New American Economy – A Global Compact for a Better Future

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This week we discuss the UN’s Millennium Declaration of goals for the future, which include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, establishing universal primary education, and empowering women as an agent of change to give them back control over their own environment, food supply and economy.
Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Rebecca Lucore, head of sustainability & corporate responsibility from Covestro Corporation, to talk about why the company signed onto the UN global compact and what they’re doing to help achieve these goals at home in Pittsburgh and around the world.

New American Economy: Twenty Years of Ecosystem Services

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Nature provides a lot of “services” that we don’t normally think about – pollination, water purification, and more. What’s the economic value of an ecosystem? Today Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Prof. Robert Costanza, Ecosystem Services expert, who challenges us to think about how we place value on things that are priceless.

Professor Robert Costanza is a Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. His transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system.

The New American Economy: Research and Regulation of Toxic Chemicales

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Scientists have found that chemicals in fabric can be absorbed through the skin, and this has an especially profound impact on children and pregnant women. Today’s show is a fascinating look into the origins, uses and dangers of toxic organohalogen flame retardant materials with Arlene Blum, PhD, of the Green Science Policy Institute and Dr. Patricia DeMarco.

The New American Economy – The Hip Hop Caucus On Environmental Justice

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This week, Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Mustafa Santiago Ali, environmental justice advocate. After 24 years at the Environmental Protection Agency, Mustafa became the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus. Mustafa discusses with us the different things that make his work important and the people that are effected by injustices in our system as it relates to the environment. One of the best parts of being a part of the Hip Hop Caucus is that people are much more likely to listen to the people associated with it as opposed to your average environmentalist.

The New American Economy: Solar Solutions

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Why is solar power more popular in some states than others? Can it prevent widespread outages, or help areas that have been ravaged by natural disasters? Dr. Patty DeMarco invites Ed Gilliland, The Solar Foundation’s senior director of programs, to share some lesser-known fact of the industry on this week’s New American Economy.

The New American Economy: Revitalizing a Community

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This week on The New American Economy with Dr Patty DeMarco we have the President of The Homewood Children’s Village out of Pittsburgh, Dr Fred Brown on the program. The discussion surrounds how to revitalize struggling communities by getting the community members themselves involved in the process. To support them or learn more, visit www.hcvpgh.org.

The New American Economy: Public Banking Is Better For Local Communities

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This week on The New American Economy with Dr Patty Demarco we have Mike Krauss, a chair of the PA Public Banking Project, on the program to go over why public banks are much better banks than the banks that we are familiar with. Not only are costs lower in public banks, but they also contribute to the local economy because the only shareholders are the people in the community.

The New American Economy: Glasgow, Scotland and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sister Cities Becoming Post-Industrial

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This week on The New American Economy, Dr. Patty DeMarco has Grant Ervin from Pittsburgh and Jamie Cooke from Glasgow, Scotland on the program to talk about how the two cities are sister cities working to revitalize themselves after being industrial cities for many year and now having to transition to a post-industrial society. A big idea covered in this episode is the transition to a different try of workforce that was previously known in these cities. In Pittsburgh this manifests and investment in the energy industry, and in Glasgow this is seen though the creation of a union for the self-employed and investments in some manufacturing industries.