Category Archives: sustainability

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.

Green Jobs – Current and Future Trends

Green Jobs – Current and Future Trends

Join us for our fourth Annual Green Jobs event on Thursday, August 17th, 6-8:30 pm.  We’re bringing together green job seekers and providers of green jobs.  We’ll focus on current market and future market trends. There will also be a more »

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: more »

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).

Top Public and Private Sector Grid and Cybersecurity Experts Share Solutions

Top Public and Private Sector Grid and Cybersecurity Experts Share Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, USA, May 23, 2017 / Berlin-based author of the techno-cyber thriller Blackout, Marc Elsberg, and cyber and grid resiliency experts will speak at the Leaders in Energy forum on Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Make more »

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 »

Living Building Challenge

Living Building Challenge

Leaders in Energy is partnering with the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and DC Net Impact on the Living Building Challenge event on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF). Located on the Potomac River in more »

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.