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Jobs and Sustainability: An Ode To Our Skilled Trades Graduates

Recently, Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame, released an unsolicited commencement speech for all of the skilled trades graduates out there because somebody’s gotta do it. Mike’s humor and wit, as always, are on display. He reminds us that all work is essential, and that skilled trades will play a critical role…

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Remote Work and the Residential Sustainability Opportunity

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently announced that employees would have the option to work remote “forever,” confirming the belief of many that increasing remote work will be a permanent impact of the Covid pandemic. Twitter will also provide all employees with a $1,000 allowance for home office supplies…

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Comparing the Atmospheres of Earth and Mars - Credit ESA

From One Planet to the Next

SpaceX’s recent private space launch is a moment to be celebrated. I’m not sure that it’s quite up there with Neil Armstrong’s Small Step or Star Trek: First Contact, which hails the invention of Warp Speed and subsequent meeting of “aliens” (i.e. Spock’s Vulcan ancestors who were cruising around…

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Happy Little Trees

Can Trees Save Us?

Trees, it turns out, might just save us. Trees have regularly taken center stage in creation and salvation myths (see: Tree of Life and Knowledge, Bodhi Tree, James Cameron’s Avatar Hometree – spoiler, sequels are coming) and for good reason: they provide food, shelter, warmth, clean air, shade, sanctuary and …

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It's Just Business, Lord Business MEME

It’s Just Business. Or is it?

In August 2019 the Business Roundtable (the Illuminati of Fortune 500 CEOs) updated its definition of business purpose to include obligations not just to the shareholders but to all stakeholders including employees, customers, suppliers and communities. The announcement states it simply: “The American dream is alive, but fraying.” …

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Should we have a Carbon Tax

Do We Need a Carbon Tax?

William Nordaus, the pulitzer prize winning economist and author of the Climate Casino, has stated that “Unless we enact a carbon tax we will get virtually no where in slowing climate change.” In most climate circles, a carbon tax is seen as necessarily the most effective policy tool to reduce…

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