Day: January 17, 2013

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AASHE 2013 Webinar: Sustainability Unbound

January 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. Eastern

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Just imagine if, in the 21st century, the educational experience of all students is aligned with the principles of sustainability. A true sustainability transformation requires a radical change in the educational paradigm that shapes higher education. What remains to be seen is whether we have the will and courage to do what we know is necessary. When the sustainable campus is the curriculum, our students will learn to lead the transformation of society.

Sustainability Unbound at the AASHE 2012 conference was AASHE’s first step in an organized effort in this direction, providing a forum for dialogue, interaction and active exploration challenging the content, design and delivery, place and purpose, intent and future of sustainability education.

In this webinar, AASHE Education and Professional Development Officer Cindy Thomashow and University of New Hampshire Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Kelly will provide an overview of the ideas that emerged from Sustainability Unbound 2012 including:

  • What binds and/or constrains the creation of a shared sustainability agenda?
  • What does perspective have to do with creating a shared sustainability agenda?
  • What does creative and imaginative leadership have to do with it?
  • What are the pathways forward once we overcome the constraints and unbound sustainability?

Following this review, webinar participants will have an opportunity to discuss possible directions for Sustainability Unbound at AASHE 2013. Specifically, how we might best explore two big questions at AASHE 2013 that emerged from the first session:

  • What will colleges and universities look like if they operate as fully integrated communities, modeling social and ecological sustainability in its interdependence with the local, regional, and global communities?
  • What are the essential actions that will advance sustainability over the next five years to accomplish this vision? How can we facilitate action and move it forward?

How LG, Samsung are leading in energy-efficient electronics

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Companies behind this year’s new televisions, mobile phones, appliances and numerous electronics gadgets are all trying to point out each product’s unique features and innovative characteristics. They’re competing for air time, after all.

But there is one sensibility they all share this year – a much sharper focus on leading-edge energy efficiency and other sustainable business considerations.

How Samsung is keeping e-waste from the landfill

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One gripe leveled at consumer electronics companies is the rate at which their technologies become obsolete, often by design.

While that’s great for selling new products, it encourages people to throw out products with plenty of life left, causing a global electronic waste problem.

Korea’s Samsung Electronics hopes to differentiate itself in the fiercely competitive high-definition TV marketplace by incorporating the ability to upgrade into their design.

If a customer buys a premium-level TV, they can simply attach Samsung’s “Evolution Kit” in a slot in the back. That makes a 2012 TV operate like a 2013 Smart TV — with faster processing capabilities, new voice control options, the ability to run multiple channels simultaneously and enough computer memory to handle the latest high-definition programming.

San Francisco taps open data for city apps

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

In October 2012, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced proposed revisions to the city’s historic 2009 Open Data legislation. This proposed legislation strengthens San Francisco’s position as a national leader in Open Data.

Open Data increases government efficiency and civic engagement, leading to social and economic benefits as a result of citizen interaction with government. Opening city data allows residents to use that data in innovative ways — to identify trends, create solutions and build products and companies. Open Data creates positive environments that support early stage entrepreneurships and contribute to workforce development and job creation.

Recognizing these benefits, in 2009, San Francisco became one of the first cities to share its data publicly through its open data effort, DataSF. DataSF now has over 200 datasets from dozens of city agencies available and dozens of apps have been created from this data. There have been some great examples of what Open Data can be used to do.

How to decide which type of building commissioning is right for you

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Building commissioning and re-commissioning are becoming standard strategies for many building managers and owners. Commissioning has grown in popularity over the last five years due to the large demand of energy efficiency projects.

But although this kind of solution brings substantial improvements to building systems, savings may not be maintained over time if management processes are not reinforced as well.

Ongoing commissioning can be applied in two very different formats. It can either be fully implemented within the building management processes to allow the user to be independent, or it can be delivered as a service by a subcontractor. This article explains the benefits and challenges to both approaches.

Black Carbon and Warming: It’s Worse than We Thought

Read the full story at Yale360.

A new study indicates soot, known as black carbon, plays a far greater role in global warming than previously believed and is second only to CO2 in the amount of heat it traps in the atmosphere. Reducing some forms of soot emissions — such as from diesel fuel and coal burning — could prove effective in slowing down the planet’s warming.