Category Archives: climate change

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.

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).

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 »

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 2,500 members

Leaders in Energy recently celebrated a huge milestone – over 2,500 members in the Leaders in Energy Research, Communications, Policies & Analysis group on LinkedIn.

Leaders in Energy 2016 Year in Review

Around the world, 2016 was a year of tremendous change, upheaval in some cases, and new opportunities that the Leaders in Energy group, now in its fourth year, has explored during our twelve sustainability networking events in the Washington, DC area. Here is our review of the past year.

Highlights from the World’s First Energy Branding Conference in Iceland

Clean Energy, Changing Power Markets, and Connecting with Consumers By JANINE FINNELL, Founder and Clean Energy Ambassador, Leaders in Energy I recently had the opportunity to attend “Charge” − the world’s first Energy Branding Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland on September more »

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Event Archives

Here is where you can find resources from Leaders in Energy monthly events, including announcements, recaps, and related articles. If you would like to contribute to our events or have a great idea for an article, find out how you can get involved. Blog more »

Leaders in Energy 2015 Year in Review

By TRAVIS HIGH The year 2015 was a year of tremendous growth for the Leaders in Energy professional networking and educational group. As a member of the marketing team, I felt privileged to be a part of it and to more »