To make sure you’re caught up before that holiday party, we’re taking a look back at the year’s biggest news items — and what’s happening with them now.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
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How do you make sure state healthcare services meet the needs of people with disabilities? If you’re Josh and Rachel Boynton, you prepare to try things that have never been tried. And you carry a big heart.
It goes without saying that Israel is one of the most politicized nations on the planet, and the same goes for how the country approaches its water security. But one water utility CEO is using low-tech solutions to make her city one of the most water resilient communities on the planet.
The incoming administration is looking to be “business-friendly.” But what about the needs of socially responsible businesses? If you strive to run your business in an environmentally and socially sustainable way, it’s time stand up for it in public and with policymakers. It’s time to become an activist for business as a force for good.
While Tucson council members were slow to get on board, they are now enthusiastic promoters of policy solutions that encourage residents to take full advantage of greywater in and on their homes.
“We are disappointed that you did not reaffirm the core values which differentiate both IBM as a company and us collectively as IBMers,” the staffers wrote. And they’re not the only tech employees who are concerned about their CEO’s cozy relationship with Trump.
All corporations operating within the city must now pay an additional 10 percent tax if the CEO receives more than 100 times the salary of the lowest paid employee. The city commissioner, who wants to use the funds to end homelessness, explained: “Of course, this reform alone will not close our nation’s economic divide. But it does send a powerful message that our community is ready to take a stand against the extreme inequality that harms all of us.”
Rishon LeZion, five miles south of Tel Aviv, has become a global leader in water efficiency — and much of this success is thanks to CEO Sally Levy, who is arguably one of the world’s leading women on water stewardship.
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The U.S. recycling rate has remained more or less the same for the past decade. What’s the deal? We spoke with an expert looking to break the 34-percent barrier to find out.
The ExxonMobil CEO’s chummy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin raised plenty of eyebrows. But his role in promoting climate denial and blocking government efforts to address global warming should be equally distressing.
Donald Trump said he may favor eradicating NASA’s 58-year-old earth sciences division, which includes a network of satellites that track climate change. But the California governor gave scientists a simple message: We’ve got your back.
A recently discovered oil leak along an important waterway may give further weight to the Standing Rock Sioux’s efforts to keep crude oil away from its primary water source. But will the message be too late?
President-elect Donald Trump is systematically stacking his cabinet with people who oppose the existence of the very organizations they’re tasked to run. This group must have one heckuva secret lair. It’s probably already being built under Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., with a secret passage planned from the White House War Room. Here’s a line-up of the key players and their superpowers.
Though much about Donald Trump is chaotic and unpredictable, his overall agenda as a businessman and politician is clear and consistent: He wants to make himself more powerful, and he doesn’t care how he does it, writes businessman and philanthropist Tom Steyer.