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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





May 2015




News Reports and Resources


US Taxpayers Bear 'Hidden Cost' of Poverty Wages
UC Berkeley | READ STORY

Stagnant wages and declining employer-provided benefits mean that low-wage workers in the United States are increasingly reliant on federal and state-run public assistance programs. In fact, U.S. taxpayers pay roughly $153 billion each year to supplement employers who refuse to pay a livable wage, according to report published Monday by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor.


10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Local
Strolling of the Heifers | READ STORY

As part of the 2015 Locavore Index this year, Strolling of the Heifers offers 10 reasons to increase the use of local foods, which, the nonprofit says, are better for consumers, better for growers and better for the environment.

What is the full cost of your commute?
Discourse Media | READ STORY

The Cost of Commute Calculator is an interactive tool developed with the aim to capture the full cost and benefit or driving, taking the bus, cycling and walking in Metro Vancouver. The calculator takes into consideration the costs of less obvious impacts like emissions, climate change, accidents, congestion and noise pollution.

Safer Streets, Stronger Economies
Smart Growth America | READ STORY

In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal. Compared to conventional transportation projects, these projects were remarkably affordable, and were an inexpensive way to achieve transportation goals.

California isn't the only state with water problems
Business Insider | READ STORY

As drought, flooding, and climate change restrict America's water supply, demands from population growth and energy production look set to increase, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Yale Climate Opinion Maps
Yale University | READ STORY

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has recently released a new interactive mapping tool called "Yale Climate Opinion Maps" and an accompanying peer-reviewed paper in the journal Nature Climate Change. This tool allows users to visualize and explore differences in public opinion about global warming in the United States in unprecedented geographic detail.

Clean energy is growing fast - but it's not yet winning the race against fossil fuels
Bloomberg | READ STORY

Bloomberg has recently declared in the report, Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables, that clean energy is growing faster than fossil fuels.




President's Corner

Congratulations to MACDEP members Tara Mastel and Tom Harrington, Extension faculty in Jefferson County, for receiving the 2015 NACDEP Excellence in Community Development Work Team Award (Western Region, 2nd place) for their work on the Borden Hotel Renovation Project. Also, MACDEP members Dan Clark and Ashley Kent from the MSU Local Government Center received the 2015 NACDEP Educational Technology Team Award (National) for the Local Government Database Project: An Interactive On-line Tool for Citizens and Public Officials. Awards will be received at the NACDEP Conference in Little Rock, AR May 16-20.



-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

Authentic Leadership in Service Learning and Civic Engagement

May 19-21, 2015
Scottsdale, Arizona
Sponsor: Clinton Global Initiative

C2UExpo 2015

May 26-29, 2015
Ottawa, ON

Sponsor: Carleton University

Going Global 2015

June 1-2, 2015
Westminster, London

Sponsor: British Council

Frontiers of Democracy 2015

June 25-27, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts

Sponsor: Tufts University


Grants and Awards

GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities 2015 Grants Program

Deadline: May 6, 2015
Funder: Aetna Foundation

Chambers of Commerce Grants to Ignite Youth Entrepreneurs

Deadline: May 30, 2015
Funder: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Community Impact Grants Program

Deadline: September 1, 2015
Funder: Home Depot Foundation

Community-Based Learning Center Grants

Deadline: Open
Funder: Microsoft Corporation


National/International News

The whole globe is warming - but look at how much of it is caused by the Northern Hemisphere

Washington Post; Apr 2

U.S. Carbon Emissions Are Rising - Again

National Geographic; Apr 21

U.S. Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for Oil and Gas

New York Times; Apr 23

Winter spending piles up despite paltry snow at SW Colorado ski areas

Denver Post; Apr 30


Montana News

Montana Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2007

Flathead Beacon; Apr 21

Bullock calls for development of Keystone XL, acknowledges climate change

Missoulian; Apr 29

Forest Service to pay $18 million to Montana counties

Great Falls Tribune; Apr 29

Montana rails form crucial link in world energy chain, leaders say

Missoulian; Apr 30








MSU Extension

MSU Extension Community Development | Wilson Hall 2-117 P.O. Box 172240 | Bozeman, MT 59717-2240
Tel: (406) 994-3620
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