13Jan 2018

Senators Portman, Brown, Murphy, Graham Introduce “Buy American” Bill to Improve Transparency & Support Manufacturing Jobs In light of evidence that U.S. federal agencies have granted an excessive number of waivers to Buy American laws in the last few years U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) […]

06Jan 2018

Despite moves at the federal level to abandon an international climate change agreement and support the coal industry, clean energy soared in the U.S. 2017 largely due to market forces. (InsideClimate News)

28Dec 2017
cleaning a business

The long-awaited reforms of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) passed in June of 2016, with nearly all stakeholders  in agreement that we needed a stronger federal chemical safety system to restore public confidence and benefit both business and public health.  Since then the new administration and  EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt have embarked in a […]

05Dec 2017

The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) joined today with several prominent progressive scholars, sent a letter (linked here) to Congress urging adoption of a smart, territorial corporate income tax called sales factor apportionment (SFA). While territorial taxes are typically associated with political conservatives, the letter reveals a significant opportunity for cutting edge corporate tax […]

29Nov 2017
Michele Rapp - photo by Meghan Ralston

By Michele Rapp, CEO The Jr. Explorer Club, Upper Arlington, OH, 43221 I founded the Junior Explorer Club to provide quality latchkey services to parents in Central Columbus, Ohio. After growing frustrated with the lack of healthy options for before and after school care, I founded the Junior Explorer Club. We provide activities that involve […]

12Nov 2017
what are americans worried about survey

Every year, the Chapman University Survey of American Fears takes stock of what terrifies Americans most—but this year, they saw something new. For the first time ever, worries about the environment cracked the top 10. And Americans are worrying with good reason. The Trump Administration has proposed a budget for the EPA that would eliminate […]

10Nov 2017
sustainable business rooftop greenn

GREEN ROOF COSTS AND BENEFITS The environmental benefits of installing green roofs on commercial and public buildings include: Improved water quality due to reduced stormwater runoff and fewer overflows of combined sanitary and stormwater sewage systems Increased habitat promoting biodiversity Lower temperatures for building roofs and the air above them in most climates Reduced energy […]

27Sep 2017
Apples and agriculture

Small Family Farms Challenged by Big Ag, Big Food Systems We are all familiar with this mantra repeated by every politician: “Small business is the backbone of our economy.”  While it is a true statement, the mantra is mostly lip service when it comes to policies that consistently favor Big business.  Subsidies in the form […]

05Sep 2017
Toledo Ohio

Over 400,000 people and hundreds of businesses impacted by a single, large-scale Harmful Algal Bloom event in Lake Erie in 2014 led to a tap water ban advisory that spanned three counties in Ohio and one in Michigan. What was the economic cost?