Clean Energy Stories


Mich. business grows by saving building owners money

December 12, 2013

By Ariana Gonzalez Amanda Godward owns a pair of energy efficiency businesses located near Detroit. At a recent meeting hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV), Godward was one of about a dozen energy efficiency business leaders who spoke with state...


Locally produced biodiesel fuels economic growth in rural N.C.

December 9, 2013

In 2004, Lyle Estill founded a home brewing cooperative in North Carolina. But it wasn’t beer he was brewing. Instead, by using as feedstock waste cooking oil sourced from area restaurants, Estill and his neighbors were brewing biodiesel. At the end of the cooperative brewing sessions held at Estill’s...


NCAT’s 70 employees help Montanans save on electric bills

November 18, 2013

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), a private nonprofit headquartered in Butte, Mont., promotes sustainable agriculture and energy across the country. NCAT runs programs that help agricultural, commercial, industrial, and residential energy consumers conserve energy and save money. Established in 1976 to help low-income Americans become less reliant on expensive,...


The Hill Group is an energy efficiency giant with 1,000 employees

November 15, 2013

Illinois’s Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS), enacted in 2007, has motivated businesses to seek rational energy solutions. One of them is The Hill Group. Founded as a refrigeration maintenance company in 1936, The Hill Group has grown into a large energy efficiency company. The Chicago-based consulting and engineering firm offers...



Air Force veteran: clean energy success depends on teamwork

November 15, 2013

This post originally appeared on on Nov. 5, 2013, when Avi Jacobson, an Air Force veteran and E2 member, was honored at a White House ceremony as a Veteran Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security “Champion of Change.” By Avi Jacobson My career in clean energy began with silence. The most...



Energy-efficient construction drives N.C. job growth, energy savings

November 14, 2013

Ginkgo Residential is a Charlotte, N.C.-based real estate company that provides high-quality workforce rental housing that’s energy efficient and environmentally sensitive. CEO Philip Payne founded Ginkgo in 2010, and the company now employs 130 workers, some of whom recently helped complete an efficiency retrofit at the Yorktown Club. Located...


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E2 Member Op-Ed: EPA’s Carbon Plan Creates Pa. Job Opportunities

November 7, 2013

Editor’s Note: This Op-Ed originally appeared on in November 2013. By David Welch Just a year ago, Superstorm Sandy hammered the East Coast, and sent drenching rains and tree-twisting winds that knocked out power for more than a million families and businesses across Pennsylvania. It cost nearly $10...



An energy efficiency success story from Chicago’s South Side

October 24, 2013

By Dara Reiff James Morris is a pragmatic and resourceful building owner. As the sole owner of Morris Management, a rental property agency on the South Side of Chicago, he knows how important it is to keep tenants happy and costs low. With energy prices rising during the past...


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Marine Corps veteran makes K.C. buildings more efficient

October 11, 2013

By Kristina Avery For Kansas City resident Donna Sanders, work and play are closely connected. As an outdoor enthusiast who loves sea kayaking, sailing and skiing, Sanders cares deeply about clean air and water, and wildlife and wild places. And as the owner of a green business, she’s working...


E2 Op-Ed: Boston native McCarthy seeks pragmatic solutions

September 27, 2013

E2 members Tedd Saunders and Geoff Chapin in the Sept. 6, 2013, Boston Business Journal: As the recently confirmed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Boston native Gina McCarthy faces her greatest challenge yet: implementing President Obama’s groundbreaking Climate Action Plan. The plan will reduce one of the biggest sources of...


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EPA’s McCarthy tours states to talk benefits of cutting carbon

September 25, 2013

Before the federal government shutdown furloughed about 90 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency workforce, Administrator Gina McCarthy traveled across the country to explain how carbon pollution standards that were announced in Sept. 2013 will help local communities. She talked about how cutting carbon pollution from power plants for...


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Missouri businesses, farmers should support climate plan

September 20, 2013

E2 member and Missouri farmer Steve Flick wrote an Op-Ed in the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch on July 2, 2013, supporting President Obama’s plan to act on climate. In his Op-Ed, Flick said President Obama’s “commonsense climate plan rises to meet our moral obligation to future generations. It demonstrates leadership on...