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Solar power dominance, is a Green MBA worth it?, and the case against Google

February 26, 2018

 

Some news clippings from off my desk this past week. Have a great week.

 

Why Solar is on a Path to Dominance (Green Tech Media)

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In the next year, the solar industry will develop, construct and finance $25 billion to $30 billion in solar assets. It will build 20 to 25 percent of the country’s new electricity capacity, and will continue to employ hundreds of thousands of people. The core drivers for this success are 1) public support; 2) rapid technological evolution that drives cost reduction and increased efficiency; and 3) significant and increasing support for the solar asset class by institutional investors.

 

By 2022, we fully expect solar to be the dominant source of new electricity generation in the United States. Here’s why.

 

In 46 States, People Of Color Deal With More Air Pollution Than White People Do, Study Finds (Buzzfeed)

 

The new report found that the average US resident lives near about five emissions sources. But, the authors noted, “Blacks in particular are likely to live in high-emission areas.”

 

Compared to the average American:

  • Black US residents are exposed to 1.54 times more fine particulate matter, a pollutant that contributes to haze and has been linked to heart and lung diseases.

  • Hispanic US residents are exposed to 1.2 times more fine particulate matter.

  • People below the poverty line were exposed to 1.35 times more fine particulate matter.

 

Is a Green MBA worth it? (GreenBiz)

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These programs are not without caveats — they’re costly and time-intensive, to start, and vetting them can be overwhelming — but the best programs also have proven beneficial to many looking to break into the growing green-jobs market, or to bring a sustainability tool kit to their existing career.

 

We spoke to former and current students, as well as industry leaders, to find out if green MBAs are worth your time. (Hint: There’s no one, simple answer.)