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“America Proud”–and very confused

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

“America Proud”–and very confused There was a beautiful ad campaign being broadcast across the television airwaves this winter. With panoramic views of amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties set to delicate music that swells at just the right moment, these ads make you feel proud to be an American. Images of kids playing baseball, waitresses at neighborhood diners and even a pretty redhead with a horse flash by as the narrator intones: “We unite the country’s coasts. We connect its people—and its business. We…carry its progress” What could this...

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Bluestem Job Announcement: Finance Manger

Posted on Aug 29, 2014

Bluestem Communications is seeking a part-time Finance Manager. Bluestem Communications, Inc. is a nonprofit environmental organization that designs, implements and evaluates communication, education and outreach initiatives that inspire people to make the connection between their values and environmental causes. The organization is supported by approximately 60% grant income and 40% fee-for-service income. Bluestem Communications is located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The organization is comprised of an Executive Director and five full-time staff members and several intern...

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Bluestem and Budweiser: Working Together for Great Lakes Forever

Posted on Jul 2, 2014

Bluestem and Budweiser: Working Together for Great Lakes Forever

By Will Rotunno, Bluestem Communications Intern Chemically speaking, water is comprised of two hydrogen molecules bonded to one molecule of oxygen. This simple compound comprises 65% of your body, and for the folks at Budweiser, clean water is the first ingredient in quality beer. Drinkable freshwater accounts for a meager 0.3% of all liquid on Earth and maintaining its cleanliness will allow life as well as beer to prosper; a future, most would agree, for which it is worth getting your hands dirty. Budweiser is no stranger to this concept as demonstrated by their commitment to keep...

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Putting a price on nature: constructive or unethical?

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

Putting a price on nature: constructive or unethical?

This post was written by Bluestem Communications summer intern Hannah Lacava.   Listening as waves crash on rocks that have stood for centuries. Watching colorful fish swim hurriedly through clear waters. Feeling wind on your face and soft grasses beneath your feet. Money. If these two concepts seem to you to have nothing to do with each other, think again. Coastal regions—many of which consist of crashing waves, clear waters, and swaying grasses—are much more than beautiful oases. They are ecosystems, providing vital services to nearby lands and communities. Coastal ecosystems...

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Fewer People Worried About Environmental Issues

Posted on Jun 11, 2014

Fewer People Worried About Environmental Issues

Decrease in environmental concern calls for updated dialogue surrounding issue This blog post was written by Bluestem Communications intern Hannah Lacava. An alarming recent study by GlobeScan, surveying citizens from 22 countries, found that concern for environmental issues is at an all-time low. The number of people rating problems such as biodiversity, water and air pollution, and depletion of natural resources as “very serious” dropped dramatically from previous polls. Although the issue of climate change did not hit an all-time low, it still saw a significant drop in concern since...

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Bluestem News: 10 Tips to Launch your Twitter Account & Our Services in Action

Posted on May 21, 2014

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