Upbeat environmentalism

My new book will be published during 2018 by Rowman & Littlefield of Washington DC. It will be called THE CLEAN ENERGY AGE -A guide to beating climate change.

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It’s a how-to handbook providing Top 10 Lists of priorities, helping homeowners, business and government people to take immediate action against climate change, and benefit from the new era.


It’s time for a new approach to environmentalism that focusses on practical solutions rather than problems, and speaks to ordinary citizens in simple terms. This clear, positive and non-partisan guidebook offers Top 10 lists that will help individuals and organizations save money while taking aim at the source of most of our carbon emissions. It’s a climate change conversation that is not afraid to mention self-interest and fully review proven and unproven technologies and government programs. It explores opportunities for homeowners, governments, corporations, media people and others, with action priorities based on 15 years of research and hundreds of expert interviews.

It evaluates clean technology progress to date, and does not dwell on doom and gloom, seek to shame or scold, or propose unlikely overnight lifestyle upheaval. Instead it prioritizes everyday actions, and reviews the paybacks and effectiveness of clean building technologies and vehicles, government/utility incentives and finance structures. It contains specific sections for individuals and organizations using appropriate languge and exploring current trends and issues for homeowners, regional and local governments, small businesses, large corporations, investors, politicians, civil servants, urban planners, media people, entertainers, teachers, transportation people, medical professionals, manufacturers, farmers, and others.

In addition to technology and government programs it reviews current clean tech business and economic realities and insights into what we can expect in the future. It explores electric vehicles, net-zero smart homes, the Internet of things, smart grids, solar, wind, and geothermal.

Each Top 10 List is provided with detailed explanations, and also provided in a simple, summary format. Other chapters on buildings, electricity, transportation, investment, business, politics & economics, government, and unproven technologies, provide support for the assertions in the Top 10 Lists and success stories accumulated during consultations with clean technology, government and business specialists.

It’s organized so that people from different walks of life or in different situations can quickly find practical information on the fastest ways to save money on energy, best practices for governments, rewarding funding structures for organizations, and promising business and investment opportunities.


Here’s what people are saying about THE CLEAN ENERGY AGE:

“What makes The Clean Energy Age really unique is its readable focus on how a range of decision-makers, from individuals to business managers and government officials, can take practical steps to move smoothly toward a safer, green energy future. Highly Recommended.” Steven A. Leibo Ph.D., Harvard University and the Sage Colleges.

“Nice job on the book!…A good motivator and guide for the person interested in climate change initiatives who doesn’t know where to begin!” Joanne Kravetz, Architecture Professor UCLA, Masters, Urban Sustainability, Leadership Corps, Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, LEED Architect.

“Climate change is one problem with many causes and numerous solutions. BF Nagy has written the book I’ve wanted to write for 20 years. It will fill you with confidence that climate change can be overcome.” John Bennett, Friends of the Earth Canada, Sierra Club, GreenPeace.

“BF Nagy’s practical guide to averting the worst of the climate crisis is a must read. His how-to list of solutions that benefit our economy and environment will inspire the change we desperately want and need.” Michael Schreiner, Leader, Green Party of Ontario

“A clear-eyed view of the stuff that really needs to happen, with lots of ideas of just what might be possible to do. I don’t think there was really anything I didn’t agree with. The writing is also good…very comprehensive, and the commentaries and summaries are done well…helpful and valuable.” Michael Berrill, Author & Professor Emeritus of Biology at Trent University.

“A practical guide to tackle climate change, The Clean Energy Age is timely, comprehensive, and should be read by anyone who cares about saving our planet for future generations.” Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Member of Parliament & Canada’s Representative at the UN for sustainable development goal 14.

“After more than 20 years in the environment and energy management field, I have come across a number of good books written by experts for experts. The Clean Energy Age is a practical, how-to guide for the average person who understands we have a problem and wants to do their part to mitigate climate change. The Top 10 Lists are great!”   Scott McKenzie, Project Manager, Environment & Energy Division, City of Toronto