Becoming greener with smarter purchases

Eco-friendly, green standards, eco-labels… These are all common words used in sustainability conversations, but consistent definitions and standards can be hard to come by. Better definitions could help consumers and organizations make smart purchases that are good for people and the planet.

On March 8, 2017, the Annual Meeting of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) was held under the theme “What It Means to Be Greener: Eco-labels and Standards for Environmentally Preferable Products.” The meeting included exhibits from Leaders in Energy, Arlington County Green Home Choice, LED Source DC, and several others.

Career perspectives in sustainable solutions

Showcasing four professional women in sustainability careers for the Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) luncheon panel, participants in the 3rd Annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at The George Washington University (GW) on February 24, 2017 got their burning questions on career perspectives answered.

Extravaganza sponsors bring innovations to college campuses

At the Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at The George Washington University (GW) on February 24, 2017, attendees learned about what universities in the DC area are doing to reach their sustainability goals and commitments. But, as some of the panelists acknowledged, no one person, office, or even university can bring the high-level change and results alone. At some point in almost any project, whether in higher education or elsewhere, partners are needed.

Clean energy pioneer closes Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza

Capping off an exciting day at the 3rd Annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at The George Washington University (GW) on February 24, 2017, there was a networking reception featuring an expert in clean energy Solutions and policy, Scott Sklar.

Campus sustainability commitments in action

As colleges and universities commit to long-term plans for campus and system-wide sustainability, energy efficiency measures, and renewable energy generation, success stories and lessons learned have emerged in some of the biggest campuses in the Washington, DC region. Campus sustainability managers gathered at the 3rd annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at The George Washington University on February 24, 2017.

Government sustainability experts inspire at GW

Two sustainability leaders at the federal and municipal level participated in a Town Hall discussion at the 3rd Annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza on February 24, 2017 at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. The extravaganza featured a series of panels, including a CWEEL luncheon, discussion on sustainability at college campuses, presentations by vendors with sustainable solutions, and a networking reception. This article is the first in a series of articles recapping the highlights of this year’s extravaganza.

Leaders in Energy reaches 2,600 members

Leaders in Energy recently celebrated another milestone – over 2,600 members in the Leaders in Energy Research, Communications, Policies & Analysis group on LinkedIn. We are pleased to welcome Marilyn Waite, who is one of the speakers at the Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza on February 24, 2017. Here’s what she had to say.

Opportunities for Green Financing in 2017

On January 20th, Leaders in Energy partnered with DC Net Impact to host a conversation on Green Financing. Held at a WeWork location in downtown Washington, DC, the event featured a panel of three experts who examined current as well as potential new funding sources for energy and sustainability programs, including in the private sector, international initiatives, and possibilities that may exist under the Trump Administration.

Community solar as the first step to subscription electricity

Subscription services is the new business model that’s disrupting in many different industries. Savvy brands are finding that consumers love the idea of subscribing to a product or service much more than owning it. Until now, the electricity sector has been left behind as it tries to cling to an outdated model. But Neighborhood Sun is bringing a new approach to selling clean electricity through subscriptions in the community solar business.

Eco-friendly growth and what it means for green jobs

There’s been no shortage of talk about eco-friendly jobs and what they mean for the economy. Opportunities are springing up in countless sectors and fields: renewable energy, technology, engineering, utilities, air pollution control, politics, construction, product distribution… the list goes on. Some believe that the rise of green industries, especially solar and wind power production, are a threat to jobs attached to the fossil fuel industry. Others hold that the rise of eco-friendly jobs can only be good for the economy and overall job growth.

Home Improvement Leads explains why eco-friendly industries are growing so fast and why the rise of green-collar workers will make for a healthy, diverse, and efficient workforce.