Month: July 2010

Sustainability Program helps to move cities from ambiguity to action

Sustainability. Cities are talking about it, many are doing it, public is demanding it, businesses are embracing it, even the federal government is taking steps to support and incorporate it into and across their agencies. And while “it” has been rising in popularity (few would argue that they’d prefer to live in or lead an

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Back to school for immigrant parents

Schools can provide strong footholds for immigrant children in their new communities. Aside from access to critical learning opportunities, such as English as Second Language classes, they are able to become involved in sports teams, clubs, and other community activities that help ease the transition to life in a new place. Immigrant parents, however, do

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The Gulf Oil Spill: Economic Impact

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is shaping up to be one of the worst environmental disasters that has ever hit the United States.  What’s worse, being just five years after another devastating disaster, Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast region is no doubt in grave danger as the oil continues to

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The Gulf Oil Spill: could local water supplies be affected?

The immediate damages resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are many: oil-soaked seabirds, warnings of seafood contamination and tar balls washing ashore. Damages to beaches are another prominent concern. Panama City Beach, Fla., hotels are fielding calls from would-be vacationers checking the status of beaches. The City of Destin, located in Florida’s panhandle, added

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