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Green Is Gold According to Goldman

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A new report released by Goldman Sachs on July 5th found that companies that are considered leaders in environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies are also leading the pack in stock market performance—by an average of 25 percent. That’s right – 25%, a margin so huge as to be almost hard to believe, but considering the source I’ll assume they did the math right.

In an analysis of more than 120 ESG leaders from five different industries—energy, metals and mining, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and European media—Goldman found that companies in four of the sectors outperformed the Morgan Stanley Capital International World Index.

Check out this article about the report or go straight to the source and read the whole thing.

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All Communities Are Not Created Equal

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On July 28, 2007, the Chicago Tribune reported a story that happens every day but rarely makes the headlines:

"All communities are not created equal," said Robert Bullard, director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University, who has been documenting racial and environmental disparities for more than 20 years. "If a community is low-income and comprised mostly of people of color, it generally gets more than its fair share of those things that people don't want."

What brought the story to light in this case was the release of a new study by the University of Texas School of Public Health, which showed that children living within 2 miles of the heavily industrialized Houston Ship Channel have a 56 percent greater risk of contracting acute lymphocytic leukemia than children living farther away.

The study echoes others in the past. For example, one analysis of data collected by the federal Environmental Protection Agency conducted by The Associated Press in 2005 found that blacks are 79 percent more likely than whites to live in neighborhoods where industrial pollution is suspected of posing the greatest health danger.

Facts like these show that environmental racism is still very much alive and an issue that needs attention from all of us. We won't live in a truly just and equitable world until we solve it

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Can This Man Save The World?

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Several weeks ago, my wife was emptying out her family’s home in Providence, Rhode Island, and she found this picture among the things her father had saved. On August 10, 1989, it appeared on the cover of the second section of New York Newsday, a daily newspaper in New York City. I hadn’t looked at it for many years.

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Friday Ha-Ha

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Author: the Inkslinger

Courtesy of the comedic genuises at the Onion, here’s a mighty giggle on which to end the week.

I’d be laughing a lot harder if I didn’t think we lived in a country where there’s a chance a story like this could actually come true…

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Living in the Here & Now

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In case anyone missed it, I recently recorded a segment for the NPR series “This I Believe” about my late brother Peter. For those of you who haven’t ever heard it on the air, “This I Believe” is an international audio project based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

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Profile: Sarah A - 7th Gener

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Thought I would start profiling people who work at 7th Gen. Good people, making things happen. Sarah A, our internal newsletter producer, is up first...WR

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Bottled Water

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Author: scienceman

It is not my intention to nag or blame bottled water drinkers, but it is my intention to create a more eco-conscious and aware consumer. If we want to turn around the way things are going on this earth, we need to take responsibility for our own actions and be more thoughtful when making choices. I can understand bottled water.

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Vermont Carbon Diet Design session

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Spent the last day in a half, working with a group of Vermont NGO's and companies to think about how Vermont companies can play an active role with the NGO and government community to help educate people to change their behavior and reduce their CO2 footprint.

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Change It: You're on the Hot Seat Campaign

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Today the Change It program ran their "You're on the hot Seat" Global Warming campaign in Washington DC at

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Accidents Happen

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Author: Lara Petersen

Here's my latest cross-post from the Change It blog :

"A truck hit the pole with the internet connection for the whole neighborhood. - kfj"

This is the message I got earlier today from Katie Flynn-Jambeck (my Greenpeace counterpart at Change It, also known as “the whirlwind in the red skirt”).

So apparently campus is sans webnet. That means no interweb for students to do any final research before the big event on Capitol Hill tomorrow. No magic box for them to confirm the contact info for their local media, so they can follow up on the pitching done about the direct communication that will be happening. And worse yet - no way to blog!!!

So all you've got now is me, again. And I'd like to take this moment to say how excited I am to be here for a second year. Seeing the culmination of the simulation known as "Sweet River" today, and how much everyone learned and took away from the last few days... I'm just so grateful.

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