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.

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Canada’s Green Energy: The Push for a New East-West Grid

Geography and economic benefits have dominated Canada’s power grid for years. Now, researchers are calling for a redesign that would allow Canada to upgrade its ailing power structure and improve its green energy. The results of this 20-year endeavor could make Canada a powerhouse in the energy sector. And it could benefit the U.S. as well.

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Mining Companies Discover the Truth About CSR: It Pays

Some would say that the concept of corporate social responsibility in the extractive industry is an oxymoron: True CSR can’t be fulfilled in an industry that promotes a carbon-based production system and product. But increasingly, CSR is fulfilling a role in communities that support mining operations. It’s building community infrastructure, sending impoverished residents to school and fulfilling dreams. Is it all greenwashing, or a step toward a more responsible, community-oriented industry? And should it be the end-all for a world that is increasingly being impacted by our carbon footprint?

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Clean Cars, Dirty Energy: Canada’s Electric Car Dilemma

Before you pick up the keys to a new electric vehicle, you may want to check where you live and where you get your power. In Canada, a new report is throwing a monkey wrench into efforts of several provinces to convince residents to junk their gas guzzlers and go electric. The findings aren’t apt to make everyone happy, least of all those provinces that have invested in EV-buying incentive programs — and still rely on carbon-powered electricity grids.

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Separating Human Rights from Politics in the Holy Land

The Holy Land Principles call for ethical standards for American businesses investing in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Their principles are impressive, and the need is there. But are they far-reaching enough?

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British Filmmaker’s Audacious Plan to Bring U.N. Goals to Everyone

How do you eradicate poverty, stop AIDS and HIV, and ensure every child has a primary education and all women have equality? Simple, say the founders of Project Everyone: You connect with every single person on the planet. So far, they’re off to a pretty bold start.

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Women of Color: A Silent Voice in Corporate America

We’ve come a long way, baby — but apparently not far enough when it comes to diversity in corporate America. The stats for women of color are troubling when it comes to holding positions of influence in the country’s largest and most powerful companies.

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Avian Flu Reaches Fourth State, Butterball Farms

Kansas is the latest state to find avian flu in its backyard. The recent discovery has the USDA concerned — not for fear of human contamination (which is low), but because of heightened risks of import restrictions by other countries. Some 20 countries already restrict poultry from the U.S. due to the outbreaks. The most recent detections lie close to the central flyway, an essential corridor for many species of wild fowl.

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EU Nations Lead the Way in Climate Change Prep

The European Union has committed a fifth of its budget to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Judging from those projects now underway, it’s serious about addressing the risk.

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The Apparel Industry’s Answer to Global Water Shortages

Sustainable fashion depends not only on the smart use of water resources, but also on new ways to reduce the dependence on water in production. We’ve found an inspiring list of companies that have developed innovative ways to not only reduce their water usage, but also incentivize consumers to do the same.

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The Crazy Logic Behind Florida’s Climate Change Ban

Big and small governments have tried through the years to change the vernacular that is used regarding controversial policies they don’t wish to accept. Now the Florida governor’s office has been accused of banning ‘climate change’ references from state communications. But will it make a difference?

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Ford Announces E-Bikes for Urban Commutes

Ford’s new e-bike prototypes do just about everything but steer the bike and serve you coffee. The two models, which were unveiled at the Mobile World Congress this week, are designed for commutes that rely on more than one mode of transport. Riders type in the destination and the preferences, and the bike figures the route. Getting to work sustainably just keeps getting easier and easier…

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Heineken Lager Brand Zaps ‘Skeeters, Fights Malaria

It’s been said that necessity breeds ingenuity. In this case, that accolade also belongs to the pesky mosquito — the inspiration for the Mozzie Box. The pesticide-infused box is the latest brainstorm for warding off mosquitoes in Papau New Guinea, where malaria at one time sickened one in five residents. SP Lager and the marketing firm GPY&R have come up with an ingenious way to introduce a mosquito repellant to outside gatherings, where mosquitoes often lurk. And the best part is the repellant is naturally produced.

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KFC and Seattle’s Best Present the Edible Coffee Cup

KFC diners in the U.K. apparently love their desserts — and their coffee. That’s why the bustling fried chicken chain plans to serve Seattle’s Best Coffee — complete with edible, chocolate-rimmed coffee cups. With another 100+ stores planned for the U.K. and Ireland soon, the new confection will get lots of visibility.