James Rose serves as Sr. Research and Policy Analyst, Water and Energy Program at GRACE. He primarily works on GRACE projects involving renewable electricity and energy efficiency. James holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Biology from Earlham College. He was a co-author and the project manager of The Network for New Energy Choices's award winning report on net metering and interconnection, Freeing the Grid.
Every holiday season presents an overwhelming array of decisions, conundrums and opportunities for fun. Here are some good ones (we think) you might find interesting as we embark on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. If nothing else, they're great conversation fodder!
This year, a "late" US Thanksgiving coincides merrily with an early Hanukkah for the first time since 1888. Here are some sustainable travel tips from the Ecocentric team to help you enjoy traveling to spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest.
Just in time for the season's first major cold snap, GRACE is pleased to release Doing More with Less: Energy Efficiency for Consumers. From basic home improvements to exciting new technologies, our new report will help you stay warm while saving energy and money.
When's the last time you've really thought about energy? If you're a typical American, you haven't - and you're missing out.
In a new milestone on the road to a cleaner energy future, the amount of newly installed solar power capacity will overtake that of wind power for the first time in 2013.
Check out our Top Ten tools and calculators from around the web that can help you figure out your relationship with energy: how it's used, how it's produced and how you can use it more efficiently.
Solar power in the United States has come a long way - even in the past year. A recent report by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council gives us some of the latest facts and figures on the solar industry's rise to power.
Dr. Robert Lawrence recently addressed the complex interconnections among agriculture, public health, natural resources, the environment and global population in a talk at the University of Wisconsin.
The farmland sitting on top of the shale is known for producing raisins, nuts, fruits, vegetable and cotton. Given California's rich oil history, oil and agriculture interests have co-existed for a long time, but fracking could pit the two against each other.
On May 9, 2013 researchers located at the Mauna Loa Observatory on the big island of Hawaii measured an ominous milestone regarding climate change. For the first time in three million years the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide registered at 400 parts per million.
In Germany, the popularity of wind and solar has taken off in the past decade so much that the country supplied a quarter of its energy needs with renewable energy last year.
Moving beyond coal is undoubtedly a good thing for the environment, but there is one use for coal that might not be too bad: firing up a pizza oven.
As President Obama’s first term draws to a close, the Center for American Progress reflected on their energy and environmental goals that they put together in 2008.
All of us at Ecocentric are reflecting on the New Year and making our resolutions to make 2013 happy, healthy and sustainable. If you are similarly inclined, we have tons of resources here on the blog and at our new GRACE website. To get you started, here are some tips to help you have a lean, green 2013.
Superstorm Sandy revealed how creative, sustainable solutions can make a difference in hard-hit areas, while aging and outdated infrastructure have compounded problems.
Steve Coll’s Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power is a fascinating book on the global dominance of oil. It's a thrilling and informative read.