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Grace in a Time of Adversity

Between the culmination of the presidential campaign and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, it has been a nerve wracking few weeks. The aggressive political banter and the super storm have kept us on an emotional roller coaster, leaving our nation exhausted and raw.

But now it’s time to focus on the cleanup and healing process. It’s time to put down our differences, fears, and demoralization, and set ourselves on a pathway towards a unified and sustainable future. We all want change in many different forms, and the only way that we’re going to see it implemented is by working together.

The greatest challenge for the human spirit is to overcome adversity with grace. It’s easy to feel disillusioned when favorite candidates didn’t get elected or when livelihoods are lost for reasons far beyond our control. But, as Nelson Mandela said, “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." Now is not a time for bitterness. Rather, it’s a time for heroism and courage.

For those of us working diligently to create a sustainable future, perhaps we can find consolation that both the election and Sandy have opened the door to increased acceptance of climate change, as well as the pressing need to create innovative, viable solutions for a changing environment.

While certain important renewable energy initiatives, such as Proposal 3 in Michigan (which would have would have increased the state’s renewable electricity target to require that 25 percent of power come from clean sources by 2025) was rejected, other green building initiatives, such as Proposition 39 in California (which is expected to allocate approximately $500 million annually to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings), were approved.

We have a long way to go and not a second to lose, but it’s important to take pause and appreciate the hard work that has been completed and the important progress that has been made to lay the foundation for sustainable market transformation. I suspect that the next several years will bring rapid and dramatic change that, hopefully, we can all be proud of.

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