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OPOWER is an industry leader in Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid software. Through their patentpending approach, they have successfully converted large-scale customer engagement into a highly reliable energy efficiency program that delivers unprecedented energy savings to their utility partners. Modern DC Business recently sat down with OPOWER CEO Dan Yates and President Alex Lasky.

What does O stand for in OPOWER?
There’s no one answer: the O represents many different things to many different people, all of them positive. We love it for its openness, optimism, and limitless opportunity.

Your company provides a software solution in the cutting edge business of  Smart Grid. Please explain for non-industry experts why they should get excited about Smart  Grid? What does it mean to the average consumer?

Staying Fit Locally, Quit Making Excuses

Staying Fit Locally, Quit Making Excuses

It is predicted that, over the course of the present decade, Americans will be looking to spend less money on exercise options and a lot less time to it due to tighter budgets and hectic schedules. Combine that with a mostly unregulated commercial food industry that still relies heavily on inexpensive and low quality resources high in fat, salt and processed additives. Not enough time to move and poor food choices at the ready. This is our nation’s crisis with obesity, which is expected to climb as high as 85%, up from an already disheartening 60%. Prevention is possible, through awareness and a little creativity. While nutrition accounts largely for body fat content, exercise raises metabolism and muscle can fill up space previously occupied by fat cells. It’s a package deal. Making wholesome food choices (yes, it really is that easy—just do it) will give you energy to work burning fat.

CityZen, Other Leading D.C. Japanese Restaurants To Raise Funds For Japan Disaster Relief

CityZen, Other Leading D.C. Japanese Restaurants To Raise Funds For Japan Disaster Relief

On Monday, April 18, some of D.C.'s most preeminent Japanese restaurants and their chefs will team up to raise money for the Japanese disaster relief fund.  

The event, which is being sponsored by Washington Life Magazine and the Asia Society? of Washington, D.C., will feature chefs from CityZen, Sushi Taro, Kushi, Sei Sushi, and Matuba, who will set up food station displays, as well as a live and silent auction.


The event, which will run from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., will be hosted at CityZen, located at 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW.  

Tickets for the event are $250 per person, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Japanese relief fun.  Complimentary valet parking will be provided. 

Vivian Schiller of NPR | Interview by I AM Modern Magazine

Vivian Schiller of NPR | Interview by I AM Modern Magazine

Interview originally posted on I AM Modern Magazine

What Would You Do With $300 Million?

What Would You Do With $300 Million?

So, D.C....who's about to get RICH?

 

The Mega Millions jackpot has now surpassed the $300 million mark.  The jackpot now sits at an estimated $312 million, up from $304 million, with the next drawing coming tomorrow, Friday, March 25.

 

CityDance DREAM Program Performs On Big Stage

CityDance DREAM Program Performs On Big Stage

This past Tuesday, March 8, 144 students from the District and Prince George’s County, Maryland who participate in the D.C. CityDance DREAM after-school outreach program performed a six-minute dance routine at halftime of the Washington Wizards game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

CityDance, which was founded in 1996, is a professional dance company and a conservatory, training school that offers free community dance and literacy programs to children throughout the D.C. area, taught by CityDance Ensemble members.  Tuesday evening marked the sixth year that the DREAM program students have performed at the Verizon Center.

The after-school program combines dance lessons with reading and writing help, something that DREAM teacher Charonne Butler believes is incredibly beneficial to the students.

Jennifer Hudson Visits Buddha Bar in Downtown D.C.

Jennifer Hudson Visits Buddha Bar in Downtown D.C.

Yesterday, Wednesday, March 9, renowned singer Jennifer Hudson stopped by Buddha Bar, located at 455 Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest.  Hudson had a question and answer session with the radio station WHUR 96.3 and promoted her upcoming album "I
Remember Me." 

"Ms. Hudson was wearing a black blazer, black pumps, and skinny jeans, showing off her new figure," Said Alexandra Ludmer, Account Manager for Bravery Corporation, Buddha Bar's marketing firm.