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News Round Up: Things this week that got my attention

October 30, 2017


Check out all that is happening in sustainability around Penn State


Do we believe women yet? The battle to end sexual harassment (New York Times)

The issue is not new and but more and more women are coming forward to bring workplace sexual harassment into the daylight. This article provides historical context from Lin Farley who coined the term "sexual harassment" to Anita Hill to Harvey Weinstein.  I am reminded of serving on a panel on Sustainability and Diversity with the late Terrell Jones, Penn State's then-Vice Provost of Educational Equity, and him stating rightly that: "You cannot be a leader in sustainability without being a leader in diversity." And I would add to that "You cannot be a leader in sustainability without being a leader in gender equity, workplace safety and ethics."


Successful women finish the phrase "If only..." (New York Times)

Last week's Women's Forum for the Economy and Society in Paris

provided an opportunity for several prominent leaders--from the World Food Program to Nissan to L'Oreal--to share their wisdom on what they would do differently.  


Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil producer, says that transformation is happening (New York Times)

At an interview during the recent Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, Aramco's chief executive Amin Nasser spoke about their upcoming IPO and their goal to produce 9.5 to 10 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2023. "We are going to be a major player in renewables," Nasser said. Interesting to hear what the view from the top of the oil kingdom has to say about the future.  


4 Signs to Watch for at the Climate Talks - COP 23 starts Nov 6 in Bonn, Germany (Triple Pundit)

23rd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, known informally as COP23, starts November 6. It has been two years since the famed Paris Climate Agreement. A major focus will be on operationalizing the agreement and preparing for 2018, the first year of stocktaking on how countries are progressing--called "Facilitative Dialogues" which in 2018 is being referred to as the Talanoa Dialogue. Talanoa is a Pacific island term describing a process of building empathy, sharing stories, and making informed decisions for the common good.


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