Audrey Henderson

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In addition to my consulting practice, Knowledge Empowerment, I am the originator and manager/moderator of two online communities. Expertise for Hire (www.expertiseforhire.ning.com) is an international networking community to promote the career aspirations and goals of the members. Sustainable Urban Development (www.sustainableurbandevelopment.ning.com) is devoted to promoting sustainability in the built environment, especially urban areas.
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Climate Change: "Tell me why I should care about an endangered mouse in Arizona?"

The question above was posed by H. Lee Scott Jr., the recently retired chief executive of Wal-Mart. The dialogue resulting from this query inspired Scott to impose a new, ostensibly more environmentally conscious direction in merchandising for the retail giant. In addition, the implication was that the action by the behemoth retailer has resulted in a wave of changes in the manufacturing, packaging and marketing of dozens of other companies, willingly or less so and even for companies which are not actual supp...
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Sustainable Development: Dear President-Elect Obama,
I am one of your proud constituents. I was one of the thousands of revelers at Grant Park in Chicago on Election Night. I was lucky enough to have been invited as a "plus one" to the ticketed area of the rally by a friend who had scored tickets. I followed the returns on the giant screen mounted in Hutchinson Field, although I could see the stage in the distance as well.
When the announcement was made that you had been declared the winner of the Presidential election, I was jubilant. I jumped up and down and yelled. I hugged my friend and high-five...
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Sustainable Development: On The Street of the Lifted Lorax, "the wind smells slow and sour when it blows; and the birds never sing, except for old crows . . . " In this forsaken place, there are decrepit signs in shoddy disrepair, tufts of grickle-grass, and not much else.
The Street of the Lifted Lorax is Dr. Seuss' mythical representation of the consequences of rampant greed and urban sprawl run amok. Although The Lorax was published in 1971, and the animated feature produced in 1972, its lessons still resonate as a cautionary tale, with some of its hardest lessons evidently still unlearned in the real world....
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Sustainable Development: Delicious, sustainably sourced and prepared food and drink, a jazz combo complete with standup bass, strings of colorful beads freely bestowed to the revelers in attendance, all set against the backdrop of a star-filled evening sky , among exotic plants from around the world. An upscale Mardi Gras fête? Not exactly, but a celebration nonetheless. On September 17, 2008, the staff and board of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) gathered along with more than 375 supporters to celebrate its 30th anniversary in the beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory on Chicago’s Near W...
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Ethical Consumption: 
What is affordable housing? The traditional guidelines for housing in the United States advise that shelter should cost, at most, no more than 30% of the gross income of a given household. Even beyond the fact that this is an unattainable goal for many families and individuals (some of whom spend far more than half their income on housing); it is also incomplete as a measure for affordability. For instance, many young families move far away from the city center in order to obtain single family detached homes, and large yards for their children, which are oftentimes prohibiti...
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Ethical Consumption: For many people, ecotourism is a means of minimizing the “footprint” left behind in ecologically sensitive regions of the world, while satisfying an urge for visiting exotic places. While it is generally recognized that travel, especially internationally, broadens one’s perspective, for many people it has become difficult to justify indiscriminate wanderlust. Never mind the expenditure of fuel on long airline flights (and the resulting exhausts into the atmosphere); the sheer mass of visitors in some areas is literally killing entire ecosystems. Ecotourism is seen as a so...
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Climate Change: 

In an article in the April 2008 issue of Conscious Choice entitled, "Earth for Hire," writer E.B. Boyd investigates the emerging trend of businesses and communities taking on conservation programs -- for profit. Over the objections of mainline conservationists, a heretofore unlikely coalition (what more ardent commentators might label an unholy alliance) is being formed between big business, research organizations and public policy leaders to address large scale conservation projects.

The end result, when such alliances work well, are that businesses gain increas...
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