Posted by Mike Kulka
Is it just me or has traffic decreased on Commonground? Was it the holiday lull ? Is this a long hangover from celebrating the passing 2008 ? 2009 is here and our country and the environmental profession is more challenged than ever. Now is not the time to go dormant. Add your opinion, make your suggestion, share your glory or pain or tell us (or me) we are crazy. This site is like marriage and will continue like marriage vows in good times and in bad. We may evolve from industry environmental manager, to government regulator, to consultant, legal professional, to bank risk manager, data vendor, etc. I have been guilty myself of going dormant. It has been over three weeks since I added to this site. I personally committed to posting every two weeks when I accepted this challenge. I am an optimistic person and have struggled to craft positive material. The holiday honeymoon is over and we will find positive. The inauguration is next week. Whether you are to the left, right or numerous areas in between there are changes coming. How does this effect us ? What can we find positive ? Whether it is the stimulus plan, the remainder of the bailout, the fact that thinking green and sustainability is hotter than ever or the fact that spring is not too far away (it is 11 degrees as I post this in Michigan) there are good reasons to look up.
The Environmental Banker's Association winter gathering will occur in Charlotte, NC early next week. Industry leaders will discuss several issues leading our profession into the next chapter. I will (not hope to) provide positive feedback from this gathering.
Happy New Year and lets make this New Year Happy.