I was honored to be invited to give two presentations this year at Oracle’s OpenWorld 2012. While they will be available through the OpenWorld content site, I thought I would just share them on slideshare for anyone interested. The content is somewhat repetitive from the Collaborate presentation earlier this year, but does incorporate some lessons since the project went live.  The second was our feature on the implementation of the Environmental Accounting and Reporting module in JD Edwards.


Please see Oracle’s website for the presentations.

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Comments Off on NCTD Wins Oracle’s Eco Innovation Award

It was very nice to see that my former employer won an award at Oracle’s OpenWorld for “Eco Innovation” this year. Many good advancements were made in the last 5 years while I was the CTO/CSO on the sustainability plan, from the installation of over 500 kW of renewable power, to changes in lighting and recycling, to the installation of the environment accounting tools to facilitate the Climate Registry, APTA, and federal reporting. So I was very happy to to see the accolade, and to see the Environmental Accounting and Reporting Program Manager Fred Knapp get to accept the award. Little transit District playing with the big boys like Hitachi Consulting, Schneider Electric, Korean Air, Infosys, and Ricoh once again.


It was a bittersweet moment, to know that the effort was being acknowledged while also knowing that I walked away from the program I created. You always hope that the program is more than the vision of one person and that the organization will continue to commit to the plan even after you leave. It will be interesting to see what happens with Sustainability and public transit in San Diego county in the next 5 years.

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Comments Off on Oracle Case Study Study Video Live

20121002-162641.jpgThe Oracle NCTD case study is live on their site. These videos always are cringe-inducing, but there is some good info about the project we completed while I was the CTO/CSO.


I believe strongly in the need for companies to track their sustainability information and key performance indicators in a manner that is auditable, verifiable, and yet cost-effective. This product helped my team archive that goal while I worked with the District.

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Comments Off on Collaborate 2012: Environmental Accounting Presentation

Thought I would provide a link to the 2012 Collaborate presentation on Oracle’s JD Edwards Environmental Accounting module.

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Comments Off on First Experience with The Climate Registry

I am very excited to say that working with our consultant TrustElement, we were able to join the Climate Registry this week.  I struggled with this concept initially for NCTD: what taxapayer or ridership value would we bring to the table for making the investment in measuring and reporting emissions, waste, and water usage data to this nonprofit organization?


At the end of the day, the concepts of auditing, data quality, and transparency seemed important to our community.  It has become too easy to say one is engaging in projects that are “green” or “sustainable” without some independent validation of these statements.  The Climate Registry requires that all reporting entities be validated by an independent and certified third party.  This means that our communities and riders could have confidence that the data the NCTD is reporting is in fact accurate.  This to me seemed worth the investment.


There is a downside to all of this work; however.  I am afraid to say that our initial baseline year does not measure up well to other industry entities.  In transit, one important metric is the amount of carbon public transit offsets.  So for every ton of carbon generated by our agency in conducting operations, we in theory offset an amount by having our riders avoid independent emissions from their choice to ride our more efficient service rather than driving their own car.  In New York, the MTA is able to achieve an emissions factor of 12 – for every 1 ton of carbon, they offset 12 tons.  Chicago achieved 5 this year.  Philadelphia 3.  The industry average is 1.9.  Unfortunately, NCTD is 1.6 for calendar year 2009.


The good news is that this gives us a new set of targets and goals to achieve to improve this number.  As part of our plan, in 2010 we turned on the green data center, we started deploying solar installations, we installed emissions controls on a segment of the Breeze bus fleet, and in September 2010 we installed a driver feedback system on the buses called GreenRoads to try to improve gas mileage.


Regardless of the numbers we achieved in our baseline year, by measuring ourselves and by having that number audited and verified, our community can now see the progress we make and trust that the numbers are real.