Author Archives: Dan Vermeer

China’s smog cloud may have a silver lining

Environmental concerns are ubiquitous in China. Every day, the newspapers include stories about the converging crises related to air pollution, food contamination, water shortages, and solid waste. There is also a growing frustration that China’s “growth at all costs” development … Continue reading

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Why companies should value water

by Dan Vermeer, Executive Director of EDGE If water is so valuable, then why is it so cheap? Economists have long been fascinated by the water paradox – clean, abundant water keeps us healthy, provides our food, sustains our ecosystems, … Continue reading

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Making sustainable development work in the Brazilian Amazon

by Dan Vermeer, Executive Director of EDGE The Amazon Forest is one of the planet’s true marvels – this vast territory is home to 1 in 10 of all the world’s known species.  It is also under incredible pressure, as … Continue reading

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The new convergence: Smart grid, efficiency, and renewables

by Josh Seidenfeld, MEM/MBA Class of 2015 and Dan Vermeer, Executive Director of EDGE For all the strident debates about energy in American politics (e.g. fracking, drilling on public lands, government incentives, etc.), no one disagrees that innovation will be … Continue reading

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On extreme energy, risk, and culture

by Dan Vermeer, Executive Director of EDGE One of the more frustrating aspects of working the sustainability field is that every problem is mind-bogglingly complex, and can be framed at multiple levels.  Take, for example, the heated debates and accusations … Continue reading

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Ratings Move Companies as Well As Consumers

A recent paper–“How Firms Respond to Being Rated”–by Duke faculty Aaron Chatterji and Harvard’s Michael Toffel provides insights into how ratings affect corporate performance. Ratings by companies like Moody’s, Michelin, and Consumer Reports have long swayed the behavior of consumers … Continue reading

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Connecting the Dots on Agriculture, Water, and Energy

In Thomas Homer-Dixon’s book The Ingenuity Gap, he describes a growing chasm between the world’s knotty problems and its lagging ability to develop robust and integrated solutions.  An “ingenuity gap” emerges when a society’s ability to solve problems is outpaced … Continue reading

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New Duke study on Industrial Energy Efficiency

One of EDGE’s closest partners at Duke is the Center for Globalization, Governance, and Competitiveness (CGGC), led by Dr. Gary Gereffi.  Coming out of the research that EDGE and CGGC pursued last year on low carbon competitiveness, we learned about … Continue reading

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Cities and the Global Energy Challenge

Dan Vermeer’s opening remarks for the panel “Sustainable Cities:  Planning and Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities” at the World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 18, 2011. As millions of people pour into urban areas every day, cities increasingly demonstrate … Continue reading

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PopTech 2010: Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures, and Improbable Breakthroughs

PopTech is a unique organization. They call themselves an “innovation network” that connects leading thinkers, artists, activists, and doers to pursue worldchanging ideas. Their topical focus is incredibly broad, covering such issues as violence prevention, eco-materials, public health, new technology, … Continue reading

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