When she still worked in New Jersey, I had the pleasure of working with Lisa Jackson of Apple from time to time. Lisa was, and remains, a person who can take complex environmental issues and turn them into ideas that make sense.
Now we see that Apple, where Lisa ended up after her stint at EPA…has implemented a solar and renewable energy program where they not only generate electrical power that they need, but buy it as well. To my mind, that has always been one of the potential beauties of solar power. Become your own power producer.
The most impressive element of this program is not that Apple is actually listening to an expert in sustainability from within, but that they have taken this concept and made it in the context of a business decision. Specifically, by becoming a green energy supplier, they are going to save money as well as generate clean power.
The decision means that they can continue to do well while doing some good.
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Apple Becomes a Green Energy Supplier, With Itself as Customer
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We have become accustomed to our New Jersey Governor moving and playing with what are supposed to be dedicated funds for years. Everything from Lead abatement to green energy funds have been raided and moved to plug budget gaps. It is a shame really, but not unexpected.
The latest move essentially shows that this administration has raided so much money from so many sources, it is no wonder that we have had our credit downgraded.
This latest move is almost comical. The management of the NJDEP, including the parks section, is funded by fees and fines paid to the Department. This has been the case for many years. Indeed, the entire Department is funded by the fees paid by all of us that use the Department’s services.
Why isn’t there enough money to fund management? Simply put, this administration has already raided those monies…
All of this reminds me of a great line from the movie “Dave” where an outside accountant is brought in by the “President” to help find money for a worthy program in the budget. The accountant says that if he kept his books like this, he would be in jail…
The sad thing is that these continued raids simply hurt peoples’ confidence in our institutions as well as hurting the programs for which the money was intended.
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Gov. Christie’s shifting of $20M in open space funds called unconstitutional