• Our Team

    Meet James and Michelle, partners in life and work.

    James Glave

    Principal

    James Glave​ is an author, editor, and communications professional focused on the low-carbon economy. As principal of Glave Communications, he supports a wide range of companies, organizations, and governments. James is a former Clean Energy Canada communications director, and is now a senior fellow with Future 500 in San Francisco, which engages diverse stakeholders in support of market-based solutions to social and environmental challenges. His 17+ year media career included stops at Outside magazine and Wired.com.

    Michelle Pentz Glave

    Managing Director

    Michelle Pentz Glave is the managing director of Glave Communications. She is a seasoned content marketing professional and a 25-year journalism veteran. Michelle worked in the United States and Germany, including stints with The Wall Street Journal Europe and Bertelsman. Her work has appeared in Outside, Wired, and Fortune, among others. Michelle has a Bachelor’s in English from Yale and a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University in New York City. She is fluent in German and Spanish.

  • What We Do

    We support companies, organizations, and governments that are working to grow the low-carbon economy. Here’s how.

    Projects, Campaigns, and Activations

    We produce and coordinate projects, campaigns, and activations that showcase private-sector innovation and policy leadership in the global low-carbon economy.

    Branding and Communications Strategies

    We help clients get the word out on events and initiatives and bring them to life with strong design and a clear, fresh, compelling story. We simplify ideas and amplify messages, getting them circulating in targeted audiences.

    Content that Connects

    We are outstanding writers, editors, and curators. We’ve produced and edited scores of reports, op-eds, white papers, and assessments on clean energy and the opportunities of the global low-carbon economy. A number of America’s top editorial talents mentored James at Outside magazine, and Michelle worked with The Wall Street Journal Europe (read more about Michelle's experience) uncovering emerging technology business stories.

    Thought Leadership

    We produce and host 3Things.Energy, a podcast offering plain-language conversations, on demand, about the leading energy solutions to climate change.

  • Selected Work

    A collection of recent projects, gigs, and engagements that reflect the breadth of our work.

    3Things.Energy

    Host and Executive Producer (2018 - Present)

    James hosts the 3Things.Energy podcast and Michelle produces it. The program focuses on the three key actions that top global energy researchers agree are paramount if we are to keep global temperatures from rising beyond the critical two-degrees threshold.


    3Things.Energy offers plain-language conversations, on demand, about the leading energy solutions to climate change.

    Energy Step Code Council

    Lead Communications Advisor (2017 - Present)

    The BC Energy Step Code is a provincial regulation that local governments may use, if they wish, to incentivize or require a level of energy efficiency in new construction that goes above and beyond the requirements of the BC Building Code. It is a policy tool that serves as a pathway to help the province meet its net-zero energy-ready target.

     

    Here’s what his supervisor said about his contribution:

     

    “James exceeded our expectations. He led a brand-identity process and a communications and outreach plan that allowed us to get our messages out in a timely manner. As part of this process, James navigated complex stakeholder dynamics and constraints, built consensus, and developed clear and accessible material for our audiences. He came to the project with a solid baseline understanding of building science and local government processes, which translated into a rapid ramp-up, and allowed him to quickly establish productive relationships with team members and stakeholders.”
    —Rory Tooke, Energy Step Code Council

    Future 500

    Senior Fellow (2017 - Present)

    Future 500, a global NGO based in San Francisco, California, helps companies, organizations, and funders shift from conflict to conversation, and supports business as a force for good.

     

    In 2018, James developed a comprehensive communications strategy for the organization, and continues to support its implementation as a senior fellow.

    Clean Energy Canada

    Director, Communications (2010-2015)

    Clean Energy Canada works to accelerate the nation’s transition to clean and renewable energy systems. As the organization's first employee, James played a pivotal role in growing the brand into a national voice on climate and energy leadership. As part of this work James served as editorial director on Tracking the Energy Revolution, an acclaimed series of publications and digital platforms that chronicle the growth of renewable energy across Canada and the world.

     

    "It’s difficult to overstate the impact James has had on our organization. He created our now-signature Clean Energy Review digest, now a Monday-morning 'must-read' for Canada's energy and climate leaders, and he wrote and steered the success of our flagship Energy Revolution reports. On at least one occasion, he landed Clean Energy Canada on Page A1, above the fold, in a major market. James is both a doer and big-picture innovator. He’s passionate, driven, and chronically enthusiastic. He's truly an outstanding writer, he understands the importance of effective design, and he's widely connected with media. He has been an indelible part of our success.”
    —Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada

  • What They're Saying

    Shout-outs from a few people we’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with.

    Ali Grovue

    Executive Director, B.C. Sustainable Energy Association

    “James is supportive, enthusiastic, and brings extensive clean energy sector knowledge and strategy to his communications work. He is a great person to have in your corner.”

    Tim Flannery

    Cofounder, 

    The Climate Council

    “The Clean Energy Review has had a huge impact here in Australia. An ever-fresh message of hope and progress, it has energized our supporters.”

    Elizabeth Sheehan

    President, Climate Smart Business

    “James brings strong strategy and insight to his communications consulting. He helped Climate Smart with a number of projects—delivering on time, clear and compelling communication pieces that have amplified our message and impact.”

    David McLaughlin

    Former Director, National Round Table on the Environment and Economy

    “James is one of the top reasons Clean Energy Canada is getting attention. From social media, to webinars, to research documents, his work is stellar.”

    Karen Hamberg

    Vice-President, Strategy, Westport Innovations

    “James helps organizations, governments, think tanks, and others cut through jargon and distill key messages that are focused on solutions and hope.”

    Mark Rabin

    Founder, Portable Electric

    “James’ detail oriented coaching and messaging gave me the advantage I needed to hit it out of the park.”

    Erik Wohlgemuth

    Chief Operating Officer, Future 500

    James’ work is exceptional. He contributed a rare combination of strategic thinking, incisive language that captures our voice and objectives, structured project management, and a can-do fun attitude. He quickly integrated into our team, elevating the quality and sophistication of our communications.”

    Mikayla Wujec

    Clean Economy Campaign Coordinator, Environmental Defence

    “James is responsive, hardworking, and tremendously well-versed in the clean energy sector. Relentlessly positive and proactive, James has mastered the unique skill of communicating often complex, nefarious subjects into informative, bite-sized materials that achieve significant results.”