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Tunnel Vision Hoops

Tunnel Vision Hoops | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
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Tunnel Vison Hoops provides a cost effective option (rather than a standard greenhouse) for year-round gardening that schools, communities, and individuals should consider. They are the perfect option for urban dwellers. The tunnels come in a variety of sizes and serve to extend the growning season.  

 

As part of the Gardens That Teach Challenge (and Weebly site of gardening resources) a Cleveland area school will win a hoop house to extend their growing season.  Please see: www.gardensthatteach.org 

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The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

"For at least 70 years, the Red Delicious has dominated apple production in the United States. But since the turn of the 21st century, as the market has filled with competitors—the Gala, the Fuji, the Honeycrisp—its lead has been narrowing. Annual output has plunged."


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I believe this is the rotten tasting apple that comes with your meals at Panera. 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 23, 2:05 PM

The story of the Red Delicious is almost a perfect analogy for the food industry.  It was genetically selected for its marketable skin, an aesthetically sumptuous red.  The skin of the Red Delicious better covers bruises than other varieties and tastes more bitter.  Consumers were buying what the industry promoted and “eating with their eyes and not their mouths.”  But recently there has been a backlash in the United States and more American consumer are seeking out other varieties; meanwhile the apple producers are working on exporting this variety to around the world, but especially into Chinese markets.  


Tags: agriculture, food production, food distribution, agribusiness, USA

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, September 29, 12:40 PM

I loved this article for so many reasons! One who doesn't love an old man who sticks it to the grocery store managers? Two this is a perfect example of what humans do to everything they touch. To munipulate an apples genetics so much that it no longer exists? Seriously? What ever happen to if it aint broke don't fix it? This is also the prime example of how we are as a society. As long as everything is shiny and pretty on the outside don't worry about the inside. Red Delicious apples have a nice attractive outside but the inside is usually blah..

 

I'll stick to my Honeycrisps!

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Climate Change Marchers Rally From Berlin to NYC - NBC News

Climate Change Marchers Rally From Berlin to NYC - NBC News | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Protesters around the world on Sunday called for greater action against climate change ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit.
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Exquisite photography of marchers from around the world on climate action!

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The rich are eating richer, the poor are eating poorer

The rich are eating richer, the poor are eating poorer | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Inequality is showing up on American dinner plates, new studies find.
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Who are your teachers? New technology for humanity | Christensen Institute

Who are your teachers? New technology for humanity | Christensen Institute | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

For those adults working on, writing about, or generally pondering the fate of our education system, “teachers” are thought of as a stakeholder group, a fulcrum for change. But most of us are likewise bought into the idea of lifelong learning—that is, formal schooling may end, but we continue to be students of life. As such, who are your teachers? When you encounter a thorny problem, where do you turn?


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Chris Carter's curator insight, August 24, 9:34 AM

These pieces are so well researched, and also thoughtful. While I do not always agree with the articles' assertions, I find myself impressed with the depth of them. Simply superb discussion starters.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 24, 6:19 PM

Sensible, professional commentary.

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How Technology is Transforming Conservation Efforts Worldwide | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR

How Technology is Transforming Conservation Efforts Worldwide | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Conservationists are using drones, remote sensors and new mapping software to monitor deforestation and illegal poaching in real time. But in the wrong hands, some of these new technologies tools could have devastating effects on wildlife. A discussion on how new technology is transforming conservation efforts.
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This NPR show is heart wrenching.  Elephants are likely the most intelligent animals on earth, and their ivory, mostly heading to China, is devastating the population. And it's a painful death.  Google tracking may help...also flagging elephants as they heading toward major population centers. 

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New book on 'flourishing enterprises' inspires the next Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Oct 15-17th

New book on 'flourishing enterprises' inspires the next Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Oct 15-17th | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

““Flourishing Enterprise” is written by Chris Laszlo and Judy Brown, with John Ehrenfeld, Mary Gorham, Ilma Barros-Pose, Linda Robson, Roger Saillant, Dave Sherman, and Paul Werder. (foreword Peter Senge and afterword by David Cooperrider).... A new book out this week advances the conversation about...”


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This is all from D. Cooperrider's scoop: “Flourishing Enterprise” is written by Chris Laszlo and Judy Brown, with John Ehrenfeld, Mary Gorham, Ilma Barros-Pose, Linda Robson, Roger Saillant, Dave Sherman, and Paul Werder. (foreword Peter Senge and afterword by David Cooperrider).... A new book out this week advances the conversation about...”

 David Cooperrider's insight:

The notion of responsible business has infiltrated our markets, and ‘going green’ is now a part of our mindset. But, sustainability as we know it is not enough. Flourishing—the aspiration that humans and life in general will thrive on the planet forever—should be a key goal for every business today. This is a bold concept, like sustainability was a decade ago. Just as sustainability has become a matter of course, so too will flourishing become a cornerstone of business tomorrow. This book has inspired a whole conference...sign up now....and bring your team of managers, young leaders, change agents, etc.

 

Have you heard of the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit? It’s all about the positive role of business in society and the world—and how companies are turning every social and global issue into industry leading business opportunities. The Global Forum is really an unconference—way beyond great speakers and workshops—especially the worldshaping AI design studios where you become a designer!

 

The groundbreaking conference is t Oct 15th-17.  Here is the quick link:

http://globalforumbawb.com/

 

Among the highlights:

 

--100s of companies—Fairmount Minerals, Go Jo,  sharing their stories of the business and society benefits of going beyond sustainability to “flourishing enterprise;

 

Unveiling of the book that inspired the conference: The Flourishing Enterprise—The New ‘Spirit of Business  with authors Chris Laszlo, Judy Brown, John Ehernfeld and others;

 

--Leading CEOs (Jodi Berg CEO of Vitamix) and the former head of Royal Dutch Shell Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, and social entrepreneurs such as Naveen JainNobel Prize winners and other leaders shaping societyAmazing speakers such as Raj Sisodia, Peter Senge (MIT), Jane Nelson (Harvard) and workshops with business tools with Andrew Winston (Green to Gold) and others

 

--And partners: the Academy of Management; UN Global Compact; the Business Alliance for the Future; the European GRLI; AACSB….

 

--Last but not least: part of the unconference will feature high engagement Appreciative Inquiry Design Studio techniques—advancing a world of 100% renewable energy; advancing a Nobel like prizing process for the new story of business; and helping design the process for a new Grand Strategy for America (see:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/09/a_new_US_grand_strategy)

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The notion of responsible business has infiltrated our markets, and ‘going green’ is now a part of our mindset. But, sustainability as we know it is not enough. Flourishing—the aspiration that humans and life in general will thrive on the planet forever—should be a key goal for every business today. This is a bold concept, like sustainability was a decade ago. Just as sustainability has become a matter of course, so too will flourishing become a cornerstone of business tomorrow. This book has inspired a whole conference...sign up now....and bring your team of managers, young leaders, change agents, etc.

 

Have you heard of the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit? It’s all about the positive role of business in society and the world—and how companies are turning every social and global issue into industry leading business opportunities. The Global Forum is really an unconference—way beyond great speakers and workshops—especially the worldshaping AI design studios where you become a designer!

 

The groundbreaking conference is t Oct 15th-17.  Here is the quick link:

http://globalforumbawb.com/

 

Among the highlights:

 

--100s of companies—Fairmount Minerals, Go Jo,  sharing their stories of the business and society benefits of going beyond sustainability to “flourishing enterprise;

 

Unveiling of the book that inspired the conference: The Flourishing Enterprise—The New ‘Spirit of Business  with authors Chris Laszlo, Judy Brown, John Ehernfeld and others;

 

--Leading CEOs (Jodi Berg CEO of Vitamix) and the former head of Royal Dutch Shell Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, and social entrepreneurs such as Naveen JainNobel Prize winners and other leaders shaping societyAmazing speakers such as Raj Sisodia, Peter Senge (MIT), Jane Nelson (Harvard) and workshops with business tools with Andrew Winston (Green to Gold) and others

 

--And partners: the Academy of Management; UN Global Compact; the Business Alliance for the Future; the European GRLI; AACSB….

 

--Last but not least: part of the unconference will feature high engagement Appreciative Inquiry Design Studio techniques—advancing a world of 100% renewable energy; advancing a Nobel like prizing process for the new story of business; and helping design the process for a new Grand Strategy for America (see: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/09/a_new_US_grand_strategy)

 

Invite your colleagues to register http://globalforumbawb.com/

 

Email me for more: david.cooperrider@case.edu 

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Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America

Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
As wide swaths of rural America suffer through historic drought, they're being left further behind.

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States With Fracking See Surge In Earthquake Activity

States With Fracking See Surge In Earthquake Activity | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes ...
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Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash 

Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash  | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The United States has a trash problem. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day.

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MReese Geo's curator insight, July 10, 10:12 AM

Makes you think about where the trash is going and what's its doing to the environment.

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Sustaining Seven Billion People

Sustaining Seven Billion People | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

"With seven billion people now living on Earth, the ever growing demand is putting unprecedented pressure on global resources—especially forests, water, and food. How can Earth’s resources be managed best to support so many people? One key is tracking the sum of what is available, and perhaps nothing is better suited to that task than satellites."

 


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 6, 12:09 PM

Such studies of the agriculture around the world are essential. The way we are doing agriculture to support seven billion people now, peaking at 9-10 billion in another 60 years, it is clear that we are putting severe strains on the environment.  But we have grown lazy, and we are doing it all wrong.

 

We CAN drastically reduce the amount of meat we consume, and thus quickly reduce the amount of arable land we need.  We CAN grow plants in ways that actually sequester more carbon and improve the soil it over time rather than erode and degrade.  And we CAN in fact grow all the food we need in the space we live in, thus enabling us to recycle all the water used as well, which is mostly just lost in evaporation. 

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, July 13, 5:52 AM

Vital debate for the future

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 7:44 PM

APHG-U2

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(Florida & Louisiana Watch Out!) Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming

(Florida & Louisiana Watch Out!) Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Treasury secretaries dating to the Nixon years backed a new report predicting a heavy loss of coastal properties, a shift of farming northward, and dangerous outdoor conditions because of climate change.
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 24, 3:11 PM

Global warming is happening. Corporations and lobbyists have been trying to prove the opposite. However, more and more evidence is unfolding. Top 'ex'-politicians are speaking out.

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At Commencement, Obama Mocks Lawmakers Who Deny Climate Change

At Commencement, Obama Mocks Lawmakers Who Deny Climate Change | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Speaking at the University of California, Irvine, President Obama likened those who deny climate change to people who would have told John F. Kennedy, at the dawn of the space program, that the moon “was made of cheese.”
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Cities are Planning for Climate Change and the New Economy

Cities are Planning for Climate Change and the New Economy | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ICLEI, the largest worldwide association of local governments, released a study last week showing how climate change has become a priority for cities across the globe, entitled the “Urban Climate Change...”


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David Cooperrider's curator insight, June 11, 7:45 AM
...as projects like the New Climate Economy have shown, combatting climate change and economic growth are not at odds. For example, Portland, Oregon, USA has invested in a pilot program called Clean Energy Works, which has simultaneously generated 400 jobs while reducing carbon emissions by 1,400 tons per year.
Robert De Quelen's curator insight, June 11, 5:55 PM

Nous pouvons subir, anticiper, ou nous préparer - mais une chose est sûre : les villes seront à l'avant-garde de l'adaptation au changement climatique.


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Hundreds Of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Hundreds Of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
NEW YORK -- More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, just days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit.

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Huge, huge turn-out!

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What We Would Eat If Bees Disappeared

What We Would Eat If Bees Disappeared | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
A silent killer has been affecting our food system: The decline of pollinators. According to most available research, bees and other pollinator animals are disappearing due to a complex variety of factors including Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a g...
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This is very powerful because it shows the food disappearing from actual plates! 

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The Evolution of Diet

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Could eating like our ancestors make us healthier?

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We need to feed a few billion more people by 2050.  What diet will make that happen?

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'Tears to my eyes, joy to my heart' - Leap of Reason (Mario Morino & Lou Salza)

'Tears to my eyes, joy to my heart' - Leap of Reason  (Mario Morino & Lou Salza) | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Leap of Reason Update: August 2014 In response to the dark story we featured in our July update, our dear friend Lou Salza encouraged us to read an inspiring one that “brought tears to [his] eyes and joy to [his] heart”: The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, about the University of Washington ...
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Highly recommended!

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Lunch lady rises to teachers union leader and takes on all comers, bluntly

Lunch lady rises to teachers union leader and takes on all comers, bluntly | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Can a folk-singing, irreverent, telegenic firebrand save the nation’s largest labor union?
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She likes the Common Core (agree), thinks politicians need to leave teaching to the professionals (so agree), and hates standardized testing (agree w/ exceptions).  I am not sure where she stands on teacher seniority systems & other protections (where unions have frequently protected teachers at the expense children).  Her honesty about her personal life and statements about suicide were likely bold at the time, but right on the mark and timely today. 

 

Newspapers seem to focus more on a woman's personal life, family & life journey than professional abilities and job-related opinions.  I still have questions about her stance on various issues that were not covered in the article. So, it begs the question, "Would the Washington Post write such a mixed personal/professional journey piece had a man been appointed to the job"?  I tend to think not.  It's not to say that a fuller picture of the individual isn't informative.    It really is... 

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This Supermarket Runs on Its Own Food Waste!

This Supermarket Runs on Its Own Food Waste! | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

“It seems the UK supermarket chain, Sainsbury's, has figured out a way to power themselves entirely by their own food waste. (This Supermarket Runs on Its Own Food Waste!”


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David Cooperrider's curator insight, July 27, 9:19 AM
With nothing going to landfills, Sainsbury is using its food waste to power the entire company...showing once again, waste is wealth. What good business.
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Outdoor and Environmental Education: TERRIFIC Resource Roundup

Outdoor and Environmental Education: TERRIFIC Resource Roundup | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Looking for resources for teaching about the environment, examples of environmental action projects, or ways to take learning outside? Explore our list of curated resources for these green approaches to integrated studies.
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Fantastic, comprehensive list of E4S resources!

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Recyclart, Upcycled, Recycled & Repurposed Ideas for your inspiration!

Recyclart.org: Thousands of ideas made from Reusing, Recycling, Repurposing & Upcycling…Projects may be artistic or homemade, it’s all about brainstorming creativity.
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When you look at these creative creations, you might never throw anything away again!

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Cyclists breathe easier on their own paths

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June 27, 2014 — Boston has installed more than 50 miles of bike lanes since 2007, and the number of pedal-powered commuters in the city, while only 2.1%, is more than three times the national avera...
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What Every Governor Really Believes About Climate Change, In One Handy Map

What Every Governor Really Believes About Climate Change, In One Handy Map | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Fifteen out of twenty-nine sitting Republican governors deny climate science despite the overwhelming level of scientific consensus. None of the country’s Democratic governors have made public statements denying climate change.
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Urban Mayors seem to be a lot smarter than most of our governors....

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The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
It's time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future
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Rolling Stone Mag: An important, positive update.  For a quick, sad laugh, read the 10 dumbest things ever said about climate change too (link provided in article).  

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10 leading sustainability innovations

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“A new study released today profiles 100 leading sustainability innovations - we showcase the top 10, featuring carbon-neutral plastic, recycling kiosks and an ethical smartphone (10 leading sustainability innovations - The Guardian”


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David Cooperrider's curator insight, June 16, 6:29 AM
A study released today profiles 100 leading sustainability innovations. We showcase the top 10, featuring carbon-neutral plastic, e-waste recycling kiosks and an ethical smartphone. What's missing here are whole sets of other kinds of innovations. These are all product or technical innovations. But what about process innovations? Business model innovations? Management innovations? Social inventions? And even markets innovations? If we are to make a massive shift to a sustainable + full spectrum flourishing world we need a larger focus on a much fuller spectrum of innovation. This is a good start.