Q&A: A Specialist's Take on New Retirement Savings

President Obama has announced new steps that would make retirement saving easier for American households. Many of these new policies are based on proposals developed by the Retirement Security Project, led by William Gale and supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts in partnership with Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and the Brookings Institution. 

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Q&A: Curriculum Supports Sustainable Agriculture on American Indian Lands

Two Nevada educators have worked to bring the federal government and Native American tribes closer together through a science-based educational curriculum centered on tribal histories. The publication, "People of the Land," not only provides a deeper look into historical and economic factors, but works to improve relations between key tribal liaisons in the Department of Agriculture and American Indian ranchers and farmers in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. 

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Q&A: Redefining Life One Goal at a Time

If storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to teach, the Legacy Project at www.legacyproject.org – a nationwide initiative connecting the past, present, and future for all ages – is truly a schoolhouse. Susan Bosak, Legacy Project Chair, is an educator, researcher, and author.

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Q&A: The Question of Female Consumerism

Do women hold the key to national economic recovery? Delia Passi, former publisher of Working Mother and Working Woman magazines, is a consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies and an expert on the female consumer has noted that female spenders control the majority of consumer spending in the United States. Passi founded WomenCertified(R), a company designed to teach professionals how to effectively communicate with and listen to women in order to educate corporate America on how to provide female customers with a better experience. 

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Q&A: The Evolution of the Native American Times

The Oklahoma-based Native American Times provides American Indian news to readers in the U.S., and its recent growth has been credited to Lisa Snell, the paper's editor and publisher of the newspaper, and before purchasing the paper. Since purchasing the paper in 2009, Snell, the paper's former graphic designer, has helped the Native American Times increase its circulation steadily and it continues to maintains a strong web presence. Snell, a Cherokee Nation citizen, has previously described her position as a mixture of roles -- "designer, writer, online publisher, editor and more."

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Q&A: Safer Technologies from Plastic Crusader

Ron Vigdor, president and co-founder of BornFree, the first baby brand to only manufacture products that are free of bisphenol A, is fighting a plastic battle. The idea to develop bisphenol A-free baby bottles came to Vigdor and his partners after seeing a 2006 news report on the health risks of polycarbonate plastic bottles to infants. The company was launched alongside a campaign headed by Vigdor to educate consumers on the dangers of bisphenol A.

 

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Green Boot Camp Puts Cities Through Their Paces

Energy efficiency has grown in popularity thanks in part to the Obama administration, bringing new attention to retrofitting with promises of green jobs and meeting energy goals. A range of business people, experts and officials from 17 cities met this week at the Harvard Kennedy School to discuss how to build jobs and modernize buildings.

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