“Take action.” These are the two words young people are most frequently met with when we ask what we can do about climate change. These are also two of the most frustrating words in the English language. What does “taking action” really mean? Considering the urgency and scale of catastrophic climate change, what can young people do to make a significant difference, and push for the sort of bold solutions we need to protect the one planet we have?

There’s an evolution of perspective and behavior change whenever someone first learns about climate change. The first step is... Read More

Within moments of stepping into the grand doors of Le Petit Palais for the COP21: Earth to Paris event, a gust of innovation and a spirit for change was quickly noticeable. Standing next to the likes of environmental activist Alec Baldwin, Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and renowned primatologist Jane Goodall was both humbling and frightening. The question quickly hit me: What am I doing here?

I’ll admit: I’ve never considered myself to be an avid conservationist. I’ve always recognized the importance of protecting the planet, but I would have... Read More

As I sit in Le Petit Palais at the UN Foundation’s “Earth to Paris” — a convergence of influential climate speakers — it doesn’t feel so petit to me. Pink lights cascade across the ornate and painted ceiling, which looms dozens of feet high. Voices of inspiration reverberate through the hall as speakers address eager ears, all talking about the importance of climate action.

For a while, I was fearful that COP21 wouldn’t bring about strong enough solutions, and fearful that the climate is quickly becoming too broken to fix. The news is constantly filled with horror stories of... Read More

A new voice emerged at COP for the low-lying island nations subject to the immediate effects of climate change, and it’s 18-year-old Aussie-Filipino poet Eunice Andrada.

The teenager is one of a team of four poets who travelled to Paris for COP21 from the islands of Samoa, the Philippines, the Marshall Islands, and Guam to tell their nations’ stories of climate change in a voice that may speak louder than delegations, legal jargon, and policy positions can. 

On Monday, December 7, Andrada opened the day at Earth to Paris, a side event held at Le Petit Palais accompanying... Read More

It’s 7:30 pm in Denver, CO, where my Iceland Air flight took off from a few hours ago. After we land, I’ll have a brief stopover in Reykjavik en route to Paris, France. Following years of unsuccessful climate change conferences and the tragic and barbaric attacks on Paris a few weeks ago that almost brought the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to a halt before it’d even begun, the world waits with bated breath to see what will come of these ever-important climate change negotiations. For two weeks, delegates from almost 200 countries around the world — including President Barack Obama —... Read More

Most conferences offer myriad opportunities for companies and industry lobbies to get their names in front of attendees – putting up a booth, slapping your logo on Happy Hour napkins and the like.

But at the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris next month, where 190 countries will work to achieve a legally binding climate agreement to keep the planet habitable, Conergy decided to take an alternative path, one that we hope will have a bigger impact (for the same cost) in elevating solar at these incredibly important negotiations. 

Conergy is taking 10 students (out of 300... Read More

Solar energy has been booming in the United States for a few years now, and it's showing no signs of stopping. Solar energy is dependable, and it's finally reached a point where it's affordable for homeowners and profitable for companies. Solar projects now have financing options as well, which means more homes and businesses are more easily able to generate their own power.

It isn't just the sunny states like Florida, Hawaii, Texas, and California, either. According to Greentech Media, the Northeast region of the United States should prepare for a long overdue solar storm.

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As the number of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the U.S. grows, the number of PV systems outliving their warranty coverage grows as well. This is giving rise to a new industry of solar asset management (AM) companies tasked with managing commercial and industrial solar assets, as well as operations and maintenance (O&M).

In fact, the industry is new enough that it’s still trying to figure out how to differentiate between service offerings. AM and O&M are both separate specialized services. However, their definitions blend together as both strive to please investors and... Read More

Climate change has been in the news a lot lately. From the polar vortex of 2014, to the grudging admittance that science might be right from several GOP candidates during the run-up to the next presidential election, to the 2015 announcement that President Obama will be working with China to curb their mutual emissions, it seems like the problem is finally being addressed on a large scale. With so much attention being focused on this issue, a lot of businesses are hopping on the bandwagon as well. Some of them are even upping the ante and joining a pledge to go 100 percent renewable.... Read More

Solar power has been expanding globally at an increased rate over the past several years. With the lowered costs of panels (thanks to increased manufacturing capacity by China), a lowered cost of installation, and the ability to finance solar projects both at a residential level and an industrial level, solar power has grown legs and started sprinting. It's even been estimated that the solar industry will be worth over $20 billion by the year 2020. And while solar power has definitely become big business, it's also creating an ever-growing impact on how we generate power worldwide.

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