Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Earth Day Network and ForestNation Launch New School Fundraiser

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.

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New Resources for Climate Change Education Released

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.

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Dept. of Energy Launches “Women in STEM” Video Series

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.

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Urban School Food Alliance Turns Cafeterias Green

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.

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Going Green at Evergreen State College

This whole week, we’ve been highlighting some of the country’s greenest colleges and universities.

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Wind, Solar, Biomass Power UM-Morris

The University of Minnesota Morris is a small school—it has just shy of 2,000 students—but it’s making a big splash with its commitment to renewable energy.

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American University Going Zero Waste by 2020

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.

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UCSB Leads the Way in Water Conservation

California has long been a leader in the sustainability movement; its public universities are no exception. The university system has taken some big steps to go green in the last several years, one of which was its commitment to reduce water use by 20% by 2020.

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The Shutdown and the Refuge of School Food

For many kids, school food provides the main and sometimes only source of nutrition they receive on a daily basis. In some of our nation’s schools, 98 percent of the children depend on this program to eat. During the government shutdown, this program was especially critical for our children due to cuts in the SNAP and other supplemental nutrition programs as well as sudden disappearance of millions of paychecks. But even our school lunch program was in jeopardy.

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What Is the Heat Island Effect?

Have you ever noticed that urban areas often feel hotter than their more rural surroundings? The culprit? The heat island effect.

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