DC Chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP-DC), along with partners, Leaders in Energy and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) National Capital Region, held an event at a newly certified Living Building Challenge facility at the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF).

Are you prepared if the lights go out in your area?

I just finished reading the cyber-techno book thriller, Blackout, by Marc Elsberg, on the theme of a cyberattack in Europe and the United States leading to a prolonged power outage. It made me wonder whether I was really prepared for an emergency of this kind. It was bad enough experiencing the Derecho storm in the summer of 2012 where my neighborhood in Virginia experienced a power outage in the sweltering heat for 5 days!

After that experience, I became more interested in the topic of community microgrids and back-up power systems to help shield one in the event of a power outage. As a result of reading Marc’s book, I have also been doing research on the best ways to prepare for a power emergency, whether caused by natural or more nefarious reasons such a cyberattack.

Leaders in Energy reaches 2,700 members

Leaders in Energy recently celebrated another milestone – over 2,700 members in the Leaders in Energy Research, Communications, Policies & Analysis group on LinkedIn. Whenever this happens, we like to shine the spotlight on our members to show the diversity of talents more »

Enlightened management principles to achieve your goals

Managers need to be more cognizant of their leadership styles and, through more conscious listening practices, develop stronger awareness of the team members they manage. In order to achieve the results that are expected of the organization, they should apply SMART goal-setting and coaching strategies that maximize employees’ potential.

Energy Urgency: Why the Global Mining Industry is Embracing Renewables

In recent months, events across three continents showed how clean energy use by the mining industry, which consumes 11 percent of global energy, can mitigate climate change on a planet where 2,000 mechanized mines struggle with fuel prices, carbon emissions and ever-increasing logistical challenges.