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Five Fun Science Experiments You Can Do at Home With Your Kids

Five Fun Science Experiments You Can Do at Home With Your Kids | Better Planet | Scoop.it
You’ve already taken your summer trip, it’s too hot to do anything outside, and the kids are tired of the library. It’s the perfect time for at-home science experiments.
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France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels | Better Planet | Scoop.it

All new buildings in commercial zones across the country must comply with new environmental legislation.

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday.

Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.

The law approved by parliament was more limited in scope than initial calls by French environmental activists to make green roofs that cover the entire surface mandatory on all new buildings.


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Sandia and ASU Partner to Address Important Renewable Energy Challenges - AZoCleantech

Sandia and ASU Partner to Address Important Renewable Energy Challenges - AZoCleantech | Better Planet | Scoop.it
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Sandia National Laboratories and Arizona State University have signed a formal partnership agreement on important renewable energy challenges.
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Colby College Eliminates Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, Declaring Itself Climate Neutral

Colby College Eliminates Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, Declaring Itself Climate Neutral | Better Planet | Scoop.it

The college has met its goal in the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and declared itself climate neutral. That means—essentially, with some caveats—that the college has zero greenhouse-gas emissions.

 

After signing the climate commitment, Colby set a goal of reaching climate neutrality by 2015—a date far sooner than most other institutions that had signed. Only three other colleges have achieved climate neutrality under the commitment: the College of the Atlantic, Green Mountain College, and the University of Minnesota at Morris. (However, the College of the Atlantic may no longer be climate neutral—more on that below.)


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Five Ways for Colleges and Universities to Get Smart About Energy | University Business Magazine

Five Ways for Colleges and Universities to Get Smart About Energy | University Business Magazine | Better Planet | Scoop.it

There are ultimately only two levers to reduce energy usage: capital investments (better equipment) and operating adjustments (changing how energy is used). Capital investments have proven returns but often require a capital outlay for which educational institutions can lack budget. But the good news is there are significant savings that can be recouped simply by making low- or no-cost adjustments to existing operating processes.

 

Here’s a look at the five most common, no-cost energy efficiency measures that can immediately help educational institutions save money and dramatically improve operational efficiency, without sacrificing occupant comfort:


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Mandatory CSR in India: A Bad Proposal ? (SSIR)

Mandatory CSR in India: A Bad Proposal ? (SSIR) | Better Planet | Scoop.it

May 20, 2013 Stanford Social Innovation Review

Looked at from the perspective of the political right, and the left, and the center, the proposed law making CSR mandatory is a really bad idea.... http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/mandatory_csr_in_india_a_bad_proposal?utm_source=Enews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1&utm_campaign=From_Blog

 


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Compelling conversation is the key for improving the odds on sustainability

Compelling conversation is the key for improving the odds on sustainability | Better Planet | Scoop.it
Bryan Welch, author of Beautiful and Abundant, tells Oliver Balch that the way to engage people's imaginations on sustainability is to be optimistic, hopeful and joyful in tone (my interview with Bryan Welch, a refreshingly out-and-proud OPTIMIST ...
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College Towns Get New Housing, but It’s Decidedly Not Dorms

College Towns Get New Housing, but It’s Decidedly Not Dorms | Better Planet | Scoop.it

Near campuses around the country, developers are building housing for the staff, tapping into the desire among some younger workers to live in walkable, urban communities.


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France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels | Better Planet | Scoop.it

All new buildings in commercial zones across the country must comply with new environmental legislation.

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday.

Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.

The law approved by parliament was more limited in scope than initial calls by French environmental activists to make green roofs that cover the entire surface mandatory on all new buildings.


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A Giant of Renewable Energy - urbanmilwaukee

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Ambitious education effort by Greater Milwaukee Foundation faces "daunting" challenges. See More. Photos ....
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Learning technology for Math, Engineering, Science & Tech | Spark101

Learning technology for Math, Engineering, Science & Tech | Spark101 | Better Planet | Scoop.it

"Welcome to Spark 101, a new teaching resource designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world applications. Spark 101 delivers dynamic, real-world STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) content to classrooms. Its mission is to engage students, educators, and organizations. To connect everyday problems faced by industry to classroom teaching and learning. And to inspire students to pursue STEM-related college majors and careers

 

"Through short, interactive videos from industry and a variety of educator resources, Spark 101 provides real-world scenarios educators can use to engage students in dynamic classroom discussions and problem solving. 

 

"Following a 2012 pilot, we are working to broadly share Spark 101 with educators and fill our library with powerful content from industry. Explore the site. Try a lesson. And let us know which subjects you need to bring to life in your classroom. Together, we can “spark” our students’ interests and inspire them for post-secondary success! "


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"A new free online resource called Spark 101 features interactive videos made by industry professionals on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics. Teachers can use these brief (about 10 minutes long) videos to engage students in solving real-world problems during one or two class periods. The content is directly connected to national curriculum from the College Board's Advanced Placement, the National Academy Foundation, and Project Lead the Way, making it easy for teachers to integrate the videos in their classrooms. The videos have a three-segment format, with pauses for student dialogue.

Spark 101's partners are employers from business, government, academic, and nonprofit sectors, who create and contribute videos highlighting real-world applications of STEM coursework. These partners include Lockheed Martin, NASA, Proctor and Gamble, PepsiCo, Deloitte, and the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to helping teachers bridge the gap from the classroom to the workforce, the videos are intended to inspire students to consider STEM careers.

While the website is free to all teachers nationwide, some regions are using Spark 101 locally to serve targeted student populations. "

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Though not set in Higher Education context - it is a brilliant resource that could be applied in first year units.

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COOCs Over MOOCs : New England Board of Higher Education

COOCs Over MOOCs : New England Board of Higher Education | Better Planet | Scoop.it

At New England College of Business and Finance (NECB), we focus on what I like to call “classically offered online classes” or COOCs, instead of MOOCs. Through COOCs, our school is lowering the cost of education in ways that preserve quality. For instance, our model, which is 100 percent online, has the attributes of a true classroom with peer cohesion and development among students, faculty leadership and institutional support services. We also offer services that resemble more traditional institutions including alumni and career services, library and research skills workshops, and 24/7 free, online tutoring, as well as the Canvas Learning Management System, a virtual learning platform where students can discuss their coursework with faculty and their peers.


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Forward momentum: AB Tech's Jon Snover brings people and technology together - Mountain Xpress

Forward momentum: AB Tech's Jon Snover brings people and technology together - Mountain Xpress | Better Planet | Scoop.it
Forward momentum: AB Tech's Jon Snover brings people and technology together
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Awesome Video - Population growth and climate change explained by Hans Rosling

Awesome Video - Population growth and climate change explained by Hans Rosling | Better Planet | Scoop.it

“Let me show you the world, says Swedish academic Han Rosling as he demonstrates the dynamics of population growth, child mortality and carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge for the world is to get everyone out of extreme poverty and get the richest people to use less fossil fuels so that everyone can share their energy levels, he says.”


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Living buildings for tomorrow’s cities

Living buildings for tomorrow’s cities | Better Planet | Scoop.it
Cities rely on systems that pollute our world. Sustainability expert Rachel Armstrong looks at how nature could breathe life into urban architecture.

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