Happy New Year from Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park. Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Badlands National Park. Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Badlands National Park. Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Badlands National Park. Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Badlands National Park. Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.


Happy Winter Solstice


Renewables 2017: A new era for solar power

According to a report by the International Energy Agency, solar leads the charge in another record year for renewables.

Highlights include:

  • Renewables accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world in 2016 and new solar PV capacity around the world grew by 50%, surpassing the net growth in coal!
  • For the next five years, solar PV represents the largest annual capacity additions for renewables, well above wind and hydro. This marks a turning point and underpins a more optimistic solar PV forecast which is revised up by over one-third compared to last year’s report. 
  • For the next five years, growth in renewable generation will be twice as large as that of gas and coal combined. While coal remains the largest source of electricity generation in 2022, renewables halve their gap with coal, down to 17% in 2022. 

It's becoming clear that renewable generation becomes more competitive, closing the gap with coal and the forecasts in this report give me a strong sense of optimism that we are on the road to a clean energy economy. Be sure to read the full report for more information.


Powering Communities

Who pays for solar power, and who benefits? This question has become a centerpiece of the national debate around renewable energy policy. This powerful short film explores solar’s potential to transform disadvantaged communities by lowering energy costs, providing pathways to employment and reducing pollution, and highlights some of the pioneers who are leading the way.


People. Planet. Employment.

In pursuit of my mission to strengthen people and planet through philanthropy, I’ve been fortunate to gain professional knowledge and skills by serving several outstanding organizations, including Stanford University, California Academy of Sciences, NatureBridge, and The Wilderness Society. In one way or another, these organizations reflect my focus on linking humans and habitats, aligning people and places, and my affirmation that everyone and everything is interconnected.

However, in my time as a nonprofit development executive, I have never served an organization that aligns with my personal mission as naturally as GRID Alternatives, which closely matches my worldview with real-time, on-the-ground opportunities to produce and promote lasting economic and environmental solutions together for direct and dual impacts. For these reasons and more, I am absolutely delighted to join GRID Alternatives as Vice President of Development!

GRID Alternatives pursues the vision of a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone. Our mission is to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities.

We believe that our transition to clean energy must include everyone.

We believe that smarter energy consumption, combined with a clean and sustainable energy source, means a better future for all of us.

We believe that real-world experience helps connect people that need good jobs with an industry that needs good people.

Join us!

Do you think solar might be right for you? GRID Alternatives provides no-cost solar for families with limited or fixed incomes. And you can save up to 90% on your electricity bills. See if you qualify!

Looking for a career in solar? GRID Alternatives provides job seekers and volunteers with additional training to prepare for careers in the growing solar jobs market. Start training today! Looking for talent? Hire a trainee today!

If you’re able to support our cause, I invite you to visit our website to learn about who we are and what we do. Additionally, I invite you to donate, volunteer, become a partner, and/or attend an event. Finally, I hope you’ll like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, view us on Flicker, and watch us on YouTube.


With sincere gratitude, I am obliged to acknowledge that was recruited for this role by Leyna Bernstein, Managing Director and Principal at Leadership Search Partners, an executive search firm focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector. Rarely have I seen such passion and professionalism in the field of executive recruiting and I am honored to share my highest recommendation.


Postcards from Black Hills National Forest

Devils Tower National Monument. Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Custer State Park. Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Custer State Park. Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Sunset and moonrise at Bear Butte State Park. Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.


Postcards from Badlands National Park

Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.


Corpse Flower "Terra the Titan"

Today, I was able to view the blooming of the "corpse flower" (Amorphophallus titanum), on exhibit as "Terra the Titan" at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers. This event was high on my botanical bucket list and it was totally unforgettable. 

What makes this event so special?

To begin, the plant itself: titan arum is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world (typically 6-8 feet tall) and produces the largest leaf in the world (reaching up to 20 feet high). The event is also special because it is rare; the plant only blooms once every 7-10 years and only for about two days. Finally, the event is special because it is marvelously malodorous: during the bloom, the plant emits a foul odor of rotting animal flesh, hence the common name of "corpse flower." 

Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.

Photo by 'adambadwound' on Instagram.


Indigenous and Inclusive: 46th Annual Stanford Powwow

The Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO) and the Stanford Powwow Planning Committee hosted the 46th Annual Stanford Powwow on May 12-14, 2017. This "Student Reflections" video profiles several students involved in producing the event and the teamwork involved in hosting the largest student-run powwow in the nation. 
What strikes me about these bright students is their inclusive approach to celebrating and honoring indigenous cultures from around the world. Held annually on Mother's Day weekend, the Stanford Powwow honors our mothers and mother earth.  
Surrounded by the beauty of Stanford University Eucalyptus Grove, this annual event that reminds me of what makes Stanford so special to me the "intertribal" community of people. 
Congratulations to all the students who made this year's Stanford Powwow a success.
Video music: Intertribal Song by Black Lodge. 

Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors Retreat

Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors. Stanford Sierra Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake. May 5, 2017. Photo by Paul Gurney.This academic year was my first of a five-year term serving on the Board of Directors of the Stanford Alumni Association

The Stanford Alumni Association seeks to reach, serve and engage all Stanford alumni and students; to foster a lifelong intellectual and emotional connection between the University and its graduates; and to provide the University with goodwill and support.

Founded in 1892 by the University's first graduates, the Stanford Alumni Association aims to deliver the most effective alumni relations program anywhere in higher education. Its diverse offerings include a bimonthly magazine; online communication and networking tools; academic and social programming (on and off-campus); a worldwide travel/study program; and numerous Stanford-related products and initiatives.

This past weekend (May 4-7), members of the staff and board of directors gathered at the Stanford Sierra Camp on Fallen Leaf Lake for a special retreat. The sessions were facilitated by the leadership of the Stanford d.School, also known as the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. 

The entire weekend felt like a family reunion, with many recreational and leisure activities between our working sessions. Highlights included a Cinco de Mayo bingo contest, a hike to Glen Alpine Falls, a boat tour of Fallen Leaf Lake, a farewell reception and dinner for outgoing board members, and an unforgettable moment: I SAW A BEAR!

As a dual alumnus of the Graduate School of Education (MA '05, Policy, Organization & Leadership Studies) and School of Humanities and Sciences (MA '06, Sociology), I am particularly thrilled to work toward developing new initiatives, opportunities, and programs that reach and engage our graduate alumni community

What most stands out to me from the weekend is the friendships I have made in my short time on the board. My colleagues are outstanding in so many ways, in their professoinal lives, personal relationships, and passion for the ideals that we pursue in our University community. I am filled with gratitude, most sincerely, for the opportunity to serve.