Exported mercury returns to haunt U.S.

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

Tons of toxic mercury from U.S. recycling programs are funneled each year to loosely regulated industries in developing countries, where much of the hazardous metal is released into the atmosphere.

Scientists say some of that air pollution can drift back to this country and contaminate lakes and rivers, undercutting aggressive efforts to keep mercury out of the environment.

Youth Service America: YouthRising

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Youth Service America and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention are co-sponsoring the YouthRising grant program. This program will offer grants of $2,000 for projects that engage high-risk and/or gang-involved youth (ages 12-25) in service to their communities. The goal of this initiative is to design and implement creative service projects that engage such youth in service and develop their capacity for leadership and civic engagement. Funded projects should be co-led by youth and adult allies such as parents, coaches, teachers, etc. A significant portion of the project must take place on National & Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22, 2007. Community-based groups/organizations, local government agencies, schools, and faith-based groups are eligible to apply. The application deadline is October 12, 2006.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

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Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program provides grants of up to $5,000 for K-12 school projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Priority is given to educational programs that reflect the schools they serve and fill their communities’ unique needs and interests. Nonprofit K-12 schools (including charter, parochial, private, etc) and parent teacher groups are eligible to apply. For the 2006-07 school year there will be two grant deadlines, October 15, 2006 and February 15, 2007. However, it is important to apply early as only 1,500 applications will be accepted per grant period.

2006 Organic School Garden Awards

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Deadline: October 31, 2006

School gardens that use organic methods are eligible to enter the Organic School Garden Awards program, sponsored by the Rodale Institute (http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/).

Teams of students and teachers (grades K-12) nationwide are asked to submit an essay and poster that express how they use their school garden as a learning tool, how they use the produce they grow, and what impact it has for the students and community. Any school within the fifty United States with an organic garden may enter the contest.

Three winning schools will receive cash prizes of $250, $500, and $1,000.

Plays About Science and Technology Invited for STAGE International Script Competition

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The Professional Artists Lab and the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara continue their collaboration with the second STAGE International Script Competition, open to plays about science and technology.

The winning script will receive $10,000 USD; a staged reading with a cast of professional actors and simultaneous participation in an awards event with distinguished professionals from the worlds of theatre, film, science and technology; and the opportunity to go through the Professional Artists Lab’s development process, which includes access to advice and guidance from professional theatre and film artists as well as experts in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

Submitted plays must explore scientific and/or technological stories, themes, issues, and/or events. Science and technology must figure prominently in the script, whether in form or content or both. Biographical dramas, history plays, and medical dramas are discouraged unless they significantly employ science and/or technology. Authors are strongly urged to avoid the stereotypes often assigned to science, technology, and those who engage in these disciplines. The competition is not open to plays written in the genre of science fiction.

All plays must be original, full-length (min. running time: 70 minutes), and submitted in English. Plays that have been published, have received a full-fledged production, or have been reviewed prior to the submission deadline are not eligible.

GE goes from bottles to bumpers

Read the full story in Modern Plastics magazine.

Exploiting an increasingly reliable stream of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and building off growing interest from OEMs and consumers in environmentally friendly materials, GE Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) has announced a new chemical process for breaking down PET waste and incorporating it as a primary feedstock into virgin polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and polycarbonate (PC)-PBT compounds.