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By Zach Bernstein
Posted on: May 3, 2016
The closer we get to the November elections, the less likely it appears that Congress will take major action on any issue. Especially for the crucial issue of climate change, which requires that we put a ceiling on global temperatures now, this is bad news.Better news is that several states, those "laboratories of democracy," as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis put it, are doing their job. They're considering moving forward on a major piece of climate policy—passing a carbon tax. A few states in particular are showing signs of progress:In Massachusetts, two bills are currently before... read more
By Pat Heffernan
Posted on: April 4, 2016
March marks Women’s History Month again, but I am not celebrating. Stories and images of courageous women of the past are everywhere. These women deserve recognition — they fought hard to advance equal rights and access for the majority of the U.S. population who happen to have been born female. Yet in 2016, I find it increasingly difficult to talk about celebrating for one month a year when there are so few signs of positive progress to improve the lives of women. How can we better harness attention, social change innovations, and sustainable economy principles to advance gender equality?... read more
Citizens United
By Penniman and Potter
Posted on: March 31, 2016
Campaign finance is arguably the breakout issue of this election year. Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both rail constantly against Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that opened up election spending to corporations and super PACs. On the GOP side, candidates' super PACs have garnered as much news media scrutiny as the candidates themselves.This might seem like music to the ears of those who worry about how money dominates politics. But Citizens United is only the harmony, not the melody of that tune. The much greater threat to America's hallowed... read more
By Manisha Paralikar
Posted on: March 16, 2016
Are you an idealist?  Do you believe in sustainability?  Has idealism led corporations to embed sustainability throughout their operations? Wait, is that last part even a reality?Some might question whether it has, or if it can even be. Others – including me, and probably you – work in your business every day toward that goal in the face of obstacles, hypocrisy, and as Christine Bader notes in The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist, even our own contradictions.  Using Bader’s decade-long experience promoting human rights standards within BP as a backdrop, Evolution is a fast-paced, fun book... read more
By Warren Taylor
Posted on: March 10, 2016
Food labeling is the ground on which the battle for the future of America’s food system is being fought. Consumers increasingly want to know more about how their food is produced and processed. They support labeling foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) - to the tune of 89 percent, according to polling from last year. They want to know where it comes from, and what goes into it. This market trend is undeniable.Despite this trend toward more organic and non-GMO food, the industrial agriculture lobby group Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food is advocating a national food labeling... read more
By Leif Elgethun
Posted on: February 29, 2016
As the Clean Power Plan moves forward, and states begin to discuss how they’ll develop their plans to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) goals for reducing carbon emissions, it’s worth asking: What’s the discussion been like in certain states?Here in Idaho, the state has engaged the Governor’s Office of Energy Resources (OER) to lead efforts to understand how the Clean Power Plan will affect Idaho businesses and citizens. The OER has worked to outline state concerns to the EPA; primarily, the state does not believe the federal government has jurisdiction to require the state to... read more
By Claudia Viek
Posted on: February 8, 2016
Let's face it: investing in women-owned businesses translates into wealth creation. Even if the wealth that’s created is modest, it means more sustainable household income and healthier communities.Last year in another ASBC blog “Boosting Women-Owned Businesses Will Boost the Economy”, I wrote that small business ownership is a key strategy for creating wealth and helping women close the wealth gap.“Households with a woman microbusiness owner earn an average of $13,000 more than households with only wage earners. That can make the difference that allows a family to sending their kids to... read more
By John O'Neill
Posted on: January 26, 2016
Just before Christmas, Congress passed dozens of tax-law changes that affect businesses large and small, and since many apply retroactively, their impact is immediate.Some of the changes will advance a sustainable economy, by supporting the use and production of renewable energy for instance. Others will inhibit it, for example, by enabling U.S. companies to shift income offshore. All will drive up the deficit because few, if any, are paid for.The changes add certainty to the tax code because Congress made permanent more than 20 temporary tax breaks (the so-called tax extenders). These... read more
By Hazel Henderson
Posted on: January 20, 2016
Robert Pollin, author of Greening the Global Economy and Joseph Romm of the Center for American Progress, author of Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, are both influential in the USA but little known to global audiences.  Both argue that climate change generated by the burning of fossil fuels and other unsustainable human activities can best be addressed by more efficient use of all resources and an accelerated shift to renewable energy: solar, wind driven by the Sun, hydro and geothermal from within the Earth.Joseph Romm reaches his conclusion as a physicist with deep scientific... read more
By Tara Ritter
Posted on: January 15, 2016
A group of rural organizations, leaders and experts in the U.S. recently outlined the challenges climate change pose to rural communities and developed a set of policy priorities. The document, entitled “Rural Climate Policy Priorities: Solutions from the Ground,” is endorsed by 23 organizations (including ASBC) and identifies transformative and long-term policy approaches to climate change that encourage resilience, equity, democracy and local ownership and control.Why the specific focus on rural? On average, rural residents are more food and energy insecure and have higher rates of poverty... read more

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