Author: Janet Brown, Associate Director

Houston, We Have a Problem

The rain is only just beginning to let up in Houston, but the nightmare will continue to unfold over the next days, weeks, and months. The photos and video of human suffering are hard to fathom. Hospitals overrun, nursing homes with residents in chest-deep water, highways turned to rivers, homes and businesses with ceiling-high water, […]

Green Jobs Stakeholder Meeting: July 28, 2017

The first Green Jobs Stakeholder meeting was organized by representatives from five local organizations: Janet Brown from Climate Generation, Elena Foshay from Center for Energy and Environment, Bree Halverson of BlueGreen Alliance, Megan O’Hara from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL), and Jamez Staples of Renewable Energy Partners. With the goal to foster a collective […]

Sustainability is the Bottom Line

“No single company, policy or technology is going to get us where we need to go. We need to work together.” –Geisha Williams, CEO and President, PG&E Returning from two days at the Ceres Conference in San Francisco, I am processing the wealth of information and strong support for the triple bottom line – people, […]

High Ambition

In the final days of the COP21 climate negotiations, a High Ambition Coalition emerged. The European Union joined with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific to push for an “ambitious, durable and legally binding” deal with a strong review every five years. They were joined by the next day by the United […]

We Need All of Civil Society Involved in This Effort

The last two weeks have been an absolutely incredible journey. It’s very hard to capture the feelings and emotions in mere words. I feel like it may take some time to unpack the experience and the results that have come out of these negotiations. A highlight for me has been meeting people from every possible […]

Pins and Needles

The nearly-final draft of the agreement was just released! This is what everyone has been waiting on pins and needles for all afternoon. There was a palpable sense that we were all holding our breath, and are now finally able to release it. A few big wins: The agreement recognizes that “when developing policies and […]

A Few of My Favorite Things

Climate change is affecting every part of our lives, including our health, economy, agriculture, and even that much-needed morning cup of coffee or the lovely glass of wine you enjoy having with friends. Some of the climate discussions are so big and broad that I thought I would bring it back to a couple of […]

The End of Ice

I’m supposed to be writing about wine, coffee and climate change. At least, that is what I had planned to write about, but I can’t think of anything other than my experience this morning at an art installation called Ice Watch (#IceWatchParis). So I may need to leave the wine and coffee for tomorrow, because the ice will not wait […]

Sustainability Really Means Good Business

Our Education Ambassadors were honored to welcome Laura Bishop, Best Buy’s Vice President of Public Affairs & Sustainability, for our first day of Café Roundtables this week.  When Laura took responsibility for Best Buy’s sustainability program three years ago, the company was undertaking a business transformation in a tough economy.  Despite these challenges, Best Buy […]

An Exceptional Group of People

We had our first orientation with educators this morning – the first time we have all met in person. It was so great to see relationships blossoming in person after months of connecting via webinars. It was obvious from the start that this is an exceptional group of people. Their passion and commitment were immediately […]