DIY Kit Brings Aquaponics To Your Home Or Classroom. December 6, 2012 by Green Blog Admin. See the countertop aquaponics kit that's making waves on Kickstarter! Thank you for your interest in this story.
So, I've decided to combine two fun items I've been incorporating in my classroom - QR codes and labeling bottle caps - to help students practice ordering fractions, multi-digit multiplication, and long division - just a few skills ...
The Chattanoogan Tommie Brown Academy Receives Aquaponics Systems The Chattanoogan Tommie Brown Academy received an aquaponics growing system as well as hands on educational experience from Inner City Aquaponics, a sustainable farming organization...
Jamie Van Mourik speaking from USGBC. Goal of market transformation needs a focus on next generation, Center for Green Schools has a vision of green schools for all within one generation.
People who make the case, the decision, and the implementation. An action oriented organization. Higher Ed is 3 percent of carbon footprint, but 100 percent of student footprint.
The game has changed for students, who will be making decisions. LEEDS is nutrition labels for buildings.
Full lifecycle of buildings. Architecture over time. Integrated planning. Architecture and planning for time, not just mass. This gives students a motivation for engagement and campus as a living and learning laboratory. LEED Lab at Catholic U. LEED for existing buildings is the theme. Working with facilities department. CU did not have policies, students wrote them, then worked with facilities to create guidelines and they will facilitate the LEED project management for that building.
Research to Practice Program has 35 member institutions, covering lots of topics in one semester. Lots of good content there.
Need to watch what comes from this? Phase two will select a subset of teams and with more resources, do more. Need to cross-reference some of this.
Undergrad research variant.
National Field is the tool they are using, like Facebook. DOE Energy Star One Pager. Need individual monitored electricity in buildings.
USGBC doesn't create tools. LEED 2012 will focus on health. Tell NIRSA that. Health is the next front for USGBC?
Also USGBC Students is an action oriented program, project experience, like ASHRAE locals. 90 groups, 100 in pipeline. Hands On LEED booklet to facilitate using students with LEED on campus.
Know and understand the levels of the ecological hierarchy.Appreciate the integration of natural processes that govern the natural world.Appreciate the importance of maintaining a sustaining biosphere for the continued presence of a human population on the earth.Understand the pragmatic and realistic difficulties of integrating human societal needs without further compromising ecological processes.Become familiar with the ecological background to global environmental problems.Realize the consequences of our individual and joint actions upon the biosphere.
Geography and environmental science gain in popularity in the Advanced Placement program, while interest is waning in some languages.
Now is a critical time to continue the push for greater geo-literacy in the curriculum, to ensure that students have the foundations established for them to be successful in AP Human Geography before they reach it.
Six proposals are introduced below for creative art+science, participatory and open approaches to environmental education and awareness in the Gulf of Finland Year 2014- / Baltic Sea region. They were first presented by Andrew Gryf Paterson at the Gulf of Finland Year Trilateral Environmental Education seminar, Tallinn, 28.2.2013, and are part of an ongoing dialogue and cooperation with Russian NGO Friends of the Baltic, based in St. Petersburg.
The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13-18 from around the globe. We're looking for ideas that will change the world. To get started, all you'll need is a Google account.
As a manager your best development tool is yourself as a coach. Coaching is about making people think for themselves instead of being given the answers. It therefore relies on you to ask great coaching questions.
Then, we made QR codes that opened the PP when scanned. We finally had a reveal day. Beforehand, students scanned the Qr codes and recorded their guess of what animal the clues were describing. Then, one at a time, ...
Sustainable architecture and classrooms of the future have finally come together in an Australian green building concept that is out of this world. The latest renderings of what is arguably one of world’s most impressive sustainable educational facilities have been released and already they are causing a stir in both architectural and green building fields. Created by architectural firm LAVA, the aptly named ‘classroom of the future’ is a design concept that sees the creation of a prefabricated, relocatable learning environment, which incorporates innovative and clever design features.
The key point of uniqueness that this design concept holds is that it is versatile. The layout of the proposed building includes a prefabricated timber roof, three timber service modules, smart panels that act as operable windows and include ‘smart’ infill panels and a ground level plinth with underground rain water collection tanks, all of which will be insulated according to the clime of the building’s location. Customisation of the design is maximised by the three modules’ ability to interconnect in several variations, allowing the rooms to be shaped around changing class sizes. Exterior landscape environment will also act as a makeshift outdoor class area and become a part of scholastic activities...
The California Academy of Sciences Green Roof sits on top of the world's greenest LEED-Platinum museum with the tagline that it's the only place on the plane… (This place looks AMAZING: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Growing public concern over greenhouse effects, concerns over safe disposal of e-waste, and local K-12 school district needs to conserve funding are forcing schools to address green IT issues as a matter of conscience, budget and political imperative. Take 15 minutes and estimate your school or district IT energy usage and cost, or be more proactive by developing a green computing plan and earn CoSN’s Green Computing certification.
US (IL): Cafe serves student grown, hydroponic lettuce FreshPlaza Northbrook's Prairie Grass Cafe has partnered with students in the Green Grower's Club at Highland Park's Ravinia School to serve dishes made with the club's hydroponically grown...
Nope, it's a flipped classroom! AP Environmental Science teacher Jame Holt can now spend more hands-on time with his. McKenna Powers. AP Environmental Science teacher Jame Holt can now spend more hands-on time ...
In hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, lives an "extremophile" red alga, Galdieria sulphuraria. Galdieria uses energy from the sun to produce sugars through photosynthesis. In the darkness of old mineshafts in drainage as caustic as battery acid, it feeds on bacteria and survives high concentrations of arsenic and heavy metals.
How has a one-celled alga acquired such flexibility and resilience? To answer this question, an international research team led by Gerald Schoenknecht of Oklahoma State University and Andreas Weber and Martin Lercher of Heinrich-Heine-Universitat (Heinrich-Heine University) in Dusseldorf, Germany, decoded genetic information in Galdieria. The scientists made an unexpected discovery: Galdieria's genome shows clear signs of borrowing genes from its neighbors. Many genes that contribute to Galdieria's adaptations were not inherited from its ancestor red algae, but were acquired from bacteria or archaebacteria.
This "horizontal gene transfer" is typical for the evolution of bacteria, researchers say. However, Galdieria is the first known organism with a nucleus (called a eukaryote) that has adapted to extreme environments based on horizontal gene transfer.
"The age of comparative genome sequencing began only slightly more than a decade ago, and revealed a new mechanism of evolution--horizontal gene transfer--that would not have been discovered any other way," says Matt Kane, program director in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Environmental Biology, which funded the research.
"This finding extends our understanding of the role that this mechanism plays in evolution to eukaryotic microorganisms." The alga owes its ability to survive the toxic effects of such elements as mercury and arsenic to transport proteins and enzymes that originated in genes it swiped from bacteria.
It also copied genes offering tolerance to high salt concentrations, and an ability to make use of a wide variety of food sources. The genes were copied from bacteria that live in the same extreme environment as Galdieria.
"Why reinvent the wheel if you can copy it from your neighbor?" asks Lercher.
"It's usually assumed that organisms with a nucleus cannot copy genes from different species--that's why eukaryotes depend on sex to recombine their genomes. "How has Galdieria managed to overcome this limitation? It's an exciting question."
What Galdieria did is "a dream come true for biotechnology," says Weber.
"Galdieria has acquired genes with interesting properties from different organisms, integrated them into a functional network and developed unique properties and adaptations." In the future, genetic engineering may allow other algae to make use of the proteins that offer stress tolerance to Galdieria. Such a development would be relevant to biofuel production, says Schoenknecht, as oil-producing algae don't yet have the ability to withstand the same extreme conditions as Galdieria.
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar-powered boat, took to the seas once more on Thursday – this time, in the name of science. Equipped with unique instruments, the Tûranor will carry a team of scientists who will monitor the air and water of the Atlantic Ocean's Gulf Stream, a current which influences the climates of North America's east coast and Europe's west. The goal is to gain understanding of the processes which regulate climate.
The Tûranor has set out from La Ciocat, France, on a four-month expedition that will encircle the North Atlantic. The vessel's instruments will undergo testing as the boat makes its way out of the Mediterranean. The hard graft, so far as the science is concerned, will not begin until it reaches Miami, Florida, at the south-western tip of the Gulf Stream.
From there, physicists, biologists and climatologists from the University of Geneva, led by Professor Martin Beniston, director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the university, will begin continuous monitoring of the air and water in a project dubbed PlanetSolar DeepWater. This is where the Tûranor will come into its own. Being powered solely by photovoltaics, the catamaran has no emissions which could otherwise influence sensitive instruments and the data they collect.