Frank Sesno is Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. He is an internationally recognized journalist with over 30 years experience reporting from around the world. Sesno is well known for his work at CNN, where he served as senior vice president, Washington, D.C. bureau chief, White House correspondent, anchor, as well as producer and host of several documentaries with CNN Presents. Sesno’s latest project, Planet Forward, is a user-driven web site and Public Broadcasting television program that focuses on energy and global environmental issues.

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Have you ever wanted to tell a big-city Mayor what environmental or energy policies he should be implementing? How about telling a business leader what his company should be doing to become more sustainable? From 1-6 PM, Planet Forward will be live streaming the GW Moving the Planet Forward Innovation Summit, but this won’t just…

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With political gridlock preventing politicians in Washington, D.C. from reaching agreements on, well, anything, it’s easy to imagine the entire country is suffering from a similar political lockdown. However, municipalities across the country are coming together and moving ahead in America’s clean energy discussion. One way they’re doing it: building a new generation of green…

Comments Off on Using Sustainable Water to Plan for the Next Billion

Last week, Danica May Camacho of the Philippines became the world’s symbolic seven billionth person. The occasion drew mixed feelings in the policy world — what does a booming global population mean for climate risks? To cite one issue, leaders are worried about the declining supply of water in regions vital to economic growth. This…

Guest post by GWU graduating senior and Planet Forward Intern, Charlie Rybak If we want to create a better energy future for ourselves, we need to start being smarter so we don’t have to correct our mistakes. In few places does this apply more than how we construct our buildings. Passive Houses offer a design…

It’s no surprise that oil and coal companies are having a banner year. Earthquakes in Japan and revolutions in Africa have oil riding a profitable wave of instability. The Wall Street Journal noted that rising gas prices are a boon to oil companies even as costs pinch consumers. Fortunately there are plenty of energy innovators…

A Shipload of Algae

Algae is the world’s first solar panel.  By converting energy from the sun into usable organic material, it has been a renewable source of energy for the last 3 billion years. For the last 50 years we have been trying to figure out how to harness that process to fuel our own energy needs. Recently,…

One thing’s certain about the international climate negotiations happening right now in Cancun: no one’s expecting big things.  After last year’s failure in Copenhagen to broker a legally-binding, international agreement to reduce carbon emissions, the media, negotiators pundits and activists pretty much all agree that if anything comes of Cancun it will be unambitious.  Even…

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The world’s energy challenges are not just a problem for international negotiators, oil companies and climate scientists.  They are shared by all of us — the homeowner installing solar panels in the back yard, the researcher using cutting-edge science to see how termites create energy from wood, the small business looking for innovative financing to…