Small Change, Big Gains: Reflections of an Energy Entrepreneur

Thomas Stoner (Author) Jr Stoner (Author)


Small Change, Big Gains: Reflections of an Energy Entrepreneur introduces climate change economics and provides recommendations on how to develop feasible pathways to a sustainable energy future. Mr. Stoner examines the global energy supply as if it was a single portfolio of assets, and shows it is possible to align the interests of energy investors, suppliers, users, and environmental stewards. He explains how we--as business professionals, students, consumers, and citizens--can transform our current energy system into a system that creates new business opportunities, promotes environmental health, and broadens our understanding of wealth.
He illustrates clearly how climate change and resource use are not just economic and environmental issues, but also existential ones. He likens humanity's relative inaction to the climate crisis--a situation he terms 'environmental suicide'--to his own experience as a survivor of suicide. In a deeply personal account, Mr. Stoner shares his feelings of responsibility for another's self-destructive choice, asking, "What "could" I have done differently. " Today, he asserts that we must all seek to answer a different question to help humanity avoid environmental suicide: "What can we do differently?"
Tom Stoner's appeal to a shared planetary fate is uniquely grounded in the author's extensive experience as an energy executive. Readers can expect to come away with a better understanding and new perspective on the energy debate, armed with an innovative problem-solving methodology to transform business models into promoters of energy sustainability and a better future for the planet.

Product Details

Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publish Date
September 17, 2013
6.11 X 1.33 X 8.97 inches | 1.65 pounds
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About the Author

Tom Stoner is an energy entrepreneur with 25 years experience in alternative energy industries. Upon graduating from the London School of Economics, he joined a handful of entrepreneurs and business visionaries to found the Social Venture Network. In the 1990s, he built the first national energy services company and sold it to a publicly traded utility holding company in 1997. Thereafter he became the CEO of a second energy company that became the largest independent developer of carbon credits in the world. He took the company public on the London Stock Exchange s Alternative Investment Market in 2006. After selling his company to GDF/Suez in 2008, Stoner chose to navigate the waters of clean coal by joining a NYSE traded company as its new CEO. Ultimately, his 25 years in the industry led him to write Small Change, Big Gains as his contribution to the climate change debate.