About Scott Cooney

Scott Cooney Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on



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LED Lighting Retrofits In Hawaiian Homes: Faster Paybacks Than Solar Power

February 2nd, 2017 | by Scott Cooney

Visitors know the Hawaiian islands for many things: ample sunshine, beautiful beaches, and friendly people. Residents know these things as well, but also are all too aware of high electricity prices, an aging electrical grid dependent on foreign oil, choke traffic, and other problems associated with the "cost of paradise."


Profile Of Kailash Ecovillage, An Urban Intentional Community In Portland Oregon

January 3rd, 2017 | by Scott Cooney

The Kailash Ecovillage journey began nearly a decade ago when founders Ole and Maitri Ersson bought a rundown apartment complex in inner Southeast Portland, OR. Since then, the couple along with a plethora of residents, gardeners, builders, and driven community members have created a functional, beautiful, and highly livable intentional community in one of the most walkable cities in the


Espin E-Bike Review: Pedal-Assisted Awesomeness

December 16th, 2016 | by Scott Cooney

Recently, we were contacted by Espin, an e-bike company making an innovative pedal assist bike, to do a review of its newest product. The company asked me to do a review and lent me a bike for two weeks, which I gladly used for my daily commute in hilly San Francisco


Solar HR Solutions

August 16th, 2015 | by Scott Cooney

Solar is a historically finicky industry. When it’s hot, it’s red hot, and when it’s not, it’s really not. So [&hellip


Survey on Cleantech Jobs

April 7th, 2015 | by Scott Cooney

As many of you know, CleanTechnica is part of the Important Media network, one of the world’s biggest sustainability media [&hellip



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