EO President Explains Value of Voluntary Standards for Risk Reduction in New Mexican Energy Sector at PEMEX Conference

Nov. 6, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

EO President and Co-Founder on stage for a panel discussion at the PEMEX International Congress and Exhibition on Hydrocarbons, Petroluem, and Petrochemical Logistics in Veracruz, Mexico..

Mexico is in the midst of a historic turning point for its energy industry. Over the last three years, major reforms have opened up the Mexican energy landscape to foreign development and investment more completely than at any time in the last seven decades. As a result, an estimated $220 billion in investment opportunities are available in the newly-liberalized private energy sector. With so many opportunities available, a Mexican energy development boom is all but assured--the country holds massive oil and gas reserves, as well as substantial wind and solar energy potential. Low oil and gas prices have tempered the interest of international exploration and development companies in the short term, but when prices ...

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Groundbreaking EO-Organized Forum in Lima Sparks Dialogue for More Equitable Energy Development on Indigenous Lands in Peru

Oct. 28, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

AIDESEP representative Sedequidas Alcón watches a presentation on the first day of the forum.

Last week, EO co-hosted a first-of-its kind event in Lima in what we hope will prove to be the first step on a new path for responsible and inclusive energy development in the indigenous territories of Peru. When we first announced the forum "Indigenous Communities and Extractive Industries: Standards for Quality and Generation of Opportunities Under Equitable Conditions," we noted that it comes at a crucial juncture in the history of oil and gas development in Peru. Just six years ago, indigenous communities' opposition to oil and gas projects in their territories led to violent clashes with police that resulted in 73 deaths and 150 injuries. The tragedy underscored what remains true today: the processes for planning, approving, and implementing oil and gas development in the ...

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VIDEO: Director of Shale Programs Talks Responsible Natural Gas Development with Viridian Energy

Oct. 28, 2015 | Written by Equitable Origin

Equitable Origin Director of Shale Programs Josh Garrett discusses EO's work for responsible natural gas development with Viridian Energy in a video interview.

In September, EO earned a valuable source of support for its work on natural gas development in the U.S. in the form of a $25,000 grant from responsible energy retailer Viridian Energy. As a recipient of Viridian's Simply Right Natural Gas Fund, EO is honored to join a group of organizations dedicated to clear and pragmatic approaches to improving social and environmental practices in natural gas development.

In this video interview with Viridian, EO's Director of Shale Programs Josh Garrett explains how the grant is being used to expand and improve community consultation efforts aimed at finalizing the EO100 Standard for Shale Oil and Gas and discusses where EO fits into the ...

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Startup Innovation, Environmental Economics are Central Themes of EO President's Swing Through Nebraska

Oct. 6, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

EO President and Co-Founder David Poritz addresses an audience of students and faculty at Doane College after a screening of "Oil & Water"

"The world has changed: corporate executives in the energy industry now know that community buy-in is critical to the life and success of development projects," EO President and Co-Founder explained to an energetic audience at Lincoln Startup Week in Lincoln, Nebraska last week. Portiz's proclamation, drawn from years of experience speaking and working with the leaders of energy companies, helped him explain how Equitable Origin was able to gain traction in the energy space after its founding in 2009. The audience for Poritz's talk, "Founding a Sustainability Company and Nonprofit" at Lincoln Nonprofit Hub absorbed the story and lessons of his experiences with Equitable Origin and contemplated how to apply them to their own nonprofit and ...

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EO Leadership Visits EO-Certified Site in Colombia to Oversee Verification Audit

Oct. 5, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

Equitable Origin Chief Executive Officer Soledad Mills at the entrance to the EO-certified Rubiales oil field in Colombia. Mills and Director of Latin America Operations Sebastian Pérez were both on site to oversee the verification audit of Rubiales and the adjacent Quifa field.

In September of last year, EO announced a major milestone: the first-ever certification of an energy development site under the EO100 Standard. The EO certification of the site, comprised of two oil production operations (the Quifa and Rubiales fields) in rural Colombia operated by Pacific Exploration and Production (E&P) (formerly Pacific Rubiales Energy), marked the beginning of a new chapter for EO and for energy development by demonstrating that independent, stakeholder-based standards could successfully measure and incentivize best social and environmental practices. Shortly after the certification was granted, we published a certified site profile that gave ...

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EO and Indigenous Group to Host Historic Forum for Responsible Oil and Gas Development in Peru

Oct. 2, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

Indigenous confederation AIDESEP and EO are co-hosting a first-of-its-kind forum that could shape the future of oil and gas development in Peru for the better. Financial support for the event comes from the U.S. DOI and USAID.

UPDATE October 22 - The forum us about to begin! Follow EO's Twitter account for live updates. The final event agenda is now available. View agenda: English | Spanish.

UPDATE October 13 - With just over one week remaining until the Forum, we’re pleased to announce that two speakers with extensive and valuable experience with the development of oil and gas resources in indigenous territories in the U.S. have confirmed their participation in the Forum.

Joanie Horn, Director of Oil, Gas, and Minerals for the Crow Nation oversees natural gas development on Crow land. The Crow have been producing natural gas through ...

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Viridian Energy Grants $25,000 to EO for Shale Standards Development

Sept. 11, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

Viridian Energy Chief Strategy Officer Cami Boehme (right) presents EO's Director of Shale Programs Josh Garrett (left) with a check for $25,000 from the Simply Right Natural Gas Fund to support EO's work for more responsible natural gas development in the U.S.

Equitable Origin marked an exciting milestone in the organization's growth today with the announcement that it has received a $25,000 grant from Viridian Energy to expand its work on standards for responsible natural gas development. The grant from Viridian, an electricity and natural gas retailer, comes from its Simply Right Natural Gas Fund, a fund created and maintained by the company to mitigate the social and environmental effects of natural gas extraction and delivery--a purpose strikingly similar to EO's mission to protect people and the environment by ensuring that energy development ...

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Certified-Responsible Renewable Energy: Good for the World, Good for the Neighborhood

Aug. 11, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

By working to certify renewable energy projects as responsible, EO hopes to align benefits to local stakeholders, local environments, and the global climate.

Climate change is the most urgent challenge facing modern civilization. Since the vast majority of climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions come from energy—specifically burning fossil fuels for transportation and electricity generation—shifting to low- and no-carbon renewable energy sources is a crucial strategy to curb climate change and avoid global catastrophe.

But if you trace renewable energy back to its source—turbines spinning in the wind, solar panels soaking up sunlight, or rivers driving hydroelectric generators—it has more in common with oil and gas than many people realize. Just like an oil or gas well, a solar farm is an industrial installation that can have profound impacts on surrounding people and ecosystems. And as is the ...

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EO is Hiring: Program Coordinator

Aug. 10, 2015 | Written by Equitable Origin

If you or someone you know are interested in joining our New York City team, now's your chance!

We are currently hiring a Program Coordinator to support a variety of Equitable Origin systems and activities.

We're looking for driven, dynamic professionals committed to EO's mission. So if you fit that description, take a look at the Program Coordinator job description and follow the instructions to apply.

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EO Framework Attracts Attention of International Development Scholars

July 18, 2015 | Written by Rudy Sanfilippo

EO President and Co-Founder David Poritz speaks at a community workshop in Esmeraldas, Ecuador in January 2015.

EO’s model for responsible energy production and our work with communities and companies, particularly in Latin America, has led to increasing recognition from various academics. Our pioneering work in the Amazon Basin during the organization’s early years offers unique insights and lessons for academics and researchers interested in local communities’ experiences with extractive industries in the region. Being the first organization to advocate for local populations with a system of voluntary standards built on the input of multiple stakeholders, EO has proven to be a focal point for research in the realm of human rights and energy development.

Last month, a discussion paper written for the Global Economic Governance Initiative at Boston University entitled “A Line in the Equatorial Forests: Chinese ...

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