2nd Green Revolution is dedicated to presenting pertinent information on sustainability and the clean energy economy. With a focus on renewable energy, clean technology, energy efficiency, and sustainable development, 2nd Green Revolution provides analysis, insight, and an informative viewpoint on how sustainability affects you.
The “Green Revolution” usually refers to the agricultural transformation of the last half of the 20th century. The “Second Green Revolution” – from where our name is derived – is the technological transformation of energy production, distribution, and consumption to green, clean, and sustainable methods taking place in the first half of the 21st century.
Who is 2nd Green Revolution?
Currently living in Tokyo, Justin Manger is a businessman passionate about using the private sector to bring about positive change, especially in our energy paradigms. He currently uses his strong political/economic research background and business development experience to help multi-national corporations gain valuable insight on new products and their viability in emerging markets. Justin has a Masters degree in International Trade Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. His undergraduate work focused on Economics and English at Emory University.
Eric Wilson is a doctoral candidate in science education at the University of Colorado, Denver’s School of Education and Human Development. Eric is driven to see fundamental changes in our energy consumption patterns. He has leveraged his gift of communication and understanding of technology to teach science and sustainability for the last several years. His doctoral dissertation looks at buildings as teaching tools. Eric has a Masters degree in Teaching from New York University’s Steinhardt School with a focus in secondary science education. His received a BS in Anthropology and Human Biology, with a secondary focus in Art History from Emory University.
John Basalla: John is a CPA currently working in the Washington DC area. He interested in the business side of green technology.
Sean Connell: Sean is a public policy professional with experience in advocacy and program management on international economic, trade, and U.S.-Asia relations issues. His interests include renewable energy technologies; linkages between innovation, economic development, and sustainability; and environmental management issues in the Pacific Northwest. A Seattle area native, Sean is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and has extensive work and research experience in Japan.
Chris DeArmond: Chris graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Business & Management. His undergraduate experience analyzing the quota systems on printing and laundry engendered an interest in environmental sustainability. Specifically, he is interested in what the private sector is doing – through innovative practices and products – to reduce its own and its customers’ ecological footprints.
Nick Grue: Nick is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado Denver’s Environmental Science program. He is interested in the integration of renewable energy sources and the private sector’s conversion to green technologies.
Derek Lee: Armed with his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University and nearly 14 years of IT consulting experience building/integrating custom software solutions, Derek Lee continues to search for creative ways to leverage his tech skills and has found a cause he believes in with 2GR. Besides tech, Derek somehow finds time for music pursuits with drumming which now span over 20 years, as well as persisting in his Japanese studies preparing for the N1 exam.
Noelle Phares: Noelle has a BS in Biochemistry and is a current Master’s student at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara. Her specialization in “Energy & Climate” is supplemented by a focus on sustainable development in global food systems.
Chris Richards: Chris focused his studies on International Business and Management, also earning a Minor in Mandarin Chinese, during his time at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Upon graduating, he held various positions in companies along the east coast, from Baltimore to Washington DC and Philadelphia. Honing in on a desire to represent brands with a digital marketing presence, Chris pursued a position as social media marketing intern for the Consumer Electronics Association, ultimately
Megan Stilley: Megan received her Masters degree in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado-Denver. Her main interests are in food systems and agricultural sustainability. Her thesis looked at food deserts in Denver County.
Stephen Wade: Stephen is an urban planner committed to equitable development. He has run affordable housing and smart growth policy campaigns in the Washington DC region, set up temporary housing in Post-Katrina New Orleans, and lived and worked in India, South Africa, and Chile. He earned a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University Of Virginia School Of Architecture and a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology from Emory University. Stephen currently resides and writes about Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Why We Started 2nd Green Revolution
Written February 4, 2009
2nd Green Revolution, LLC is the product of a series of ideas and discussions over the last year. We share the belief that there needs to be a fundamental shift in how we interact with energy. As the world becomes hotter, flatter, and more crowded, the old way of doing business won’t work. Fortunately, there is ample opportunity to create and implement change. The current economic turmoil and financial collapse are exactly the types of global crises that give rise to the kind of bold, far-sighted, and innovative thinking that is necessary to break the status quo. Governments, citizens, and businesses must then act together to make the transition to a sustainable energy future.
We got tired of just talking about what we thought America should do in order to lead on these issues and decided to try to put our ideas into practice. Why not create a public forum to gather information, analyze ideas, and discuss the coming revolution while participating in it in some small way? Why not create a destination for insight, news, varied perspectives, and honest discussion?
Some of the inspiration for the site came from TechCrunch, a company dedicated to obsessively covering Internet start-ups, Silicon Valley, and the social web. We wanted to create a similar website focused on green and clean technology and all the issues related to making the fundamental shift toward a new energy paradigm.
Though there are myriad sites writing about the environment, green technologies, policy, and business, we wanted to try our own approach. We wanted to help business and environmental interests align, promote products and ideas that may make a difference, and contemplate the foundation of policy upon which change will be built.
Our field is huge and the competition is stiff. We take this as a good sign. Competition can only make the movement stronger by increasing innovation and broadening interest and involvement, thereby leading us down the path to a more economically and environmentally sustainable future.
We hope you’ll join us.
- Eric and Justin