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Poachers Attack Beloved Elders of California, Its Redwoods

Poachers Attack Beloved Elders of California, Its Redwoods | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Thieves who target burls, protrusions on trees that are valued for their intricately patterned wood, are driven by a sluggish economy and costly methamphetamine habits, officials said.
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To say these trees are a national treasure is not a stretch by any means...

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World Appreciative Inquiry Conference 2015

World Appreciative Inquiry Conference 2015 | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
This is the official website of the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference 2015 that will be hosted in Johannesburg from 06 July 2015 to 10 July 2015.
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What is a Bottle Brick Bench and Why Build One?

What is a Bottle Brick Bench and Why Build One? | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
During the past two academic years, RPCS students have been collecting plastic waste and plastic bottles in order to create and build a bottle brick bench - the second one to be built in the state ...
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This is a School project...awesome. 

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Goldman Sachs Might Be Our Best Bet Against Climate Change: Doing Good is Good Business

Goldman Sachs Might Be Our Best Bet Against Climate Change: Doing Good is Good Business | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
In its 2014 Annual Report, Goldman compares the potential of the renewables market to that of the Internet, “Mass market adoption of any new, disruptive industry often takes a path of early enthusiasm followed by market rejection, volatility and ultimately, acceptance. This was true of the Internet, and evidence suggests a similar course when it comes to clean technology and renewable energy.”

Via David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston
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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, May 27, 10:11 AM

The investments going into our transition from a fossil fuel economy to a renewable energy future are growing exponentially. Right now there are (metaphorical) thick clouds of smoke billowing from the financial sector. Goldman Sachs is investing $40 billion in renewables by 2021. Citi has committed $100 billion to the facilitation of clean energy by 2025, and Berkshire Hathaway is investing $15 billion into solar and wind projects at Warren Buffet’s personal behest. Within investment banks, new groups have been created to focus on clean energy development and businesses, such as Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing and JPMorgan’s Environmental and Social Risk Management division.

 

These decisions weren’t made because they are the right things to do (although they are), but because they make economic sense. Renewables must deliver strong returns first, and the double bottom line impact of benefiting the environment second.

 

This may seem calculated but tapping capital markets is absolutely crucial to the health of the planet. Investing in clean energy is a smart decision — not just a personal passion — and that’s what will allow renewables to achieve global scale.

 

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UA Poll: Arizonans Concerned About Global Warming

UA Poll: Arizonans Concerned About Global Warming | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
A large majority of Arizona residents believe the world’s temperature has been rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the nation if nothing is done to curb it, according to a survey conducted by the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment and Stanford University. The survey also found that more than 70 percent of Arizonans support government action to reduce global warming, and a majority of state residents believe people are at least partly to blame for the planet’s warmer temperatures. 
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The percentage is much higher than anticipated, although it should actually be 100%.... 

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The best tech keynote I've ever seen: Elon Musk's Appreciative Intelligence

I've watched a lot of handsomely paid CEOs get on stages for keynote presentations over the past decade, and none were as good as the one I saw Elon Musk give Thursday night in California as he...

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Tesla's Elon Musk...

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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, May 2, 4:52 PM

How do you cultivate appreciative intelligence? You learn from people who see the future in the tiniest successes, progress moments, and strengths of today. For example Xerox could have been Apple. However it could not see what was precious right in front of them. Remember what Steve Jobs said in 1978 when he visited the Xerox research labs to look at what everyone else called a very flawed new computer interface. He looked at it, this ugly and very flawed display, and said something like, "“I thought it was the best thing I’d ever seen in my life…it was very flawed…still, the germ of the idea was there and within, you know ten minutes, it was obvious to me that all computers would work like this some day.” 


The other night, in Hawthorne, California, Elon Musk unveiled “the missing piece” in the transition over to clean energy. The Tesla Powerwall, a large household battery (with industrial applications as well), was that piece.

 

"Our goal is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy," Musk told a press conference at the Tesla Design Center on Thursday night.

 

"It sounds crazy, but we want to change the entire energy infrastructure of the world to zero carbon." 

 

In Musk’s mind, we orbit the key to weening the world off of fossil fuels. “We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the Sun,” he said to the crowd as his keynote. Solar energy then, relying on commercially available solar panels, is the first step in the weening process.

 

We’ve long heard the promise of solar power, but the public hasn’t viewed it as a real competitor to fossil fuels (at least the American public). However, the math is all there. Musk referred to a striking graph to make his point (shown in the video). The blue square is the total amount of surface area that would need to be covered by solar panels to take the US off the grid—and the area is miniscule—like placing a dot on a basketball—a very small dot, from the tip of a felt pen.

 

Why is it so hard to think like an Elon Musk-- someone seeing so much possibility for world transformation in just a tiny battery and the ability to harness the best in business to create value and build a better world? I think, in Tojo Thatchenkery's words its an ability to "see the mighty oak in the acorn"--an appreciative intelligence that comes from disciplined inquiry (look up Tojo's book Appreciative Intelligence.)

 

Leadership = affirmation: its the ability to see the future in the tiniest signs of what works, what's best, and what's possible-- and then to unite all of that with a businessworthy purpose. Appreciative inquiry, together with meaning and purpose, is such a powerful combination.  Changing the entire fossil fuel basis of our economy is bold, for sure, and it's not often you hear CEO's give speeches like this. But its certainly a precious glimpse into appreciative intelligence. You deserve to take a look:

 

http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/1/8527543/elon-musk-tesla-battery-feels

 

But beware its not this leader's flawless oratory skills that make this so powerful: its the authenticity of his vision. Leadership is about seeing; its about the appreciative knowing and the ability to read the world for its intimations of something more.  

 

http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/1/8527543/elon-musk-tesla-battery-feels

 

 

 

 

 

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Living Schoolyards - the 21st Century Way

Living Schoolyards - the 21st Century Way | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
As I shared in my previous post on 21st Century Facilities, the first consideration when creating a 21st century learning environment is the Physical Environment. This has two components - the facilities and the schoolyard.I would like to introduce the concept of the Living Schoolyard, a phrase coined by Sharon Danks, CEO of Green Schoolyards America.  I have also been a long time fan of The Edible Schoolyard project, and Sharon's work has taken my knowledge and understanding of 21st century schoolyards to a whole new level.Not only do Living Schoolyards boost academic achievement, they
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Why birds don’t crash

Why birds don’t crash | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
A new study shows that birds use two highly stereotyped postures to avoid obstacles in flight. The study could open the door to new ways to program drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles to avoid similar obstacles.
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Biomimicry at its best...or worst (depending on how you feel about drones)

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Earth Day Quotes | TheQuotes.Net - Motivational Quotes

Earth Day Quotes | TheQuotes.Net - Motivational Quotes | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Collection of Earth Day Quotes. Quotes about our Earth and Nature.
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On April 20 classrooms can connect with Dr. Jane Goodall

On April 20 classrooms can connect with Dr. Jane Goodall | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

"On April 20, TIME for Kids (TFK) is hosting a unique opportunity for teachers and students from around the world to hear from famous primatologist and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, through a live, interactive webinar presentation ..."


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The suburbs are dead — and that’s not a good thing

The suburbs are dead — and that’s not a good thing | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The resurgence of cities has been awful on the 'burbs: More crime, poverty, burned-out malls and foreclosed homes
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In some areas they're not dead, they're demolished.  A return to the cities....

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Water Cutbacks Now Mandatory In California For First Time Ever

Water Cutbacks Now Mandatory In California For First Time Ever | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Conserving water in California isn't just a suggestion anymore.

On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced there will be mandatory water cutbacks in the drought-stricken state for the first time in history.

"Today we are standing on dry gr...
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Will Arizona be next...?

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Eileen Fisher Pledges to Reach 100% Sustainability by 2020 - Sourcing Journal Online

Eileen Fisher Pledges to Reach 100% Sustainability by 2020 - Sourcing Journal Online | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
No excuses — that’s the message from the folks behind the understated fashion empire Eileen Fisher.
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10 Flowers To Grow With Vegetables

10 Flowers To Grow With Vegetables | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Companion Planting: How To Deter Pests and Encourage Beneficial Insects Flowers among the vegetables are more than just a colourful addition.
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School & home gardens.  Edible flowers.  

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A blessing to slow climate change

A blessing to slow climate change | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Scholars in theology, policy, and science weigh in on the pope's call for sweeping action against climate change.
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Climate change is a moral issue...to all the politicians that don't seem to understand the connection. 

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Recipe for Modernist Edible Garden Style

Recipe for Modernist Edible Garden Style | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Herbs, vegetables and fruit trees aren’t just for traditional gardens. Here’s how to design them into modernist landscapes
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Love how they used even small, built-up spaces to create edible gardens!

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Mattress Protest at Columbia University Continues Into Graduation Event

Mattress Protest at Columbia University Continues Into Graduation Event | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Emma Sulkowicz, who used the mattress to protest the university’s handling of her sexual assault complaint, hoisted it for the last time as she crossed the stage.
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Sexual assault on campus--woman, supported by her friends, carries a mattress to graduation stage.

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Jamshedpur's Plastic Roads Initiative Is A Lesson For All Indian Cities!

Jamshedpur's Plastic Roads Initiative Is A Lesson For All Indian Cities! | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
These fabulous roads are made from recycled waste plastic.
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The US could certainly step-up and learn a lesson here!

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Tesla Ventures Into Solar Power Storage for Home and Business

Tesla Ventures Into Solar Power Storage for Home and Business | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors says it is making a foray into the challenge of how to use the sun’s energy when it isn’t shining, with a fleet of battery systems for homeowners, businesses and utilities.
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The Water Tank Project, NY: Stories To Listen To

The Water Tank Project, NY: Stories To Listen To | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Jump on a guided tour and hear the stories behind street art, with Google Art Project #streetartproject
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The Water Tank Project is part art and part an awareness campaign on the global water crisis...

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Dear Future Generations: We Can't Eat Money

Dear Future Generations,

Sorry.
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Great video in celebration of Earth Day.  We really should be sorry.  

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Is it Gluten Intolerance or are We Being Poisoned?

Is it Gluten Intolerance or are We Being Poisoned? | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Is Celiac Disease something our bodies just suddenly all made up at once?
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Ask4More ~ Levo League (#ask4more) Articles, Mentors & Advice

Ask4More ~ Levo League (#ask4more) Articles, Mentors & Advice | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
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Levo League is a portal for women where you can upload your profile, ask for advice, find mentors or read timely article.  Please join and follow the hashtag given this week's Equal Pay Act:  #ask4more. 

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Over population, over consumption - in pictures

Over population, over consumption - in pictures | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people
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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 3, 9:22 PM

not easy to look at...

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9 school lunches from around the world

9 school lunches from around the world | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Children in France are feasting on steak, brie and carrots; in Finland schools serve beetroot salad and pea soup; in Italy: fish, pasta and two types of salad; in South Korea: broccoli, peppers, fried rice and tofu.
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It isn't difficult to identify the American school lunch even if the name of the country could be hidden. Ugh. 

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brian c. hart's curator insight, March 31, 8:00 PM

Wow. So telling. One could do a great critical thinking analysis assignment using these slides: what does a nation's lunch tell us about their culture, national identity, economic conditions, and values? 

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What happens if all the bees die? [video] - Holy Kaw!

What happens if all the bees die? [video] - Holy Kaw! | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
You've heard the buzz about Colony Collapse Disorder and its threat to the world's bee population, and you might have wondered what would happen if we did, in fact, lose a species so vital to our food production.
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