When it comes to saving energy, it’s really not all about the money

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

recent psychological study has provided suggestive evidence that when people decide to take steps to use less energy at home, and so to protect the environment, they don’t merely do so because they want to save a little bit of cash on their electricity bills. If anything, it suggests, some forms of materialistic or competitive thinking may inhibit deep or long-lasting conservation attitudes.

 

North Carolina State University says “Pollinators Welcome Here”

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The home of the Wolfpack is also becoming a home for pollinators.

That’s the intent of numerous NC State students, staff and faculty, who are driving an effort to create food sources for pollinators through strategic plant selection on the university’s urban campus.

Opportunity to be a Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum

AASHE is seeking 4-6 partner institutions or organizations to help us develop and pilot a “Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum” program. Applications to serve in this role are due by Monday, August 1.

Visualizing and Understanding the Science of Climate Change

Understanding and responding to global climate change is one of the defining challenges of the 21st Century. We receive many mixed messages about global climate change, and we often don’t have information and tools we can trust to see and understand the complex connections between human activity and our changing climate. Explaining Climate Change provides a set of peer-reviewed, interactive, web-based materials to help learners visualize and understand the underlying science of climate change.

Gizmo Attaches To Garbage Disposals, Turns Food Waste Into Compost

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A tiny tweak can have a huge impact.

Six students at Rice University have created a motor-operated device that attaches to your food disposal and turns food waste into compost, which can be used as nutrient-rich soil.

The mechanical gadget, called BioBlend, is activated whenever someone turns on a food disposal. BioBlend then separates food waste by chopping it up and straining out water.

The water is then sent to a municipal wastewater treatment, while the food waste is stored under your sink until it can be composted — or used for biogas generation, which uses waste to generate gas for cooking.

These 4 Games Will Teach Kids How We Can Tackle Climate Change

Read the full story in Fast Company.

For both kids and adults, games are sometimes a great way to learn about social issues and brainstorm creative solutions. The nonprofit Games for Change has worked on this idea for more than a decade, and at its upcoming annual festival in New York, it will present four new games that tackle the most pressing challenge for humanity: climate change.