Author: Michael Shank

We Need an Urgent Response to Vermont’s Armed White Supremacists

BENNINGTON BANNER 09/14/21 BRATTLEBORO REFORMER 09/14/21 By Michael Shank This summer, in an online report of “America’s Best Places to Live in 2021,” which ranked 10 U.S. states as “America’s most welcoming,” Vermont ranked first. The state’s impressive COVID-19 response, and strong public health spending, boosted its spot. But what’s […]

‘Best State’ Rankings Ignore Armed White Supremacy

VTDIGGER 09/08/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Last month, in an online report of “America’s Best Places to Live in 2021,” which ranked ten U.S. states as “America’s most welcoming,” Vermont ranked […]

Facing White Supremacy

RUTLAND HERALD 08/28/2021 TIMES ARGUS 08/28/2021 By Michael Shank Last month, in an online report of “America’s Best Places to Live in 2021,” which ranked 10 U.S. states as “America’s most welcoming,” Vermont ranked first. The state’s impressive COVID-19 response and strong public health spending boosted its spot. But what’s […]

Climate Change Threatens Americans’ Rights to Life, Liberty and Property

REUTERS 08/24/21 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) is chair of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. Michael Shank is communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. No matter your politics, you’re seeing the harmful impacts […]

Vermont Condones Bullies

RUTLAND HERALD 08/11/2021 TIMES ARGUS 08/11/2021 By Michael Shank There’s a movement metastasizing across America. It’s well armed, it’s extreme, and it’s led largely by white men. They’re enraged, they’re feeling entitled, and they’re taking ground wherever it’s given. And while the movement clearly got new wind in its sails […]

Zero Begins with Z: Generation Z’s Quest for a Clean Future

KNOLL 08/10/21 As individuals, communities, and companies increasingly turn their focus to improving the environment, how do we prioritize our commitment to carbon reduction and align a common approach to progress? Uncover the strategies trailblazing organizations are taking to protect the planet for generations to come. Guests Michael Shank, PhD […]

Climate Refugees

RUTLAND HERALD 07/31/21 TIMES ARGUS 07/31/21 By Michael Shank When environmental solutions to the climate crisis come with socio-economic benefits, it’s a win-win. While these co-benefits are inherent to most climate solutions, they’re not always effectively communicated or efficiently coordinated. Take this problem in need of a solution. Large carbon-emitting […]

Rich Countries Need to Step Up on Climate Crisis

VTDIGGER 07/23/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke This column is by U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York and Dr. Michael Shank of Brandon. Clarke is vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and co-chair of the Smart Cities Caucus. Shank is communications director for […]