Articles by: Michael Shank

Innovative Ways for Creating Inclusive Societies

Innovative Ways for Creating Inclusive Societies

May 24, 2018 at 11:10 pm

UN WEB TV 05/23/18 By United Nations Staff Panel II A second panel discussion, also chaired by Ms. Chatardová, was titled “Innovative policy approaches and technologies to foster participation of all” and was moderated by Michael Shank, Communications Director, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. The panellists included Hedia Belhadj, Groupe Tawhida […]

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Brandon Boosts Energy Planning Efforts

May 21, 2018 at 3:26 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 05/18/18 By Susan Smallheer BRANDON – Faced with an increasing number of solar project proposals, the town is establishing an energy committee with the goal of better directing energy projects in the future. Brandon residents interested in serving on the five-person committee, which would be a subcommittee of […]

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Toward Sustainable Diets and Food Security

Toward Sustainable Diets and Food Security

May 9, 2018 at 11:07 am

VTDIGGER 05/08/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Matt Cartwright. Shank, of Brandon, teaches at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Cartwright represents […]

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Building Sustainability, Climate Change Resilience of Cities

Building Sustainability, Climate Change Resilience of Cities

May 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm

RELIEF WEB 05/02/18 UN Economic and Social Council Economic and Social Council 2018 Session, 22nd & 23rd Meetings The Economic and Social Council today heard from urban development and sustainability experts including mayors and other public officials focused on building resilient cities, as it continued its 2018 integration segment. Yousef […]

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More Recycling Can’t Fix The Fundamental Flaws With Fast Fashion

More Recycling Can’t Fix The Fundamental Flaws With Fast Fashion

April 24, 2018 at 10:15 am

FAST COMPANY 04/24/18 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bedat Everyone in fashion is talking about “circularity,” but just focusing on reuse isn’t enough to lower the industry’s massive carbon footprint. Imagine if every piece of clothing you own could be recycled into fully new garments when they were worn out, […]

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Fashion’s Carbon Footprint

Fashion’s Carbon Footprint

March 25, 2018 at 9:57 pm

VTDIGGER 03/25/18 Michael Shank & Maxine Bédat Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Maxine Bédat. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Maxine Bédat co-founded the sustainable apparel company Zady and is a leader in […]

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The Government Knows A Plant-Based Diet Is Best–It Should Make It Official

March 25, 2018 at 9:53 pm

FAST COMPANY 03/23/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright The USDA is formulating its next set of dietary guidelines. An advisory panel has already recommended an increase in plant-based diets, and the USDA should listen to them. The latest developments in the food industry show how fast the […]

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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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