RP Siegel

RP Siegel
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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.
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16 hours 33 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Chris Laszlo is  an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Fowler Center at Case Western Reserve University. He is also the Faculty Director for Research and Outreach there. He authored several books including Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage (2011), and Sustainable Value (2013). Chris also a contributed to Flourishing Enterprise(2014) along with John Ehrenfeld, Judy Brown, Roger Saillant and others from the...


2 days 15 hours ago

The concept of sustainability has been a tough sell in certain quarters for a variety of reasons. Some say it’s because the idea of simply holding on to what we have now is not inspiring enough. If someone said that their marriage was sustainable, would you envy them? These were some of the thoughts that filled the air at the Flourish and Prosper Conference held at Case Western Reserve University last week. This was the third such gathering, going back to 2006, conducted under the auspices of the...


2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Western Kenya is a huge agricultural region, with equatorial temperatures and ample rain. Sugar and tea are both grown commercially, along with corn, sorghum and millet. Many fruits and vegetables are also grown and sold  in market stalls along the roadside and in town The two rainy seasons are a boon to farmers, to be sure, but they come with a price. This area has the highest incidence of malaria in Kenya with over 30% of children under 5 testing positive.

That's what first attracted Vestergaard, the world's largest supplier of long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets to the...


3 weeks 15 hours ago

 

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Earlier this week, we wrote that General Motors (GM) received a perfect score in CDP’s climate assessment of the S&P 500. Today I want to talk about another, less well-known company that also did well in these rankings that has been quietly working behind the scenes to reduce their carbon footprint.

Ingersoll Rand is an Irish company with a history dating back to 1871. It now has facilities all over the world. Their first product was a steam-powered rock drill. Today they make a number of...


3 weeks 2 days ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - There is a now-famous quote attributed to Charles Wilson, who, in 1953 was the CEO of General Motors. What Wilson supposedly said was, “What’s good for General Motors is good for America.”

While that was never entirely true, GM has recently been doing some things that have been good for America, and the rest of the world, which has also been good for themselves as well.

What GM...


4 weeks 16 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There was big news in Emmetsburg, Iowa this month—the opening of a major cellulosic ethanol plant. The plant, which is the first commercial-scale cellulosic facility in the US, is a joint venture between Poet and Royal DSM. Code-named Project Liberty, the plant was christened in a ceremony featuring His Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, along...


1 month 21 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - With summer coming to an end, it’s time for many of us to put away our air conditioners, or shut them down for the season. That takes care of one significant contributor to our monthly energy bill. According to the DOE, air conditioning is responsible for roughly 5% of all the electricity produced in the US. It also accounts for roughly 9% of the energy used in a “typical” home, though, of course, that will vary widely by location. In commercial buildings, where equipment as well as people can have cooling needs, that number can be...


1 month 1 week ago

Talk about flying under the radar! While the White House and Congress are in gridlock, with the legislative body doing everything they can to ensure that nothing is being done about climate change, a number of provisions that were included in the 2007 Energy and Security Act that was passed during the Bush administration are quietly being used to produce enormous energy savings for the American people.

According to a white paper by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), actions that have already been taken, are planned, or that are now underway, could have a net...


1 month 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - One thing we can say for sure: people are not likely to give up the convenience, freedom and utility offered by motorized transportation as long as there are options available. Given that our current fleet of gasoline and diesel powered cars and trucks are emitting huge amounts of climate-wrecking carbon dioxide, it’s clear that things have got to change. With all the options on the table: hybrids, electric, hydrogen, compressed air, and a myriad of alternative fuels, it’s anyone’s guess how things will look, even a few years from now, never mind a couple of decades down the road.

Ultimately, if we are going to stick...


1 month 3 weeks ago

A recent article in The Economist describes a blog post by Charles Frank of the Brookings Institute in which he questions the  methods that have been used to compare renewable energy sources with more traditional sources like coal, gas and nuclear.

Drawing on the work of Paul Joskow of MIT, Frank claims that the generally accepted levelized cost models, which essentially divide the total...


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