Book Review – Solar Photovoltaics Business Briefing

Joanna Schroeder

Every day you hear more and more about solar photovoltaics (PV). But what exactly are they? Is the technology good? Why should a business adopt solar PV? All of these questions are explained in the DoShort: “Solar Photovoltaics Business Briefing,” by David Thorpe. I actually read the brief in an airport between flights and came away with a better understanding …

book reviews, Solar

Book Review – Demystifying Food From Farm to Fork

Joanna Schroeder

This week I read, “Demystifying Food from Farm to Fork,” by Maurice J. Hladik. Many of you may be familiar with Hladik, an agricultural expert who has spoken at events all around the world including Commodity Classic. The goal of the book is to take a look at food production from “farm to fork”. As with many concepts, farm to …

biofuels, book reviews, food and fuel

Book Review – The Year God Forgot Us

Joanna Schroeder

Pssst…I have the secret recipe for renewable fuel. Want to know where I found this recipe that will take down big oil? In the novel, “The Year God Forgot Us,” by Dennis Nau. Ok, so I don’t really have some super duper secret renewable fuel recipe, but this week’s book was a fictional look at 1936, during the Great Depression, …

biofuels, book reviews

Best Books of 2012

Joanna Schroeder

If your New Year’s resolution to is get a bit smarter about alternative energy and the environment, then start your education with the Best Books of 2012. Here are the top five best books I read in 2012. 5. “The Powers That Be,” by Scott L. Montgomery 4. “Eaarth,” by Bill McKibben 3. “Sustainable Transport Fuels,” by David Thorpe 2. “Rooftop Revolution,” …

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Book Review – Build the New City!

Joanna Schroeder

Here is an idea to take into the new year – build a new city – or a utopia for the future. Author Todd Durant proposes the U.S. “Build The New City!” to solve three major problems: create millions of jobs, preparation for population growth and rising sea levels and national pride. Some of our readers may be familiar with …

book reviews, Clean Energy, Climate Change, energy efficiency

Book Review – Green Jujitsu

Joanna Schroeder

Can you define sustainability? More than likely, but it is also likely that your definition is different than a colleagues, family member or friend. The green movement touts sustainability but how do you actually integrate the idea of sustainability into your business? To answer this question, I turned to the DoShort, “Green Jujitsu,” written by Gareth Kane. The book focuses …

book reviews, Climate Change, energy efficiency, Environment

Book Review – Who Turned Out the Lights?

Joanna Schroeder

Should we be entertained when reading about America’s energy crisis? Dare we be regaled by clever cliches, fun word pairings and sarcasm when learning our basic Energy 101 facts? Yes to infinity. And I experienced just these things when reading “Who Turned Out the Lights?” by Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson. Reading this book  was a guilty pleasure because I enjoyed the …

Alternative energy, book reviews, Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy

DoShort Review – Sustainable Transport Fuels

Joanna Schroeder

What do you do when you’ve got a frustrating case of insomnia? You read books about energy. Okay, maybe not something you would do but it always keeps me good and entertained. Last night I read the DoShort, “Sustainable Transport Fuels Business Brief,” by David Thorpe in less than two hours. That is part of the sell – learn about …

algae, Alternative energy, Biodiesel, biofuels, book reviews, Cellulosic, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol, Hydrogen

Book Review – Winning the Energy Wars

Joanna Schroeder

This week I read “Winning the Energy Wars,” by R. Paul Williamson. I often find myself surprised that after reading and reviewing more than 100 energy and environmental books, that I would find one with a new and unique angle. But I did. The premise is one you often find in an energy book – the United States energy “strategy” …

Alternative energy, book reviews, Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy

Book Review – Clean Energy Nation

Joanna Schroeder

This week I read Clean Energy Nation by Congressman Jerry McNerny and Martin Cheek. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I found myself likening the book to the classic Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Subconsciously I think it was because one of the recurring themes in Brave New World, first published in 1932, is the Fordship’s desire, …

Alternative energy, book reviews, Clean Energy, Opinion