There is still time to sign up for our Small Business Breakfast happening tomorrow at the Norwalk Aquarium! Register here.
MONDAY: Recycling Routines: A Refresher
It wasn’t too long ago that everything you threw out went in the trash, then to a landfill. Now, due to changes in public attitude and government incentives, recycling has become a part of our daily lives. Back in 1980, for instance, only about 10 percent of trash got recycled. That number is up to 34 percent. Much better, but still “lackluster” according to proponents of “sustainable” business. So, what can we do to recycle more? What’s the incentive? Today, we look at recycling here in Connecticut. Recycling across the state has been stagnant in the last several years. Nationwide, the recycling rate has been dropping. What’s more, the amount of garbage we generate in the US has gone down along with the recession. But in mid-Connecticut, the towns served by the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority have actually increased their recycling tonnage – in some cases, by a lot – more than 18 percent since 2006. We want to hear from you. How does it work in your town? Are you sorting out the paper from the plastic? Cans from bottles?
TUESDAY: Small Business Breakfast: Norwalk
With the elections approaching and the economy front and center in the state and national discourse, this edition of Where We Live presents a panel of small business owners offering their view of the campaigns so far, what they think of the level of debate and which issues they would like highlighted by the candidates. It’s a “real world” business view of the November 2012 election. WNPR’s Small Business Breakfast provides the opportunity for the small business community to come together and share experiences, discuss relevant issues and walk away with tools and inspiration for greater business success. WNPR’s Dankosky and business reporter Harriet Jones will be available during the breakfast to talk with guests and answer questions.
The event is free and open to all. Registration is required. To attend, visit WNPR.org, keywords: Small Biz. This WNPR Small Business Breakfast is sponsored by Founding Partner Webster Bank, with additional support from Albertus Magnus College.
WEDNESDAY: Sila Calderón
Sila Calderón was a groundbreaking politician in Puerto Rico. She was the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Secretary of State and the first and only female governor of that Commonwealth. She’s been out of public office for seven years now and she’ll stop by our studios to talk about her career, Puerto Rican politics and business in that country.
THURSDAY: The Education Bubble
American children are taught from their earliest years that education is the path toward the prosperity and social mobility embodied in the ideals of the American Dream. To realize this goal, President Obama looks to educate more American students than any other nation by 2030, in part through low-interest federally-subsidized loans. While the loans have spurred significant increases in college enrollment, they may also be responsible, in part, for escalating college tuition, high student loan debt, and a glut of college graduates in jobs unable to pay back the value of their investment. Increasingly, economists, journalists, and policy-makers are questioning whether we have an education bubble that must inevitably burst. On Where We Live, we want to continue the conversation Are we spending more on college than it is worth– or not enough? Is the value of college less than the cost or do colleges need to become more productive places? Why is college so expensive?
FRIDAY: High School Dropout Crisis
Every year, more than a million kids drop out of school. Without a diploma, these kids will have a tough time succeeding. But the problem starts much earlier than high school. Today, we’ll preview an hour-long special airing Saturday, Left Behind, Dropping Out. We’ll look deeper into the crisis of kids dropping out of school and how we can stop it.