The Nature of Science and the Scientific Method

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2012.

For those who haven’t been in science class for some time, the scientific method may be a bit of a hazy memory. Those people (educators and others included) who need a bit of a refresher, along with a nice guide to talking about the scientific method, will find this resource from The Geological Society of America most efficacious. Authored by scientist Christine V. McLelland, this 9-page document “promotes understanding of the nature of science and how the scientific method is used to advance science, focusing in particular on the Earth sciences.” The document covers topics like “What is Science?” and breaks the scientific method down into its five primary parts. It also offers some brief talking points about the nature of science, and a nice bibliography. [KMG]

Manufacturers link energy management to competitiveness

Read the full story at Smart Planet.

There is a reason you read a lot about what U.S. manufacturers are doing to cut energy consumption: they use almost one-third of the electricity that powers up the country on an annual basis. This is about green in the economics 101 sense, improving the bottom line.

But a new report from Pike Research suggests that manufacturers and companies in the industrial supply chain need to accelerate their energy efficiency initiatives even more if they are to remain competitive.

Food scraps-to-energy startup snags funding from Al Gore, First Solar chief

Read the full story at SmartPlanet.

Global investment in clean energy isn’t exactly breaking records this year. But investors still appear to be willing to pour money into waste-to-energy companies like Harvest Power.

The Waltham, Mass.-based startup announced Thursday it raised $110 million from several high-profile investors, including Generation Investment Management, the fund co-founded by Al Gore; and Kleiner Perkins. The series C round of financing was led by True North Venture Partners, a new investment firm launched by First Solar interim CEO Michael Ahearn.

Harvest Power builds plants that process organic materials like food scraps and yard trimmings and converts them into biogas, soil and natural fertilizer products. The company, which was founded in 2008, designs and builds two types of anaerobic digestion systems to produce biogas, which can be burned for power or further processed into compressed natural gas fuel.

Sustainability consultants find plenty of demand

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

As environmental responsibility becomes increasingly important to businesses, a new field is emerging to help guide them through the process.
A report by consulting firm Green Research reveals an influx of new sustainability consultants worldwide – 40 percent of whom entered the industry less than three years ago.
The growth is led by a large number of small firms. The research shows more than 60 percent of sustainability consultants work for a firm with fewer than 10 employees, or on their own.

Webinar series for printers on environmental sustainability

Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00pm – Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:50pm

Gather your staff, order lunch, and then join us for the first in a series of three May noon Webinars. These Webinars are designed to help you confirm their regulatory status and identify ways you can save money through sustainable practices. Webinars are presented in partnership with the trade association and funded in part by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. There is no charge for these trainings, but participants do need to pre-register by going to the links(s) below.

Register for one or all three Webinars by clicking on the date:

In partnership with the Printing Industries of America and the Kansas SBEAP, these 50-minute sessions are designed to help printers answer the following questions:

  • How can I make my practices more sustainable, reduce emissions, and save money?
  • When is it legal for me to evaporate my waste solvents or inks?
  • What is the right way to handle used solvent rags?
  • Is there a compliance assistance checklist?
  • What is the Sustainable Green Printers Partnership?
  • How do I track my solvent emissions to determine if I need an air permit?
  • What type of air emissions record keeping should I be maintaining?
  • How can I learn more about free, confidential site visits offered by SBEAP?

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.