Sleeping Giant of Climate Change (Hint: It’s Before Your Eyes)

Posted on August 2, 2016

Food waste at the Hong Kong Food Distribution Center (photo by John M. Mandyck)

Food waste at the Hong Kong Food Distribution Center (photo by John M. Mandyck)

This post originally appeared on my new blog on The Huffington Post. Check it out here, and look for more blog posts soon! 

One-third or more of all the global food produced never makes it from the farm to our fork. In fact, if measured as a country, food waste would be the third largest for greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization which revised upward its estimated carbon footprint of food waste to a ...

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114 Years of Cool Air and Cool Innovation

Posted on July 21, 2016

This week we celebrate the 114th anniversary of “cool” just as a major heat wave settles over the United States and experts predict record warmth on a global basis for the year.

On July 17, 1902, Willis Carrier invented modern air conditioning to help solve a production problem at the Sackett & Wilhelms printing plant in Brooklyn, New York. Once Carrier identified the way to reduce the dew point and lower the temperature via his new “cooling machine,” the heat and humidity no longer wreaked havoc on the printer’s supply of paper and ink.

From that first installation, which effectively helped avoid waste and preserve resources, to today’s modern and energy-efficient systems, sustainability has consistently...

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The Powerful Role of Aviation in Sustainable Urbanization

Posted on July 5, 2016

This post originally appeared on TriplePundit.com.

Urbanization is a 21st-century megatrend impacting the future of aviation.

In 2007, for the first time in human history, more people around the world lived in cities and towns than in rural areas. The United Nations forecasts the addition of 2.5 billion more city dwellers by 2050, meaning two out of every three human beings will live in an urban area.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has captured the impact of this growth, saying “Urbanization is a driving force, as well as a source of development.  It has the...

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Celebrating Unsung Heroes of the Green Building Movement

Posted on June 30, 2016

Last week, I had the pleasure of opening the “Oscars” of green building – the fifth annual EBie Awards. This special event, hosted by the Urban Green Council, of which I am honored to chair the board of directors, celebrates the best in existing buildings (that’s the “EB” in the award name) and the remarkable achievements of the sustainability leaders in the retrofit sector.

At UTC, we’ve been pleased to sponsor the EBie Awards from the start. In addition to new green construction, green retrofits are a large part of the green building movement, ensuring more sustainable cities for the future. In fact,...

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#TBT: SustainabilityView from Beijing and Singapore

Posted on June 23, 2016

Last week I packed my bags and headed to our 28th and 29th Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series events in Beijing and Singapore. I had a great trip and enjoyed the opportunity to speak with many green building enthusiasts and sustainability thought leaders. Our special guest speaker, Dr. Joseph Allen, principal investigator of The COGfx Study, created quite a bit of buzz over the groundbreaking results from the study. This doesn’t quite surprise me because I believe these results have the potential to truly accelerate the green building movement, particularly in China and Singapore.

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Packing My Bags for Beijing & Singapore

Posted on June 10, 2016

 

Our Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series has reached 3,200 attendees through 27 events in 17 cities across 13 countries. These numbers will grow next week as we kickoff this year’s first Lecture Series events in Beijing and Singapore. I’ll be joined by special guest Dr. Joseph Allen from Harvard, principal investigator of The COGfx Study.

Our first stop is Beijing, China – which is a fitting location to...

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Sustainable Brands: #TheGreenEngine

Posted on June 8, 2016

I spent yesterday at the Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego. This year’s theme is “Activating Purpose” and the passion for sustainability from some of the world’s largest global brands was invigorating.

UTC hosted its own special guest at the conference this year, the “green engine,” and a rather quiet guest I might add. But don’t let its quiet nature fool you; the Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engine is cleaner, greener and quieter than anything in its class available on the market today. This is the “green engine” that changes everything.

Check out below for my day at the conference in pictures, and I’d love to see yours too...

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Guest Blog: Green Building Council of Australia Chief Executive Officer Romilly Madew on A New Decade of Disruption

Posted on June 2, 2016

This Sunday is World Environment Day, which the United Nations calls its “principal vehicle” for encouraging awareness and action for the environment. It’s clear that it’s important for the world to work together in many ways to ensure a sustainable future. Aviation, buildings and food are three key areas in which our future planet will be defined as population grows. For this reason, I could think of no better way to celebrate World Environment Day than with a guest blog by Romilly Madew,...

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The Flight That Changed Everything

Posted on May 20, 2016

May 21 is a rather remarkable date for us in the aviation field. It marks the 89th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. Pretty amazing, right?

Lindbergh flew for 33 straight hours on his own, sometimes flying only ten feet above the ocean. He landed in Paris to a crowd cheering for his accomplishment. From that moment on, aviation and the way humans travel changed forever.

Nearly 90 years later, we’re still seeing...

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What I Heard at the 2016 Global Sustainable Aviation Forum

Posted on May 18, 2016

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I recently visited Montreal to attend the 2016 Global Sustainable Aviation Forum, hosted by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) and its partners. It was a great opportunity for me to engage with the aviation industry’s ongoing commitment to tackle climate change.

In a nutshell, below are some of my top takeaways. You can read more here.

Every day, 9.8 million passengers take 104,000 flights carrying $18.6 billion worth of goods.
The global air transport industry supports almost 63 million jobs worldwide and...

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