The “big hush” and other maps showing what Americans really think about climate and the transition before us

New York Times, 21 March 2017, excerpt by Nadja Popovich, John Schwartz, and Tatiana Schlossberg Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion …

Massachusetts Bill Text for 100 Percent Renewable Energy Act

SECTION 1. The General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, are hereby amended by inserting after chapter 25C the following chapter:- CHAPTER 25D. 100 Percent Renewable Energy Act Section 1. The purpose of this chapter is to steadily transition the commonwealth to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2050 in order to (1) avoid pollution of our air, …

Building new options to the extractivist sharing model

By Nathan Schneider, 21 Dec 2014 Image from OpenSource.com’s post, “Don’t Build a Better Mousetrap. Change the Business Model.“ One chilly morning last winter, I reconnected with an old friend, Joel Dietz, on a video chat. We hadn’t seen each other for years, and we’d each had several starts and stops in our lives since. He began telling me about his latest undertaking, …

Leveraging startup culture to improve government and make the rapid shifts we need

By The Intersector Project By Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, City of West Sacramento and Mark Johannessen, Council Member, City of West Sacramento As advancements in technology revolutionize customer experiences in every aspect of our residents’ lives, local governments are under evolutionary pressure to adapt or risk losing the support and trust of the communities they serve. However, by design, governmental entities are organized to …

Improving public consultation in public-private partnerships

By The Intersector Project DOWNLOAD PDF In their recent article, “An Empirical Examination of Public Involvement in Public-Private Partnerships: Qualifying the Benefits of Public Involvement in PPPs,” in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Eric Boyer, Professor of Public Administration, David Van Slyke, Associate Dean and Chair of Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, and Juan Rogers, …

Big 3 pharmaceuticals shipped 433 pain pills for every man, woman, and child in West Virginia, for a profit of $17 billion and a cost of 1, 728 lives/overdoses

Sanders Calls for Investigation of Big Pharma Drug Pushers Over Shocking New Report December 20, 2016 by Common Dreams  by Lauren McCauley Unfettered shipments of opioids “amount to 433 pain pills for every man, woman and child in West Virginia,” notes Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Eric Eyre. (Photo: Melanie Tata/cc/flickr) Drug-pushing, multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies should be “investigated and prosecuted,” declared Sen. Bernie …

Planning for Shared Mobility: What cities can do now

Share mobility has the potential to reduce VMT and increase access and mobility for those lacking it, while reducing costs and their need to own cars.  Local governments can directly support shared mobility in their communities in many ways.  These are a few (Shaheen & Cohen, 2016). BECOMING PARTNERS OF SHARED MODES Governments and public agencies can support shared mobility …