Changes to The TerraPass Footprint

Some news on the blog front: starting with the next edition of the newsletter, we’ll be moving from a weekly to a less frequent format. The change reflects a planned slowdown in our posting schedule, but otherwise expect the content to remain pretty much what you’re used to. As always, if you want to get updates as soon as new articles are available – as well as keep your email inbox clean – feel free to subscribe to our sassy RSS feed.

On a more personal note: my last day at TerraPass was on Friday. If you’ve been reading for a long time, you may know that TerraPass began as a business school class project a little over five years ago. I was the last member of that original class still at the company. As is normal and appropriate at a start-up, people have left over time to follow other pursuits. While my departure may represent a certain turning of the page at TerraPass, it won’t much affect the operations of the company. I say this with some pride, as one mark of a successful start-up is its ability to outgrow its founders.

In my case, my newest pursuit is marriage. Actually – amazingly – I recently celebrated my first anniversary, which signaled to my wife and me that it was time to take an overdue honeymoon and then set in motion some personal plans that we had been deferring. I’d say more, but I don’t want to bore you with my personal life. Also, the little lady and I are still sorting through the details ourselves. Know anyone who wants to sublet a Brooklyn apartment for three months?

I once thought it would be fun to comb through the years of archived posts on our site and pull out the ones that I now most strongly wanted to disavow, either because the predictions had proven so badly off the mark, or because my thinking had progressed, or simply because the original was so sloppy. Blogging has to be the least-accountable industry outside of stock picking, and it seemed to me that readers deserve to hear us occasionally say, “We were wrong.”

Those retrospective posts never happened – the topic just didn’t make for very interesting reading – but here goes anyway: I’ve frequently been wrong. Climate change is a complex and evolving topic, and I’ve been learning as I go. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning alongside me. I’m grateful for your attention, and I’m sorry for being so mouthy all the time, particularly in the comments section.

Thanks to the readers and thanks especially to TerraPass. It takes a good deal of maturity and a little bit of recklessness to let a boisterous conversation run unchecked in public on a company web site. I’m glad to have worked at a place like that sees value in such a conversation.

Hopefully I’ll be contributing occasional posts as time allows, so: until next time!

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  1. Kristine - March 3, 2010

    thank you for a great tour, Adam, and good luck on your future. your ramblings have been both educational and fun, we will miss them

  2. richard schumacher - March 3, 2010

    Mr. Stein (or is that your father?), your posts have been much more than ramblings and they will be missed. I hope we can regularly read more by you somewhere in the near future. Thanks and best wishes.

  3. Marsha - March 3, 2010

    My favorite was the discussion of the carbon footprint of a cyclist, and why it could be even higher because the cycling extends the rider’s life! It’s a kick to think out of the box like that.

  4. Tom Harrison - March 3, 2010

    Adam — your voice and insight will be greatly missed. Few sources of environmental blogging are as deep, thoughtful and out of the box as what you have written.
    I wish you and your wife a long and happy marriage. And if I can add a personal note: not if the time to travel (carbon offset, of course), eat (veggies, of course), and have fun. As the proud father of two small carbon footprints, I can say there ain’t much time left for the former once the latter arrive.
    And of course you will show up again in the space one of these days (you’re an obsessive writer — takes one to know one). When you do, stay in touch with all of us who have looked forward to your unique views and observations over the years.
    Tom Harrison

  5. parrish rhodes - March 3, 2010

    Oh, pooh, Adam – am really sorry to hear of your leaving -always knew that anything I read by you would be intelligent, cogent, and civilized – and can’t say that about many writers… best of luck sounds so trite – but there you are – best of luck!

  6. Don - March 3, 2010

    May whoever replaces you have as fine a “BS detector” as you did, and may they be half as articulate! Thanks for some great years.

  7. Geoffrey Styles - March 3, 2010

    As someone who’s watched TerraPass pretty much from the start, I’ll be sorry to see you go. As for accountability, the evolution you describe testifies to the seriousness of your approach to blogging; that’s pretty solid accountability in itself.
    Sounds like you’re making this move for the best of reasons, and I wish you great luck in your next pursuits!

  8. Rebecca - March 3, 2010

    I’m going to greatly miss reading your postings every week. I don’t usually follow specific bloggers but I have found you to be insightful and interesting and have looked forward to every post, regardless of whether or not I thought I was interested in the particular topic of the post.
    Enjoy your honeymoon and please guest write when you can. The TerraPass Footprint just won’t be the same without you!
    Best wishes,

  9. matt - March 3, 2010

    Adam – as another person who has followed TerraPass since near the beginning I must say I’ve really enjoyed all of the bloggings over the years. They’ve always felt well thought out and very informed. And I do love that everything isn’t black & white here. Enjoy your life!

  10. jonak - March 3, 2010

    Dear Adam, I’ve enjoyed your comments and posts alike – informative, insightful, stimulating. Thanks for helping to create Terrapass and raising awareness of climate change and what we can do to help.
    Good luck to you and your wife, whatever path you choose.

  11. Doug Wallace - March 3, 2010

    Adam, you have consistently offered us a marvelous blend of passion and reason, and I have looked to you over the years as a consistently sane voice on an issue that makes too many people a bit nutty.
    So long, best wishes, and I’ll hope for your insight and influence to take root and grow in new soil.
    Doug Wallace

  12. Betsey Farlow - March 3, 2010

    Dear Adam-
    I’ve going to miss your postings – have been a reader since the beginning and greatly appreciate the tone you set for the whole enterprise. I, too, will miss your sane passion and eagerness to dive into complexities.
    I hope we will hear from you frequently. Best wishes to you and your wife as you build a life together.

  13. Anonymous - March 5, 2010

    Thanks for continuing the conversation on climate change, even if you’ve been wrong at times. Discussion about a topic allows all of us to learn together. I never saw you as mouthy in the least and rather enjoyed the interplay between people.
    Good luck with your future endeavors and have fun on your honeymoon.

  14. Mark Frey - March 5, 2010

    Dr. Steiners, as he is affectionately known here at TerraPass, will be sorely missed. And while his departure will surely impact the Footprint, I hope that it is a sign of things to come that I had to skip over two of his newer posts to find his farewell.

  15. Maurice Belanger - March 7, 2010

    As someone who is not an environmental professional (just a random TerraPass customer), I found your posts very understandable and interesting, and I looked forward to them. For me they were an easy way to keep up with developments in the policy and politics of energy and climate change.
    Great job, and good luck with your future endeavors.

  16. O.C. - March 8, 2010

    You have been an outstanding communicator and dissector of all things climate, carbon, renewable, policy, tech and energy over the last few years. A hearty pat on the back for your relentless dedication as well as your insight and synthesis.
    I should note that your voice was as an important compass for the company and I’m sure will be greatly missed.
    Best of luck on your new endeavors!