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California Bay Area School Returns $111,000 of Water Savings to District

The district requested a water use audit from the Santa Clara Valley Water District to identify opportunities for water savings. The Water District recommended several technologies and concluded that smart irrigation controllers would provide the greatest water and cost savings. Based on these results, the school district decided to address landscape irrigation first.

COVID-19 – Outdoor classes hold promise for in-person learning

From a learning space design perspective, this could be an effective way of maintaining in-person instruction, even when temperatures drop later in the fall.
A few universities are taking class meetings outside as an innovative way to safely keep students on campus.

A military perspective on climate change could bridge the gap between believers and doubters

Military leaders believe climate change seriously threatens U.S. national security. They contend it is stirring up chaos and conflict abroad, endangering coastal bases and stressing soldiers and equipment, which undermines military readiness. But rather than debating the causes of climate change or assigning blame, they focus on how warming undermines security, and on practical steps to slow its advance and minimize damage.

Air pollution kills thousands of Americans every year – here’s a low-cost strategy to reduce the toll

The U.S. has made tremendous progress in reducing air pollution since 1990, and this has produced significant public health improvements. But air pollution still imposes a serious health burden on the U.S. population, and there are signs that past progress in improving air quality may now be leveling off. New ways of analyzing actions to control air pollution and its health impacts can help.

Livestock – new ways to raise it and improve the land in California

As California contends with drought, wildfires and other impacts of climate change, a small yet passionate group of residents are attempting to lessen these effects and reduce the state’s carbon emissions. They are ranchers – but not the kind that most people picture when they hear that term.