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Doing Well and Doing Good: The Business for Good Summit

The McCombs School of Business Net Impact Chapter is hosting its 6th annual summit on business and social impact. Formerly called the Sustainable Business Summit, The Business for Good Summit has broadened its scope to address some of the more meaningful questions about how business can be used as a platform to affect social and […]

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Climate Change: A non-partisan issue in Texas?

Some interesting recent polling, including work done by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, suggests a narrowing gap between California and Texas over climate change concerns. This may be surprising to many since Texas’s political leaders take a hard line on restricting greenhouse gas emissions compared to public leaders in the Golden State. Governor […]

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Dr. Sheila Olmstead On Prop 6

In November 2013, voters from around Texas overwhelmingly approved a referendum that would allocate $2 billion from the state’s Economic Stabilization (Rainy Day) Fund to start water projects already included in the Texas Water Development Board’s State Water Plan. Many interested parties, including legislators and environmental groups, believe that the real work lies ahead. Where is this money going […]

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SXSW Eco Wrap

Much like the music, film and interactive iterations of the conference, SXSW Eco attempts to bring together like-minded thinkers from just about every corner of a specific realm – this one being the environmental. Now in its third year, the Eco conference seems to be making the transition from a platform for innovators to get […]

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Austinites Call for City Hall to Abandon King Coal

“Coal is dead.  Fund the future.”  This was the message from the Sierra’s Club’s Dave Cortez at Austin City Hall this Saturday.   On a blue bell Saturday afternoon, around 75 Austinites gathered on the steps of City Hall for a rally with nationally organized roots. A national campaign organized under the umbrella of the environmental […]

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Clean Tech’s Real Solyndra

The iconic image for the debate on climate change over the last decade has not been footage of glacial ice tumbling into the arctic sea or the cover of An Inconvenient Truth (2006). It is the climate forecast PowerPoint, crisscrossed with variable lines, demonstrating the empirical case for any number of global outcomes. The graph […]

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Cleaning Our Hands of Dirty Pipelines

  This article was co-written by Marcus Denton, a second year master's candidate at the LBJ School for Public Affairs, studying social and economic policy. President Obama generates controversy with nearly every one of his decisions. But if he gives in on the most important environmental decision in years, we’re all going to feel the […]

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Blind Consumption: Realizing the Full Costs of Oil

  On January 2, 2002, less than four months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. I did so in part to serve my nation and in part to earn money for college. In the summer of 2006, while serving my second tour in Iraq, I was on […]

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Lighting Up a Dark Continent

  Take a look at a satellite photo of Africa at night.  Apart from a few specks of light over the largest cities, the continent is dark. Millions of rural Africans live without any electrical power at all, and the U.N. Development Program estimates that on a yearly basis the 19.5 million people of New […]

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Teeing Up for Climate Change

  I was asked the other day to name a country that I’d want to be a marketing agent for – spice up their image. I answered with some African state – predictable for an Africanist “do-gooder” who wants to “change!” the world. I was wrong. I should have said the Maldives. Before I continue, […]

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