Harvard’s Silence on Climate Change: Donor Savvy or Bad Strategy?

As of April 2016, Harvard has still not joined the fossil fuel divestment movement.

McKibben’s Extreme Energy: Why Not Frack?

Bill McKibben, the environmentalist, prolific author, former New Yorker writer, and founder of grassroots green organization 350.org, wrote a review of two books and a film on hydraulic fracturing for last week’s New York Review of Books. Until I read this piece, titled “Why Not Frack?” I shared the opinions of Robert Kennedy, Jr., the Sierra Club and […]

Roasting by an Open Fire: Eco-Friendly or Health Threat?

A Tacoma-Pierce County WA Task Force just sent its recommendations to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency about how to reduce soot in the air to meet EPA standards. The soot is created partly by diesel vehicles and industry, but the most (53%) is from wood burning stoves and fireplaces.

Why Logging US National Forestland to Sell Timber Is a Really Bad Idea

Originally published August 2011 Countries around the world are working harder than ever to save their forests. Brazil’s 80% Amazon deforestation reduction target will be met by 2016, four years earlier than promised. In 1998 China banned tree cutting to preserve its forests after the loss of trees caused flooding along the Yangtze and Yellow […]

A Brand Perspective on the Socially Responsible Investment Conference (SRIR) 2007

Published in EnergyHEDGE, November 8, 2007 Summary: The clearest message from the conference is that the SRI brand has grown up. Endorsed by the Wall Street Journal on Monday, SRI is now a mainstream financial segment, albeit a small and relatively unknown one. The issue is where SRI will fit in the asset management world.

Long Live the SRI Brand

EnergyHEDGE Newsletter; January 15, 2007 About the only time I listen to the radio is in taxis, and New York cabs are all tuned to either traffic or stock market news. Drivers like to play stock tips now that OTB is not what it used to be and they’ve all got cell phones. So I may […]

Internet Users Willing to Pay for Feeling of Security

San Jose Mercury News, Business Monday, by Carol Holding, September 16, 1996 Security. The word deflates any enthusiasm about banks and the Internet. And even though I have not read or heard of any actual breaches in security which have left bank customers holding the bag, everybody, banks and customers, are scared to death.

An Alternate Diagnosis for Bleak Consumers

Originally published in the Huffington Post in September 2011, this article is just as relevant now, as consumer spending has not yet fully recovered from the Great Recession. The U.S. consumer society is built on a slew of deeply imbedded cultural norms, from keeping up with the Joneses to the idea that shopping makes you feel better to […]

Will Technology Save MCI?

May 6, 1997 Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that the final annual meeting of MCI before it is acquired by BT was a somber, even poignant affair. Though the company called MCI will disappear, its new owners recognize the value of the MCI brand and have assured us they intend to ensure its survival.