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We are in throes of campaign season as candidates rush from event to event to gin up votes as we get closer to Election Day. Every one of those candidates who is successful on November 4 will probably have carefully crafted a message that resonates with their pool of voters.…

A rooftop solar revolution

Who benefits from rooftop solar? If you’re thinking only rich folks can afford those snazzy solar panels – well, that’s where you’re wrong. For low-income families, electricity bills can break the bank: low-income households spend four times as much of their income on utilities as average consumers. Making rooftop solar affordable (through…

Keeping women at the center keeps a better future in focus

Almost 50 years ago, my distant cousin Estelle Griswold did something pretty remarkable: she took on a Connecticut law that banned birth control, brought it all the way to the Supreme Court, and won. Because of her determination, women all over the country get to decide whether and when to…

The first rule of talking about nitrogen…

Who cares about nitrogen pollution? Chances are, you do. You just don’t know it yet. Nitrogen as an element is absolutely necessary to life, but as with so many essentials, you can have too much of a good thing. Excess nitrogen – from tailpipes, smokestacks and most seriously from manures…

Toxic algae crisis isn’t over for Lake Erie or the nation

Toledo drinking water ban should be a warning to other cities After a weekend of scrambling to find bottled water for drinking, cooking and other household uses, residents of northwestern Ohio and southwestern Michigan were told Monday that their tapwater is again safe to drink. But for how long? Toxic…

Why the Hobby Lobby decision is bad for everyone

Last week, five members of the Supreme Court (none of them women) decided the religious beliefs of certain corporations outweigh a woman’s right to birth control coverage. Which (as I wrote for the Skoll World Forum) is bad for the thousands of women who work for companies whose owners want…

Ready for Toxic Algae Season

Toxic algae – sometimes called harmful algal blooms – is a particular threat in the warm summer months, when polluted runoff from farms, feedlots, lawns and septic fields meets warm waters that allow dangerous algae growth to explode. For the second year in a row, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s…

Be your own meme machine

Ever wish you could have a photo editor in house? Someone who could whip up a meme, tweak a photo or put together a fancy graphic for your Facebook page? Or, just help turn a photo from “nice” to “fabulous!” That someone could easily be you! We’re sharing our favorite…

From hoarder to order: Organizing a photo library

I’m a saver. If I see a great photo, I grab it knowing there will be a project down the road it will be perfect for. While I prefer to think of myself as delightfully proactive, my computer desktop is telling me I’m a hot mess. Well, if you’re anything…

Building energy reporting: Big data for leaner, smarter cities

Some of America’s major metro areas are getting smarter, richer and, dare we say, thinner—at least when it comes to their energy profiles—all thanks to adoption of energy benchmarking policies. This week, Washington, DC became the second U.S. city to disclose energy-use data on large, privately owned buildings. New York City was the first to do…