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Debunking Duke Energy’s Anti-Solar Lobbying in NC

NC WARN challenges the Duke monopoly claim that captive, low-income Carolinians must pay more for dirty power plants while others add rooftop solar

A number of U.S. utilities have been trying to stop the growth of rooftop solar  electricity by claiming it hurts low- and fixed-income customers and people of color.  Such solar-bashing has been thoroughly discredited, but now Duke Energy lobbyists and other hired guns are spreading it among African-American community leaders and among legislative Democrats.

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Be Downtown for the 74th Central Atlanta Progress Annual Meeting

Downtown is on the Move! Learn more at the CAP Annual Meeting on March 31

Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) will host their 2015 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 31 at the Georgia World Congress Center’s Sidney Marcus Auditorium. Kicking off at 7:00 am, the breakfast event will bring together more than 1,100 of the city’s top executives, elected officials and community partners and will mark CAP’s 74th year of serving Downtown Atlanta.

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UT Arlington partners with Zipcar to offer new car sharing program on campus

Zip Car comes University of Texas Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Office of Sustainability rolls out a new car-sharing program Wednesday, Feb. 4, as part of its commitment to creating a more sustainable campus for students, faculty and staff.

Zipcar, the world's leading car sharing network, is open to those over 18 years of age and who have been licensed for at least one year (domestic and international). Students, faculty or staff may join the membership program for $25, then pay $7.50 per hour or $69 a day to reserve one of four vehicles parked on campus.

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The Indigenous Rights Risk Report: How Violating Indigenous Peoples' Rights Increases Industry Risks

New report finds that US extractive companies expose shareholders to risks by neglecting Indigenous Peoples' rights

First Peoples Worldwide released the Indigenous Rights Risk Report at the SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, a product of two years of consultations with investment analysts, industry professionals, and Indigenous Peoples. The report analyzes 52 U.S. oil, gas, and mining companies with projects operating on or near Indigenous territories around the globe, impacting some 150 Indigenous communities. These projects were assessed against five indicators (Country Risk, Reputation Risk, Community Risk, Legal Risk, and Risk Management) to determine their risk of Indigenous community opposition or violations of Indigenous Peoples’ rights. The report found that most of the U.S. extractive companies analyzed are poorly positioned to manage the risks they face when working on Indigenous lands. Furthermore, the Report shows that poor governance and negligible policies for Indigenous peoples in host countries is bad for business. Nearly 60% of all projects operating in high-risk countries were rated as high risks themselves. You can read the full report at http://firstpeoples.org/indigenous-rights-risk-report.

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