Our Smart City and Towns Network is ready. Will leaders approve? Will you?

A version of this article appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times.   The community ‘innovation engine’ that I developed, Open Strategic Innovation for Communities (OSIC), can assist in organizing further positive change in Asheville and Buncombe county. When it comes to solutions to our greatest challenges, there is less ‘low hanging fruit’. So what’s next? OSIC […]

Asheville sustainability leader answers White House call for a “City Web”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ASHEVILLE, NC – Sustain NC is a professional development initiative of InnovoGraph LLC nurturing sustainability innovation. The central initiating Sustain NC service project is completion of the North Carolina Clean Power Plan. Part of making that happen is deploying a Smart Grid, Distributed Energy, and Efficiency Program (Smart Grid DEEP). There is […]

Duke Energy: the true Clean Power Plan ‘Go—No Go’ axis

A version of this article was published in the Asheville Citizen-Times. State of North Carolina adoption of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan is critical to our future economic development and national security. Otherwise the politics of anthropogenic climate confusion may expand. This means the half of the nation currently rejecting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean […]

Climate research agency located in Asheville, NC in fight with GOP-managed congress

  While WCQS mentioned the work of Asheville’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in a report this morning featuring NCEI director Thomas R. Karl, local journalism outlets are missing the news that Karl and US Rep. Lamar Smith (R) of Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, are in a battle […]

Asheville is poised to be a center for sustainability innovation

ASHEVILLE, NC – Today North Carolina management consulting firm InnovoGraph is launching Sustain NC – a community innovation group defining and tracking regional progress through research and strategy. Sustain Asheville and Sustain WNC will have local and regional focus. Sustainability-oriented innovation addressing climate change and human opportunity is adds critical value to state economies. Sustain […]

One vision for the City of Asheville 68-76 Haywood Street property and 88,000 citizens

Ideally there would be a large unified award-winning sustainability strategy project on both the 68-76 Haywood Street and Catholic Diocese property on the 100 block. In strategy ‘designing out’ what isn’t desirable is one starting point in relation to a high stakes matter like this. I understand the desire to turn the corner on the […]

Passenger rail to Asheville? Add more value with sustainability innovation

Prior to the announcement of the Asheville Climate Collider I shared my concept for an Earth Science and Sustainability Exploratorium (ESSE), possibly to be located on the former site of Beacon Manufacturing in Swannanoa, NC. As I add more detail over time, this article will also cover my ideas for a National Climate Risk and Sustainability Strategy Center […]

What will Asheville City Center look like in ten years?

Innovative community leadership looks like a public buy-in design for the properties facing St. Lawrence Basilica and what’s now called US Cellular Center. That design thinking effort could have established strategy and been seeking capital right now. For what? For a public trust-oriented development for this, yes, very strategic site. But we still seem to […]

Viable options to inappropriate grid solutions exist

Fighting climate change is economic development. It is national security. It is a central innovation target for quality civilization. “A complex issue like climate change requires a collaborative, multipronged approach that involves all stakeholders. We must continue to work together in forums, act on market trends and incorporate innovative technologies that we cannot even imagine […]