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November 30, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Lawmakers seek to address climate change in light of Sandy
    Some Democratic lawmakers are calling for climate-change measures to be considered amid rebuilding of the infrastructure in states affected by Hurricane Sandy and its remnants. "The infrastructure for the past is no longer adequate for the new normal of new extremes that we are now facing," said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said that "Sandy reminded us of a very stark reality -- we can either invest now or we'll pay later." CBS News (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
Green Marketing 
  • On psychics, bartending and green marketing
    To lure in eco-minded consumers, green-discount website EthicalDeal.com offers quirky services such as acupuncture, psychic readings and bartending courses alongside its range of eco-products. The aim is to create a portfolio of services and products that fit in with users' green lifestyles, explains CEO Annalea Krebs. "You might go to a holistic wellness trade show and see some psychic representatives there. So it's as if these services are present where our community is present," she says. Samaritan Mag (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • Business, academic groups join forces to train green leaders
    The University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and the World Environment Center will help graduate students get in touch with top-level sustainability executives. "Through this partnership, students will obtain direct experience on how companies evaluate and apply sustainability-related data and formulate decision-making options," the organizations' leaders explain. GreenBiz.com (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Energy provider offers locally made wind power to Pa. ratepayers
    Washington Gas Energy Services is offering wind-generated power from Pennsylvania to ratepayers of utilities PECO Energy, PPL, Pennsylvania Electric and Metropolitan Edison. Residential and business customers can opt for either 50% or 100% wind power under the new program, WGES PA WindPower, said WGES, which has recently joined ChoosePAWind. Pennsylvania residents who sign up with WGES by Dec. 22 will receive preferential introductory rates for the wind-power program. SNL Financial (free content) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Opinion: PTC stimulates job creation, promotes energy security
    Congress must immediately pass an extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, which has been a historically effective way to stimulate jobs and promote energy security, writes Nate Sandvig, a U.S. Army veteran and site developer for EDF Renewable Energy. "In addition to creating 75,000 new wind energy jobs with the PTC, developing new sectors where American can lead is important to our identity and our future stability," Sandvig said. SustainableBusinessOregon.com/Voices Blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Don't let your meetings get stuck in the bike shed
    Too many high-level meetings fall prey to "bike-shedding" -- the notion that smart, powerful people will quickly sign off on important issues they barely understand but will spend hours arguing over trivial issues they think they understand, such as whether to build a bike shed. Avoid this trap by giving your team the information they need to make big decisions and shielding them from the small ones, advises Dan McCarthy. "If you’re the leader, exercise your decision making authority on the trivial stuff," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Be clear on where and how much participation is expected and desired -- and where it is not."
--Dan McCarthy, director of Executive Development Programs at the University of New Hampshire, writing at SmartBlog on Leadership
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