RTK Net Reporting Tools Still Sharp After Many Years

The Right-To-Know Network has been around since 1989. Today, with a modern and searchable Web interface, it offers access to some data that reporters would be hard put to find anywhere else. Most important is its collection of Risk Management Plans — which chemical plants are required to maintain to prevent, prepare for, and respond to toxic disasters.

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Data Tools: Journalists' One-Stop Shopping for Ethics Investigations?

At, search several databases with a single search-term entry, potentially speeding discovery of information. It includes data on lobbying registrations, political action committees, contributions to candidates, travel reports, foreign agents registrations, and more. But some open-government advocates consider it merely a down payment on a more comprehensive system.

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April 19, 2012 to April 25, 2012

Sustainatopia 2012 - Miami

Sustainatopia is one of the world's largest events regarding social, financial and environmental responsibility. "Sustainatopia 2012" will include over 50 individual events in film, art, music, eco-fashion, food, design, authors’ series and parties at many locations throughout Miami. One of these, "Impact & Our Oceans" on April 23, is the first annual impact investment conference focused entirely on oceans.

March 16, 2012 to March 17, 2012

MIT Energy Conference

In its 7th year, the MIT Energy Conference is an annual two-day conference that brings together leaders in the fields of technology, policy, industry, and finance to explore solutions to the world’s most pressing energy challenges.

March 30, 2012

Bioethics Bootcamp: Finding the Must-Read Angle for Science and Medical Stories

Science Writers in New York, The Hastings Center, and City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism present a unique workshop to help science writers understand and communicate advances in science and technology that frequently raise immediate or potential ethical concerns for individuals, institutions, families, and society.

June 20, 2012 to June 22, 2012

Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

The Conference will focus on two themes: a green economy, in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.


Maplight Provides More Ways To Link Money and Politics

The organization Maplight now offers three additional ways of looking at its data. Over 14 million records cover ties between lobbying money, legislators, and either all legislation or that relating to several environmental topics. This information can help you better cover Congressional election races of interest to your audience.

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Consortium Launches Web Site on Feedlot Air Pollution

The confidential National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool helps the livestock owner/operator figure out how changing on-site practices can reduce emissions of ammonia, methane, volatile organic compounds, hydrogen sulfide, fine particulates, and odors. This may be useful for journalists; whether an owner/operator will discuss the details of their operation or not, there's a story.

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"Infrastructure Problems In U.S. Go Far Beyond Dollars"

Both President Obama and the GOP-controlled House are pushing infrastructure investment as a job-producing way of maintaining and upgrading U.S. roads, bridges, dams, waterways, airports, and quality of life. The big questions include how to do it -- a set of choices with huge environmental consequences.

Source: Huffington Post, 02/03/2012
February 16, 2012

Finding the Needle in the Data Haystack: The Implications of a Data-Driven Built Environment

Within the green building industry, there is an increasing focus on policy, standards, and interoperability of building data.  Our intent is to look at the potential data pool for the entire industry. The first event in this effort is this 2-hour discussion at the NY Academy of Sciences, which will outline the state of the industry and explore both the move towards data analytics and the current state of data utilization in the real estate industry. A full-day conference on Data Analytics in the Built Environment will be held April 30th.



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