Jan Lee

Jan Lee is a former news editor and award-winning editorial writer whose non-fiction and fiction have been published in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. Her articles and posts can be found on TriplePundit, JustMeans, and her blog, The Multicultural Jew, as well as other publications. She currently splits her residence between the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and the rural farmlands of Idaho.

The Industrious Bee: Replacing Plastic Products with Beeswax

Some industrious have found a way to replace plastic wrap, that everyday item we use to preserve our leftovers, lunches and favorite foods. And to do so, they’re using the lessons of the past to solve modern-day challenges.

The Impact of the Solar Eclipse on the Utility Grid

The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is expected to be a “first” in many ways. For many businesses within the 60-70-mile width of the eclipse’s path, it will be a money-maker. But for power grid operators that depend on solar power now, the eclipse presents new and rarely faced challenges.

Scientists Call for Trump to Accept Climate Report

The recent publication of a climate report draft by the New York Times is raising questions about how President Donald Trump will tight walk the precarious balance between appeasing his voter base (that largely doesn’t believe human-made global warming exists) and a report that is blunt about the fact that human activities have a large role to play in its existence and impact. Recent efforts by federal agencies to evade talking about the phenomena suggests Trump still has a way to go to realize the implications of denouncing climate change. And that has scientists worried.

SPECIAL SERIES: COMMIT! Forum

To Create Leaders, Challenge Employees to Volunteer

For Alexander Mann Solutions, the secret to company-wide engagement when it came to community volunteering was encouraging autonomy. Employees, including senior management, are given one paid day a year to volunteer in their community. But it’s up to them to decide the best value for that day.

Confirmation: Flint’s Lead Poisoning Was Human Caused

There have been plenty of theories about the Flint, Michigan water poisoning. One even pinned the blame on the Vortex Winter of 2014-2015. But according to University of Michigan scientists, it wasn’t Mother Nature that caused the water contamination, but one key decision by Flint’s water managers, who were responsible for ensuring the water was clean and potable before it reached residents’ homes.

Obamacare Boosts Jobs and the Economy: Report

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare actually was good for the economy. That’s the consensus of several research teams that have studied everything from its success in encouraging individuals to seek coverage to its impact on job growth. And no, it wasn’t a “job killer,” Ted.

Endangered Wildlife Pushed Aside to Start Border Wall Construction

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act gives the Department of Homeland Security immediate access to $12million in funding to build the first 15 miles of the border wall, some of which runs through areas with high concentrations of endangered species, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

Corporate America Already Laps Military With Transgender Protections

President Trump’s recent declaration that transgender military enlistees incur “tremendous medical costs” for the government flies in the face of research that shows that the cost of an inclusive environment in today’s businesses is minimal, says the Human Rights Campaign. Its Corporate Index study found that 73 percent of companies it surveyed now provide healthcare for LBGT employees, and the costs are no where near the cost of a presidential weekend golf trip.

Ben & Jerry’s Clickbaited by Organic Consumers Association

For years, the the activist group, the Organic Consumer Association has been trying to force Ben & Jerry’s to transition to using organic milk. Last week, the organization accused B&J of actually using GMOs in its food, an allegation it denies. The NY Times ran with the story without delving further.

Facebook’s Menlo Park Facelift Will Help Community, Too

Facebook is leading the way in a new initiative to address the lack of affordable housing in Silicon Valley. When it’s done, the tech giant expects to have more than 1,500 new housing units: It will have a community that hopefully will help connect the city and incentivize regional and state governments to upgrade the region’s transportation network.

Want a Big Boost in GDP? Bring in Immigrants

President Donald Trump has promised to boost the economy by 3-4 percent. It’s an unlikely prospect, say analysts, noting that 2 percent has historically been about par for the country’s yearly growth. Researchers at ProPublica however, say it’s possible, but it would require scrapping one of his other big campaign promises: deporting and banning immigrants.