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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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You Have No Idea How Much Your Diet Impacts Climate Change | VICE News

You Have No Idea How Much Your Diet Impacts Climate Change | VICE News | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
But, when people understand the link between human activities and global warming, they are — by and large — willing to change their dietary habits.
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Sobering news....but not surprising. 

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Looking Into the Future: 2015 Restaurant Trends

Looking Into the Future: 2015 Restaurant Trends | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
It’s hard to believe that the end of 2014 is rapidly approaching, and 2015 will be here before we know it. That being said, many foodservice experts are already predicting what will be “in” for the industry next year. From being more social with your food to all about Asian cuisine, 2015 restaurant trends look enticing!
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GRRReat....a new trend is "clockless eating".  Just what I need.

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Why Kids Love Art - YouTube

Listen to what students say about why art is important to them. From pizza cats to Chinese dragons, to dogs made from the number nine anything is possible in...
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If I could increase the time spent during the average school day in any area, I would infused the arts into as many core disciplines as possible.  STEAM rather than STEM....and art for art's sake.

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Earth System Science | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media

Earth System Science | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Use a space-based vision of our planet to explore the web of connections that sustain life on Earth.

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 12, 2014 9:40 AM

Use a space-based vision of our planet to explore the web of connections that sustain life on Earth.

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How to Reduce Global Warming for Fun and Profit

How to Reduce Global Warming for Fun and Profit | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
We all live in fear of a hot planet. These companies want to make a business of stopping that.
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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.

Early reports...
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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

The Evolution of Diet | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Could eating like our ancestors make us healthier?

Via Allison Anthony, Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks
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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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Sara Bechor's curator insight, May 8, 12:08 PM

להיות המילהשל עצמך

 

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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, although the support systems for teachers get low marks), 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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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.
Linda Alexander's insight:

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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This Tree-Covered Apartment Building Cleans A Polluted City Block

This Tree-Covered Apartment Building Cleans A Polluted City Block | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The five-story building in Turin, Italy is a mini-forest, suspended in the air.
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Clean building!

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Aligning the Head Heart and Wallet

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How Millenials and Women are Driving Impact Investment
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Women will control a large share of the world's wealth in the not-too-distant future...and their issues will be the issues that get supported.

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The Last PTA Meeting I Will Ever Attend

The Last PTA Meeting I Will Ever Attend | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Imagine my utter delight when I learned that at the next PTA meeting, someone would be speaking about the anti-bullying laws in place to protect LGBT and gender creative kids. Although I’m a card-c...
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It would be my last meeting as well...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 13, 2014 7:11 PM

Several years ago, a parent commented to me that she was happy the new teacher was not gay. It caught me totally off guard. I always hope the new teacher is a kind, caring, and compassionate human and sexuality is a non-issue in that.

 

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Huffington Post Article re: Business as Agent for World Benefit. CWRU.

Huffington Post Article re: Business as Agent for World Benefit.  CWRU. | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
With a world providing daily reminders of what is not working, the concept behind "business as an agent of world benefit" is suggesting we should shift our attention to what IS working, what IS good and valuable, and build on those positive elements, behaviors and procedures.

Via David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston
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Congratulations, David, on Huff Post piece: "Business as an agent of world benefit (BAWB) is a brainchild of Prof. David Cooperrider, author of the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology that has provided help and hope to groups and organizations around the world as they seek to improve their organizational effectiveness. Appreciative Inquiry is based on the belief that we can make more progress to improve effectiveness if we focus on what is going well, on the strengths and assets of an individual and the group, rather than concentrating solely on analyzing the problems and challenges we face.

 
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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, November 4, 2014 6:55 AM

Over 650 people attended our Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and it was electric, from the talks of people such as Naveen Jain and Nobel Prize Winner Martti Ahtisaari, to CEOs of companies such as Vitamix and top corporate citizen in America Fairmount Santrol. This Huffington Post article show how inspired participants were and how this "unconference" leads not to just good talks but to collective action.  

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Business Forum in Cleveland to Focus on Purpose Over Profit - The Good News Network

Business Forum in Cleveland to Focus on Purpose Over Profit - The Good News Network | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Call it flourishing. It’s a movement beyond traditional notions of corporate sustainability, demanding more than just doing less harm. The vision builds on best practices toward a higher purpose than profits. Business thought-leaders are joining together on October 15-17 to co-create these possibilities at the Third Global Forum For Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
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I was extremely fortunate to attend the Second Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit a few years ago.  This is a world-class summit held at CWRU that I sincerely hope I get to attend again one day.

 

""It's about creating a world where enterprises prosper, people excel, and nature thrives." ‪#‎BAWBforum‬" 

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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, 2014 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

Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 4:55 AM

Oh how do I hate these waxy beauties. I remember in elementary school they offered these apples and I took a bite and had never tasted something so evil and wrong. Apples are supposed to be fresh, not tasteless and with no nutrients.

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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, 2014 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, 2014 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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