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Restoring America: How Cities are Driving the Green Economy

Like so many cities across the United States, Detroit has suffered job losses as a result of the global recession, compounded by the effects of economic globalization. Many of the jobs Detroit lost will never return. Now is the time for more innovative solutions, not despair. Why? Because, although 2010 census data indeed show Detroit's population declining drastically in the past decade, young people are beginning to move here again because they see opportunity.

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Higher Profits from Lower Emissions

As the move towards a green economy continues to develop, innovative firsts are bursting up all around us. Climate advocates have increased in numbers beyond the NGO and governmental realms. Today, corporate CEOs and the engineers they employ join our ranks as they push their companies towards higher profits and lower emissions. These corporate “Acts of Green” open many doors to creating a future of green business and a sustainable economy here in the United States.

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Oman’s Young Environmentalists

Inspired by A Billion Acts of Green®, Oman’s Ministry of Education has called upon its 1,040 schools to learn about and take action for the environment. Using Earth Day Network’s year-round campaign for environmental action, and its award-winning lesson plans and educational resources, over 500,000 students and teachers are showing that Earth Day should be celebrated every day.

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One School’s Green Story of Success: Thurgood Marshall Academy Wins Coveted Mayoral Award

For the past four years, Earth Day Network’s Education Department has been collaborating with Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) in Southeast Washington, DC to introduce and integrate sustainable change on their campus. Over this time period, our Education team sponsored and collaborated with AP Environmental Science teacher Sam Ullery to enact green changes to the curriculum, helped install a 2.8 kilowatt photovoltaic solar panel system, completely swapped out the school’s food contract for a healthier and local one, and built the largest school garden in D.C.

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State Department Contributes to A Billion Acts of Green®

On May 6, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones announced that as of April 24, the State Department had logged nearly 1,300 Acts of Green. Watch the video after the jump. 

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Mexico City Virtual Town Hall Joins Global Day of Conversation

On Tuesday afternoon, May 3, Mexico City’s Minister of Environment, Martha Delgado Peralta, discussed the city’s future green economy with her constituents in a virtual town hall as part of Earth Day Network’s Global Day of Conversation.  Over the course of several days, the virtual stage was set as many Mexican citizens posted questions for the Minister to answer.  

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Leading Indian Women Highlight Female Green Economy Leadership

India’s country-wide participation in Earth Day 2011 was a revival of the original 1970’s grassroots event. People young and old turned out for over 150 events and activities in all 28 states of the country. Activities, which lasted all month and are continuing into May, have been spearheaded by Earth Day – India staff out of Kolkata.

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National Coalition Honors Lisa Jackson as Steward of God's Creation

Environmentalists of faith bestowed their 2011 Steward of God's Creation upon EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for her "courage and resolution in the face of opposition of multinational corporations" at the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care's (NRCCC) sold-out prayer breakfast last week. 

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Gov. Richardson Keynote Pushes Clean Energy Reforms

9:20pm – Governor Richardson said the needs of climate change demand unprecedented international cooperation.

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Climate Gala, Round Two

8:25pm -- Just before dinner, former president of Costa Rica Jose Maria Figueres commended EDN President Kathleen Rogers for celebrating women’s leadership in the green economy.

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