National Analysis

The Water Crisis

The Water Crisis

July 27, 2018 at 12:01 pm

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 […]

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

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

July 17, 2018 at 4:12 pm

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 […]

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Goal-Setting Necessary to Save Our Environment

Goal-Setting Necessary to Save Our Environment

July 9, 2018 at 2:17 pm

VTDIGGER 06/25/18 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. The offensive has been non-stop. Thanks to months 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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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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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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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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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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By Pulling Out Of The Paris Agreement, Trump Just Threw Away America’s Biggest Business Opportunity

By Pulling Out Of The Paris Agreement, Trump Just Threw Away America’s Biggest Business Opportunity

June 2, 2017 at 8:33 am

FAST COMPANY 06/01/17 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Steve Cohen This is the opposite of winning. Forget, for a moment, the environmental implications that come with undercutting an unprecedented climate commitment by the international community, such as beach erosion, the loss of coastal cities, famine-causing droughts, and more severe […]

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Every Purchase You Make Is A Chance To Vote With Your Wallet

Every Purchase You Make Is A Chance To Vote With Your Wallet

April 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm

FAST COMPANY 04/05/17 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bédat  You may not realize it, but you have a lot of political power–not at the voting booth, but in the checkout line. In this new age of consumer activism, buyers are sending strong signals to American companies–with impressive results. No longer […]

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