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Top 5 things to Counteract President Trump’s First Week

President Donald Trump signs many environment killing executive orders in his first week. Photo Credit:  Karl-Ludwig Poggemann, Flickr

It’s been a rough first week with the new president. The assault on the environmental issues we all care about has been swift. Many people took the wait and see approach but even before he was in office, it was clear that there was an agenda with the new administration. As President-elect Trump created his own TPP:  Tillerson, Pruitt, and Perry wait and see, became despair and dismay within the sustainability community and a chorus of “this is so much worse than we thought” started spreading.

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Top 10 stories of 2016

I decided to look back this year to see what the most popular stories for 2016 were. Unfortunately, the Black Warrior River in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa, Alabama area had a tough year. Another top story for the year was glass, glass recycling that is. When I sent the newsletter out with the top stories, I asked for people to share theirs. We were honored to hear from two recycling leaders in Atlanta. Many thanks to Laura Turner Seydel and Gloria Hardegree for their thoughts on the top story of 2016.

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Regardless of who you voted for local issues win!

Today is a tough day for half the country. The other half is ecstatic. For those of us in the sustainability community, regardless of who you voted for we do have something to celebrate. Why? Because the whats, the amendments, all passed that we shared on Monday. People voted for transparent solar in Florida. People voted for nature protected by the state in Alabama and in Atlanta there will be more alternative transit.

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The Connection between America’s Recent Shootings and the Climate

This week has been another tragic week for America. The recent shootings of innocent citizens in Louisiana and Minnesota followed by the terrifyingly, violent, rampage in Dallas have broken so many hearts.This week has been another tragic week for America. The recent shootings of innocent citizens in Louisiana and Minnesota followed by the terrifyingly, violent, rampage in Dallas have broken so many hearts. It’s hard to watch the events unfolding on the news and social media. Many of us are asking ourselves how does this stop? What is causing this? Why now? Haven’t we moved beyond this? Why? Why? Why?

There are probably going to be some people who read this and jadedly think, “Oh great we are connecting issues that should not be connected.” This is a society issue. This is a historical race issue. This is a gun-control cultural issue. This is not about our rapidly warming planet. Some of you may even think, this is just a way to get eyeballs on an article during a crisis in America.

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Cents and Insensibility

The Great Georgia LED debacle of 2016This story was a struggle. Should it be a journalistic piece or an editorial piece? In the end I decided to put it in the editorial pile. The reason I struggled is because I know many of the parties in this story. I do not want to offend but the lack of responsibility shown by all the parties deserves scrutiny. Georgia taxpayers and voters have been betrayed again.

No one seems to think about the cost anymore except taxpayers and people who have to think about the costs - the middle class and economically disadvantaged communities. Though our political leaders discuss our “capitalistic” free market society and government waste, the reality is it doesn’t really matter to those who say they represent the voters. Both parties seem happy to spend away without regard to fiduciary responsibility or societal costs.

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Top 5 Picks for Earth Day Schwag

Keep those tires out of the landfills! 100% post consumer recycled tires produce a useful kitchen tool.It's that time of year again! As we all get prepared to celebrate our planet, I wanted to give you my top five picks for earth day schwag. If you are having an event or exhibiting at several, it's always nice to have some schwag, but if it's not sustainable then what's the point? I found a promotional company, PROMOrx, while of all things, tweeting during SharkTank. PROMOrx sent over some of really cool schwag and I just couldn't not share them with you. None of them are wholly unique but all are new spins on stuff we have seen for awhile. That's what makes it so much fun! My favorite? The jar opener made out of recycled tires.

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