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Policy Points: Healthcare, Elections, and Tax Changes That Help 3BL Businesses

There are three important policies to consider supporting small- and medium-sized 3BL businesses: expanded Medicare, campaign finance reform and corporate tax reform.
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Obama and the National Climate Assessment: Hot Enough for Ya?

President Obama’s forceful pledge to “respond to the threat of climate change” during his second inaugural address Monday was both specific and somewhat…
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Policy Points: New Rules for a New Economy

Businesses are free to use, abuse, consume, and destroy nature with no financial consequences thanks to a phenomenon called cost externalization. Jeffrey Hollender…
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Sandy Aftermath Highlights Need For Storm Surge Protection Design

In the wake of superstorm Sandy, it is imperative that storm surge protection design is implemented to protect miles of vulnerable coastline in…
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Quit Being So Naïve, Government Subsidies Won’t Eradicate Poverty

Traditional definitions of poverty suggest an individual or family is lacking the proper food, shelter, and clothing to survive. However, according to scholar…
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R-22 Phaseout, Refrigerator Recycling and Q&A from NYTimes’ “Chilling Effect”

U.S. EPA has tried to reduce use of R-22 by imposing strict quotas on its production. Since 2010, the agency has also banned…
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SNAP and the Super Mayor: Food Security is What Matters

Last week, the food justice movement received a publicity boost when Newark mayor Cory Booker announced that he would try living off of…
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Policy Points: Three Vital Policies That Need Your Support

As business leaders, we can and must support policy change to help make the economy more sustainable.

Ryder: Collaboration is a Must for Natural Gas Expansion

Natural gas is cleaner than diesel, the fuel is cheaper, and supply is abundant and domestic. Yet significant challenges must be overcome before…
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The Good of Flexible Purpose Corporations

In January 2012, California began to recognize B Corps and Flexible Purpose Corps. While B Corps have been covered, Flex-Cs have not been…
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What Will Obama 2.0 Bring For Climate Policy?

President Obama gave a nod to climate change in his acceptance speech on election night, but reducing the United States' greenhouse gas (GHG)…
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Forget Businesses’ Social Responsibility – Let’s Discuss Their Social Impact

Talk of business social responsibility is misleading: It assumes that social and environmental considerations are distinct from core business. Taking a business’ social…
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The NRDC Toxic 20: How’s Your State’s Air Up There?

NRDC's Toxic 20 states have the dirtiest air.
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Tower Tariffs: The Winds of a Trade War with China?

Renewable energy trade conflicts with China are heating up and blowing strong. The latest action by the Commerce Department has set tariffs that…
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Why Your Organic Veggies Need Food Fingerprinting

The market for organic and eco-labelled foods has grown from pretty much zero to a staggering $60 billion industry within the past twenty…