Earth Day and the polling of America 2014

Earth Day is celebrating its 44th birthday! Earth Day has become an important holiday around the world in schools, communities and companies. Although Earth Day has the hearts of many around the world, public opinion about the environment has become dull and uninterested. Despite the warnings from the scientific community, increased use of renewable energy, fuel-efficient cars, cleaning products, and green marketing efforts of businesses and the government, reports suggest little change in the United States’ climate and environment. In a recent poll from ecoAmerica, 71 percent of Americans say they are “somewhat convinced that climate change is happening,” and 76 percent believe humans “definitely or might be able to reduce climate change’s impacts.”

One of the largest challenges in educating Americans about the environment is educating the population of the current status of the environment and whether the environment is getting better or worse. Along with this challenge, global warming has the lowest concern in the American population. In contrast, pollution of drinking water is on the top of the list. This article provides interesting outlooks on the current environment and opinions of the American population about the environment. It also provided information about what to buy and what not to buy in order to help the environment and climate.

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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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