Center for Alternative Technology – Paul Allen

Last Friday, Paul Allen from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth Mid-Wales spoke about the centers work during seminar in the Parson’s Lab.  He is the CAT Development Director and co-author of the Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB) report. Mr. Allen has spent the last month traveling the US from the East Coast to the West Coast by train giving his presentation about the CAT and the ZCB initiative.

The CAT advocates for an environmental policy that integrates current and emerging environmental management practices, new technology, and education to promote sustainable living communities.  Recently they partnered with University of East London to offer graduate programs in Architecture specializing in Environmental and Energy Studies, Renewable energy in the Built Environment, and Ecological Building Practices.  Mr. Allen’s work with CAT and the ZCB report is providing a policy and lifestyle framework which if adopted, can lower their dependency on fossil fuels and imported energy taking Britain a long way on the road to zero carbon emissions and energy independence.  Along the way, I hope they can provide a successful, sustainable environmental management model that can be used by other developed nations.  If you are interested in finding out more about the CAT, make sure to visit them online.

Jarrett Goetz – Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

I met Jarrett during my stint as Vice President of the MIT Graduate Student Council in the 2004-2005 school year.  He was in the MIT Sloan Fellows program and Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government (KSG) program and I was in the MIT Chemistry PhD program.  We hit it off extraordinarily well and have remained close friends ever since.

Jarrett is an incredible friend and a great business mentor.  He is very passionate about everything involving innovation, entrepreneurship, and startups (see his LinkedIn profile).  Jarrett is very active in the Boston community  providing his leadership and professional skills to many philanthropic and non-profit enterprises at home and around the world.