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Chinese Wind Company to Provide Free Job Training to Wyoming Coal Miners

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — There’s an old saying that goes, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” That‘s what Goldwind Americas, a division of a major Chinese manufacturer of wind turbines is hoping that coal miners, particularly in Wyoming, will soon be saying about wind power. The company is making a special effort to hire American workers to maintain the equipment for the wind farms that are now popping up around the state. They just announced a new free training program called Goldwind Works for wind turbine technicians, one of the fastest growing jobs in the country. Employment for wind power technicians is expected to grow by 104% between 2014-2024. While coal miners work well beneath the ground and wind technicians work well above it, both need to be able to work in difficult conditions and both need electrical and mechanical skills. It’s a good long-term strategy for the Chinese, who know how to think long term, leading to a broader acceptance of wind power in a region that has long opposed it.

The technicians will be needed at a new wind farm in Carbon County (Pop. 15,885), where, ironically, the first coal mine in the state opened just after the Civil War. The new Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind farm, will be operated by the Power Company of Wyoming, which just received a permit to build the $5 billion project last month. It will be the largest onshore wind farm in the US. Once the nearly 1,000 turbines have been installed, some 200 workers will remain to maintain them.

Just a year ago, the NY Times reported on a generation of coal miners that were leaving Wyoming after being laid off from mines that had been operating there for decades. Robert W. Godby, a Professor of Economics at the University of Wyoming, told the Times that the state could lose up to 10,000 coal industry jobs over the next few years. According to this Sierra Club report, Wyoming is one of only six states with more jobs in fossil fuels than renewables. (Overall, clean energy jobs outnumber fossil fuel jobs by a factor of 2.5 to 1.) But not all those jobs are mining jobs. That’s because there’s another big difference between wind and coal beside the fact that wind power is cleaner; wind is also far more productive and less expensive to operate. Once a wind turbine is installed, no trainloads of fuel are required to keep it going. A number of those fossil fuel jobs will remain however, since natural gas is the county’s primary export today.

Sustainable Brands Detroit 2017 Looks For and Finds Common Ground

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — At the onset of Day Two of SB17 Detroit, the thinking behind the conference title, “Redefining the Good Life,” began to reveal itself. A subtext running through the event, like an underground spring, has been the notion that the polarization of our society has become a major barrier to the achievement of a sustainable, flourishing future. That’s why a number of workshops on topics such as “Breaking Through Gridlock,” and “ How to Have Difficult Conversations: Building Bridges in a Divided Country,” are being presented, acknowledging and attempting to address this challenge. The data presented by Solitaire Townsend of Futerra, and later by others, offered some hope that this challenge could  potentially yield.


According to Harris poll data, taken across generations and political parties, all people essentially agree on the fundamental constituents of the good life. These consist of the following four elements: balanced simplicity, meaningful connections, financial independence, and personal goals. If we all want the same things, it will be far easier to come up with a plan that we can all agree on—it’s only the “how do we get there” part that needs to be resolved. That’s not exactly a walk in the park, but its far easier than if we’d all wanted different things.


Solitaire also shared a pertinent quote from the Bard, “All things are ready if our minds be so,” and an invocation of what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Erica Parker of Harris, carried the story forward with the thought that “If you are not disrupting, you will be disrupted.”
Sharing more data, Parker said that 71% of adults today said that their lives were different than their parents, while 45% said it would be different for their children. As consumers, 51% believe that companies care, though 65% feel that products do , to contribute to a better life. At the same time, while 65% feel that they, as consumers, can influence companies, only 28% say that they have actually tried.


Chris Coulter of GlobeScan and Raphael Bemporad of  BBMG shared results of another survey in which 16,000 people from around the world said that these were the four primary elements of a good life: health & well-being, financial security, meaningful relationships,  and a sense of purpose. Note the similarities to the other poll.  So what’s the problem? For starters massive income inequality, lack of access, and a disconnect between, “aspirations and capacity.”
Oxfam reported that the wealthiest eight people on the planet own as much as the  lowest 3.4 billion people. Trust in institutions is very low. So what to do?

Sustainable Brands Detroit 2017 Sets Out to Redefine the Good Life


(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Sustainable Brands kicked off their 2017 event in downtown Detroit with a record crowd of over 2,000 attendees.  After a day filled with extended interactive workshops, the official welcome ceremony featured a who’s who of sustainability thought leaders. Koann Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Brands, welcomed the crowd that packed the Cobo Center’s main hall. She set a somewhat sober tone for the event, citing that we live in an age of unintended consequences, and that we have clearly gotten off track in our pursuit of happiness. “Our push for productivity and efficiency has inclined us to forget how inextricably connected we are.”
But, she said, “Businesses are uniquely equipped…to help us shape our collective future.” Describing the decision to move from San Diego to Detroit, she called the actively rejuvenating Motor City, ‘a fantastic living lab.” Indeed Detroit could be the poster child for a place where the industrial age has run its course and is now ready for what comes next. Citing Harris poll data, she said that a clear shift is happening across the US in the definition of the good life.


Next, Kim Patel Ford’s VP of Sustainability spoke. Quoting her boss, Bill Ford, who she was standing in for, she said, “You can do good work for the planet and for the company.” Describing the company’s shifting commitment to mobility, she quoted Mayor Mike Dugan, who said, “Great if you have a good job, but if you can’t get there, what’s the point.” 

 
Cradle to Cradle originator Will McDonough made a number of terse, but punchy points.   
How do we make the world better because we are here?
Being less bad is not being good.
We need to think differently about carbon. There are three types: Fugitive carbon, Durable Carbon, and Living Carbon  We need less of the first one and more of the other two
By 2050, the weight of plastics in the ocean will be equal to the weight of all the fish.
As a roadmap for making things better he suggested five goods, to take the place of the numerous less bads.
Good Materials are safe, healthy, biological.
A Good Economy is circular, sharing, and shared
Good Energy is clean and renewable.
Good Water is clean and available.
A Good Life is creative and dignified.
What’s next is what’s now.
How much can we give for all that we get?  
Goodness is a living things.
It’s going to take forever, but that’s the point.

GSK IMPACT Awards Inspire UK Health and Wellbeing Charities

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Good health is at the top of most wish lists for governments and individuals. As physical and mental well-being makes it easier for people to pursue opportunities to work and study, to remain financially secure, physically independent and to maintain strong relationships. A healthy population is also a productive workforce—one that would relieve considerable strain on the public purse by keeping well.

Delos Invests in Health Technology Firm to Integrate Wellness into Built Environment

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In the modern day, an average human being spends about 90 percent of the time indoors. This often leads to breathing of contaminated air and poses long-term health risks, apart from creating a significant disconnect with nature and its benefits.

British Heart Foundation Warning: Sedentary Lifestyle Costs the UK £1.2 billion A Year

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The British Heart Foundation (BHF) warns that lack of exercise across the UK is costing the nation’s health system £1.2 billion a year. Last year, Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, admitted that British taxpayers are spending more on treating obesity-related conditions than on the police or fire service!

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Works to End the “Lottery” Of Cancer Treatment In America And Africa

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Throughout the US and around the world, there are huge disparities in cancer care access, quality and outcomes, particularly among minority populations, the poor, and vulnerable. For many patients, quality prevention, screening, treatment, palliative care and survivorship services are either unavailable or access is limited.

Menstruation Still Holds Back Women and Girls

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Last week, UK news reported that the charity Freedom4Girls had discovered school girls in West Yorkshire had no alternative but to stuff toilet paper down their pants to stop themselves from bleeding through their clothes at school. They couldn’t afford sanitary products and some were skipping school as a result.

BHI Creating Resilient Healthcare Infrastructure in Haiti

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – When a natural disaster strikes a developing country like Haiti, first responders address the population’s immediate needs for potable water, food, medical supplies and temporary shelter. However, the long-term challenge is to rebuild homes and basic infrastructure, such as hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Be More Toddler: Ella's Kitchen Founder on the Key to Business Success

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — The organic baby food market is about to explode even further.

While the global market is expected to account for $5.6 billion by 2020, representing an annual growth rate of more than 10%, the market in the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) is projected to reach $3.5 billion, a growth rate of a staggering 19.5% between now and 2020.

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