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Innovative Public Water System Design

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

A surprising amount of the drinking water in the United States has already been used by toilets and passed through an old sewage treatment plant upstream, and back into a river where the next city downstream drinks from it.

The river also gets run-off from farms and feedlots, and storm water from parking lots. To this add new generation bad stuff including industrial, home cleaning and agriculture chemicals, and drugs, all mixed into the human waste, making a whole new brew unknown 50 years ago.

This is the raw material that our drinking water is made from.

In addition to old sewage treatment plants, many of these drinking water preparation plants are also old and do no…

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Lowering Gas Customers Bills Also Lowers Climate Change Risk

by Francis P. Koste, Ed.D.

Last summer, Professor Nathan Phillips of Boston University and teammates equipped a car with a new-to-market natural gas detector[1], and drove around Boston sniffing for leaks in underground natural gas pipes.   And helped blow the minds of public officials all across the country.

The sniffing team found 3,356 natural gas leaks.[2]

Using the same breed of new technology, a different research team flew over natural gas production fields in Utah, and found leakage rates between 6.2% and 11.7%.[3]

These combined findings are stunning because for years the assumed leakage rates for the entire system from well to kitchen stove was estimated be bet…

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What if I Handed You a Rose to Avoid an Argument?

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

How would you feel if I came up to you and handed you a rose and said “You have done something that upset me.   I would like to discuss it with you and see if we can find a way to come to peace on this issue. If you would be willing to try to work out a solution, please hand me the rose back.”

Bet you would be both startled, and intrigued.   And I bet you would hand the rose back. Just like the pre-school kids in many Montessori schools are taught to do.

In pre-school, , one of the major goals is to teach children to get along, cooperate, and share,

in addition to teaching things like the alphabet and numbers.

Many of us learned these skills at…

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Who’s Your Hero? High School Students Lead the Way

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

The Harvard Business Review shook the ground a lot a few years ago with an article that pointed out that corporations appoint people to supervisory positions at an average age of around 30, but these lucky people were first sent for supervisory training at an average age of 42! [1]These individuals were doomed to spend fully one-third of their management career without ever undergoing training in how to be a supervisor and leader.[2]

Among the high school student population, some coaching occurs in leadership, but most of has to do with such things as drama club, or sports leadership, such at captain of various teams.  Very few programs focus on training le…

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