(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Low-income students wherever they may be in the world often lack the guidance and support they need to prepare for college, apply to the best-fit schools, apply for financial aid, enroll and persist in their studies, and ultimately graduate. As a result, large gaps remain in educational achievement between students from low-income families and their high-income peers. For many low-income students, they are the first in their family to attend college.
FROM THE EDITOR
Renewables on the Rise: An Update
Despite some spectacular bankruptcies, startup-challenged technologies, opposition by traditional utilities, and uncertain governmental policies, renewable energy continues on its upward trend. Consider these facts, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. Global investment in renewables now beats that in fossil fuels two to one. Batteries to store power sourced from renewables are becoming cheaper, bigger in capacity, and more reliable. More EV models are being introduced by more automakers. And, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, producers of wind and solar power in Mexico and Morocco are planning to supply electricity at the lowest cost yet. Even Big Oil has noticed: Shell has created a unit for renewables. With climate change as a driver, renewables look to own the future.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, nearly 32 million people across drought-hit southern Africa are food insecure. Food insecurity and dependence on rain-fed water threatens the ability for subsistence farming as well as commercial farming in the marketplace. If an efficient irrigation system is available, these smallholder farmers can substantially increase their yield and income and improve their quality of life.
Interview with Tim Gnatek, President and Co-founder, Blue Practice
Sustainability thought leaders are seeking experienced communications organizations to help get their vision and mission communicated both internally and externally, along with promoting new trends.
(3BL Media/ Justmeans) - GM's assembly plant in Orion is celebrating a new achievement. The site has been listed as one of top users of onsite-generated green energy in the United States, compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership Partners. More than 50 percent of the plant is powered with methane tapped from a nearby landfill.
(3BL/JustMeans) The company that owns the fast food chains Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut takes green building seriously. Yum Brands is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and has built over 30 LEED certified buildings in nine countries. The company’s LEED certification total was the second highest among restaurateurs in 2015.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Groundwater is the source of up to 60% of water supply in California. The state suffers from poor groundwater management, which has led to severe drops in groundwater levels, dry wells, gradual sinking of land in some locations, ecosystem die-outs and reduced stream flows. Inefficient data collection by local and state agencies about groundwater use is one of the factors contributing to this situation.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Kerala is a lush part of southern India, famous for its backwaters along fertile paddy fields. It is the country’s most literate and richest region, with a low poverty rate. Yet there are still places here that are battling severe poverty. One such place is Kizhakkambalam village, with a population of around 40,000 spread across 8,000 households.