#WomeninSTEM: Saving the Natural World through Conservation

Read the full story from the Department of the Interior. As manager of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Jennifer Owen-White is used to getting her hands dirty. Established in 2012, Valle de Oro is the first urban wildlife refuge in the southwest, and it’s becoming an important asset for the residents of New Mexico. …

Visualize Your Local Water Quality: A Mapping Challenge for Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay High School Students

January 2016 – start of competition February 2016 – submissions due March 2016 – winners announced In this competition, students will use digital mapping technology from Esri with data from the USGS, EPA, and other sources to analyze local water quality. They will then create a map that tells a story about the problem and …

It’s not just you — climate science really is impossible to read

Read the full story from GreenBiz. The summaries designed to condense the latest scientific thinking on climate change to make it accessible for policymakers are too difficult to read, a new study has warned. A paper, published today in Nature Climate Change, analyzed the "readability" of the influential summaries from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change …

Energy-Saving Solutions in the Bluegrass State

Read the full story in the EERE Blog. The Energy Department is continuing partnerships with state and local governments to advance efficiency in both energy and water use. One way of doing this is by implementing Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC), an approach to making improvements that reduce energy and water use and increase operational …

Edible Campus project would turn UNC into living garden

Read the full story from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Students, faculty and community members could soon harvest a snack while they walk around campus. The Edible Campus, a project run by Chancellor’s Fellow Emily Auerbach, is currently in the works. The goal of the project is to add high-functioning plants to areas on …