Here in the northeast, spring has started stretching out before us, and for the first time in what feels like forever, the days are filled with more and more sunshine.
For many, this is the season for renewal and growth, and at KSV, we always tend to share a glass-half-full frame of mind. Spring presents an opportunity for us to fully embrace that optimism and join others in looking toward a season of continued learning and innovation in the world of energy and sustainability.
Here’s a handful of the inspiring stories we’ve been reading over the past few weeks:
- March is both B Corp Month and Women’s History Month, and you can find a perfect case study of the crossover in Burton CEO Donna Carpenter. Thanks to her Women’s Leadership Initiative, female leadership within the B Corp has grown from under 10 percent in 2002 to 45 percent today. We are continuously inspired by our fellow B Corps leading the way for other brands by using business as a force for good.
- Looking to improve the grid and storm resiliency in the still pervasive wake of 2017’s Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico took a critical step forward this past week when the territory’s legislature passed a 100 percent renewable energy bill. The bill includes provisional goals of 40 percent renewables by 2025 and 50 percent by 2040.
- Inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg’s initial protest outside of Sweden’s Parliament in August 2018, an estimated 1.6 million students from over 120 countries skipped school on March 15th, 2019, to protest inaction on climate change. Here’s what they’re planning next.
- In the fight to save the environment, sometimes a shift requires passion or belief in a specific ideology. A recent New York Times article profiles people across America who grew up around fossil fuels—steeped heavily in family background and traditions—yet now work in renewable energy.
- Copenhagen is looking to cancel out its greenhouse gas emissions, and fast. By 2025, the city aims to be carbon neutral. While Copenhagen’s journey is not without its challenges, the plan could be a model for other cities experiencing many of the same difficulties. We were particularly intrigued by the on-brand and innovative ski hill.
- In a positive showing for big cities and electric vehicles alike, recently released numbers from New York City showed that maintenance and fuel costs for the electric vehicles in the city’s fleet were far less than costs for other models. According to NYC’s fleet management agency, “All early indicators are that we are achieving the fuel, emissions and maintenance benefits of this exciting transition away from the internal combustion engine.”
We’re always on the lookout for more inspiration and innovation. We want to know: What’s inspiring your team lately?