Though they aren't necessarily 100% clean, electric vehicles can provide the thrills of the open road with greatly reduced carbon emissions. I'm not currently in the market for a car, but for those who are, this helpful guide to available models from the Environmental Law and Policy Center is a great place to start.
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Singing the Unsung: Karen Weigert
Navigating bureaucracies requires fortitude. It’s not an activity to which I’m well suited. But I have an abiding respect for those who are. It can be a challenging, low-gratitude, high-impact vocation. Last week, my friend and former board member Karen Weigert announced her resignation as the City of Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer after 4.5 years in the role. Having managed a diversity of projects through the corridors of City Hall, she deserves our gratitude.
A new report from the Brookings Institution ranks the economic growth of the country's largest urban areas based on holistic metrics, including individual prosperity and inclusivity across class and racial lines. Cities are by nature systemic, and hopefully the evaluation and exposure of these aspects will lead to a more expansive definition of successful urban growth.
A More Comprehensive Growth
Experience is essential. I’ve been sharing this lesson with a group of college students who for the past month have been in residence at Foresight. The value of a good internship should be greater insight and judgment about the issues at hand, as well as about oneself. These lessons often catch younger folks off guard. Becoming an effective leader is about more than mastering a particular subject.
Last week, our team of interns got a behind-the-scenes look at the ReBuilding Exchange, a social enterprise that creates new value from reclaimed building materials. Their innovative work is reimagining the way our society builds, and anyone else looking to learn more about them can schedule a tour of the space.
Benefitting From Twists and Turns
Experience is crucial. That’s the lesson I’ve been sharing with the small group of college students I’ve been working with this month. I don’t know how else one learns to navigate the unexpected challenges of a new undertaking. As carefully as I might think through a project, some issues only surface in the doing. Innovating for greater sustainability has yet to develop a codified methodology, which is one of the reasons I’m drawn to it.
Teaching is a gamble. Circumstances recently brought me into contact with some students I taught several years ago. One is a high school English teacher, and another works in real estate. Both shared how they still use elements learned in our course in their work, such as systems thinking, design strategy and a triple bottom line perspective. This is how the world will shift. My influence as a “sustainability professional” is only as potent as my ability to inform, inflect and motivate others, especially those whose careers seem outside my immediate sphere of focus.
Environmentalists of Color (EoC), an interdisciplinary network of leaders of color passionate about critical environmental issues, is seeking a part-time Communications & Events Intern to begin February 4. Foresight is proud to be hosting this internship in partnership with EoC.