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By Pamela Boyce Simms / On March 22nd, 2016

An attempted Niagara Bottling Company water grab in iconic Woodstock New York was a defining moment for Rachel Marco Havens. In Rachel’s words, her story is about “a beautiful lake in a little town with a BIG voice, and the taxpayer-funded,...

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By Laurie Mazur / On February 29th, 2016

Kathy Egland was one of the first black students to desegregate her high school in Hattiesburg, Miss., in 1967. As a child and young adult, she marched for the right to vote and against segregated buses and drinking fountains. Now she’s fighting for the...

By Laurie Mazur / On February 23rd, 2016

If a tree falls in the forest, what does it cost? From the perspective of federal disaster assistance, the answer traditionally has been “not much.” But now — thanks to improved number-crunching — the federal government is taking nature into account...

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By Pamela Boyce Simms / On February 16th, 2016

The Transition Towns environmental movement (Transition) has been ...

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By Pamela Boyce Simms / On January 24th, 2016

Imagine a respite from the relentless torrent of bad news! Both The Transition Towns (Transition) and  ...

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By Denise Fairchild / On January 21st, 2016

Tuesday night—in his final State of the Union address—President Obama asked us to face the future with hope, not fear. He spoke to a nation that has grown increasingly fearful: Since Obama’s last address, terrorism has emerged as Americans’ ...

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By Denise Fairchild / On January 18th, 2016

Last month here in Rooflines, I argued that place-based community development can make low-income neighborhoods more...

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By Laurie Mazur / On January 13th, 2016

I was late for an appointment, sitting in traffic on one of the major arteries out of Washington DC. It was miserable, barely moving traffic of the kind that makes you whimper with frustration as yet another green light turns yellow, then red, as you...

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By Laurie Mazur / On December 14th, 2015

Katrina. Sandy. Joaquin. Patricia. If it seems to you that weather-related disasters are on the rise, you're not mistaken: the number of such disasters in North America has ...

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By Laurie Mazur / On December 7th, 2015

As representatives of communities of color on the frontlines of climate change, we appreciate the sentiments of hope, ambition, accountability, and commitment in President Obama’s remarks at the Paris climate talks.

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