Articles by: Michael Shank

Energy Leaders Gather for Dec. 1 Conference Focused on Vermont Action

Energy Leaders Gather for Dec. 1 Conference Focused on Vermont Action

November 28, 2018 at 8:59 pm

VTDIGGER 11/28/18 By Johanna Miller As Warnings on Climate Change Intensify, Energy Leaders, Business Innovators and Policy Makers Gather for a Dec. 1 Conference Focused on Vermont Action Montpelier, VT (November 27, 2018) – VECAN’s 11th Annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference will take place on Saturday, December 1 […]

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US Energy Policy Needs Aboutface

US Energy Policy Needs Aboutface

October 31, 2018 at 2:52 pm

VTDIGGER 10/29/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Doggett, a Democrat, represents Texas communities from San […]

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ECOSOC, UNGA Committee Discuss Leveraging Circular Economy to Advance SDGs

ECOSOC, UNGA Committee Discuss Leveraging Circular Economy to Advance SDGs

October 17, 2018 at 12:07 pm

IISD 10/16/18 By Nathalie Risse 10 October 2018: During a joint meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UN Member States, experts and stakeholders considered ways to leverage the model of a circular economy to advance the […]

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  holds a sign supporting coal during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump EPA’s Watered-Down Emissions Standards Will Make Us Less Healthy and Less Wealthy

October 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

FAST COMPANY 10/11/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett When it comes to choosing the right energy to power America’s communities and economies, it’s safe to say that most Americans, if given the option, would choose an energy source much like they might choose a neighborhood in which […]

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The Climate Crisis is Real

The Climate Crisis is Real

October 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm

VTDIGGER 10/10/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Rep. Hank Johnson. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Johnson, a Democrat, represents Georgia’s 4th congressional district and […]

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Our Climate is Not For Sale

Our Climate is Not For Sale

October 11, 2018 at 5:32 pm

THE HILL 10/07/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson As President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency drops “climate change”, and its impact on children, from its latest rule on hydrofluorocarbons, it is time to talk honestly about science. Americans are busy working, taking care of their kids and loved […]

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Activists participate in the sHell No Flotilla part of the Paddle In Seattle protest.  Nearly a thousand people from country gathered May 16, 2015 in Seattle's Elliot Bay for a family-friendly festival and on-land rally to protest against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans.  Photo by Greenpeace

Ramping Up Action by the Climate Community

September 20, 2018 at 9:43 pm

VTDIGGER 09/20/18 By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Michael Honda The latest frightening climate study, predicting a devastating rise in sea levels in the lifetimes of babies born today, isn’t generating the sense of urgency that it should. Many more people need to be alarmed and engaged and there […]

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Game Changers: Bold Actions by Cities to Accelerate Progress Toward Carbon Neutrality

Game Changers: Bold Actions by Cities to Accelerate Progress Toward Carbon Neutrality

September 15, 2018 at 9:18 am

CNCA 08/12/18 Editors: Michael Shank and Johanna Partin, CNCA Research & Writing: Peter Plastrik and John Cleveland, Innovation Network for Communities Download Publication The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance is releasing its Game Changers Report on September 12 as part of the Global Climate Action Summit (available here). The report highlights […]

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CEOs and Celebrities Have Also Made Climate Change a Priority

CEOs and Celebrities Have Also Made Climate Change a Priority

September 15, 2018 at 9:08 am

THE HILL 09/13/18 By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Michael Honda The latest frightening climate study, predicting a devastating rise in sea levels in the lifetimes of babies born today, isn’t generating the sense of urgency that it should. Many more people need to be alarmed and engaged and […]

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Fashion Industry Treats Everything as Disposable — Even the Women Making the Garments

Fashion Industry Treats Everything as Disposable — Even the Women Making the Garments

August 16, 2018 at 3:59 pm

THE HILL 08/15/18 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bedat The controversy surrounding Beyoncé’s fashion label, Ivy Park, is back in the news, trending globally in social media. After the story flared in 2016 that Sri Lankan women, responsible for cutting and sewing Beyoncé’s Ivy Park garments, were poorly paid and […]

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