Funding opp: Using Educational Networks to Increase Schools’ Adoption of Integrated Pest Management

Proposals due August 10, 2015
Download the full RFP.

The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is soliciting proposals from eligible parties for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cooperative agreement to provide financial assistance to an eligible organization to provide education, training, resources, and technical assistance to increase Integrated Pest Management (IPM) implementation in kindergarten to 12th grade (K-12) public and tribal schools nationwide.

Three energy videos from It’s Okay to Be Smart

From It’s Okay to Be Smart. The playlist consists of three videos.

Will We Ever Run Out of Oil?

We’ve heard news of “peak oil” and “the end of the oil age” for years now, but we keep coming up with ways to find and pump more of it to the surface. Rising CO2 levels and the changing climate that results from burning fossil fuels mean that we should probably stop using oil sooner rather than later, though.

Let’s take a look at history and see how we’ve used different fuels, so that we might figure out when and how to make oil a thing of the past.

The Essentials of Energy

The world of energy is a confusing place. What’s better, nuclear or solar? What’s the difference between fluorescent bulbs and LEDs? What’s the difference between energy and power? And what the heck is a kilowatt-hour?! In this video, we give you a tour of the essential principles behind the energy machine that puts fuel in our tanks and brings electricity to our homes. To be a good energy citizen, you need to speak the language.

The Surprising Places We Waste Energy

We use a LOT of energy, but we waste a lot too. Where that waste happens might surprise, you though. We don’t just waste energy when we leave the lights on or the thermostat cranked down too low. It happens at the dinner table and the water faucet as too!

Learn more:
Special thanks to Sheril Kirshenbaum and the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin for their help with this series. Check out their awesome online course “Energy 101” to learn about energy and energy policy from A to Z. And to find out what people think about energy, check out the UT Energy Poll

Why Are The Bees Dying? [video]

Video created by It’s Okay to Be Smart.

Bees, wild and domesticated, are in big trouble. Bee colonies are dying off at alarming rates, and the cause isn’t clear. Pesticides, habitat loss, disease… there’s a laundry list of likely culprits. We rely on these tiny pollinators for a majority of our fruits, veggies, and nuts… if they disappear, could we be next?

Links/Sources

Puesta del Sol School Food Waste Program w/ EPA [video]

Principal Jonathan Shearer of the Puesta del Sol School in Bellevue, Washington describes how they partnered with EPA to avoid food waste. Students collect unwanted, uneaten lunchtime food and dairy for donation to the local food bank.

Webinar recording: Student Affairs Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing and Event Coordination

Need ideas about going green with purchasing? Planning large events and want to be as environmentally responsible as possible? Wondering if you really can go green? Get some tips in this archived networking and learning opportunity sponsored by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC). The online gathering featured ideas and examples of how Student Affairs units have implemented green practices in purchasing and event coordination. Hear from experts from the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and from colleagues who’ve made green a reality in their day-to-day operations.

 

Urban Natural Resources Stewardship

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

Over the past 100 years, more and more of the U.S. population has moved into urban areas. Currently, more than 80 percent of Americans live in or near a city. The Northern Research Station (NRS), a division of the U.S. Forest Service, seeks to keep cities and suburbs livable by ensuring that trees, parks, greenways, rivers, and lake fronts remain elements of the “urban forest.” In addition to information about the NRS’ Urban Natural Resources Stewardship efforts, this website includes a list of Science Topics, each dedicated to a unique aspect of land use in urban areas. For instance, “Neighborhood quality of life” links to information about how trees increase social well-being and an article outlining the group’s research on what attracts and repels visitors to urban recreation areas. Finally, the site links out to other Research Themes of the NRS, such as Sustaining Forests and Providing Clean Air and Water. [CNH]

STEMblog

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

STEMconnector is both a resource and a service that is designed “to link
those advocating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
education across disciplines and distances.” It seeks to connect diverse
educators, professionals, and government officials together based on a love of applied science. The STEMblog, a project of STEMconnector, is updated regularly and focuses its energies on the relationship between business and STEM subjects. Recent articles, for example, have alerted readers to corporate-sponsored prizes for high school science teachers, a recognition of National Engineers Week, and the math behind a new Android app. For readers who are looking to make connections between STEM subjects and industry partners, the STEMblog is an informative site to check back on regularly. [CNH]