This month we will be having Steve McDougal President of 3Degrees, a renewable energy and carbon offset provider. He will discuss:
· 3Degrees- It's role in trying to accelerate a transition to a lower carbon economy
· Environmental markets and their role in solving important environmental problems
· RECs and carbon offsets- what are they, why are they important, and why they are controversial?
· Key challenges and opportunities going forward
Steve cofounded 3Degrees with Dan Kalafatas in 2007, and currently oversees all of the company's day-to-day operations and directs the development and implementation of corporate strategy.
Steve has been a driving force for increased corporate support for renewable energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions since entering the green power and carbon offsets industry in 2003. His intense educational and advocacy efforts have helped corporate leaders such as McDonald's, Starbucks, Sprint, and Whole Foods Market ensure that all, or a significant portion, of the electricity they use is matched with green power generated using wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and other renewable resources.
Thanks in part to his efforts, 3Degrees' customers have committed to using more than four billion megawatt hours of renewable energy in 2012.
In 2007, in partnership with Dan Kalafatas, Steve helped form 3Degrees, a spin-off of 3 Phases, focused on using environmental markets to accelerate the low-carbon, renewable energy economy. Since its founding, 3Degrees has been awarded the U.S. Department of Energy's Green Power Supplier of the Year award five times.
Prior to his work at 3Degrees and 3 Phases, Steve directed business development at CNET Networks, one of the leading online resources for technology news and product reviews. A native of Chicago, Steve has a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Colorado College and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
EcoTuesday is a unique, structured monthly networking event for sustainable business leaders and community members held concurrently in six cities across the country.
Here's a brief outline of what takes place at each event:
- Arrive at the venue, settle in, and meet new people
- Learn about the cutting edges of sustainable business from an expert
- Quickly introduce yourself & your project to a roomful of people
- Network with people you learned about during the Introduction Circle