Program for Former Prisoners and Recovering Substance Abusers Places 85% of its Graduates in Jobs
by Jonathan Kennedy
With an annual budget of $250,000 the Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) trains an annual average of 50 former prisoners, recovering drug addicts and other hard core unemployables, with astonishing success. While most people with this kind of life history would usually have a difficult time finding work, CCSC graduates enjoy an 85% employment rate, and a 6 month job retention rate of 86%. And during their training program they prepare 5000 meals for other social service programs each week!
The school trains these individuals for careers in the food service and hospitality industries while suppo…
Sex Education Program Reduces Teen Pregnancy Rate 75%,
Raises High School Graduation Rates!
By Jonathon Kennedy
This program was set up specifically for girls whose sisters had a baby before the age of 18, which statistically puts them at risk for teen pregnancy themselves. The pregnancy prevention program, based at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, pays 12 to 18 year old girls one dollar for every day they are not pregnant.
Program participants are given three goals: avoid pregnancy, graduate high school, and enroll in college. Upon completing all three of the goals, the money is deposited into a college savings account. The girls also receive $5 per week for transportation to the program's classes in sexual health an…
“Eco-Machines” - A Better way to Treat Waste Water
by Jonathan Kennedy
“Eco-Machines” on Track to Replace Traditional Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Living “Eco” Machines are a mature technology making standard wastewater treatment facilities obsolete. Eco-Machines cost about half as much to construct as conventional sewage treatment plants, boast reduced operating costs [i], require no chemicals [ii], are odorless, scalable [iii] and create a garden-like landscape. Most importantly their design integrates sustainable ecological principles with highly efficient handling of human waste.
Developed in 1981 by Dr. John Todd (winner of the 2008 Buckminster Fuller Award), the Eco-Machine is a wastewater treatment concept that takes inspi…
California Successfully Recycles Electronic Waste
by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.
The US disposes of 130,000 computers a day. That is roughly 47,450,000 computers per year. Each computer contains 4-8 pounds of lead and other toxins. Pcmag.com stated the United States properly recycles only 10 percent of its e-waste. That leaves 90 percent of recyclable electronic material to end up in landfills. “In California alone, 6,000 computers become obsolete each day. Out of the high volume of discarded and obsolete computers, only 10 percent are actually recycled.”  California has done something successful to help this e-waste problem: California legislators passed laws that regulate e-waste and e-waste practices to help fund e-waste…