https://youtu.be/Pc-NUcH8VOQ Today, I purchased a limited-edition Stella Artois Chalice to help provide 5 years of clean water to someone in India. With my purchase, Stella Artois will donate enough to provide five years of clean water for one person in India. Stella has partnered with water.org to make it happen and it runs through the rest … Continue reading Clean water for India
Yesterday was International Women's Day. We completed some work for clients around a few campaigns related to achieving gender parity in business, but not a personal civic act to honor International Women's Day. Today, I made a Kiva loan to Susan in St. Paul, Minnesota. Susan is a female entrepreneur, running a business called Mademoiselle Miel, … Continue reading Kiva loan to Susan in St. Paul Minnesota
Today, I went to a Brattle Film Foundation development committee meeting. It's been awhile since I last attended one, which I feel bad about. But I'm excited to be back involved again.
Today, I sat with a friend to go over a Climate Reality Project presentation. There's a blizzard coming through Boston today, and his presentation to a group at Merrimack College got postponed. Unfortunately, he can't make the new date, next week, so I'll be stepping in. I got a good download on what he was … Continue reading Climate presentation prep
Cooperative businesses are jointly owned and democratically operated businesses. They include worker cooperatives owned and managed by the people who work there, housing cooperatives that are managed by the people who live there, and lots of others. They're interesting ideas and there are places where they have really taken off, to get great effect, notably in Jackson, … Continue reading Boston Cooperative Investment Club
I've gotten deeply involved in voluntarism and activism with two organizations: Indivisible Somerville and Conscious Capitalism's Boston chapter. Today, I led meetings for both, to plan activities for the coming weeks. The good news is that we're pretty good at not over-scheduling our activities for both organizations. So hopefully this'll be sustainable.
Today, I went to the Oscars. More specifically, I went to the Brattle Theatre's annual Oscar party, which is a fundraiser for the non-profit Brattle Film Foundation. And we "won" a silent auction item, which I'm looking forward to: a visit to Formaggio Kitchen's cheese cave. (Special shout out to film critic Tom Meek, who … Continue reading Oscar night 2018
As a professional writer, I'm a little surprised at myself for not doing more writing as part of One Civic Act. Today, I began to change that by drafting a blog post for the Indivisible Somerville community about some of the wonky details of energy policy. Look for more, because I intend to start submitting … Continue reading A little bit of writing
In 2012, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adopted rules requiring cars and light trucks to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. (Passenger cars reached about 36 mpg in 2014, and light trucks about 26, according to the Bureau of Transportation.) It was an aggressive target, but the industry agreed it … Continue reading Auto emissions standards
Your coffee to go may be a bigger problem than you realize. Starbucks alone sells over 4 billion hot cups and 3.5 billion straws and plastic cups per year. That's hard to imagine. The dirty little secret is that those "paper" cups that coffee shops use aren't recyclable because of the coatings they use to … Continue reading Starbucks packaging