Day: May 21, 2013

Water-Powered Electricity Flows Through Santa Rosa

Read the full story in Governing.

The water that disappears down the kitchen drain at Hotel La Rose in Santa Rosa plays a part in generating electricity for the northern California city. The Geysers Recharge Project pumps recycled water to a geothermal power plant in the Mayacamas Mountains where it is used to replenish the steam field.

Webinar: Incorporating Sustainability into the Curriculum

Tue, May 28, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
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This webinar is for all educators who are considering sustainability and higher education curriculum. Maybe you are unsure of the benefits of including sustainability topics in courses. Or maybe you are planning to incorporate sustainability issues in the fall but aren’t sure how they will fit into your course themes.

AASHE has invited educators from Algonquin College (Canada), Luther College (Iowa), and Northern Arizona University to discuss how sustainability topics can be integrated into any type of course.  You will learn about the history of sustainability pedagogy and gain an understanding of best practices related to incorporating sustainability concepts into undergraduate and graduate level courses at your institution.

Survey of Green Initiatives Associated With College Varsity, Campus Recreation, and Club Sports Programs, Events, and Facilities

Along with AASHE, Natural Resources Defense Council, Green Sports Alliance and NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, the University of Arizona invites colleges and universities in the U.S. to take a survey regarding green sports initiatives on their campus. The 10-15 minute survey aims to determine which campus groups are primarily responsible for implementing green initiatives; understand how students and fans are involved in green initiatives, and promote successes. The deadline is May 31.

AASHE Sustainability Professionals’ Retreat

This workshop is designed to help sustainability staff and directors identify and engage their unique professional strengths to move their campus toward meaningful sustainability goals. Taking place July 15-17 in a small group setting at the Pendle Hill Retreat Center in Philadelphia, the workshop will provide participants with a customized Personal Leadership Plan that includes: a map that identifies allies, resources, assets and opportunities for sustainability leadership; planning and management tools to apply to daily work; and a clear set of professional outcomes moving forward. Only 30 spots are open and registration ends May 31.

Ecotech Institute Clean Jobs Index

This new index from the Ecotech Institute allows users to search by state to find green jobs, alternative fueling stations, LEED projects and total energy consumption. This infographic of key findings from the index reveals 749,197 clean jobs in the U.S. between January 1-March 31, 2013.

McGill launches tool to make green building easier

Read the full story in the McGill Reporter.

McGill has launched an online tool to help in the selection of more environmentally friendly materials for new construction and renovation projects. The Material Analysis Tool (MAT) is an online ranking system that distills manufacturer information to assist users in the selection of building products that are healthy and environmentally responsible. Designed to help McGill staff and contractors, the MAT is also available to the public.

Student Organizes Major Project to Improve Area Soil

Read the full story in The Review (Maharishi University).

Radically improving the soil in area pastures and hay fields is the goal of Greener Pastures, a senior project of Sustainable Living student Jacob Krieger.

The project is part of the consulting arm of a company called Abundant Biology that was founded by Mr. Krieger to bring health, diversity, and biological abundance to farmland ecosystems.

Mr. Krieger said that techniques of restorative agriculture allow the soil to retain its natural fertility so that tillage and chemicals aren’t necessary. Greener Pastures hopes to treat up to 2,000 acres of local pasture and hay fields by December of 2014 to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach.

Switzerland: the first European country to officially approve biochar

Read the full story in the Journal for Ecology, Winegrowing, and Climate Farming.

Switzerland has become the first country in Europe to officially approve the use of certified biochar in agriculture, with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture issuing its approval on 23 April 2013. In it, the Delinat Institute is given responsibility for controlling biochar quality and the sustainability of its production.