Disciplined leadership in advancing sustainability

Responses to a Quickly Evolving Landscape

  • Does Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Start in the Cradle?

    Great reports that explain how government helped create racial wealth gaps and how it might reduce them.  Includes a recommendation for Individual Development Accounts for all newborns.  IDAs have been around a long time, but not scaled.  Cap and Dividend is a proposal Peter Barnes worked on to use carbon fees to fund IDAs.  Could it all come together someday?  Sounds good to me.  


  • See a great video about Delta Institute’s participation in Chicago Artisan Grain Collaborative.  Perennial wheat for all!! (I am on the board. but I have tasted the bread and now I am a fan.) 


  • Baltimore Anchor Institutions Work Together on Blight

    In the wake of unrest after Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, Baltimore universities and companies got together quickly to launch a jobs program aimed at economic disparities. Leveraging $10 million from Johns Hopkins has resulted in, Reiner says, $644 million in development in the 10 neighborhoods and a 53 percent reduction in vacant properties.  Other cities also have launched such initiatives, including Knoxville, which received a Partners for Places equity pilot grant.  

  • Driven Doer: Julia Parzen | Delta Institute

    I am honored to be the new board chair at Delta Institute. Delta works in partnership with business, government and communities in the Great Lakes region to create and implement innovative, market-driven solutions that build environmental resilience, economic vitality and healthy communities. 

    To help demonstrate the market potential of sustainable businesses, Delta creates and manages innovative social enterprises, including the P2E2 Center, a for-profit carbon credit trading platform, the Revere LLC, a for-profit energy efficiency lender, and it launched the Rebuilding Exchange, a nonprofit materials reuse store.

  • San Diego Climate Plan Means Big Potential for Jobs

    Looks like a serious effort to achieve a triple bottomline, including addressing disparities through implementation of climate action goals. Seeing this more and more. It is so helpful to have supportive state policies and, especially, funding.  

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