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A Strategic Plan to Address Chronic Homelessness

My time in the Portland Metro Area came to an end last Friday. I turned in my final report with my policy recommendations and several charts and a flow-chart that detailed how to implement my recommended plan. So how did … Continue reading

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Why We Need a National STEM Competition Just for Girls

When I was in the third grade, I invented a refrigerator. It was fancy for the time – it kept an inventory of everything inside, suggested recipes, and (gasp!) connected to the internet so you could order groceries from home. … Continue reading

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Coal Ash, Water Quality Standards and Solar Bees

My internship with the Sierra Club is winding down now, with only a couple days left. The legislature is still in session, with no end in sight. Since my last post, the Coal Ash bill was debated in the House. … Continue reading

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Pacific Northwest Style Homelessness

Greetings from Oregon! My last blog post ended with a statement that I was tasked with interviewing a variety of people that have a stake in addressing homelessness here in Gresham. Since then I have had conversations, meetings, and planning … Continue reading

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From Dirt to Shirt: Cotton as a Case Study in Sustainability

A few weeks ago, Chip Bergh, the CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., urged customers to stop washing their jeans as a way to conserve water in the laundering process. Not surprisingly, Mr. Bergh’s call to action (or, rather, inaction) … Continue reading

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Drinking the Cotton Kool-Aid

It’s everywhere — in the clothes we wear, the cushions we sit on, the ice cream we eat, and the bills we spend. It’s cotton: the fabric of our lives! I’m already 5 weeks into my internship at the global … Continue reading

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Regulating E-Cigarettes in California

As I mentioned in my last blog, my office, the California Tobacco Control Program, is rapidly trying to bring California up to speed with other states in regulating e-cigarettes. While I have mainly been working on comments to the Food … Continue reading

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YesPrep

When I say the core values: grow humble leaders, drive visionary change, achieve jaw-dropping results, build transformative relationships and create-life changing opportunities, who, dead or alive, do you feel embodies each of these values? This was the first group activity … Continue reading

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New York, New York: Go Big or Go Homeless

By Jennifer Rimbach Rising Inequality Any humid, mid-summer evening stroll through Manhattan reminds me of the agglomeration economy’s complex problem of poverty. The divide between the rich and the poor is wide. In the shadows of skyscrapers with rooftop bars … Continue reading

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Quinoa: A future sown thousands of years ago.

The International Year of Quinoa was originally proposed by the Plurinational State of Bolivia at the 37th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in June/July of 2011 for the year 2013. The purpose of … Continue reading

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