Somerville Commission monthly meeting

Today, I attended another monthly Somerville Commission on Energy and Climate Change meeting. Good discussion, as usual, with some thinking toward what priorities might be for 2018. Spoiler alert: carbon pricing. But I really like the thinking they’re putting in on internal carbon pricing; they’re breaking new ground as I don’t think there are any … Continue reading Somerville Commission monthly meeting

Elections 2017

Today, I voted in Somerville’s municipal election. There's not much being contested in my Somerville ward, just a mayoral decision and six candidates running for four slots as alderman at large. However, as I've said before, local elections can turn on a single vote, so turnout is important. More importantly, voting is a right and a privilege. I … Continue reading Elections 2017

Kiva loan for recycling and composting in OK City

I'm continuing to make a loans to entrepreneurs, roughly monthly, through the Kiva platform. Today, I made a loan to help expand a commercial recycling and composting service in Oklahoma City, by providing funds for marketing and working capital. It's a worker-owned cooperative that provides environmentally sustainable services. [Edit: As is increasingly the case these days, I'm … Continue reading Kiva loan for recycling and composting in OK City

Putting a price on carbon transportation

I've said it before (for example, here): Putting a price on carbon emissions would be the most effective way to bring about a transformation to a sustainable future. There are some implementations out there right now, but they're often limited. Case in point: The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is  cap-and-trade program covering the power sector in … Continue reading Putting a price on carbon transportation