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XMNR Alumni Peter Burke Leads ISO Environmental Standards Course with QMII
November 7, 2016 —
We are pleased to announce that one of our XMNR Alumni, Peter Burke, has developed in partnership with on-line learning site, QMII University (QMII) an Introduction to ISO Environmental Standards web course. This new course, Introduction to ISO Environmental Standards, is offered on the QMII website and covers new ISO standards, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 and the application of those requirements to environmental management. The International Standards Organization (ISO) system is used to set requirements for standards used in the… Read More
A Passion for Urban Water Issues
November 2, 2016 — Lindsay Key

More than half of the world’s people live in a city, and that number continues to rise. The booming human population—expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050—coupled with the gravitation to cities for resources is responsible for the increase. Unfortunately, this trend puts a heavy burden on natural systems and city infrastructures, such as transportation, electricity, disposal facilities, sanitation, and water supply. Tiona Johnson is dedicating her career to addressing access to water. “Water is a necessity for life, and… Read More
Mindsets for Driving Change
July 1, 2016 — Bern Hoffmann

“Look everywhere, and consider the question ‘can I drive change from there?’ You have to drive change from wherever you are!” This was the final exhortation from Laura Asiala, PYXERA Global Vice President, Net Impact board member, and event moderator, to attendees gathered for the June 22nd Fireside Chat: Mindset for Leaders in Sustainability event organized by the Washington, D.C. Professional Chapter of Net Impact and hosted by Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). Joining Ms. Asiala… Read More
Making the World Safe for Sovereignty
June 1, 2016 —
In April of 2016, United States’ President Barack Obama visited the United Kingdom. His purpose, at least partially, was to make plain the U.S. position on the proposed exit of Britain from the European Union — the so called "Brexit." Appearing alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, a staunch opponent of Brexit, President Obama urged Britain to remain in the EU, to continue playing an EU leadership role. In the days leading up to Cameron and Obama’s stage show, former… Read More
Vancouver
Blogging in ‘Blandcouver’
May 12, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

I am in Vancouver as I write this.  One in every four or five cars here in the city's central business district seems to be a German or Japanese luxury marque, with the occasional Bentley or Maserati sprinkled in for flavor.  Window shopping at a real estate brokerage demonstrates the nearly inconceivable prices for housing anywhere near the city center.  The affluence here is palpable.  With easy access to Asia, a mild maritime climate, an inviting combination of mountains and… Read More