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Joe O'Brien-Applegate

Advocate, Equitable Building Decarbonization, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Joe O'Brien-Applegate provides technical expertise and policy solutions for building decarbonization throughout the East Coast and in the Midwest. He works closely with advocacy groups, policymakers, and other stakeholders to develop and implement strategies for building electrification and energy efficiency…

U.S. Buyers of Canada's Boreal Wood: You’ve Been Had

Expert BlogShelley Vinyard
The old saying goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.” A new report from the Canadian NGO Wildlands League finds that in Ontario alone, deforestation rates from clearcut logging are fifty times higher than provincial…

Carmen Cusido

A freelance writer, Carmen Cusido has contributed to CNN, NBC News,, NPR and other outlets. She previously worked in the communications department at the Wildlife Conservation Society and was an adjunct journalism professor at Rutgers and Kean universities. She…


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