Tag: This Week in the Environment

Friday roundup – May 11 through May 15, 2015

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG’s president, Tamara Copeland, reflected on the information overload that many of us experience on any given day and shared how WRAG is working to become part of the solution. (Daily, 5/11)

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
Stagnant Wages, Scant Affordable Housing Keep People Homeless in D.C. Region, Report Says (WAMU, 5/13)

THIS WEEK IN POVERTY
– Loudoun County may have its share of wealthy residents, but for many families in the county, the summer months can mean children will face food insecurity while they are out of school. Food banks there are getting prepared for a rise in demand. (WaPo, 5/13)

Related: This week, WRAG hosted our first-ever Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference focusing on the unique needs of residents and discussing strategies to address them. If you are interested in seeing what panelists and participants had to say, you can check out the hashtag #FundLoudoun on Twitter.

– Opinion: More and more studies are coming out about the long-term effects of social programs that support low-income families. Growing research has shown evidence that children whose families received benefits have better outcomes as they enter their 20s and 30s than those whose families did not receive benefits. (NYT, 5/11)

– A study out of Harvard University that took place over several years found that commuting time was the “single strongest factor in the odds of escaping poverty” (NYT, 5/7)

THIS WEEK IN THE ENVIRONMENT 
The Washington Post explored whether or not D.C.’s 5-cent fee for plastic bags is actually working to make a difference in the environment. While they seemed skeptical, others say, “yes, it is working.” (WaPo, 5/9 and GGW, 5/15)


NEXT WEEK AT WRAG

Community Wealth Building Initiative Briefing & Call for MORE Action (Funders, nonprofits, local government, business, hospital, and university representatives, and others interested in learning more about this exciting initiative.)
Monday, May 18  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


You can sell just about anything on Craigslist…but it should probably belong to you before you try to do that

– Ciara

Friday roundup – Feb. 16 through Feb. 20, 2015

THIS WEEK IN CSR
– Rachel Tappis, the associate director of community impact for The Advisory Board Company, gave us some insight into what she has learned so far as a participant in the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility, and why she can’t wait for the next session. (Daily, 2/19)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– The Washington Business Journal features a profile of each of this year’s Minority Business Leader Awards honorees. Congratulations to Rosie Allen-Herring of United Way of the National Capital Area, Terri Copeland of PNC, and WRAG Board member, Debbi Jarvis of Pepco, on a well-deserved honor! (WBJ, 2/20)

– In her latest post, WRAG president Tamara Copeland shared some great news concerning the Community Wealth Building Initiative (Daily, 2/18)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
High-poverty schools need better teachers, but getting them there won’t be easy (GGW, 2/20)

– A new map was released showing the changes in reading proficiency for third graders in the District from 2007-2014 (WCP, 2/19)

– Upon his departure from Montgomery County Public Schools, former Superintendent Joshua Starr gave his thoughts on his time with the district in this exit interview. (WAMU, 2/15)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT
Metro failed to notify fire officials that radio alarms weren’t working (WaPo, 2/19)

THIS WEEK IN THE ENVIRONMENT
– A government advisory committee has developed new recommendations for American diets that includes eating less processed and red meats to reduce the negative impact on the environment. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Agriculture Department may use the recommendations to inform the next version of their Dietary Guidelines later in the year. (WaPo, 2/19)

Maryland Environmentalists Want to Get Serious About Rising Sea Levels (WAMU, 2/19)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Brown Bag Discussion: Financial Capability, Financial Literacy, and Economic Asset Building (WRAG members)
Monday, February 23, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Funders’ Roundtable of Montgomery County: Investing in Our Neighbors With Special Needs from Cradle to Career (The Funders’ Roundtable is a networking group exclusively for donors, foundations, and companies interested in giving in Montgomery County, MD)
Thursday, February 26, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Find out who police in one city have issued a warrant for in connection with the cold weather. 

– Ciara

 

Friday roundup – Jan. 5 through Jan. 9, 2015

THIS WEEK IN POVERTY/REGION
Poverty continues to increase and move into suburban areas across the country and in the region. Though there are some success stories in addressing the great need for assistance for low-income residents in these areas, help is slow-moving and can prove difficult for residents to navigate. (The Atlantic, 1/7)

Some regions have begun to address the problems created by suburban poverty, but they’re finding the work is slow going.

After all, suburbs are often much more spread out than cities, and organization has to be done at a county-wide or multi-county level. To reach the same number of low-income families that an organization might once have reached in one urban neighborhood, groups have to work across counties or regions. It can be difficult to change how programs are administered. The federal government spends $82 billion to fight poverty, but it’s funneled through 81 programs and 10 different agencies.

But some regions are succeeding. Montgomery County, Maryland, for instance, established a network to reach low-income residents who might not have been aware of the benefits available to them, with volunteers knocking on far-flung suburban doors to check in on residents […].

THIS WEEK IN CSR
– WRAG’S Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore, shared her prescription for professional-development-deficiency for corporate social responsibility professionals in need. (Volunteer Match, 12/18)

THIS WEEK IN THE ENVIRONMENT
– Advocates are steadily working toward a cleaner, swimmable Anacostia River, but understand it won’t come easy. (WaPo, 1/4)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– As part of a new partnership between the state of Maryland and Microsoft, 870,000 public school students in the state will get free Microsoft Office 365 software. Maryland is the first state to embark on such a partnership. (WaPo, 1/9)

– Today, President Obama will announce a new plan that will assist adults with attending two-year community college for free and will address growing income inequality. (NYT, 1/9)

A ‘Sizable Decrease’ In Those Passing the GED (NPR, 1/9)

THIS WEEK IN THE DISTRICT
– The U.S. Olympic Committee has chosen Boston over D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco as the city that will go on to vie to host the 2024 Olympics. (WaPo, 1/8)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– We got a glimpse at the newest appointees to D.C’s housing and development team. (WCP, 1/5)

– D.C. may soon see an uptick in foreclosures. Housing advocates say that’s a good thing (WaPo, 1/8)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Healthy Communities Working Group: January Meeting (WRAG members)
Monday, January 12, 2015  12:00PM – 2:00PM

CEO Coffee & Conversation: Bringing National Funders into the Region (Rescheduled, for WRAG member CEOs)
Wednesday, January 14, 2015  9:00AM – 10:30AM


Check out this list of America’s Top 25 Best-Performing Large Cities. Something’s missing!

– Ciara