Articles by: Michael Shank

Brandon, Vermont — The Birthplace of EVs

Brandon, Vermont — The Birthplace of EVs

January 24, 2020 at 11:10 am

VTDIGGER 1/23/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, of Brandon, who is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. He is co-organizing the EV Festival on July 11 from noon-10 p.m. at […]

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6 More Tips to Win Minds and Hearts for the Climate

6 More Tips to Win Minds and Hearts for the Climate

January 21, 2020 at 10:12 am

APOLITICAL 1/21/20 By Michael Shank If you’re not sold on your climate message, the public won’t be either This article is written by Dr. Michael Shank, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at New York University’s Centre for Global Affairs. In my last article for […]

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Vermont Offers a Peek at a Solar Energy Future

Vermont Offers a Peek at a Solar Energy Future

January 20, 2020 at 5:07 pm

REUTERS 01/20/20 By Michael Shank A peer-to-peer energy sales platform will allow businesses to buy locally generated renewable power from others in the U.S. state When it comes to green energy innovation, there are few American states that innovate like Vermont. Last month, Vermont’s biggest power utility – Green Mountain […]

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EVs Celebrated

EVs Celebrated

January 18, 2020 at 12:31 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 01/18/20 TIMES-ARGUS 01/18/20 By Michael Shank When it comes to green technology, Vermont has been and continues to be a national leader. Whether it’s the cutting-edge partnership between Tesla and Green Mountain Power to roll out Powerwall batteries across the state — ensuring resilient homes for Vermonters while […]

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BlackRock is Smart to Prioritize the Climate – and Business Leaders Know It. So What Are They Waiting For?

BlackRock is Smart to Prioritize the Climate – and Business Leaders Know It. So What Are They Waiting For?

January 17, 2020 at 10:07 am

NEWSWEEK 1/17/20 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke We’re starting 2020 with some scary climate signals. We’ve finished another record-breaking year—but for the wrong reasons. 2019 locked in the highest global carbon emissions on record and was the second hottest year ever. At these rates, the climate change–caused […]

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6 Tips to Make Climate Communication Less Awful

6 Tips to Make Climate Communication Less Awful

January 14, 2020 at 9:13 am

APOLITICAL 01/14/20 By Michael Shank This article is written by Dr. Michael Shank, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at New York University’s Centre for Global Affairs. Environmentalists have long depended on good data and sound science to set the direction of their advocacy agendas. […]

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Vermont Actions to Slow Climate Change

Vermont Actions to Slow Climate Change

December 22, 2019 at 10:50 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 12/21/19 TIMES ARGUS 12/21/19 By Michael Shank Given the climate inaction among national governments — from America and Australia to Brazil and Britain — there’s been a big focus on actions individuals can take — in Vermont and beyond. This pivot is helpful because it does, in fact, […]

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Planetary Benefits of Smaller Families

Planetary Benefits of Smaller Families

December 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

VTDIGGER 12/20/19 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Dr. Michael Shank, a resident of Brandon who teaches sustainable development at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. Given the climate inaction among national governments — from America and Australia to Brazil and Britain — there’s been a big focus […]

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Six More Behavioural Science Tips for Green Policymaking

Six More Behavioural Science Tips for Green Policymaking

December 18, 2019 at 10:25 am

APOLITICAL 12/18/19 By Michael Shank This article was written by Dr Michael Shank, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. In my latest article for Apolitical, I covered six behavioural science-based principles that will help you roll out […]

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Businesses Know They’re Under Threat from Climate Change, so Why Won’t They Invest in Solutions?

Businesses Know They’re Under Threat from Climate Change, so Why Won’t They Invest in Solutions?

November 29, 2019 at 10:42 am

FAST COMPANY 11/27/19 By Michael Shank The latest financial assessment of climate change’s costly impacts, this time by the Economist Intelligence Unit, shows a nearly $8 trillion hit to the global economy in the next 30 years. The EIU’s Climate Change Resilience Index examined 82 of the world’s largest economies […]

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