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RADAR: "The Challenges of Diversity in Sustainability Leadership"

Jenny Goldsmith

I was excited to find this GreenBiz article (https://www.greenbiz.com/node/106582), which discusses tangible strategies for environmental non-profits to increase and support diversity at all levels of their organization. At Foresight Prep we prioritize recruiting a diverse cohort of high school students each year, and as I watch our talented alumni grow into young professionals, I am thrilled to see more organizations gearing up to welcome them into our sector. 

RADAR: Keeping Communities above Water

Peter Toth

Last week, I attended a roundtable hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), where experts talked about their efforts to address urban flooding through community engagement, application of new stormwater models, and collaboration with other entities. My main takeaway was that communities most need capacity and funding to tackle this chronic issue, both of which MPC is seeking to provide with two new tools.

RADAR: Lessons from Back Home

Peter Toth

I was proud to read a recent Fast Company article about efforts to make government services more user-friendly in my hometown of Gainesville, Florida. After conducting user research with support from IDEO, they developed innovations like a "Department of Doing" to guide residents through government processes. It's an inspiring story, and one that I will keep an eye on.

RADAR: No Taxation without Collaboration

Peter Toth

If there's one thing that I've learned from projects that depend on collaboration between organizations, it's that the process of getting and balancing input can be just as important as the outcome itself. This recent article from Vox, about a carbon tax initiative in Washington state, is an illustrative example of why strategic and deliberate collaboration is necessary to tackle complex issues.

RADAR: Sowing a New Parable

Jenny Goldsmith

Last week California lawmakers passed SB 32 which, following Governor Brown's signature of approval, will mandate the state's greenhouse gas emissions be lowered 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The new bill expands upon California's existing target of reaching 1990 emissions levels by 2020, which the state is on track to hit even as their population and economy continue to grow. It will be interesting to watch and learn from the strategies the state will employ to achieve its impressive goal.