NASA Study Quantifies Plants’ Role in Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effect

Via e360 Digest. The presence or scarcity of vegetation is an essential factor in determining how much urban areas heat up, according to a NASA study. Using data from multiple satellites, the researchers found that areas covered in part by impervious surfaces such as asphalt, concrete, and steel had an average summer temperature 3.4 degrees …

Here are some new tools to support local energy efficiency

Read the full post from ACEEE. Each step of a home improvement project requires the right tool. If you are planning to put up a new set of cabinets, for example, the first step requires measuring tape, assembly of the cabinets may require a drill, and then, finally, a hammer would be needed to actually …

Apple, Microsoft, Motorola wring new revenue out of e-waste

Read the full story in GreenBiz. What do Apple, Microsoft and Motorola have in common? All of these high-profile technology companies are harvesting new revenue out of discarded and end-of-life gadgets, rather than looking at them just as liabilities that require responsible recycling. What’s more, all three are among the roughly 100 organizations using Hong …

Webinar: Tribes Fostering Sustainable Behavior – Toolkit for Community Based Social Marketing

Thursday, September 3, 2015 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central time Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4401787418327265538 Before you develop another brochure… Before you distribute another flier… Before you conduct your next environmental outreach initiative… Use Community-Based Social Marketing strategies to foster sustainable behavior! Community-based social marketing (CBSM) is an alternative approach to encouraging environmentally sustainable behaviors, by …

University of Florida Extension (Sarasota) hiring three environmental eductors

The University of Florida is hiring three Sarasota-based environmental educators. Water Resources The position is responsible for developing an educational and outreach program related to water resources in Sarasota County, including audience identification, an understanding and integration of current outreach efforts, and identification of gaps. The extension program's objectives are to teach about awareness of …

Small amount of warming has ‘significant’ regional impact

Read the full story from EnvironmentalResearchWeb. A global average temperature rise of just 0.3 °C will "significantly" change regional average temperatures, according to a study by US scientists. The study, which also reveals that a rise of at least 2.5 °C is needed to affect regional precipitation significantly, shows the consequences of even small deviations from climate-change …