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REI’s Co-op Business Model Produces Record Results

Posting record financial results for 2014, REI’s co-op business model is also delivering more in the way of social and environmental dividends. Besides paying out $168 million in cash dividends, REI will invest around $8 million in nonprofit community projects that promote outdoor life.

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Report: Climate Change is Dangerous to Your Health

How serious are the health-related impacts? Really, really serious, according to a 405-page draft climate and health assessment report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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Whirlpool and Habitat for Humanity Partnership: True Corporate Giving

What began with appliance donations has become one of Whirlpool’s most successful corporate social responsibility programs. It is hard to argue with the numbers: over US$85 million in donations since 1999, 8,000-plus company employees who have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and a renewed lease on life for over 100,000 families.


Is Sleep the New Social Justice Issue?

America’s population of low-wage workers is becoming increasingly overextended and under-slept. African-Americans are over three times as likely as whites to report very short sleep, while Asians and non-Mexican Hispanics are two to three times as likely. Lower-income groups report very short sleep versus those who earn more than $75,000. Is sleep poverty just another form of social inequality?

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Report: Climate Change Poses High Risk for Low-Income Rural Communities

If you live on a fixed income, fluctuations in energy prices can have a dizzying impact. As climate justice advocate Gerald Durley put it during a recent conference call hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council: “When unprecedented weather disasters devastate the poorest neighborhoods in places like New Orleans, New Jersey and New York, [climate change] is a civil rights issue.”

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Philip Morris Sues Uruguay Over Anti-Smoking Campaign

One can surmise the many things tobacco companies have in common with fast food corporations, including the fact they must expand their business abroad while sales stagnate on both sides of the Atlantic. The result is that the World Health Organization estimates that 70 percent of the 8.4 million deaths that will be attributed tobacco use in 2020 will occur in developing countries. One country that has long run an aggressive anti-smoking campaign is Uruguay, but its laws are under threat by a lawsuit filed by Philip Morris International.

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The STEM Jobs Gap and Minority Youth Engagement

#YesWeCode, led by Van Jones, advocates for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) inclusion and wider access to computer science education for minority students across the country.

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Obama Links Climate Change with Public Health

This week is National Public Health Week. One of the events commemorating the occasion was a roundtable discussion on Tuesday at Howard University’s College of Medicine, where President Barack Obama joined U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to discuss the link between climate change and public health.


How Can We Get More Women Involved in STEM Fields?

There is an economic recovery happening, though it isn’t happening everywhere. Some localities and some skills are seeing much higher levels of job growth than others. Jobs in STEM-related fields grew by 17 percent last year compared to almost 10 percent for non-STEM careers, according to the U.S Department of Commerce. Those are good jobs too, paying 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. But those jobs are primarily going to men.


Minneapolis — the Healthiest City in the U.S.

Livability, an organization that works with communities to develop content marketing programs, ranked the top 10 healthiest cities in the U.S. Minneapolis, Minnesota, made the No. 1 spot. How did your city fare?

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What Does Women’s Leadership Mean in 2015?

Nearly a century after women were granted the right to vote and a half century after the Equal Pay Act, the United States has yet to have a female president, and in Fortune 500 companies, women hold less than 20 percent of board seats and only 4.8 percent of CEO positions. As TriplePundit kicks off our new series on women’s leadership, we posed this question to some of the women we admire most: What does women’s leadership mean in 2015?

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How Government Subsidies Drive Deforestation and Inequality

While contributing to agricultural and natural resource development and GDP, government subsidies are drivers of deforestation and marginalization of indigenous communities in environmentally critical tropical forests. Reports from ODI (Overseas Development Institute) and Forest Peoples Program offer details and insights.


Who Owns Private Prisons? Most Likely, You!

Some foundations have been criticized for investing in corrections facilities, but it is not always easy to know what is hidden in large opaque investment vehicles. In fact, anyone with broad passive exposure to the U.S. equity market through his or her pension or 401(k) plan is likely to have ownership of America’s largest private prison companies.