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First Person: A conversation with Elton Sherwin, venture capitalist turned climate change entrepreneur

Original post made on Dec 16, 2013

Elton Sherwin, former cleantech venture capitalist turned accidental climate change entrepreneur talks with Lisa Van Dusen about his efforts to hunt down the most practical ways to make the planet "net zero" in carbon emissions by mid-century.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, December 15, 2013, 1:49 PM


Posted by helpingEnvironment, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

BRAVO!!!! Good going

Posted by Kirk, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm

"In the early 2000s, he built a new home for his family in Menlo Park, adhering to existing codes to make it the most energy efficient home possible. He was caught off guard by their first energy bill. The electricity portion exceeded a whopping $500."

Wow! How large was that new house? [Portion removed.]

Posted by Hip, Hip..., a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Thank you, Elton, for your priorities.

Posted by Wondering?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

> How large was that new house?

How large indeed? But, interestingly, there is no mention as to how much his electric bill was once he "reverse engineered his home's energy use". Was this a winter month, or a summer month? And what was his gas bill?

Also missing from this article is just how much more wealth Mr. Elton believes he can wring out of the system with his new venture?

Posted by Becky Sanders, a resident of Ventura
on Dec 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Dropbox this to me, Lisa! Great work.

Posted by Howard Hoffman, a resident of South of Midtown
on Dec 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Great Interview, Lisa. The most impressive thing that Elton said was at the end: Tax Carbon. Politics and Economics are the key to reducing carbon emissions. If those are in place, then the technology will follow. The US is still the Energy Hog of the world, although China, with 4 times the people, is nearly caught up in terms of total energy use. Per capita, the US still "leads".

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

>> . . . in terms of total energy use. Per capita, the US still "leads".

Fact check please? Iceland, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Canada, maybe a half-dozen more.