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Environmental Justice in Detroit: Hope Rises Amid Toxic Communities

Detroit zip code 48217 is the most toxic in Michigan and thirdmost in the nation. A crush of polluting industries tower over a small community that refuses to give up. Will a city climate action plan make a difference? What about the mountain of dirty tar sands byproduct perched on the edge of the Detroit River? Environmental justice seems to have deserted Detroit, or has it?

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Understanding Environmental Justice Policies

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s signing of Executive Order 12898 on environmental justice. What are the events that brought environmental justice policies into existence, and are they still relevant? The answer is yes: They are probably more important today then ever before.

Shareholders say McDonald's targeting of children through products like Happy Meals has contributed to childhood obesity.

McDonald’s Shareholders Vote on Marketing Unwholesome Food

A resolution at the McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting today will seek to prevent the fast food giant from marketing unhealthy food to children. While the majority of McDonald’s shareholders will likely reject the resolution when they vote, Sara Deon, director of Corporate Accountability International’s “Value [the] Meal” campaign insists that whether or not the resolution passes is of little consequence.

The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, but does not have the best average quality.

The U.S. is Paying Too Much For Healthcare and Receiving Too Little

When it comes to most things, you get what you pay for. But when it comes to healthcare – a matter of life and death for every man, woman and child in this country – it is backwards. According to a 2012 report by the OECD, the United States spends some 17.6 percent of its GDP on healthcare – far more than any other OECD country – but does not see quality increases commensurate with its spending.

Coca-Cola is reducing their advertising targeted at children in their attempt to counter obesity claims.

Coca-Cola Works to Counter Childhood Obesity

It appears that soft drink giant Coca-Cola is taking the “best defense is a good offense” approach when it comes to thwarting claims and eliminating perceptions that their products contribute to obesity.

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Fast Food Workers Strike – Is a Living Wage Really Possible?

Living wage proponents want to peg the minimum wage to the cost of living so that all workers, including those working in fast-food and retail settings can be assured a wage that will adequately cover their living expenses. While there is a fair amount of resistance to the idea in the U.S., the concept is catching on in the U.K., where employers report lower turnover and better worker attendance from happier employees. The companies are happy as well, since lower recruitment and retention costs mean better profits.

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SAP Pledges to Hire Adults with Autism For 1% of Workforce

This week SAP announced that one percent of its workforce will eventually be adults diagnosed with a form of autism. That number could eventually be as high as 6,500 employees spread across 60 of its locations

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The Impact of Chemicals in U.S. Waterways

Dangerous chemicals have been found in U.S. waterways ranging from ingredients found in anti-bacterial soap to cleaning products to cosmetics.

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Reinterpreting Wealth to Mean What You Value, Not What You Own

It’s a fact of life that how much money you make often determines other life decisions, like where you can afford to live. But what if we reimagine what wealth means…what if wealth is an abundance of what you value?

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Financial Resources to Catalyze New Economy Solutions

This article is the first in a series that seeks to identify existing funds generating positive social and environmental impact along with a traditional bottom line; codifying existing financing strategies for the new economy.

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Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations are the Key to Ending Homelessness

It will take organizations from several disciplines working together to put an end to homelessness. Veterans, families and children are hardest hit. President Obama’s Opening Doors initiative and new opportunities for funding like crowdfunding are rays of light for this dark problem.