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Hurricane Harvey – a Tragic Yet Teachable Moment

The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is of biblical proportions, and we mourn the loss of lives and livelihoods that it has caused. Still, there are valuable takeaways from it, and here are 10 that we should take to our city departments and city councils immediately:

Trump Reversal of Flood Risk Standards Will Hurt Communities Like Houston

Trump insists that rescinding the Obama-era Flood Risk Standards will speed up construction and save communities money. But experts familiar with the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Ike say that nixing standards that require climate change to be considered in how cities are built (or rebuilt) will set communities up for a world of hurt.

Sanctions on Venezuela Exempt Citgo — U.S. Energy Portfolio at Risk

Citgo, the American oil company owned by the government of Venezuela, has been granted an exemption from recent U.S. sanctions by the Trump White House. The administration claims Citgo cannot transfer profits to its Venezuelan parent, but it turns out lobbying may have had something to do with giving the company a pass.

Concrete Jungle Exacerbates Houston Flooding

Hurricane Harvey and climate change are being blamed for Houston’s unprecedented flooding this weekend. But experts point out that the volume of rain — 12 trillion gallons — that deluged the city wasn’t really the problem. It was the lack of planning for predictable increased flooding.

Welcome to Fort NOx: Diesel Industry Braces For Impact

Automakers and other diesel stakeholders failed to come up with a groundbreaking solution to diesel’s local air pollution issue at the recent Diesel Summit in Berlin. Absent an industry solution, they make be stuck with whatever policy-makers decide.

Hurricane Harvey Tests Limits of Federal Flood Insurance Program

Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the greater Houston region is offering another grim reminder: the federal government’s national flood insurance program, NFIP, is going to become even more financially unsustainable — and it’s already $25M in debt.

Why Companies Like Salesforce Differentiate on Gender Pay Equity

84 percent of Americans want companies to address women’s rights specifically. So how can socially-responsible companies differentiate themselves among corporate peers who are quick to sign on to the notion of equal pay for equal work, but resistant to the transparency required to actually prove it? 

As Global Slavery Rates Rise, Corporations Struggle to Respond

Millions of individuals still live in slavery or other forms of forced labor. A high-level meeting in the Australian city of Perth attempted to develop global standards for more ethical and transparent labor practices within companies’ global supply chains. Unfortunately it ended with few concrete action items.

Trump’s DOE Invests $13M in Alternative Fuel Vehicles

New electric vehicles that can support mass transit are on the horizon, according to an announcement by the Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office. The office has just dolled out $13.4 million to encourage the production of alternative fuel vehicles that can support community mass transit.