Earth Day Network Blog Updates

CNN Unveils the Secrets Behind Seattle's Bullitt Center

Dennis Hayes, lifelong environmental activist and Earth Day Network chairman, was interviewed by CNN regarding the greenest commercial building in the world, the Bullitt Center in Seattle, WA. Hayes is the president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, and his leadership overseeing the construction of the Bullitt Center has been substantiated by the buildings numerous architecture and sustainability awards. The foundation is currently pursuing the International Living Future Institute’s prestigious Living Building Certification.

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Congress: Stop playing politics with Kids' Health

As the United States struggles with one of the highest country-wide obesity rates in the world, it would seem that improvement to nutrition in school lunches would be a candidate for unopposed reform. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Schools Act (HHFSA) of 2010 has generated positive response (in the form of higher test scores and rates of participation and graduation) from schools that have implemented improved nutrition guidelines. Read More

Join Earth Day Network in Honoring Rachel Carson's Legacy

Award-winning author Rachel Carson (1907–1964) was one of the greatest American natural history writers of the 20th century. In addition to the environmental classic Silent Spring, her books include Under the Sea Wind, The Edge of the Sea, and The Sea Around Us, which has sold more than one million copies, been translated into 28 languages, and won the National Book Award and John Burroughs Award.

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Climate Figures Large in Obama’s FY 2015 Budget

Book Review - The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

by Bill Boteler

In her new book, The Sixth Extinction. Elizabeth Kolbert  sets out to explain why the planet seems to be in a spasm of mass extinctions of plants and animals and to introduce the relevant scientific concepts, illustrated by her globetrotting visits to locations where this is taking place.

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Climate Change Is Increasing Extreme Heat Globally

Climate Change Is Increasing Extreme Heat Globally (via Climate Central)

By Brian Kahn Follow @blkahn Despite reports of a global warming "hiatus," a new study shows that the number of areas being affected by extreme heat are on the rise and that the hottest temperatures on the planet are also increasing. The idea of a …

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2014 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Announced!

The mission of the Goldman Environmental Prize is to honor grassroots environmental heroes from all over the world for their consistent efforts to protect communities and enhance the natural environment. Each winner receives $150,000 to further his or her work and gains worldwide visibility. Through recognizing these leaders, the Goldman Prize hopes to inspire ordinary people to take courageous actions to protect the planet.

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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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