Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tilting at Fossil Fuel Windmills?? Maybe Not. Complete Divestment is Now an Option

Complete divestment from fossil fuels has always been viewed as a somewhat naive socially-responsible investment approach.  But it appears that several environmental foundations are in fact pursuing this goal.  What was unthinkable a couple of years ago has moved to center stage in the climate change risk debate due largely to Bill McKibbon's grassroots organization 350.org.

Bill McKibben, president and co-founder of 350.org, said he had been encouraged by the spread of the argument “that fossil fuel companies as they’re currently incarnated are essentially rogue companies, that they have in their reserves far more carbon than any scientist thinks it’s safe to burn.”

http://nyti.ms/1a2DRcD

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Scaling Up Year Up


I was able to attend the graduation ceremony of Year Up in New York two weeks ago and saw what these students can do.  Year Up is at the forefront of how young people can be viewed by corporate American as valuable resources rather than cost burdens.   How can we get Year Up to work with all of the disconnected youth in our country as soon as possible?  60 Minutes had a great segment on Year Up.  http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/jobs-program-benefits-fortune-500-and-underprivileged-youth/

Thursday, February 13, 2014

100,000 Homes Campaign on 60 Minutes

It is great to finally see the 100,000 Homes Campaign that puts long-term homeless people into housing presented as a cost-effective and socially beneficial approach on 60 Minutes.  Rosanne Haggerty has taken the supportive housing model and in now amplifying it around the country.  It draws on existing resources in communities to take on this major social issue.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/100000-homes-housing-the-homeless-can-save-money/