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How to Raise an Environmentalist

Encouraging children to form an emotional attachment to nature may be key to protecting our planet’s future.

by Jill Suttie as posted in “Yes!” magazine

Sep 24, 2016

Originally posted by “Greater Good”

We read it in the news every day. From climate change to overfishing to deforestation, it seems that we are on the brink of a natural disaster on an epic scale. If we cannot do something to reverse these trends, we will surely make our planet uninhabitable.

But how do we encourage people—especially our kids—to care more and take action?

Scientists are starting to uncover how to encourage that compassionate concern in children. Social scientists are beginning to look for answers to this question with some prom…

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A different kind of holler: Appalachia’s future is looking a lot more high-tech

By Tom Eblen
As appeared in the Lexington Herald Leader
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

I have attended many conferences in the past two decades about creating a more diverse economy in Eastern Kentucky to replace the long-anticipated collapse of the region’s coal-mining industry.

Most of those gatherings reminded me of that old joke about the weather: “Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.”

Fortunately, things are changing. That was evident in the presentations Friday that attracted more than 200 people to Hazard Community and Technical College called Big Ideas Fest for Appalachia: Visionary Thinking and Doing.

The best parts of the conference were th…

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A More Personalized Approach to Reducing Infant Mortality in Columbus, Ohio

Facing one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, Columbus, Ohio, is taking the time to understand its unique causes.

BY MATTIE QUINN | JANUARY 14, 2016

As appeared in “Governing”

Health officials in Columbus, Ohio, have long known that they're facing a health crisis. Ohio has the fourth-highest infant mortality rate in the country. In Franklin County, which includes Columbus, 150 infants a year -- almost three a week -- die before reaching their first birthdays.

As officials studied the issue more, they realized the best way to fix it is to understand and address the unique problems leading to infant mortality in each individual neighborhood.

Parts o…

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FOOD FOR FINES IN LEXINGTON, KY

as appeared in the

LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER

JANUARY 4, 2016

LexPark collects 10,000 canned food items in “Food for Fine” program

The Lexington Parking Authority collected 10,000 canned goods and other food items as part of its five-week “food for fines” program.

The program — now in its second year — allowed people to pay traffic and parking fines with canned goods. All donations received by LexPark were given to God's Pantry Food Bank.

According to God’s Pantry, 10,211 pounds, or 5 tons, of food were received, which is the equivalent of 8,370 meals. The program started Nov. 16 and concluded Dec. 18. In 2014, only parking citations were eligible for the food for fines program. This year the program was expan…

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