12* Powerful Climate Allies that GOP Denier Leaders Can’t Ignore

After my son submitted his college applications a few weeks ago, he confessed not getting into his top choice school would be the “ultimate dreamcrusher.” That aptly sums up the dread I started to feel following last week’s election. After working on climate change solutions for over 8 years, we are finally beginning to take meaningful steps to curb this epic global challenge. I want my kids … Read more

Announcing the Hanley Sustainability Institute

Anyone remember seeing this movie, Wall Street, in the late ‘80s?  I saw it as a junior in college. Back then, my professors didn’t have a clue. About sustainability that is, the word didn’t yet exist. As a business student at Northern Illinois University, I remember watching this movie in a crowded lecture hall. Many of my Reagan-era peers were captivated by the powerful investor Gordon Gecco … Read more

People’s Climate March Signs Speak Volumes

 

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of joining around 400,000 people in New York to express the urgent need for meaningful climate action. From my vantage point with the NRDC contingent, the incredibly diverse and festive group had a great deal to say. Since a picture speaks a thousand words, check out this fun slideshow featuring some of my favorite protest signs. Thanks everyone who jammed … Read more

MAYDAY, MAYDAY – Democracy Calling

 

Last month, my friend Carla Young and I were blown away by the amazing Larry Lessig at the Kellogg Innovation Network’s (KIN) Change @ Scale forum. Another friend Stephanie Wolcott, who’s involved with KIN, had earlier told me his talk was a must-see. She was right. He’s a Harvard professor passionately committed to saving our democracy through Campaign Finance Reform. Clearly, money … Read more

Divestment at Catholic Universities a Climate Gamechanger?

 

Last week, the University of Dayton (UD) announced they will divest fossil fuels from their $670 million endowment – the first Catholic university in the nation to do so. Carbon Tracker 200 and “Filthy 15″ corporations will be phased out, and investments in sustainable and clean energy firms will increase.

 

Naysayers claim divestment won’t work. But I’m hopeful, along … Read more

Green Women Get Social

 

Forty sustainable sisters from across the North Shore socialized, “burgerfied” and discovered Make It Better’s green roots.

 

Let me back up a bit. After a successful North Shore women’s environmental event in November 2012, I came together with a group of women from Evanston to Highland Park to create North Shore Green Women(NSGW). As a result, we’ve organized several … Read more

12 Ways Chicagoland is Greener & Cleaner Than You Think

 

(reprinted from 6 Ways Chicagoland is Cleaner & Greener Than You Think Part I and 6 More Ways Part II featured on Amanda Hanley’s Huffington Post blog)

 

 

While the new Showtime series Years of Living Dangerously and recent International Panel on Climate Change report spotlight the troubling impacts of climate change –  there is hope!

 

Right here, … Read more

Green School Models NextGen Education

 

During my first visit to the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC), Daisy, a black hen, laid an egg at my feet as the students eagerly acquainted me with their vegetable beds.  Just one of many astonishing firsts I’ve experienced at this innovative green public school on the Chicago’s underserved southwest side.

 

AGC’s mission is to empower children to be mindful … Read more

Girl Takes On Plastic Bag Lobby (& Wins!)

Watch out for determined 13-year old eco-activists!  Last year the Illinois legislature passed a dubious industry-backed bill that required plastic bag manufacturers to set up recycling programs, but prohibited towns from enacting their own recycling mandates, “PlasTax” fees or outright bans on plastic bags. Intent on stopping the law, Grayslake eigth-grader Abby Goldberg started the Don’t … Read more

Waste Not

 

Longing for more recycling – especially at local businesses, multi-family buildings and construction/demolition sites?  food waste collection for composting?  plastic bag bans?  permanent household hazardous waste collection sites?  generally less waste heading to the landfill? and also live in Northern Cook County?

 

If so, please review the Solid Waste Agency of Northern … Read more