Ouch! Women Are Being Recognized Again

Posted by Pat Heffernan on Mar 25, 2016 12:53:00 PM

 

March marks Women’s History Month again, but I am not celebrating. Stories and images of courageous women of the past are everywhere. These women deserve recognition — they fought hard to advance equal rights and access for the majority of the U.S. population who happen to have been born female. Yet in 2016, I find it increasingly difficult to talk about celebrating for one month a year when there are so few signs of positive progress to improve the lives of women. How can we better harness attention, social change innovations, and sustainable economy principles to advance gender equality?

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Topics: Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

10 Policy Solutions for Women and Minority-Owned Businesses

Posted by Pat Heffernan on Sep 28, 2015 11:25:00 PM

 

Ready to go... Ten policy solutions to close the funding and opportunities gaps for women and minority-owned businesses are being presented at the 4th Annual Sustainable Business Summit in Washington, D.C. this week. The American Sustainable Business Council's Working Group for Women (WGFW) and its Diversity & Inclusion Working Group (D&IWG) developed the policy solutions together over the past year. As an ASBC board member and co-chair of the Working Group for Women, I have been deeply involved in this work with my colleagues here in Vermont, and nationally. The subject is definitely "on our radar" and I look forward to the evolving discussion as we move forward.

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Topics: Mission-Driven Business, Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Values in Action: Sustainable Local Food in Vermont

Posted by Pat Heffernan on Aug 22, 2015 12:31:00 PM

 

It's likely that your eyes glaze over as quickly as mine do when you hear lofty sustainable local food system goals and "walking the talk" rhetoric from large institutions. So it's a delight when you see sustainability values in action like the recent news that the Intervale Food Hub is now an approved local food supplier to the local behemoth, University of Vermont Dining Services. Kudos to all involved!

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Topics: Sustainability, Food Systems

Act On Climate

Posted by Pat Heffernan on Aug 2, 2015 1:08:00 AM

From The White House:

Action on climate change? In what some may consider a long overdue move, the White House announced at midnight the final version of America's Clean Power Plan—the biggest, most important step ever taken by the United States to combat climate change.

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Topics: Energy & Climate Change

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