Articles by: Michael Shank

A Roadmap to Reduction

A Roadmap to Reduction

February 19, 2018 at 5:02 pm

TIMES ARGUS 02/16/18 By Michael Shank and Mary Falcon We don’t need a mega-prison in Vermont. We need a mega-commitment to keeping people out of prison. When Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille proposed building a new $150 million mega-prison in Vermont with taxpayer money — which CoreCivic (formerly the scandal-ridden […]

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Defining Clean Energy

Defining Clean Energy

February 13, 2018 at 10:14 pm

VTDIGGER 02/13/18 By Michael Shank and Leilani Münter Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Leilani Münter. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and Urban Sustainability Directors Network and writes in his personal capacity. Münter is a biology graduate turned professional race […]

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Put a Price on Pollution

Put a Price on Pollution

December 10, 2017 at 10:26 pm

VTDIGGER 12/10/17 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, Ph.D., of Brandon, who is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. He writes in his personal capacity. Economists love it. Republicans love it. Democrats love it. Big multinational […]

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12 Ways to Improve Climate Change Communications

12 Ways to Improve Climate Change Communications

November 22, 2017 at 11:19 am

HUFFINGTON POST 11/22/17 By Michael Shank Environmentalists have long depended on good data and sound science to determine the direction of their advocacy agendas. Climate change campaigns are an excellent example of this. They’re reliant on rigorous modeling, and the science-based estimates and forecasting that follow, to substantiate and legitimate […]

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We Can’t Solely Rely on World Leaders at the UN to Effect Global Change

We Can’t Solely Rely on World Leaders at the UN to Effect Global Change

September 24, 2017 at 4:58 pm

VICE 9/22/17 By Michael Shank As diplomats meet at the United Nations this week, it’s more important than ever that all people are empowered to engage the challenges of these times. This September, as world leaders gather in New York City for the General Assembly of the United Nations, the […]

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Thousand Oaks-Oxnard-Ventura Area Ranks Eighth in Nation in Sustainability Efforts

Thousand Oaks-Oxnard-Ventura Area Ranks Eighth in Nation in Sustainability Efforts

September 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm

VENTURA COUNTY STAR 08/28/17 By Mike Harris The Thousand Oaks/Oxnard/Ventura metropolitan area ranks eighth among the 100 most populous such areas in the nation in terms of progress toward sustainable development, according to a new survey by a group that works with the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network […]

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Building Political Will for a More Sustainable America

Building Political Will for a More Sustainable America

August 21, 2017 at 11:26 pm

THE HILL 08/21/17 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke This country desperately needs a positive vision, some goals for where we’re going. Instead, it’s all negative all the time; a daily slashing and burning of hard-fought protections. Take the environment, for example. In this month, the Trump administration […]

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The U.S. Cities SDG Index

The U.S. Cities SDG Index

August 10, 2017 at 9:18 am

UNSDSN  08/10/17 By Mihir Prakash, Katerina Teksoz, Jessica Espey, Jeffrey Sachs, Michael Shank and Guido Schmidt-Traub Abstract America is the world’s richest large economy, with the world’s leading technologies and institutions of higher learning. Yet, the United States of America (U.S.) is falling behind other countries on a range of indicators […]

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Doubling Down on Drone Mistakes

Doubling Down on Drone Mistakes

June 29, 2017 at 10:50 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 06/29/17 By Michael Shank America’s trigger-happy president, Donald Trump, is increasingly getting the United States into trouble with dramatic ramp-ups of military intervention. The latest, Russia’s threat to retaliate in response to the Defense Department’s downing of a Syrian jet and Trump’s vague threatening over […]

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Trump’s Tomahawk Missiles Won’t Help Somalia Find Peace

Trump’s Tomahawk Missiles Won’t Help Somalia Find Peace

June 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm

NEWSWEEK 06/16/17 By Michael Shank Blowback is already happening in response to President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. This week’s car bombing and siege at a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, which killed 31 people and resulted in dozens of hostages, is an apparent reaction to Trump’s airstrikes over the weekend, which […]

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