Earth Day Network Blog Updates
In November of 2012 California voters approved Proposition 39. The law is designed to close a tax loophole that gave corporations a tax break for moving their jobs and investments to other states. Prop 39 fixed this problem by requiring multi-state companies to pay taxes based on their sales in California, and is predicted to generate an estimated $2.5 billion in revenue over a five-year period beginning in fiscal year 2013-2014. Read More
On Earth Day, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the 48 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and 9 District Sustainability Awardees in Washington, D.C. Duncan was joined by Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots, who praised the selected schools and districts saying, "Schools all over the country can look to today's honorees as models for creating a healthier learning environment while lowering energy bills and preparing students for success in the 21st century economy.Read More
In order to create the next generation of environmentalists, action must be taken now to education young people about the dangers of climate change. That’s why a day prior to Earth Day 2014, Congressman Michael Honda, a Democrat representing California’s 17th District, in the San Francisco Bay area, introduced a bill to the House of Representatives entitled the Climate Change Education Act.Read More
Why should students sell candy bars or wrapping paper for school fundraising when they could sell tree saplings instead?
Earth Day Network and ForestNation have teamed up to change school fundraising for the better by encouraging students to sell tree-growing kits. For every tree-growing kit a student sells, ForestNation will match it by planting another tree elsewhere.Read More
Over the last several months, Earth Day Network Education Director Christine Robertson has been working with the Climate Change Environmental Education POLCA (Project-based Online Learning Community Alliance) to create a set of resources and suggestions for anyone teaching about climate change.Read More
The US Department of Energy has launched a new initiative aimed to highlight women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
The DOE recognizes the fact that women are underrepresented in these fields. Among college students, men outnumber women in nearly every science and engineering major. According to the Department of Commerce, the disparity is even more glaring in the workforce—less than a quarter of STEM professionals are women.Read More
Six cities nationwide have begun the process of turning their public schools into more environmentally-friendly institutions. Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Orlando make up the Urban School Food Alliance, a group whose mission is integrating green consumption practices into their public schools’ cafeterias.Read More
American University has made it clear that it takes waste management seriously. The university has pledged to reach zero waste by 2020, meaning that it will no longer send any waste to the landfill. It’s an ambitious goal, but AU is already two-thirds of the way there, thanks to an innovative waste management strategy.Read More