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: Five CEOs of Wealthy Foundations Pledge to Do More to Help Charities Pay Overhead
Media: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
What makes it interesting: For-profit or nonprofit, organizations have essential operating costs like rent, technology, administration. These are real costs. I’m excited to see foundation leaders working to destigmatize overhead expenses for the nonprofit sector.

Eric McDonald, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure

What he’s reading: Thermobimetal shutters by Doris Sung self regulate the temperature of buildings
Media: De Zeen
What makes it interesting: An architect uses an old technology as a solution for impacting smart buildings. This is a potential game changer in building envelope design and building HVAC systems. These “window skins” can change the building temperature with no active building staff effort and with no use of energy.

Nathalie Osborn, Director, Smart Grid Initiatives

What she’s reading: The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and our Energy Future, by Gretchen Bakke, Ph.D.
Media: Non-Fiction
What makes it interesting: Good read on how our national grid came to be, what we take for granted, its fragile, outdated state and how distributed energy puts added stress on the system.

Jim Saber, CEO

What he’s reading: Social Equity Through Clean Energy
Media: Non-Fiction
What makes it interesting: The article explores a “case study” of deploying solar in low income communities with a new non traditional financing tool.

Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives

What he’s reading: Scooters, scooters, everywhere. But what about the bikes? Five trends framing the future of micromobility
Media: Shared-Use Mobility Center
What makes it interesting: In the “year of the e-scooter,” it’s interesting to hear from one of the prominent voices in shared mobility on the progress being made in bike sharing deployments across the United States. Spoiler: don’t expect bikes to disappear anytime soon.

Melissa Smith, Director, Marketing & Communications

What she’s reading: Built Environment Impact on Public Health
Media: Blue Zones
What makes it interesting: An examination of how our surroundings can impact not only our physical but mental health and overall well-being. Things such as abundant green space, walkability and opportunities to socialize with neighbors not only affect home values but can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life.

Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Development

What he’s reading: Interoperability of Public Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
Media: EPRI Product Abstract
What makes it interesting: This whitepaper explores the challenges of present-day US electric vehicle charging market fragmentation in proprietary solutions and encourages the use of open standards to support a scalable future.

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