10,000 Rain Gardens

Via Governing.com's Idea Center. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 70 percent of the pollution found in streams and lakes comes from stormwater. To reduce the amount of runoff that pollutes waterways in Kansas City, Mo., residents have built 86 rain gardens and counting-the goal is 10,000-since mid-2005 as part of a public-private initiative, …

New Model for Scholarly Publishing

Read the full article in Inside Higher Ed [via Library Link of the Day]. It’s hard to attend scholarly meetings these days without someone talking about the “crisis of scholarly publishing,” which goes something like this: Libraries can’t afford to buy new scholarly books; in turn, university presses can’t afford to publish books no one …

The Ittleson Foundation

Read the full announcement. The Ittleson Foundation provides funding for innovative pilot projects, models, demonstrations, or dissemination projects in the areas of AIDS, Mental Health, and the Environment. The Foundation provides funds for projects of national scope and for those of significance beyond the local area of implementation that have a credible plan for dissemination …

Toshiba America Foundation

Read the full announcement. The mission of the Toshiba America Foundation is to promote quality science and mathematics education in U.S. schools. Grants are made for programs and activities that improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics in grades K-12. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on inquiry-based projects designed by individual teachers, and small …

EPA Strengthens Clean Air Rules for Dry Cleaners

In a significant action to protect public health, EPA is tightening rules for all dry cleaners that use the chemical perchloroethylene (perc), including a phase-out of the chemical in dry cleaners located in residential buildings. "This is an important step in our comprehensive strategy to expand and enhance public health protections in the dry cleaning …

Renewables Are the Solution to Global Climate Change

Read the full article at RenewableEnergyAccess.com. Global climate change can be significantly slowed with the proper economic incentives and technological developments, according to presenters at the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) conference in Denver, Colorado. The presenters spoke Tuesday morning, highlighting the current impacts that carbon (CO2) emissions have on the climate and scenarios projected …