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Magali Devic

Associate

Green Strategies, Inc.

 

Tell us about the company you work for.

I work for Green Strategies Inc., a boutique consulting firm based in Washington DC. We help our clients navigate the energy and environmental landscape by providing them inisght on the clean technology marketplace and on climate and energy legislative trends.  Another aspect of our work is that we design advocacy strategies and facilitate partnerships to help our clients engage with stakeholders for example, non-governmental organizations, on a variety of sustainability issues.

What issues and challenges do you work with on a daily basis? What aspects of this work interest you the most?

Since I joined the firm in 2008, I have been involved in a variety of projects. My responsibilities involve researching and monitoring the development of national and international climate change policies. My other duties include drafting reports and memos addressing specific challenges associated with renewable energy and clean energy investments. However, the aspect of my job that I enjoy the most is helping companies understand the value of corporate sustainability and assisting them with the development of strategies that both improve their bottom line and reduce their impact on the environment. Although there is still a lot of skepticism, it is always encouraging to witness how more businesses are gradually embracing sustainability - not just as a public relations issue - but as a key strategic priority.

Why did you join WCEE, and what do you want to achieve by being part of the WCEE community?

I joined the WCEE because I was interested in meeting people working in the fields of energy and sustainability in the DC area, and also to expand my professional network.

If you could fundamentally change how we as a society use energy and treat the environment, how would you do it? Does it need to be changed at all?

As a society, we are still largely relying on fossil fuels to meet our energy needs, and there is still a lack of significant incentives to encourage the use of renewable energy which would help us transition to a low-carbon economy. Despite the lack of political leadership, there is still a lot that we can do individually and as a community to make a positive difference by adopting a greener lifestyle – whether it means recycling or reducing water usage or choosing more efficient household appliances.

I think enhancing energy conservation is key because it can be implemented at no cost and will provide immediate benefits. Most people fail to understand the negative implications of their consumption habits. For example, the often icy temperatures from air-conditioning units being used in many residential and commercial buildings in the peak of summer really strikes me as a missed opportunity. By simply adjusting thermostats, we can prevent the excessive gap between indoor and outdoor temperatures. And, by doing so, we can save money, cut energy consumption and reduce health care costs. This is only one of many examples of win-win-win situations that should be pursued.

What technology, law, or regulation regarding energy or the environment do you want to see created?

I would love for the United States to implement a cap and trade system to substantially reduce its greenhouse gases emissions and to establish a "Green Investment Bank” to support private capital investment in clean energy. Unfortunately, given the current political climate, the adoption of these legislations is probably unlikely in the near future.

If you could have 30 minutes of anyone’s undivided attention (living or deceased, real or fictional), who would it be and what would you want to talk about?

I would love to get a chance to spend these 30 minutes with Lady Gaga. I believe she is very unique and inspirational and has already successfully thrown the weight of her popularity behind many important charity organizations and social causes. I would love to pick her brain on ways she could leverage her fame to advance environmental protection and energy conservation.


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