Thursday, May 09, 2013
Inspire Speakers Series
Join Phipps and Green Building Alliance (GBA) on the second Thursday of each month to hear from local and national sustainability experts as a participant in the Inspire Speakers Series. The special guest for the May 9 talk, entitled Defying Boundaries: Integrating Sustainability Practices, is David Orr (author, healthy building pioneer, environmental education expert and distinguished professor at Oberlin College). Refreshments will be provided and registrants are invited to tour Phipps one hour before the start of the talk. Register online at www.go-gba.org/inspirespeakersseries
Now that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in each other's capitals, the State Department must formally notify Congress of its intent to reopen the embassy in Havana. Congress then has 15 days to review the notification. There's virtually nothing U.S. lawmakers can do to prevent the upgrading of the existing mission to an embassy. They could block or slow down the approval of an ambassador's nomination.
Do you think the Vatican recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a state will hurt the prospects for advancing a peace agreement?