A solution for Asheville: 100 Megawatts of Change

Originally published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on January 2, 2015 I believe 100 megawatts of various distributed energy resources (including solar) and demand management (i.e. Smart Grid, general energy efficiency) can replace Asheville’s two coal power units … and eventually both combustion turbine natural gas units. Starting when? Starting with the Asheville Community Energy Plan […]

Asheville and Buncombe County’s Agenda for People with Disabilities

Asheville team forms community process to help define and promote concerns and ideals of Buncombe County’s persons with disabilities… with the disabled at the center. ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville City Council is expected to soon vote on changes to city hall’s 1995 Americans with Disability’s Act (ADA) performance policy. These changes will improve ADA issue […]

The Trillionth Ton of airborne carbon is too expensive

Originally published in the Asheville Citizen-Times December 19, 2014. A local religious leader recently asked me, “What happened to the whole ‘green thing?’” It’s a good time to review since media messages about ‘green’ issues and the threat of climate change were more prevalent around 2006. The 2008 recession has cast a long shadow and […]

How does North Carolina include Americans with disabilities?

Originally published October 14, 2016 in the Asheville Citizen-Times   The disabled agenda includes preventing abuse, scams, other crime victimization, and in general dying prematurely, due to one’s disability. Many disabled people want work, which may sound dichotomous for some. As to employment inclusion, being disabled is partly about how the non-disabled include/exclude folks who […]

Our Smart City and Towns Network is ready. Will leaders approve? Will you?

A version of this article appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times.   The community ‘innovation engine’ that I developed, Open Strategic Innovation for Communities (OSIC), can assist in organizing further positive change in Asheville and Buncombe county. When it comes to solutions to our greatest challenges, there is less ‘low hanging fruit’. So what’s next? OSIC […]

Asheville sustainability leader answers White House call for a “City Web”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ASHEVILLE, NC – Sustain NC is a professional development initiative of InnovoGraph LLC nurturing sustainability innovation. The central initiating Sustain NC service project is completion of the North Carolina Clean Power Plan. Part of making that happen is deploying a Smart Grid, Distributed Energy, and Efficiency Program (Smart Grid DEEP). There is […]

Duke Energy: the true Clean Power Plan ‘Go—No Go’ axis

A version of this article was published in the Asheville Citizen-Times. State of North Carolina adoption of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan is critical to our future economic development and national security. Otherwise the politics of anthropogenic climate confusion may expand. This means the half of the nation currently rejecting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean […]

Climate research agency located in Asheville, NC in fight with GOP-managed congress

  While WCQS mentioned the work of Asheville’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in a report this morning featuring NCEI director Thomas R. Karl, local journalism outlets are missing the news that Karl and US Rep. Lamar Smith (R) of Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, are in a battle […]

Asheville is poised to be a center for sustainability innovation

ASHEVILLE, NC – Today North Carolina management consulting firm InnovoGraph is launching Sustain NC – a community innovation group defining and tracking regional progress through research and strategy. Sustain Asheville and Sustain WNC will have local and regional focus. Sustainability-oriented innovation addressing climate change and human opportunity is adds critical value to state economies. Sustain […]