Featured Columns

  • Fashion Industry Treats Everything as Disposable — Even the Women Making the Garments

    Fashion Industry Treats Everything as Disposable — Even the Women Making the Garments

    THE HILL 08/15/18 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bedat The controversy surrounding Beyoncé’s fashion label, Ivy Park, is back in the news, trending globally in social media. After the story flared in 2016 that Sri Lankan women, responsible for cutting and sewing Beyoncé’s Ivy Park garments, were poorly paid and […]

  • The Carbon Footprint of Wasted Food

    The Carbon Footprint of Wasted Food

    VTDIGGER 08/15/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva When it comes to tackling climate change, one of the greatest challenges we face is understanding the myriad factors that influence our warming planet. Addressing some while ignoring others will only allow the mercury to continue to rise. And while […]

  • Wasted Food is a Factor that Remains Noticeably Absent from the Climate Change Discourse

    Wasted Food is a Factor that Remains Noticeably Absent from the Climate Change Discourse

    THE HILL 08/07/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva When it comes to tackling climate change, one of the greatest challenges we face is understanding the myriad factors that influence our warming planet. Addressing some while ignoring others will only allow the mercury to continue to rise. And […]

  • The Water Crisis

    The Water Crisis

    VTDIGGER 07/14/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Cartwright represents Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district and serves […]

  • We Must Take Action on the Nation’s Coming Water Supply Crisis

    We Must Take Action on the Nation’s Coming Water Supply Crisis

    THE HILL 07/17/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright Most Americans take water for granted. It’s a resource that people assume will always be accessible, available, and consumable. For most people in this country, whether they’re at a public drinking fountain, a restaurant or at home, water is […]