That said, I’m a believer that we need to understand the fundamentals of something to change it. If we want to champion more renewable electricity, I think we should understand the difference between a kilowatt and a kilowatt-hour, if only so that we have more credibility on the topic.
I often find myself thinking about energy, specifically electricity. Electricity is so ubiquitous – I bet you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t used an electron within the last 24-hours. Every single keystroke I hammer out is powered by the electric grid, and few things inconvenience us more than when our power goes out. Moreover, how we power our world has tremendous environmental consequences, from greenhouse gas emissions to coal ash pond accidents to siting considerations to fracked mountain ranges.
And yet, for how common electricity is in our world, I get the impression that many people would struggle to explain electricity’s fundamental units of measure. To be clear, I’m not trying to shame anyone! I even had to look it up to make sure I had it down. That said, I’m a believer that we need to understand the fundamentals of something to change it. If we want to champion more renewable electricity, I think we should understand the difference between a kilowatt and a kilowatt-hour, if only so that we have more credibility on the topic. And so, the rest of this post will by my silly use of an analogy in an effort to demystify the measurement of electricity.
Suppose that you own two dogs.* One is large, rivaling some small horses in size, while the other could fit in your backpack in a pinch. Both go bananas when it’s mealtime, but you’ve grown tired of patiently measuring their bowls of food while they bark excitedly. You’ve come up with a brilliant innovation.
In 2019, the Foundation funded a series of grants for Drawdown Georgia, with funding directed to Georgia Tech with sub-grants distributed to Emory University, The University of Georgia and Georgia State University. The lead researcher at Georgia Tech is Marilyn Brown, Regents Professor and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems. Ray Anderson's legacy continues to shine brightly at Georgia Tech.Read More
Chandra Farley, Alicia Scott and Nathaniel Smith from the Partnership for Southern Equity will lead the conversation on April 20th focused around climate and equity in Georgia.Read More
This interview is one in a series of profiles on sustainability leaders among Georgia Tech alumni. Michael Oxman, managing director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business speaks with John Wells (IM ’84), longtime president and CEO of Interface Americas, who worked alongside Ray Anderson (IE ’56, Honorary Ph.D. ’11) in building a company that became an exemplar of “doing well by doing good.” John serves on the Foundation's Advisory Board.Read More
Blair Beasley will kick off a 30 day event jointly sponsored by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light and Drawdown GeorgiaRead More