Honored to Lead Ecova as New President and CEO

Ecova is a leading energy and sustainability management company. I’m excited to be part of an organization that works incredibly hard to help our clients see more, save more, and sustain more―all while embracing our own solutions to save resources and demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship. Ecova has had an eventful year, and we have a tremendous amount of momentum heading into 2015. Together with our new parent company, strong executive team, dedicated employees, diverse client base, and valuable stakeholders, we are well-positioned to move Ecova forward as a global leader in energy and sustainability management.In addition to our new ownership structure, we had several product announcements this year, including our Energy and Sustainability Management Platform and the...

4 Tips for Reducing Holiday Waste at Retail Locations


As the holidays draw near you may be thinking of a million different things. Whether you are making your gift wish list, planning your shopping adventures, or searching for a radio station that plays something other than holiday cheer, it’s likely that you are busy. Unfortunately, some end-of-the-year tasks can create quite a flurry this time of year―that’s right, ‘tis the season for year-end reporting, fourth quarter closing, and the commencement of a new calendar year. And for many businesses, this time of year also brings an increase in holiday waste―more shoppers than any other time of year are on the prowl, thus more supplies arrive at retail locations to be consumed. In order to avoid extra charges or additional pick-ups, I’ve compiled some helpful tips and ideas to get you...

Q4 2014 Energy Market Outlook and 2015 Planning

Following a relatively calm summer, energy prices experienced increased volatility this fall after arctic air chilled the U.S. My colleague, Jeni Murphy, and I recently hosted a webinar about the state of the energy markets and procurement strategies to consider when faced with volatile energy prices. A major question after the winters of 2013 and 2014 was whether the nation would have enough gas supplies in storage to meet this winter’s demand. Gas prices remained elevated until it became evident that production and storage replenishment were operating at a record pace. But still, with last year’s frigid temperatures and the impact on wholesale gas and electric prices relatively fresh in most people’s minds, market volatility returned as soon as the arctic blast hit the U.S. in...

Thankful Thoughts

As we move into the holiday season, it’s a wonderful time to reflect on the things that we are thankful for and the relationships that bring us joy and to acknowledge those who we rely on to help us be the best we can be. As I think about Ecova, and the hundreds of clients that we have the privilege of serving, it’s a good reminder that we have much to celebrate as we close out 2014 and much to look forward to in the coming year. Through Ecova’s vision, we are committed to driving business results on behalf of our clients and to helping our clients manage expenses better while keeping the environment in mind. When we think about sustainability, we envision making continued improvements for ourselves and our clients, so together we can positively impact our businesses and be good stewards...

Inspirational advice on the future of business & sustainability

I recently attended the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis. The focus was on breaking boundaries in the business world by using triple bottom line thinking of people, planet and profit. The keynote set the stage well for “breaking boundaries,” with Liz Maw (CEO of Net Impact), Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever), and Betsy Hodges (Mayor of Minneapolis) delivering thought-provoking and inspirational advice on the future of business and sustainability. Each speaker stressed the importance of being open to failure―as a fear of failure stifles innovation. To this end, Paul Polman highlighted Unilever’s decision to move away from quarterly reporting and integrate environmental and social accounting into its standard profit and loss statements. This is a bold and innovative move to shift the...