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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Department of Hawaiian Homelands Energy Efficiency Project Kicks off

May 26th, 2017 | by Scott Cooney

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) owns 10,000 homes across the Hawaiian islands that it leases out on 99-year leases to residents of Hawaiian ancestry. It's part of the state's affordable housing initiatives, and it provides much needed relief from high cost of living for many Hawaiian people


Cost-Effective Window Inserts Can Insulate Older Windows Without Replacing Them (Review)

April 14th, 2017 | by Scott Cooney

Older windows can be a huge waste of money when you try to heat or cool your home. R values (a measure of insulation, measured in "resistance" of heat passing from one place to another) are very, very low for older windows. Whereas your walls might have an R value of 20-40, depending on local zoning codes, how well built your home was, and how much insulation was added, your windows might have an insulation value of 1 or 2.


Tuna From A Lab — Frankenfood, Or Disruptive Tech?

April 5th, 2017 | by Scott Cooney

The idea of laboratory grown meats is not new. Advocates of the technology funded a $330,000 lab grown hamburger to showcase that it could be done. The basic idea of lab-grown food is that stem cells from the actual animal species in question are used to create a substitute that is every bit as genetically real as its living, breathing cousin


3 Reasons Even Trump Supporters Should Love Sustainability

April 3rd, 2017 | by Scott Cooney

There's a lot of great news these days about innovations and projects that are moving our society forward toward a sustainable future. There's also a lot of bad news out there about the damage we are doing. Sustainability shouldn't be political, but let's face it, it is. While one (I, for instance) might argue that we all should want a world free of biologically hazardous chemicals and human-produced climate-altering gases, one (I) can also understand that, to get there, some people's economic interests will be, shall we say, not optimized. Change is never easy


4th World Nation-Building

March 5th, 2017 | by Scott Cooney

Sandra Kwak, founder of TenPower, gave a workshop at the Envision Festival in Costa Rica, discussing paths forward for global sustainable economic development, talking about creating a “4th world” standard for developing nations


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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