Kate Michael

Kate Michael

Kate Michael is a writer/reporter based in Washington, D.C. In her early career she worked as a policy analyst for members of both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate as well as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. After completing an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University, she left Capitol Hill and accepted an appointment to create a Green Collar Jobs program for the government of the District of Columbia. Currently she reports on a variety of topics as a freelance contributor.


Recent Work

July 22, 2022
by Kate Michael
Copper Shortage Could Stymie Net-Zero Energy Goals

WASHINGTON — A shortage of one essential material could curtail America’s transition to new sources of clean energy according to... Read More

WASHINGTON — A shortage of one essential material could curtail America’s transition to new sources of clean energy according to a new report from S&P Global. The world’s copper supply is unlikely to be able to meet demand for all of the new technologies critical to... Read More

July 18, 2022
by Kate Michael
Private School Enrollment Rising in America Since Onset of Pandemic 

WASHINGTON — There was a tiny dip and then it really flipped — private school enrollment, that is. While private... Read More

WASHINGTON — There was a tiny dip and then it really flipped — private school enrollment, that is. While private schools had to market themselves strongly before COVID-19 hit the U.S. in March 2020, as the pandemic has worn on registration numbers at private grade schools... Read More

July 13, 2022
by Kate Michael
Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Florida Oysters

BISCAYNE BAY, Fla.  — Before you shuck open those succulent oysters this summer, you may be interested in findings from... Read More

BISCAYNE BAY, Fla.  — Before you shuck open those succulent oysters this summer, you may be interested in findings from Florida International University which show that many contain toxic “forever chemicals.” When FIU Institute of Environment scientists sampled 156 oysters from Biscayne Bay, Marco Island and... Read More

July 8, 2022
by Kate Michael
Crop Premium Incentives in New Program to Grow Carbon-Neutral Rice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Global rice production contributes at least 10% of agricultural greenhouse gas annually, but one Nashville-based sustainable land... Read More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Global rice production contributes at least 10% of agricultural greenhouse gas annually, but one Nashville-based sustainable land use management company is incentivizing farmers to produce carbon-neutral rice in the American southwest. AgriCapture is working with rice farmers on over 20,000 acres across Arkansas,... Read More

July 5, 2022
by Kate Michael
Despite White House Denials, GOP Bill Attempts to Prevent Abortion Facilities on Federal Land

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., may be writing op-eds in the New York Times and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., may be writing op-eds in the New York Times and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., calling on the government to declare a medical emergency and “open abortion clinics on federal lands in red states right now,” but the Biden administration continues... Read More

June 29, 2022
by Kate Michael
Georgia Power to Launch Largest Ever Coal Ash Harvesting Project

ATLANTA — Georgia Power on Wednesday unveiled a new project with a leading U.S. producer of sustainable cement alternatives. The... Read More

ATLANTA — Georgia Power on Wednesday unveiled a new project with a leading U.S. producer of sustainable cement alternatives. The project calls for millions of tons of stored coal ash to be excavated for use in concrete to construct bridges, roads, and buildings throughout the Southeast.... Read More

June 28, 2022
by Kate Michael
Hong Kong Startup Making Ecobricks Out Of ‘Impossible to Recycle’ Plastic

HONG KONG — A business in Asia making sustainable construction materials out of plastic waste is now keeping unrecyclable plastic... Read More

HONG KONG — A business in Asia making sustainable construction materials out of plastic waste is now keeping unrecyclable plastic out of landfills by using ecobricks in construction projects in Hong Kong.  The concept of an ecobrick is not entirely new. An environmental activist in Guatemala... Read More

June 24, 2022
by Kate Michael
‘DAC Day’ Pushes for Sustainable Business Models in New Carbon Removal Industry

WASHINGTON — The 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided funding not only for roads, bridges, and efforts to curb... Read More

WASHINGTON — The 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided funding not only for roads, bridges, and efforts to curb future pollution, but the bill also made money available for lesser-known innovative technology projects that speak to the harm humans have already done to the environment. ... Read More

June 21, 2022
by Kate Michael
Toyota, Redwood Partner to Repurpose EV Batteries in Closed-Loop Ecosystem

PLANO, Texas and CARSON CITY, Nev. — Toyota became the latest auto giant to join Redwood Materials’ comprehensive EV battery... Read More

PLANO, Texas and CARSON CITY, Nev. — Toyota became the latest auto giant to join Redwood Materials’ comprehensive EV battery full lifecycle initiative today in an effort for the automaker to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Redwood, a Nevada-based sustainable energy storage company founded in 2017... Read More

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