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Hope on Earth Day: 4 reasons why Opower’s cofounder believes we’re poised for progress on climate change

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • April 23, 2014

The article below, authored by Opower’s cofounder and President, Alex Laskey, appeared in The Christian Science Monitor on April 22, 2014. You can read the full op-ed here.

Four reasons to be hopeful this Earth Day

By Alex Laskey, op-ed contributor

On the first Earth Day in 1970, environmental sentiment was brightly painted, proudly worn, and full of fierce optimism. Ask people about the planet now, and you’re likely to hear that our political will has faded, even though our problems are worse. We’re facing a climate crisis that’s global and accelerating. Grand political solutions are far from view. The problem itself — carbon pollution from fossil fuels — isn’t something we can “see” in a traditional sense. It’s also irreversible, and a failure to act could tank the biosphere in ways we can’t even imagine.

And yet, today, I’m hopeful.

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Thinking about ways to save the planet this Earth Day? How about coming to work for Opower?

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • April 22, 2014

Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays at Opower. Here at our Arlington headquarters, we’re reflecting on the environmental visionaries whose names mark our conference rooms — from Edward Abbey, to Rachel Carson, to Teddy Roosevelt. And around the world, we’re taking stock of our progress as a company, and refocusing on the mission that inspired Opower’s founding: to help everyone on Earth save energy.

Opower was founded on the premise that a company can aspire toward something more than money. It’s what we call being “double bottom line” — that in addition to achieving our financial outcomes, we hold ourselves equally accountable to achieving environmental outcomes. It’s what drew a lot of us here in the first place, and it’s what inspires us in every department — from software engineering to market development — to keep reaching even higher, and pushing forward, together.

So today, we’re also reflecting on what we’ve accomplished as the Opower team. Alongside more than 90 utilities in 8 countries, we’ve helped millions of people save a lot of energy in a short amount of time. This is how we’re putting it into perspective.

Opower Impact 2014

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Authoritative climate report: efficiency is the best energy investment we can make to cut carbon pollution

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • April 21, 2014

After seven years of exhaustive analysis, the world’s foremost climate scientists have released the third and final piece of a sweeping report on the causes, impacts, and mitigation of climate change.

The document, which comes from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), reflects the scientific community’s current understanding of climate change as a phenomenon and the steps required to slow it down. The IPCC’s message to policymakers worldwide is clear: climate change is already underway, and the global community must take bold action to prevent the worst effects.

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