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We've asked the NextEnergy team to share the industry-related news, stories and information that have grabbed their attention this month. We hope you find it useful!

Angella Durkin, COO

What she’s reading: Investment brings new life, new jobs for RecoveryPark
Media: Crain’s Detroit Business
What makes it interesting: RecoveryPark, a former NextChallenge partner, has attracted investment to launch a commercial scale hyrdoponics greenhouse. The joint venture will provide funding to help RecoveryPark achieve its social mission. I love hearing success stories from our former partners and innovative nonprofit funding models!

Nathalie Osborn, Director, Smart Grid Initiatives

What she’s reading: Efficiency makes clean energy cost-competitive with new gas power plants
Media: Non-Fiction
What makes it interesting: Energy efficiency often takes a back seat to the buzz on renewables, energy storage and demand response. Enjoyed seeing a report sharing how investing in energy efficiency helps to more than triple the near-term market for clean energy to replace new gas power plants.

Jim Saber, CEO

What he’s reading: Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
Media: Non-Fiction
What makes it interesting: Interesting read on human interaction and how it relates to success.

Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives

What he’s reading: Here’s a question you should ask about every climate change plan
Media: gatesnotes (Bill Gates blog)
What makes it interesting: It’s so easy to forget that addressing climate change or environmental sustainability isn’t as easy as deploying the latest technologies. Those technologies still need to be designed, developed, and manufactured. Steel manufacturing, for example, is a major energy consumer and contributor to various forms of pollution.

Melissa Smith, Director, Marketing & Communications

What she’s reading: Green roofs can make cities healthier and happier. Why aren’t they everywhere?
Media: Fast Company
What makes it interesting: Interesting overview on the multiple benefits of green roofs and how different countries are encouraging the practice. Would love to see more of these in Detroit!

Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Development

What he’s reading: Ford announces launch of largest electric vehicle charging network in the US
Media: NextEnergy
What makes it interesting: With Ford’s big plans to manufacturer electric vehicles on the horizon, Ford EV customers will need a differentiating way to quickly and conveniently search and access public charging stations to fill-up or top-off. Now they can do that with the FordPass Charging Network app!

David Jackson, Director, Business Development & Industry Partnerships

What he’s reading: Finally, Fusion Power is about to become a reality
Media: Medium
What makes it interesting: Chasing the holy grail of energy.

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