Steve Jobs through sheer tenacity and resilience, focused on simplicity. Fired from Apple, created NEXT, rehired by Apple because he knew above all else simplicity matters. Eric Burke The Utility industry work force is passing this ephemeral moment in technology development. Jobs' vision while transformative was painful, knowing beforehand 'NEXT' was never to be successful. He was not creating gadgets, but rather an ecosystem and few saw it for what it was. Utilities like the

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Veritatis Insights considers the economic rebound principal known as 'Jevons Paradox' as it applies to a widely known product, Scottish Whiskey. Scotlands fine whiskey industry is an example of the consumption and manufacturing cycle described herein. We can consider the implications to energy and resource efficiency, waste production and by-products as a CEO or Board of Directors. Legend credits Irish monks with whiskey’s invention. Traveling in the Middle East during the Crusades, they realized the copper

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Utility adoption of energy efficiency programs is an outsourced model of engagement perhaps until now. According to AEEE, utilities a bit counter-intuitive in their market adoption thinking, are now seeing energy efficiency as a resource. With the confluence of proper GHG's and energy benchmarking, baselines Wall Streets acceptance of metrics for investment profiling have become standardized and with that AEEE found that it is third in the electric generation segment. And it may top the list

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Veritatis Advisors global client Schneider Electric reports stunning success in deployment of its energy management strategy devised by VA's Don Macdonald. It is always welcomed to see other reporting on your good work, at scale, of energy efficiency and uses of Standards to peel back layers of operational performance and change culture while meeting financial objectives and Wall Street expectations. Schneider North American CEO at the time, Jeff Drees and his team envisioned vertical integration of

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Veritatis InSights   Sustainability has yet to Become Embedded in Our Every Day Lives If you look closely at the Google search word trend graph for the word "Sustainability" over time, a telltale pattern emerges which belays a lack of behavioral engagement to the level of everyday life similar to the word "Green," especially in retail segments. So how do we Embed Sustainability in Every Day Life? The hills and valleys repeat and you will note

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Managing Risk and the sport of Open Water Marathon Swimming ... You would be surprised to learn of the correlation between managing risk and the sport of Open Water Marathon Swimming.   This exploding sport, fueled by triathletes, but started by a hardy core of tougher swimmers that embrace speedo only rules in cold water to build character and resilience not often found today. Many of these OW swimmers are surprisingly corporate leaders, business savvy

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In an exert taken from Supply Chain Brain, Veritatis Advisors Partner West Monroe Partners, David South Head of Sustainability, highlights some of the out-takes from COP21 and study implications coming into focus. West Monroe Partners found that 49 percent of North American supply chain executives don't view sustainability as a strategic priority. And 64 percent have no plans to adopt sustainability initiatives in the coming years. Like it or not, though, they're going to have to take steps

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ENERGY MANAGEMENT BEHAVIORAL DECISION MAKING By Don Macdonald, LEED AP, CEM   Not often talked about is an obscure behavioral and computer science religion called Decision Support, a basic form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and part of understanding ENERGY MANAGEMENT BEHAVIORAL DECISION MAKING. Will artificial intelligence evolve and make conscious efficiency choices (or lack thereof) for us? Is much of the human "choice" from efficiency already being eliminated, controlled by the 'man" and dictated by

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How to Build a Useful Energy Program   A cost-effective non-certified (but just as effective) energy management program that deliver’s results combines multiple KPIs to give a true picture of the likelihood of success across the business.   The most successful activities for a small business don’t just focus on one aspect of energy management (such as bills or budget), but casts a wider net to get a much clearer picture of the risks associated

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Veritatis Advisors Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) 2016 Inspiring Efficiency Award Nominee   Energy Efficiency Leadership, Education, Impact, Marketing and Innovation Veritatis Advisors is proud to announce its nomination as a leadership finalist in the 2016 Midwest Energy Efficiency Awards, this is the second year in a row for Don and his team to receive this important recognition for works in energy performance, education, management, and Innovation. The work recognizes educational techniques and delivery methods

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