Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Getting the ball rolling on Prop 39

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

Dept. of Ed. Green Ribbon Schools Announced

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.

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Support the Climate Change Education Act!

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.

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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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