Day: April 4, 2013

Employees Take Corporate Sustainability Efforts Home, Study Says

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Employees who participate in workplace sustainability programs are likely to promote sustainable practices at home, and encourage others to participate. And three out of four will make purchasing decisions based on a company’s environmentally-conscious practices, a new study finds.

According to 2013 Gibbs & Soell, Sense & Sustainability Study, Perspectives on Corporate Sustainability Among US Adults and Employees, 80 percent of employees who are active in corporate sustainability programs will encourage other people to engage in social responsibility initiatives. Also, 73 percent of employed US adults said they were more likely to make sustainable choices at home as a result of their workplace experience with the programs.

Webinar: Emerging Contaminants: Threats to Great Lakes Water Quality

Thursday, April 4, 2013 3:30 pm CDT
Register here.

Join us on a webinar to learn about emerging contaminants threatening the Great Lakes, the sources of these contaminants, and how we can prevent contaminants from entering our water.

Presenters and topics will include:

  • Emerging Contaminants Threatening the Great Lakes – Ted Smith, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Great Lakes Water Use Cycle: Sources and Transport of Contaminants – Olga Lyandres, Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • “Moving Mercury” and “It Adds Up and Up” (lesson plans from Great Lakes in My World) – Katie Larson, Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Synthetic Musks: A Significant Emerging Contaminant Group –Lon Couillard, Milwaukee Water Works
  • Sensible Disposal of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (a service-learning project) – Terri Hallesy, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program

New Climate Science Educational Resources

Purdue University and the Indiana State Climate Office, through a grant from the National Science Foundation, have developed a comprehensive new resource for climate science instruction. Dynamics of Climate is appropriate to use in informal settings as well as classrooms.

You are invited to register for Dynamics of Climate, a facilitator conference for implementing this new toolkit for climate education.  The conference will be held on May 15-17, 2013, on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University.

Green Teacher webinar: “The Importance of Place in Climate Change Education”

Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Register at http://placeinclimatechangeeducation.eventbrite.com/

Place is an important tool when teaching climate change. Connecting climate change and place makes the issue immediately relevant and personal. It includes not only educating students about the impacts in their place, but also taking them outside to observe and document the changes and develop solutions in their communities.  Kristen will speak broadly on place-based education and climate change.  She will provide specific examples of how the Will Steger Foundation connects Minnesota educators and their students with Minnesota as their place, makes them aware of how climate change is impacting them, and helps them develop ways they can implement solutions in their schools and communities.

Kristen Iverson Poppleton is the Director of Education for the Will Steger Foundation in Minneapolis, MN. Building on Will Steger’s experience as a polar explorer, her goal is to support educators, students and the public with science-based interdisciplinary educational resources on climate change, its implications and solutions to achieve climate literacy. She regularly blogs on all things climate change education in the blog Climate Lessons.

UGA discovery may allow scientists to make fuel from CO2 in the atmosphere

Read the full story from the University of Georgia.

Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving force of global climate change, and researchers the world over are looking for new ways to generate power that leaves a smaller carbon footprint.

Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from the carbon dioxide in the air that is responsible for trapping the sun’s rays and raising global temperatures.

Record-Breaking 2011 Lake Erie Algae Bloom May Be Sign of Things to Come

Read the full story from the University of Michigan.

The largest harmful algae bloom in Lake Erie’s recorded history was likely caused by the confluence of changing farming practices and weather conditions that are expected to become more common in the future due to climate change.

Rather than an isolated, one-time occurrence, Lake Erie’s monumental 2011 algae bloom was more likely a harbinger of things to come, according to University of Michigan researchers and colleagues from eight other institutions.

The interdisciplinary team explored factors that may have contributed to the event and analyzed the likelihood of future massive blooms in the lake.