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So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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User: flenvcenter Topic: Sustainability-Independent
Category: Environmental Justice :: Impacts
Last updated: Dec 04 2020 19:46 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Is your environmentalism intersectional? It should be 4.12.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
A post shared by Leah Thomas (@greengirlleah) Anderson: Because the GreenBiz audience is mostly corporate sustainability professionals, I’m curious about your business accountability program. Can you tell me how that program works?  Katz: Right after we were created, there were a lot of companies reaching out to us who wanted to partner with us in different ways or just to find out how to incorporate a more intersectional perspective into their business, into their CSR goals. We developed this accountability program because we wanted people to continue doing the work, and we didn’t want to lose the momentum of people being activated and using their voices. The accountability program is made up of four modules over the course of four months, so there’s one module per month.  There are a couple of different aspects but one of them is largely an online coursework program where the company can participate and learn more about intersectional environmentalism. They can learn more about why it’s important to ...
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Mustafa Santiago Ali describes the path forward for environmental justice 3.12.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Former EPA program leader shares ideas for federal action in the Biden administration.
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A helpline connects Indigenous immigrants to crucial COVID-19 information 30.11.2020 Current Issue
For communities who speak Indigenous Mayan languages like Mam, the Oregon program is a vital resource.
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The dust-up over California’s off-road beach 25.11.2020 High Country News Most Recent
COVID highlights conflicts over air pollution, crime and accidents on California’s Central Coast.
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In California, 1 million people lack access to clean water 20.11.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Why one community has struggled with arsenic in its water for so long, despite the state’s Human Right to Water law.
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Elections in the West highlight divisions and diversity 19.11.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Justice, power and environment: The 2020 elections were defined by grassroots organizing and deep partisanship.
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Are wildfires contaminating your drinking water? 17.11.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Manufactured substances known as volatile organic compounds pollute water around the U.S., and they’re heightened in the aftermath of fires.
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Gina McCarthy: Protecting the planet for all people 4.11.2020 GreenBiz.com
Gina McCarthy: Protecting the planet for all people Sara Murphy Wed, 11/04/2020 - 01:30 Gina McCarthy thinks we should be more ambitious in our goals for a thriving planet and an equitable society. The former EPA administrator and current president and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has been a leading advocate for smart, successful strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years. During a  VERGE 20  virtual event Friday, McCarthy talked with GreenBiz co-founder Joel Makower about how racial justice and climate justice go hand in hand, and what we need to do to assure a bright future for everyone’s children. "We’re facing a lot of challenges at once," McCarthy noted, "but they’re also an incredible signal about the future we need to deliver and the way to get there." The first challenge is the COVID-19 pandemic. Second, we are facing a racial reckoning that is long overdue. Third, many people are feeling the painful effects of the economic fallout from ...
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How conservation groups confront distrust from communities of color 29.10.2020 High Country News Most Recent
In order to attract a broader constituency, organizations must first address a history of missteps and exclusion.
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EPA @ 50, and what it says about you and me 26.10.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
EPA @ 50, and what it says about you and me Terry F. Yosie Mon, 10/26/2020 - 01:45 The American people always have possessed a very personal relationship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Like all personal relationships, the EPA and its public have their share of successes and shortcomings, adjustments of expectations to realities, and recognition that the daily grind of complexity reveals our own values however much they end up being compromised. Few institutions exhibit such a pervasive daily presence in American life as the EPA. Its decisions impact the air we breathe (indoors and outside), the water we drink, the food we eat, the health of the children we give birth to and raise, the cars and fuel we purchase, the beaches where we swim, the chemicals we consume (voluntarily or involuntarily) or the quality of nature that we enjoy. The public health and environmental benefits of the EPA’s actions have been enormous, even while controversial. As one example, a draft report to ...
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These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health 26.10.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health Oliver Camp Mon, 10/26/2020 - 01:30 On the recent World Food Day, the clarion call was clearer than ever: We must fix our food systems to improve human health, drive economic growth and save the planet from environmental collapse. The challenges facing us are wide-ranging. The way the world produces and consumes food causes huge environmental impacts, and yet 3 billion people worldwide are unable to afford a healthy diet, and up to a third of the food we produce is wasted. What’s more, hunger and micronutrient deficiencies are concentrated among the poorest and most vulnerable — often including those who produce the food we eat. Meanwhile, the so-called double burden of malnutrition is on the rise: hunger and malnourishment coexisting with overweight and obesity, often in the same countries, communities or even individuals. Tackling these multiple challenges and threats requires coordinated action from the public sector, private ...
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In Las Vegas, the burdens of remote learning rest heavy on working parents 21.10.2020 High Country News Most Recent
One of the nation’s largest school districts is trying to provide laptops and Wi-Fi to more than 300,000 students.
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Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South 21.10.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South Danielle Purifoy Wed, 10/21/2020 - 00:45 This story was originally published by Southerly , in partnership with Scalawag and Environmental Health News for its Powerlines series, which looks at climate change, justice, and infrastructure in the American South. The series is supported by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, and is part of their  POWER project .  In 2013, when Enviva Biomass opened a new plant near Belinda Joyner’s community in Northampton County, North Carolina, she already knew what to expect. As the Northeast Organizer for  Clean Water for North Carolina , she’d met with residents of a small, majority Black town called Ahoskie, 40 miles from her home. Enviva had built its  first North Carolina plant  there two years before.  The corporation, which manufactures wood pellets as a purportedly renewable alternative to coal, did what most industries do in ...
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Energy dominance or climate action: Trump, Biden and the fate of public lands 1.10.2020 High Country News Most Recent
In Grand Junction, Colorado, the presidential election is a choice between two distinct energy futures.
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5 things to know about California's gas car sales ban 30.9.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
5 things to know about California's gas car sales ban Katie Fehrenbacher Wed, 09/30/2020 - 00:00 Last week — as historic wildfires ravaged the forests of California — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a history-making executive order: The state will ban the sales of new gas-powered cars within the next 15 years.  It's a huge move, and the strategy will provide a significant boost to the market for zero-emission vehicles. About 2 million new vehicles are sold in California each year. Essentially, starting in 2035 all of these would have to be electric. The order is equal parts inspiring and jarring for a state that's built major parts of its economy, as well housing and business development, around the internal combustion engine vehicle. But transportation emissions are the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in California, and they've been rising in recent years; state leadership needed to take aggressive measures now to reverse this trend.  Vehicle emissions also cause air pollution, so eliminating ...
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RBG left these 4 lessons for the climate fight 29.9.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
RBG left these 4 lessons for the climate fight Rushad Nanavatty Tue, 09/29/2020 - 01:30 Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a hero. The obituaries have focused on her legacy as a feminist icon, her singular determination, her deep humanity, and her profound common sense. These traits were exemplified by her famous dissents — equal parts restrained and biting — against a series of regressive Supreme Court majority decisions. We don’t immediately think of RBG as an environmental activist or climate champion ( Greta Thunberg fandom  notwithstanding). However, her life and career offer plenty of inspiration for our work at RMI — and for anyone concerned with preserving a livable planet. When I think about RBG, these are the lessons I take for the climate fight. 1. Climate action honors RBG’s legacy on equality RBG did more to advance the cause of equality than any justice since Thurgood Marshall. Her life and career were defined by it. As a schoolgirl in Brooklyn, she objected to the fact that the boys went to woodshop ...
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This is the moment to reimagine public transportation 29.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
This is the moment to reimagine public transportation Amanda Eaken Tue, 09/29/2020 - 00:21 Back in April, the city of Seattle temporarily closed off nearly 20 miles of streets to most vehicular traffic in order to let residents bike, walk, jog and skate at a safe social distance during the height of the city’s COVID-19 pandemic. Seattle’s Stay Healthy Streets program was designed to encourage people to travel to essential services and small local businesses — or just to get outside for exercise or fun — at a time when many people felt anxious about doing so. While wildfires ravaging the West Coast and smoke clouding the air across Seattle create yet another barrier to getting outside, these hazy skies also underscore the importance of defending our air quality, right now and for years to come. Then, in early May, something unexpected happened: the temporary closure of these streets became permanent . Mayor Jenny Durkan — one of 25 mayors nationwide participating in the Bloomberg Philanthropies American ...
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Once a boom town, now a ghost town. Always a hometown. 28.9.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Over generations, the Soto family has lived through cycles of mining booms and the broken promises that come with them.
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What sewage can tell us about the spread of COVID-19 2.9.2020 High Country News Most Recent
More cities are testing wastewater, but a poor federal response keeps efforts scattered.
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‘Somebody has to keep people on their toes’ 1.9.2020 High Country News Most Recent
High Country News’ unlikely and remarkable origin story.
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