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On Memorial Day, I had the honor of serving as the commencement speaker at the Millbrook School, in Millbrook, New York. My daughter was among the graduates at the school founded by my grandparents in 1931.What on Earth was I going to say to these aspiring graduates?
Given the school's recent focus on environmental stewardship, I was tapped for the job. As I prepared my remarks in the weeks preceding the commencement, a new and highly optimistic perspective dawned on me. Far from an unhappy message of doom and gloom, these young graduates can "ride the sustainability wave of opportunity!"
Some mornings I wake up worrying about the state of the planet. As I regain consciousness, I so strongly wish that our environmental ills just didn't exist. Global climate change is a macro bummer. Are we really going to mess up the ecosystems? Sadly, no amount of denial works for me.
The Class of 2007 - actually all of us - must turn adversity into opportunity. We must turn eco-threats and abuses into opportunities. Arnold Schwarzenegger has it right: He promoted in Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, to get out in front of the issue. California intends to create 83,000 sustainability-based jobs and a $4 billion industry while imposing and meeting the strictest carbon emission mandates in the nation and world. Similarly, the Class of 2007 must take the issue by the horns.
Change creates new opportunity. Big change creates big opportunities. Global warming spells opportunity. Sustainability spells a breadth of new opportunities now open to all those that recognize it and have a vision and the passion to find new niches - niches that accomplish altruistic and profitable goals - to succeed!
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This past week General Electric brought its new prototype hybrid locomotive to Los Angeles Union Station. The 4,400 horsepower "Evolution" hybrid is one of 11 new products featured by GE in its Ecomagination line. While most locomotives are already diesel-electric, the new hybrid locomotive features a series of innovative batteries that will capture and store energy dissipated during dynamic braking, increasing the efficiency by 10%.
GETTING A DEGREE IN RENEWABLE ENERGY
On May 11 the Illinois State University Board of Trustees approved a new bachelor's degree in renewable energy. The degree is a multi-disciplinary undergraduate major that provides a broad overview of renewable energy industries. The degree will be administered by the Department of Technology and will draw from courses in the University's agriculture, economics, health sciences, geography, geology, mathematics, politics and government, and physics departments. Support for the program will initially come from the U.S. Department of Energy.