Environment

Endicott College Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:34

Endicott College is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

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Forget Ferrari: The hot rides for sports stars are fuel-efficient

Grist.org - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:22
Tulane PRDrew Brees of the New Orleans Saints

The Pro Athlete Stereotype™ wouldn’t be complete without ladies, liquor, and luxury cars. But The New York Times says ballas are increasingly opting for eco-friendly rides. What’s next, trading Dom for kombucha?!

NYT reporter Ken Belson has no hard numbers, but he points to Jeremy Guthrie of the Kansas City Royals as one of the sports stars leading the trend. And he mentions a handful of others who are embracing Teslas and Priuses, whether because they’re green, trendy, or high-performance:

It is unclear precisely how many athletes drive electric vehicles or hybrids, but some stars like Steve Nash of the Los Angeles Lakers, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers drive or drove Teslas and other high-priced electric vehicles and hybrids.

For Guthrie, who owns a Prius and put down a deposit on a new Tesla X, being green isn’t just about his wheels. He also bikes to work and encourages fellow players to save water and electricity.

And the Blazers (holla!) have encouraged fans and players alike to drive low-emissions cars by installing 28 EV charging stations at or near their arena. That’s a big deal because transportation is responsible for about 70 percent of the stadium’s carbon footprint. Yup — that’s even more than making all of those foam fingers.


Filed under: Business & Technology, Climate & Energy, Living
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BBB of Fort Worth Helps North Texas Residents and Businesses Fight...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:34

Secure Your ID Day offers on-site document shredding and identity theft prevention tips

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Look Up and Learn; Colorful Tags Adorn Thousands of Chicago Trees This...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:34

The Morton Arboretum, the Davey Tree Expert Company and the City of Chicago Partnering On Fourth Annual Tree Tagging Program

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Despite Recent Home Price Increases, Inland Empire Real Estate Still...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:34

Despite recent increases in home prices, real estate in the Inland Empire is still Southern California’s most affordable, reports Richardson & Associates Real Estate Group, Inc. The residential...

(PRWeb April 23, 2014)

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Agriculture Tech Advances Opportunities for Entrepreneurs,...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:34

Paper calls on entrepreneurs to seize untapped potential for innovation in “AgTech” to meet global food demand while minimizing environmental impacts.

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Gelatin Market By Raw Material (Pig Skin, Bovine Hides), By...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:34

Market Size - $2.01 bn in 2013, Market Growth - CAGR of 6.72%, Market Trends – Growing application scope of gelatin to drive demand. View Complete Report -...

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Green Building Research Institute & Akintayo Management Group Help...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:34

US Federal Court House Project Achieves LEED Gold Certification

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Match My Monogram Helps People Buy and Sell Used Monogrammed Items

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:34

Match My Monogram, the first and only online marketplace for consumers and businesses alike to upcycle unused personalized items, currently gives people an online outlet to buy and sell used...

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Beaumont Solar Signs Contract for 1MW Rooftop Solar System with Zero...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:34

Beaumont Solar Co., an award-winning engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company in the New England solar market, has been selected to design, engineer and install a 1MW rooftop solar...

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Alterra Pest Control Expands to Atlanta, Chicago, and San Diego

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:34

Alterra Pest Control - now in Atlanta, Chicago, and San Diego areas with a heavy emphasis on ants, roaches and rodents.

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Wyoming doesn’t want its kids to learn about climate change

Grist.org - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:23
Shutterstock“Wait — so is coal good for the environment?”

Let’s briefly review the science on anthropogenic climate change: 97 percent of articles on the subject published in peer-reviewed scientific journals over two decades have agreed with the consensus that humans are causing global warming. Now, granted, climate change is a theory, in the same way that gravity is a theory: It is the framework that explains indisputable phenomena, in this case the Earth’s warming temperatures since the dawn of the Industrial Age. So it follows that, just as school textbooks teach students about gravity, they should teach them about climate change, right?

Not if you live in Wyoming. Last month Dick Cheney’s home state passed a budget with a footnote that prohibits the use of public funds to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards were recently developed by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in concert with 26 states. They’re intended to replace a hodgepodge of state standards of varying quality, providing a national framework for teaching the most up-to-date science. Naturally, this includes climate change (though the climate sections were watered down).

But Republican State Rep. Matt Teeters, who holds an aptly abbreviated B.S. in political science from the University of Wyoming, knows more than all those experts. Teeters, who sponsored the budget footnote, complained that the standards “handle global warming as settled science.” And why should scientists tell everyone else what constitutes “settled science”? (Teeters did not respond to a call from Grist, which was hoping to ask whether he intends to also remove gravity from the state science curriculum.)

Republican Gov. Matt Mead signed the budget into law, and declined to use his line-item veto to get rid of the anti-NGSS footnote. Mead, who got his bachelor’s degree in “radio/television” from Trinity University in Texas, also knows more about climate science than the NGSS authors. He has previously said, “I am unconvinced that climate change is man-made, but I do recognize we may face challenges presented by those who propose and believe they can change our climate by law with ill-thought-out policy like cap and trade.” In fact, his administration has no shortage of geniuses who know more about science than any scientist. State education board chair Ron Micheli told the Casper Star-Tribune, “I don’t accept, personally, that [climate change] is a fact.” Micheli, a rancher by trade, received a B.S. in animal science from the University of Wyoming. He was voted “Outstanding Animal Science Student” by the agriculture honorary fraternity Alpha Zeta. How many members of the IPCC can say that?

Wyomingites with experience in science education support the NGSS. Before the legislature passed its budget, a state education committee of about 30 experts unanimously recommended adoption of the standards. And earlier this month, a coalition of concerned scientists and educators — including the Wyoming Science Teachers Association, the Wyoming Education Association, the American Meteorological Society, and the Union of Concerned Scientists — sent a letter to the state board of education expressing their disapproval of the anti-NGSS footnote. Since the budget applies to the next fiscal year, starting July 1, they called on the board to implement the new standards right now, before it is prohibited.

Mead’s education policy advisor Mary Kay Hill rejected the request. “Governor Mead has expressed concern with the role that scientists play in coming to political conclusions regarding climate change,” she wrote in a letter in response. Hill added, in a turn of phrase that would make even one of George Orwell’s villains blush, “The state’s science standards should be written to ensure that a science education is free from political influence.”

Wyoming is the first state to outright reject the NGSS. (At least 10 states have officially adopted the standards, and others are in the process of doing so; all in all, more than half of states are expected to come on board.) Some conservative complaints about the science standards have come from religious zealots angry over the teaching of evolution, but that doesn’t seem to have been a decisive factor in Wyoming, which is not an especially religious state. It is extremely conservative, but so are a lot of states.

What makes Wyoming special is its dependence on fossil fuel extraction. Wyoming is the country’s largest producer of coal. In 2012 it accounted for 39.5 percent of the U.S. total, nearly four times the production of second-place West Virginia. Wyoming is the eighth largest producer of oil in the U.S. and the fifth largest producer of natural gas. Wyoming does not have an income tax because it draws so much revenue from taxes on its extractive industries. Another big industry in the state is cattle ranching — beef and veal account for 78 percent of its agricultural revenue — and that too contributes to climate change thanks to farting and belching livestock. Wyoming residents and businesses are also energy hogs. They consume the most energy per capita of any state.

So Wyoming’s politicians worry that if they admit climate change is happening, that implies action should be taken, action that could harm the state’s economy. “There’s all kind of social implications involved in [acknowledging climate change] that I don’t think would be good for Wyoming,” said Teeters. At a board of education meeting on April 11, Micheli said that climate change education “has to be based on the economy of this state.” In case you’re wondering what that means, he was quite clear: “This state’s economy is based on fossil fuels,” so people should “talk about the benefits that accrued to our industrial society because of the institution of fossil fuels.” Still, Micheli insisted that he’s fine with some teaching of climate change — “but don’t offer it as the only alternative that’s there.”

Fossil fuel interests have always been powerful in Wyoming, say political experts. Conservative activists in the state “got really organized this year and filled legislators’ inboxes up with email” opposed to the NGSS, says Dan Neal, director of the Equality State Policy Center, a progressive think tank in Casper, Wyo. “We are a mineral-rich state — it’s the basis of our economy here. What we live with, as a result of that, is those guys have extraordinary power at the legislature.”

Here’s an example of that power in action: In 2012, a sculpture called Carbon Sink, made from wood destroyed by an infestation of pine bark beetles — which has been linked to climate change — was removed from the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie under political pressure. As Slate reported, “After the university announced the installation of Carbon Sink, Marion Loomis, the president of the Wyoming Mining Association, wrote to a university official and asked: ‘What kind of crap is this?‘ Both industry representatives and state legislators weighed in on the sculpture, some threatening the university’s funding in no uncertain terms.” The university’s president caved.

Wyoming is swimming against the tide on this issue. As The New York Times reported on Sunday, “Schools around the world are beginning to tackle the difficult issue of global warming, teaching students how the planet is changing and encouraging them to think about what they can do to help slow that process.”

And, conservative politics or no, many Wyoming residents understand the importance of climate education and don’t want to be on the wrong side of history. Take, for example, the editorial board of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, which wrote last week: “We might not know the exact extent to which man has affected climate change, but we do know that Wyoming is filled with political cowards.” And it called those cowards out by name: Teeters, Mead, and Micheli.


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SmartWatt Energy to Exhibit at 2014 Association of California School...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:34

SmartWatt Energy, a leading provider of turnkey design-build energy efficiency solutions, will be exhibiting at the ACSA North State Spring Conference at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, NV April...

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Artist-Animator Donna Kay Lau “Surf Soup” Ocean Conservation Project...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:34

Donna Kay Lau’s book "Surf Soup" teaches children how to surf and provides character building lessons while learning how to surf. It also focuses on ocean conservation.

(PRWeb April 23, 2014)

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The Four Ps of Growing Delicious Blueberries from Fall Creek Farm...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:34

Growing perfect blueberries at home every year is easy when following these four simple tips- planting, pruning, picking and protecting

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Climate Change Claims by Harvard Business Review of Warming World and...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:34

Friends of Science are challenging statements in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) as misleading to industry and not founded on scientific evidence of the IPCC Physical Sciences Working Group I of the...

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Perfect Digital Signage Solutions Offer By Reliable China Digital...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:34

Digital-Signage-China.com is a reliable manufacturer in the global market; it offers perfect digital signage solutions for worldwide clients. Recently, the company has announced its new collection of...

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Emerging Online Jewelry Boutique, Soufeel, Celebrating Mother’s Day...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:34

Pandora Compatible Charms From $3.99; Free Sterling Silver Bracelet On Orders of $100+

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Energy ‘Detectives’ Help Building Owners Stem Tide of Rising Gas and...

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:34

More building owners in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere are actively seeking the advice of energy detectives — leading experts in the field, such as GREENCROWN Energy LLC — to provide a...

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IDSA Sanctioned Skateboard Racing At Lake Louisa State Park

PR Web - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:34

2014 Clermont Challenge 5K / 10K / Slalom Races - Slalom and Distance Longboard Races Lake Louisa Park Clemont, Florida

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