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Darcy Hitchcock
Making the idealistic real
Making the idealistic real
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New tool: Zero Waste Events checklist and certification
When we tell people about our Sustainable Business Certification, we are often asked if we can certify events. We thought that was a cool idea, especially because of all the events we have in the area. One of the first and most accessible actions is to make...
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Book review: The Righteous Mind
Haight, Jonathan (2012) The
Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. New
York, NY: Pantheon Books. This book takes a current look at brain science and
evolutionary adaptations that have led us to the political divide in the US. ...
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UPS consortium has transformed London with charging stations
UPS has set up charging stations so they can serve London without a drop of oil. The technology enables UPS to increase the number of vehicles at its central London site from 65 to 170, its entire fleet in the capital. The company says this marks the beginn...
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Young adults want to transform capitalism
According to this research, young adults have the worst opinion of capitalism in recent history. The current system isn’t fair. Some hardworking people can’t get ahead while well-connected, wealthy families prosper. But they don’t prefer socialism. Instead,...
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Portugal produced enough renewable energy in March for whole country
As the US dithers, other countries are moving ahead with renewable energy. Portugal just produced enough renewable energy last month to power the entire country. Way to go! Obrigada! The group says renewable power produced in March was equal to 103.6
perce...
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New solar outpacing coal, gas and nukes combined
Good news: Solar is booming, according to a recent report. According to a report from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, last year more solar capacity was installed around the world than net coal, gas, and nuclear plant capacity combined. More ...
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Pets may represent 30% of meat production
Whether or not you’re vegetarian, your pooch likely eats more meat than you do. We all know that animal agriculture is hard on the planet. Now there’s a start up that might provide a healthy faux-meat  alternative. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/20...
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Pedestrian/bike trails = Economic development
What is the value of building infrastructure for people to get out of their cars? In small towns, it can mean the difference between having only a thriving gas station to having a thriving community. In cars, people tend to speed by smaller towns and rural ...
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Dubuque integrates equity into their sustainability program
When you think of leaders in sustainability in the US, we often think of the coasts, not the heartland. But Dubuque, Iowa earned a 4-star in the STAR sustainable communities certification. They've done better than most addressing some social inequities in t...
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How do we finance sustainability?
Fixing climate change and other environmental messes will take money. Unfortunately our economy has long ignored the environment as part of the economy. Traditional economics pays no attention to stocks of natural resources and places no value on the “Commo...
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