Scott Cooney

Scott Cooney is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride.

Create Thermal Barriers to Stay Warm and Save

The importance of properly insulating your home should be quite apparent at this point. Creating thermal barriers in the home to prevent heat moving from one place to another can save a lot of money on heating and cooling costs and help keep living and working spaces more comfortable. There are many effective ways to create thermal barriers in the building envelope. You can find tips on how to do weather stripping to fiberglass windows (or other energy efficient windows) to studs…

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Coolest Passive Cooling Tower You'll Ever See

Walk into the lobby of the Neot Semadar Art Center on the Neot Semadar Kibbutz in the Arava region of Israel, and you’ll feel like you’ve just walked into an air-conditioned oasis in the middle of a scorching desert. Which you have…except for the A/C part. As part of Kinetis-organized tour of Israel’s key sustainability sites, we were treated to an afternoon of wine tasting, organic farm touring, and architectural touring of the Kibbutz that is home to several dozen families…

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Israel's First LEED Platinum Building Underway: A Living Laboratory for Environmental Studies

Tel Aviv University is building a new school for the Porter School of Environmental Studies that might become Israel’s first LEED-NC Platinum building. Tina Casey from CleanTechnica and I visited the building and got an introductory lecture from Dr. Arie Nesher, the Professional Director of the school. Nesher gave us a tour of the building as it is being constructed, saying that Tel Aviv University is trying to be proactive in responding to current trends. “Enrollment is declining,” he said.…

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Green Building: The Game

The policies, while all based in real life, are only a minor part of the game of GBO Hawaii, where players can invest in green businesses across the state of Hawaii in order to help the state become more sustainable. Hawaii currently imports 90% of its food and burns imported oil for about 90% of its electricity, and state planners are desperately trying to change all that before oil prices get *really* out of control.

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