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Thinking past stovepipes: Solar Electricity on Roof and Classroom

September 3rd, 2013 · 3 Comments

Solar panels cover my rooftop and generate about 80% of my household’s electricity use.  My house, of course, has numerous other “energy cool” elements (solar light tubes, high-efficiency fireplace insert, insulated whole-house fan, efficient appliances, etc …) but those solar panels generate 99% of the initial questioning about the house and my home’s energy issues. […]

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Tags: Energy

Green Schools to Improve Educational Performance … and save money … and …

September 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off on Green Schools to Improve Educational Performance … and save money … and …

To America’s School Boards, What if I could you offer you a reliable path to … Improve Educational Results Improve Student, Teacher, and Staff morale Improve Student, Teacher, and Staff health Create Jobs in the Local Economy Improve Economic Performance in the near-, mid-, and long-term Save money … Intrigued? You should be. And, the […]

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Tags: economics · green · green schools

Does America’s heartland really support “the Extreme Right’s War on K-12 Climate and Environmental Education”?

February 18th, 2012 · 4 Comments

At the NWF’s Wildlife Promise, Kevin Coyle provides An Inside Look at the Extreme Right’s War on K-12 Climate and Environmental Education. Highlighting that the two-page document that the Heartland Institute claims didn’t originate with them is irrelevant, Coyle lays out “five common tactics that extreme right organizations, such as Heartland, use to keep children […]

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In the “Race to the Top”, are we missing the fastest path?

April 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments

Rewarding those who come up with innovative approaches, who prove that they have winning teams, who can show demonstrated success is a thematic within the Obama Administration. Of course, this is not ‘abandon those who fail’ and thus the more appropriate summary might be: “Reward those who show success, help those who struggle reform toward […]

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Tags: analysis · Energy · environmental · government energy policy

Hat tip to private industry over gov’t: Fast Food safer than school lunches

December 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments

As laid out in Fast Food Nation, the industrial agriculture/food industry have been able to so pressure the government that school lunch programs represented essentially the lowest of the low of American food quality and safety of supply.  While perhaps that rat-infested restaurant, open because of cash into a crooked inspector’s hands, might be worse, […]

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Tags: environmental

Clean Energy Jobs Go to School

November 20th, 2009 · 11 Comments

This is part of a series of posts on ‘clean energy jobs’ opportunities for sparking meaningful employment, quickly, in the United States as discussed in Clean Energy Jobs: Stimulate Me. Clean Energy Jobs Go to School: $50 billion / year to support 1,000,000 Clean Energy Jobs America’s public schools are, in some cases all too […]

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Tags: building green · clean energy jobs · Energy · energy efficiency · schools

Menendez lays down a solar challenge

October 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on Menendez lays down a solar challenge

One Senator has chosen to pay attention to The Solar Decathlon on the Mall and issue a challenge. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has issued A Challenge to Universities. He opened with a strong statement of praise and support for The Solar Decathlon. Every two years at this time of year, an exciting thing happens on […]

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Tags: Congress · department of energy · Energy · environmental · solar · solar decathlon · Solar Energy

Making Global Warming Controversial in Public School Classrooms

May 19th, 2009 · 4 Comments

A guest post from “loblolly” in which “A retired science teacher looks at subtle and not so subtle efforts by the oil and coal industry and global warming deniers to subvert environmental education in the public schools, by spreading doubt and making teaching about global warming a controversial topic in public school classrooms.” Received from […]

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Tags: bjorn lomborg · catastrophic climate change · climate change · climate delayers · Global Warming · global warming deniers

Climate Change in the Educational Process

December 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

To a great extent, Americans are climate-change illiterate as exemplified by the continued success of the global warming denier disinformation efforts in confusing people about the science and about the realities of what is going on around the planet, humanity’s role in driving the change, and the opportunities for humanity to address these challenges both […]

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Tags: climate change · Energy · Global Warming

LEEDing the way…to a Green Collar job (w/poll)

November 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

A guest post from a fellow Energize America board member, DooLittle SoThere, who actually manages to do much, actually.   Welcome to my journey.  I am pursuing LEED PA certified to increase my sustainability knowledge base, to help guide my restoration of an historic opera house, and to improve my chances of landing a green collar job after […]

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Tags: Energize America · Energy · energy efficiency