Well before the final negotiations of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business was already making a big difference on the ground. For the first time, superstar entrepreneurs showed up with plans to fund major initiatives. Giant companies sent CEOs to showcase their results in reducing carbon in their own operations. And entire industries, such as financial services, agriculture and manufacturing, made new commitments to address climate change.
A 40-acre plot on Fort Campbell’s Market Garden Road was the site of a ceremonial ground-breaking Wednesday morning for what will be the largest solar array in the state of Kentucky. The first section of panels will produce 1.8 megawatts of power and should be operational by September, according to Garrison Energy Manager James R. McCoy. The goal is to complete all initial phases and be producing 5 megawatts of power by mid-2016.
“All the incentives,” Nate Morris, chief of waste consultant Rubicon, said, “were centered around filling up landfills to create revenue.” Morris realized that if he worked on businesses’ behalf to find revenue by diverting waste from landfills, it would align profits with pro-environmental results. “We felt the market could lead on an environmental issue,” he said.