This Baltimore Project Could Help Stop Prison’s Revolving Door

This Baltimore Project Could Help Stop Prison’s Revolving Door

Imagine if you had no place to live, no job and no money. What would you do to survive? To get by, would you commit a crime? Former inmates are faced with these questions far too often. Ex-offenders confront one pressing re-entry challenge after another, everything...
We’ve Used Up Our One-Time-Only Economic Boost From Fossil Fuels

We’ve Used Up Our One-Time-Only Economic Boost From Fossil Fuels

The economy, we have been taught, is a cat with considerably more than nine lives. The bottom might drop out of the stock market, but it will rebound — again and again. The Chinese were on top of the world, economically, for a thousand years or more, but then the...
A Home for Immigrant Women in the Sustainable Energy Economy

A Home for Immigrant Women in the Sustainable Energy Economy

The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite movies as kid growing up in Trinidad. I liked thinking that a magical storm could take you somewhere new, where you could meet fun new friends and even take your pet dog along. Heck, even a new pair of shiny red shoes awaited...
Reclaiming Curtis Bay From Lethal Polluting Industries

Reclaiming Curtis Bay From Lethal Polluting Industries

On an unseasonably warm afternoon last fall, I parked my car atop a hill in the South Baltimore neighborhood of Curtis Bay. I started sketching the modest homes that line the sloping streets, dwarfed by the massive coal pier at the edge of the neighborhood. After a...
Resilience + Resistance: A Recipe for Justice and Sustainability

Resilience + Resistance: A Recipe for Justice and Sustainability

Monday morning in Boston, seven people sat down in front of construction equipment, blocking construction of a fracked gas pipeline coming into the heart of the city. That same evening, the Jamaica Plain Time Exchange hosted a spring seed and plant exchange. What do...
Greenfest Sharing Economy Panel

Greenfest Sharing Economy Panel

Share your thoughts with IPS’s New Economy Maryland Director David Hart and other speakers about what’s happening in your backyard and how you can become active in a new sharing movement. This Greenfest panel, “Building Sustainable Communities...
Looking Beyond The Election

Looking Beyond The Election

The presidential primary election is dominating today’s news cycle as candidates from both parties aim to win over voters in the early primary states. In this media frenzy, it’s easy to lose track of the long-term vision for serious economic change. What could a...
An Orchard Grows in Boston

An Orchard Grows in Boston

Egleston Square is a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, straddling the borders of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain (JP) in the city of Boston. High condo prices and even higher rents are pushing long-term residents, to move elsewhere. This churning of the real estate market,...
New England Can Feed Itself: A Vision for Regional Food Resilience

New England Can Feed Itself: A Vision for Regional Food Resilience

Earlier this month, one hundred people gathered at a church in Jamaica Plain, MA, to consider this question: Can New England Feed Itself? The answer is yes, New England can feed itself – at least halfway. Food Solutions NewEngland’s Food Vision (pdf), a rigorous...
Corporate Capture in Warsaw: The ‘New Normal’ in the Disaster Zone

Corporate Capture in Warsaw: The ‘New Normal’ in the Disaster Zone

We are half way through the 19th summit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in cold, grey Poland. Far away in the Philippines thousands of people have lost their lives to Typhoon Haiyan and hundreds of thousands struggle to find food, water, and...

World Bank Phasing Out Coal, Ramping up Support for “Fracking”

Washington DC – Shortly after a major speech in which President Barack Obama announced his plans to shift public funding away from coal and move the U.S. electrical fleet away from coal and toward greater reliance on natural gas, a document leaked from within the...
Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

This piece originally appeared on FireDogLake.com. Climate activists cheered President Barack Obama in a speech on Tuesday when he announced his plans to tackle carbon-intensive coal-fired power plants, both at home, via stronger EPA restrictions on CO2 emissions, and...
A Primer for Taming Corporate Power

A Primer for Taming Corporate Power

The 79-year-old corporate gadfly Robert Monks, the former top federal regulator over America’s pension system, earlier this year opined that Corporate America operates “for the personal enrichment and glorification of its manager-kings.” Too harsh a...