May 11, 2017

Mother Nature, Mother Earth: I Love You. I Thank You.

What follows is a brief essay I shared with the board of directors of my synagogue, Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, on the occasion of my last meeting as Board President.
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November 18, 2016

My Toast to the Toilet

You knew it was coming, didn’t you? World Toilet Day on Saturday, November 19? Designated by the United Nations to draw attention to the fact that 2.5 billion people lack access to the most basic sanitation. Every year 315,000 children die of diarrhea caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water and millions of people suffer illnesses, some of them fatal, which could have been prevented entirely with proper access to a toilet.
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September 5, 2016

Investing in Water Powers the Economy

Chicago is the birthplace of America’s labor movement. Yet, across the nation — and more recently at home in Illinois — we’ve seen policies seep into the mainstream that undercut unions and redirect the flow of wealth from hard-working middle class families to those at the very top.
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June 6, 2016

The New Alchemy

On May 25 the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) officially opened the world’s largest nutrient recovery facility at the world's largest sewage plant — the Stickney plant — in Cicero, IL. In partnership with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, MWRD built and will operate the facility to remove phosphorus from the wastewater stream and convert it to a slow-release fertilizer that can be sold.
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April 8, 2016

Illinois Water Day

Today is the third annual Illinois Water Day launched by students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to raise awareness about water resource issues.
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March 24, 2016

Now I Am Asking

The Cook County Board will soon consider a proposed ordinance governing the safe disposal of pharmaceuticals in Cook County. The goal of this measure is to build upon and expand an existing collection program administered by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department so that there are no “collection deserts” in Cook County and to require the producers of pharmaceutical drugs to provide financial support for the free and accessible collection of unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals for all County residents.
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