My 5: Duane Hallowell, President & CEO, Hallowell International
Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked Duane Hallowell, President/CEO and co-founder of Hallowell International, the makers of Acadia, two questions we ask all our interviewees. Following are his responses. — Julia Wasson, Publisher
5 Ways to Save the Planet
BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?
HALLOWELL: I focus on northern climates, so my responses are climate specific.
Mandate Weatherization. It’s a huge problem, and we need better programs in place to help guide people to making the right decisions — even going so far as to make laws to mandate how people are doing it. That is absolutely number one.
Upgrade Highway Infrastructure. We need upgrades to our roads and transportation systems. Let’s get rid of the gridlock.
Improve Power Infrastructure. We need to install smart metering and power infrastructure upgrades.
Replace Fossil fuels. We need to dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels. To me, using fossil fuels is cavemen mentality. Innovations are evolving. And with electric energy, there are now so many choices.
Embrace Innovation. Everyone needs to support innovation. They should want — and demand — that we get better at innovating, that we bring out new products, and that we do things better.
2 Minutes with the President
BPGL: If you had two minutes with President Obama, what would you say to him?
HALLOWELL: The very first thing I’d bring up to him is greater support for small business and innovative companies. As a small business, you wouldn’t believe the obstacles that I needed to go through [to get my product approved for the Energy Star program and tax rebates]. I waited two years for a federal standard, with no way to super-cycle the process, even when pulling in my entire delegation.
A small company can die in that time frame, if they’re not careful and not capitalized. I am very happy I’m not an engineer working out of my garage, having just invented a free-energy device, because I would have died in the process. That would be the first thing that I’d bring up to him.
And I’d be talking to him about the need for additional training and infrastructure to support emerging technology and innovation.
President/CEO and Co-Founder
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