Illinois Food Scrap Coalition releases video on the benefits of composting

This short video from the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition explains what composting is and why it’s important. Excellent resource to use when talking to businesses about the benefits of composting.

A People’s Curriculum for the Earth Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis

Available from Rethinking Schools for $24.95. From the web site:

A People’s Curriculum for the Earth is a collection of articles, role plays, simulations, stories, poems, and graphics to help breathe life into teaching about the environmental crisis. The book features some of the best articles from Rethinking Schools magazine alongside classroom-friendly readings on climate change, energy, water, food, and pollution—as well as on people who are working to make things better.

Getting the Picture: Our Changing Climate

The adventures of scientist-photographer James Balog and the Chasing Ice team come to life in a newly released climate science education resource. Getting the Picture provides a unique, interactive, multimedia experience for students and educators to learn about the latest climate science and witness real-world changes occurring around the world. This comprehensive educational resource is aligned with national educational standards, including NGSS.

The Water Cycle for Kids

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have teamed up to create a water-cycle diagram for schools. The site also includes an interactive diagram, which allows you to “mouse around” the parts of the water cycle and view explanations, pictures, and more online.

K-12 Science and Health Education Resources from the National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine has a wealth of resources available to K-12 students and teachers. Their current projects and programs include:

  • Distance Education Program –  Presentations in medicine for high school students
  • Environmental Health Student Portal — Environmental health information aimed at middle school students
  • Health Information High School Peer Tutoring — Progrqam intended to help improve the health literacy of high school students through their direct involvement in learning how to use reliable online health information resources effectively, and then training other students to do the same. Includes an implementation guide.
  • K-12 Science and Health Education — Resources on a wide variety of science and health topics
  • ToxMystery — Interactive site focusing on toxics in the home. Targeted at K-8 students. Includes parent/teacher information
  • Tox Town — Uses color, graphics, sounds and animation to add interest to learning about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public’s health. Tox Town’s target audience is students above elementary-school level, educators, and the general public. Includes curricula.
  • Tox Town-Based Curriculum Units / Science ClubDiscovering the Connection: Your Environment, Your Health is an afterschool science club curriculum for middle school students. It can also be used in a science classroom or in an interdisciplinary program that connects science and society. Lessons and activities of the curriculum combine research on the Tox Town Web site with hands-on experiments and communication and social action activities. The objective is to introduce middle school students to environmental health issues in their everyday lives, emphasizing the relevance of science to informed citizenship.


Webinar: Introduction to the State Electronics Challenge

Tuesday, November 18, 2-3 pm CST
Register at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/414238999

Join Lynn Rubinstein from the State Electronics Challenge to learn how your organization can reduce its environmental footprint through improved management of electronic office equipment.

The State Electronics Challenge is a voluntary national program, free of charge and open to any state, tribal, regional, or local government agency, as well as any K-12 school or non-profit organization. The SEC promotes environmental stewardship of computers, monitors, and imaging equipment — from purchasing green office equipment through power management, paper use reduction, and responsible end-of-life management — resulting in measurable reductions in energy, greenhouse gases, solid and hazardous waste, and associated costs.

Attend this introductory webinar to learn how your organization can join the Challenge and benefit from the program’s proven free technical assistance, action plan, implementation tools, and environmental benefit calculations.

Divestment Alone Won’t Beat Climate Change

Read the full story from the HBR Blog Network.

The fossil fuel divestment movement — an increasingly popular approach with environmentalists — primarily tries to convince pension funds, university endowments, and other asset holders that their investments in oil and coal are unethical because of impact of fossil fuel emissions on the world’s climate. Proponents argue that divestment is a symbolic statement that can discourage fossil fuel consumption by stigmatizing the industry. Despite its recent successes, we believe this approach is limited.

Both of us have done work on sustainable development and are keen to see a transition away from fossil fuels in order to limit climate change. But divestment alone is not the answer.