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About Scott Cooney

Scott Cooney Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is a serial eco-entrepreneur hellbent on making the world a better place for all its residents. After starting and selling two mission driven companies, Scott started a third and lost his shirt. After that, he bought a new shirt at Goodwill and started this media company and once it was making enough, he was just smart enough to hire someone smarter than him to run it. He then started Pono Home, a service that greens homes, which has, by the end of 2019, performed efficiency retrofits on more than 13,000 homes and small businesses, saving customers more than $3.3 million a year on their utilities. Because he's sadistic, he then started a zero waste, organic, locally made personal care line. Scott's also addicted to producing stuff and teaching people--he was 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 Green Living Ideas, and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i.



Author Archives: Scott Cooney

How Do We End Plastic? It Starts By Knowing What Works

July 21st, 2020 | by Scott Cooney

Last year, CleanTechnica colleague Andrea Bertoli and I testified before the Honolulu City Council in support Bill 40, a groundbreaking piece of environmental legislation that brought about a phaseout of single use plastics, foam products, and other such rubbish from our island. Bill 40 passed with resounding support


How Big Is The Anti-Cleantech Propaganda Industry?

July 21st, 2020 | by Scott Cooney

Career day for many school kids involves following their parent around for a day, and maybe taking a stroll in a fire truck or going to an office where a parent works. The idea is to encourage kids' imaginations to see what their options are, that work can be fun and engaging, and to give them a little real-world sense of why they're getting an education


Should CleanTechnica Host A Virtual Clean Tech Conference?

April 2nd, 2020 | by Scott Cooney

Thank you for being loyal and avid CleanTechnica readers, followers, and social media ambassadors. You are helping educate the world and catalyze a clean tech revolution with every article you read, talk about, and share. I hope you are all safe, healthy, and that your loved ones are being smart and hunkering down


Making Dishwashers (And Faucets) Great Again

March 20th, 2020 | by Scott Cooney

Over the last few years, conservative governments around the world, including our federal government, have done a lot to help dirty energy industries. Subsidizing goliath multinational companies with ongoing propaganda campaigns to deny climate science is nothing new to the conservative wing of virtually any country's politics these days. After all, there's good money in it. Running out of regulations like vehicle fuel efficiency standards to rail against, there is a new target — smearing Energy Star and WaterSense products with fear campaigns (FUD)


Utility Adds 2.5 MW Of Demand Response Capabilities With Very Unusual “Batteries”

November 2nd, 2019 | by Scott Cooney

Hawaiian Electric (HECO) recently added 2.5MW of grid services to its grid, allowing it to store energy during peak solar and wind production periods, and did so without any traditional batteries, flywheels, or pumped hydro. Even better, the hardware required is very minimal, and in fact, most of it already exists in every residential grid in the world


Pushing Sustainability Through The Supply Chain — Our Experience

September 14th, 2019 | by Scott Cooney

Most of us want to live in a world without waste. The problem is, it's everywhere. Buy organic food? It's often wrapped in plastic. Produce? Bioplastic bags don't cut the mustard for some foodies (how did cut the mustard become an expression?). Order a pallet to buy in bulk? Guess what — stuff is effectively saran wrapped onto the pallet to keep it from sliding around. Turns out, plastic is useful


Can Amazon.com Save The Amazon?

August 25th, 2019 | by Scott Cooney

Climate anxiety is real. I’ve felt it for years — a sense that we’re demolishing the only planet we have, hurtling toward a cliff at unprecedented speed, and, for the most part, only a backseat driver is currently starting to murmur something along the lines of, “Hey, guys? Ummm … maybe we ought to … you know, I don’t want to nag or anything, but, maybe we oughta, ya know, slow down?” I know it’s real in others, too — I’ve seen a growing number of despair-oriented posts in my social media feeds. This week, it seems to have hit a fever pitch, with the Amazon rainforest on fire in a way that just seems different somehow


Clean Energy At 1 Cent Per Kilowatt-Hour

August 18th, 2019 | by Scott Cooney

We need clean energy, and we need it ASAP. There are barriers to getting it done, including permitting, price, land-use issues, energy-water nexus issues, lobbying efforts by the fossil industries and the puppets they install in our government, and more. Capital projects can take years to develop as a result of these obstacles



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