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AltaTerra Research and the City of Palo Alto to Present Leading Practices on How to Implement Carbon Management and Achieve Operational Cost Savings

On November 11th, AltaTerra Research and the City of Palo Alto will share leading management practices, tools, and an implementation case study on integrated, cross-departmental solutions for tracking and reducing carbon emissions, and related resource costs.

Palo Alto, CA, October 29, 2009 --( Around the world, regulatory and market forces are driving major organizations to establish public goals for reducing energy and resource use, and resulting carbon emissions. Many begin by manually gathering baseline information, and using spreadsheets to calculate and track initial results. Yet achieving meaningful savings over time in resource use, emissions, and associated dollars often proves difficult without engaging the broader organization. For this, new processes, tools, and operating responsibilities are necessary.

On November 11th, Don Bray, President of AltaTerra Research, will moderate a no-travel web conference that will feature findings from AltaTerra’s Carbon Management Series research reports, and an in-depth implementation case study presented by Karl Van Orsdol, Sustainability Leader and Energy Risk Manager for the City of Palo Alto, California.

Dr. Van Orsdol will describe Palo Alto’s recent implementation experience, including a discussion of target reduction goals, motivating factors, system selection and implementation, new processes and organizational responsibilities, key challenges, and achievement of $300-600,000 in annual cost savings. Mr. Bray will provide background analysis on the business drivers, concepts, practices and capabilities behind Carbon Management information systems as a rapidly emerging solution class. There will be an interactive Q&A session following the presentations.

Registration is now open. In addition to the other conference materials that AltaTerra typically provides, each registrant will receive a copy of AltaTerra’s recent solutions case study, “Palo Alto Cuts Carbon with Hara.” Information about the event and registration are available at There are a limited number of press passes available. Press pass requests may be submitted at

About AltaTerra Research
Founded in 2007, AltaTerra Research is an international research consultancy dedicated to corporate environmental sustainability and commercial markets for clean technology solutions. With custom research and consulting services, industry research reports and executive events, AltaTerra helps business leaders make informed decisions on green business. Current topics include commercial solar and green power, the corporate carbon footprint, and environmentally-friendly product strategy. More information is available at

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