James Rose works on renewable electricity and energy efficiency. James produces reports and multimedia content and is a regular contributor to GRACE's Ecocentric blog. He was co-author and project manager for The Network for New Energy Choices' award winning report on net metering and interconnection, "Freeing the Grid." Prior to GRACE, James interned at the United Nations, contributed to a report on alternative waste solutions for the NYC Economic Development Corporation, conducted wildlife research on the Western Bluebird and did research in a molecular biology laboratory. James received an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Biology from Earlham College. He enjoys running, gardening, reading and cooking for his family.
Back in the days of big hair and hairspray, we all let out a collective 'oops' - not for the bad hairstyles, but because we realized that the chemicals used in hairspray, refrigeration and other products were causing a hole in the ozone layer. Is it still a problem? Find out in this post.
Cleaning up our energy supply is a team effort. There are many groups working on increasing access to solar energy, improving building performance and enhancing policy. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite blogs that are talking about - and working on - these endeavors.
After years of planning, the Obama administration has released the final rules for a climate change plan that aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and transform the electric industry.
Fans, air conditioners, sitting in the shade - there are lots of ways to stay cool on hot days. Many options for cooling, like air conditioning, require energy. Let's take a closer look at air conditioning, its efficiency and a few alternative cooling options.
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important for teams, leagues and athletes. They all care about doing the right thing for their business, their community and the environment - and the Green Sports Alliance provides a showcase for their efforts.
Algae can be pesky. We've talked previously about algal blooms causing dead zones and poisoning drinking water. Unfortunately, climate change and nutrient runoff are making algal blooms even worse.
No season is more geared for the open road than summertime. Here are a few tips to get you to your destination without wasting any gas!
Now that you've freed your mind from the Meatrix, you can help fight for sustainable family farms. This will not only produce better food and improved animal welfare, but reduce impacts on our water and energy systems too.
It's Super Bowl time again, sports fans! This year, we have a new goal: make our Super Bowl parties the greenest they've ever been. Here are a few ideas to mull as the big day approaches - whether you're a diehard Seattle Seahawks OR New England Patriots fan.
2014 wrapped up with generally bad news - for the oil and gas industry! The Keystone XL pipeline remains a pipedream, oil prices have dropped and New York officially banned fracking. Let's take a look at each of these issues and see how things may play out in 2015.
If you are looking for a 'Green Job' in energy, we've got good news: energy is a vital part of the American economy and clean energy continues to grow nationwide. If you are into powering the future while reducing pollution, perhaps a career in clean energy or sustainability is a good fit for you!
Following the People's Climate March and with the arrival of heads of state from around the world, Climate Week has kicked off in New York City. While countries present their climate cases at the United Nations, we are thinking about how to reduce our personal impact on the climate. One solution: reduce food waste.
As we enter the dog days of summer, it's time to refresh yourself with some easy ways to save energy while staying cool. Here are ten tips to help you use energy more efficiently and save money at the same time.
With a powerful vision, Solar Roadways aims to vastly improve the nation's highways, use solar energy technology to power the country and provide LED lighting and computing to make driving safer. With the help of a clever video and social media they are creating a viral sensation with a IndieGoGo campaign to help make their vision a reality.
The newly released National Climate Assessment says that climate change will hit agriculture particularly hard due to extreme heat, drought, disease and heavy downpours. That leaves food security in doubt.
This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Whether you're an old hand at ninja energy efficiency tactics or setting up your first apartment, hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there's always more to pick up by way of sustainable living.