At Local Greenlinks tradefair, the Editor of Resurgence Magazine talks about Economy and Ecology – the true meaning of managing our home
Michael Shuman, an attorney, economist, and small business expert, is the Vice President for Enterprise Development for the Training and Development Corporation, based in Bucksport, Maine. In Part 1 of this candid interview, Mr. Shuman talks about RE-building local communities in a world of diminishing energy resources like oil and natural gas. He explains how keeping your dollars in the community also just makes good business sense. Mr. Shuman is author of five books and numerous articles on the relationship between community and international affairs. His work has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post.
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Question by Foghorn Returns: Have you asked your local Republican Candidate why he is sending your job to a foreign country?
Whopper, Indeed: Republicans More Responsible for Green Outsourcing
As part of our “Whoppers of the 2010 Election Cycle” article, we noted how Republicans ran misleading ads accusing their Democratic opponents of creating jobs in China by supporting the stimulus package. Not only did these ads completely twist the facts, but it was disingenuous for Republicans candidates to accuse Democrats of sending jobs to China when GOP members opposed the “Buy American” provisions that would have prevented this offshoring. Here, we discuss how the GOP’s sustained opposition to meaningful climate and energy legislation played a larger role in sending green jobs overseas than a vote for the stimulus.
The ads in question twisted facts from an investigative report that had discovered some stimulus reimbursement funds for renewable energy projects, like wind farms, had gone to foreign-owned companies domestically and abroad, largely because there are few wind turbine manufacturers in America. The latest figures suggest only 0.00037% of the total $ 700 billion stimulus package, $ 2.6 million, may have made its way to China; however, the ads claimed that “China gets $ 2 billion to build windmills,” or that the package “sent nearly $ 2 billion overseas to create jobs in China.”
Even though the numbers cited were incorrect (the majority of foreign-owned wind developers were European), America’s weak clean energy market makes it inevitable that development funds will make their way to foreign-owned businesses — wind turbine purchases are half of the initial wind farm development costs, and the U.S. has only two homegrown wind turbine manufacturers, General Electric and Clipper Wind. What’s more, both manufacturers still import many parts from overseas factories, and their market share has been consistently slipping, thanks to increasingly vibrant wind industries in Europe and Asia.
Republican Policies are Responsible for the Dearth of Green Manufacturing Jobs
There is nothing that Republicans can say or do that will remove this massive stain from their shirts.
Answer by You are Terminated 2.0
I would, but I was to busy asking Obama why he did so.
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Local job fair draws over 1300 people
There was a huge turnout for a local job fair today, hosted by Congressman Reid Ribble. Employers and prospective employees say this is the busiest job fair they have been to.
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Bill McKibben: If Brazil Has to Guard Its Rainforest, Why Does Canada/U.S. Get to Burn Its Tar Sands?
Shouldn’t Canada feel the same kind of responsibility to keep carbon safely in the ground that Brazil feels to keep its trees rooted? Absolutely.
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Local Business Owner Reports Growth, Promotions
The Sales NetWork, Inc. promotes three to vice president and positions company for successful year Coming off a 2010 that saw tremendous business growth, Greg Zilberfarb, president of The Sales NetWork, Inc. announced three business executives to the title of vice president and a new director of communications and marketing, and developed new communications strategies to bring his expanding …
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Electronic Recyclers International Receives “Industry Pioneer” Award at International Electronics Recycling Conference …
LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste, received the prestigious “Industry Pioneer” award today at this year’s International Electronics Recycling Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. The award was presented to ERI for its leadership role in the e-waste recycling world and technological innovations such as its …
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LOCAL MILITARY HERO BEGINS EXCITING NEW CHAPTER WITH DREAM HOME IN NEW BRAUNFELS
Bluegreen Communities, a developer of premier master-planned communities, Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes and other business donors are celebrating a local airman and his family through Operation FINALLY HOME by delivering the keys to their new home in an upcoming dedication ceremony.Senior Airman Colton Read and his wife, Jessica, are receiving a new, custom-built home at Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard …
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Coca-Cola Gets Greener Fueling Forklifts with Linde Hydrogen
MURRAY HILL, N.J. & NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is boosting environmental sustainability with a hydrogen fueling system for materials handling equipment from Linde North America.
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MSU hockey: Anastos fills staff with four Spartans
New Michigan State hockey coach Tom Anastos’ staff will have a definite Spartan flavor.
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Comment & Debate: Business and the environment
The candidates are back, answering another question about the issues as they make their run for governor. We’re asking each of the major party candidates a question a week up to the Aug. 24 primary and publishing their replies in Comment & Debate, as well as posting them online.
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www.signsofchange.org.nz Presented at Signs of Change National e-Conference, 15-16 November 2010, NEW ZEALAND Part 1: LOAVES is an Ashhurst based project designed to build on the proven benefits of local currencies elsewhere: enhanced sustainability, social justice and community building. Having multiple modes of trade (such as money, complementary currencies, time banks and barter) adds resilience to the economy and helps the community to weather economic shock. Local currencies also encourage local production, skills-development and relationship-building in ways that could be lifelines if there are disruptions in more geographically dispersed supply chains. They can also affect the culture of a locale, making people more conscious of their attitudes toward money, consumption and production, and teaching a community that it can be self-sustaining if required, thereby increasing confidence in times of change or ecological disruptions. RECAP, the group running LOAVES is working closely with Living Economies Educational Trust, a national organisation, to think ahead about how different local trade systems can provide mutual support and extra resilience should this be needed. Currency note design, security aspects, scalability and the trading model for LOAVES will be discussed. Filmed by Ben Spink, Produced by Kyan Krumdieck.
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www.signsofchange.org.nz Presented at Signs of Change National e-Conference, 15-16 November 2010, NEW ZEALAND Part 2: LOAVES is an Ashhurst based project designed to build on the proven benefits of local currencies elsewhere: enhanced sustainability, social justice and community building. Having multiple modes of trade (such as money, complementary currencies, time banks and barter) adds resilience to the economy and helps the community to weather economic shock. Local currencies also encourage local production, skills-development and relationship-building in ways that could be lifelines if there are disruptions in more geographically dispersed supply chains. They can also affect the culture of a locale, making people more conscious of their attitudes toward money, consumption and production, and teaching a community that it can be self-sustaining if required, thereby increasing confidence in times of change or ecological disruptions. RECAP, the group running LOAVES is working closely with Living Economies Educational Trust, a national organisation, to think ahead about how different local trade systems can provide mutual support and extra resilience should this be needed. Currency note design, security aspects, scalability and the trading model for LOAVES will be discussed. Filmed by Ben Spink, Produced by Kyan Krumdieck.
Basalt, Colo. (PRWEB) September 17, 2009
Instant Software, Inc.’s (ISI) research department, in conjunction with participating in a Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) committee, has released a comprehensive White Paper laying out a blue print for identifying the economic impact of vacation rentals on state and local economies. While it targets state and local officials, it also hones in on educating vacation rental managers on how their industry plays a prominent role in resort economies.
This research outlines the many ways that vacation rentals generate substantial economic benefit in areas outside of the tourism segment, such as driving local construction, real estate, finance and insurance industries. In addition, it shows that economic contributions of vacation rentals are not fully understood and are poorly documented in analytical methodologies commonly used by state planners.
“Instead of vacation rentals being stereo-typed as inconsequential to the tourist economy, the research shows the many positive influences this sector of the market has on any community in which they reside,” says Alex Risser, president of the VRMA. “This is truly insightful information which allows those of us in this profession to see and communicate the large ripple effect our business operation has on the surrounding community’s economic environment.”
Unlike owners of hotels and motels, investors in vacation homes expect to subsidize rentals. For example, they expect mortgage and management costs to exceed rental revenue. This subsidized lodging can facilitate tourism growth and enhance tax revenues in resort areas where large hotels are not economically sustainable. State and civic leaders will be better poised to manage their communities by understanding this and the other investment dynamics that tie vacation homes to a resort community’s economic health.
“The vacation rental industry is complex and its enormous dollar value is not adequately profiled by the standard economic forecasting models today used by most states,” states Dave Hopcroft, CEO of Instant Software. “Public policy debates over community growth seldom include any financial analysis of how tax increases or restrictions on vacation rentals will affect a resort’s construction, real estate, finance and insurance industries, or the related tax revenues. We hope this white paper will provide public officials with a better understanding of how this occurs.”
Officials can identify the numbers needed to calculate the economic impact on their community by using the research provided. These numbers serve to better inform state and local governments, who in turn will perhaps be more willing to recognize and support this industry as a major source of growing its economy.
The White Paper outlines how a better understanding of vacation rental homes can affect debates typically arising in resort communities over ideas such as distribution of tax burden among property owners, residents and tourists, large rental homes and other high-density accommodations, as well as tourism growth where hotels are not economically sustainable.
Download the full White Paper by ISI and VRMA at www.VRMA.com.
About Instant Software
Instant Software Inc. (ISI) (www.InstantSoftware.com) is the nation’s leading provider of technology solutions for the Vacation Rental Management industry. Instant Software’s complete end-to-end solutions include the market leading Reservations and Business Management Solutions; First Resort Software™, PropertyPlus™, Entech™, and V12.NET™, plus Online Solutions integrated through ISILink™, the most powerful web distribution system in the industry. ISI has installed software at more than 2200 property management companies and vacation rental resorts throughout North and Central America and the Caribbean. ISI was the first in the vacation rental industry to bring real-time online booking, serves more than 200,000 vacation rental properties and services more vacation rental management companies than any other in the U.S.
For more information, please contact:
Amy R. Regnier
Director of Marketing
Instant Software, Inc.
About the Vacation Rental Managers Association
The Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) is a professional trade association for the short-term, vacation property management industry. Headquartered in Santa Cruz, Calif., the VRMA has more than 600 property management and associate members in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean representing approximately 150,000 vacation rentals, condos and villas. Often costing less than a single hotel room, professionally managed vacation rentals afford travelers an accommodations lifestyle unlike any other, providing considerably more space, amenities, guest services, and privacy than other lodging options.
For more information, visit www.VRMA.com.
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Recent interest and the current debate on energy and the environment provoke the following questions: What are the fundamental drivers for our renewed interest in energy? What is different this time from what happened in the 1970s? In this talk, I will attempt to answer these questions by presenting past data as well as future projections on human population and economic growth, energy consumption, its impact on the environment, and the global distribution of energy resources. Based on these, I will derive some conclusions on short-, mid-, and long- term needs for global energy supply, keeping in mind its impact on the environment. I will attempt to address why one needs basic science and engineering to create new technologies, and finally end with what we in Berkeley have to offer in this regard.
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International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). Inequity, both among people and nations, is one of the greatest challenges of our times. The global environmental change agenda can only be fully understood if these social dimensions are part of the analysis. While global equity can be easily understood as a general norm or guideline that steers our actions towards greater sustainability, specific obstacles that have to be overcome case by case often arise in attempts to ensure equity. Yet we can only move towards sustainability if equity is met at various levels. As part of the IHDP Open Meeting 2009, this round table takes advantage of the presence of leading scientists and practitioners who strive for global equity including Ursula Oswald Spring of the Regional Center for Multidisciplinary Research at the National University of Mexico, Robin Mearns of the Social Development Department at the World Bank, Flavia Pansieri, from the United Nations Volunteers, and Hebe Vessuri, of the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, Venezuela, and Konrad-Otto Zimmermann, Secretary General of ICLEI.