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California polluters may soon buy carbon “offsets” from the Amazon

Maron Greenleaf, Dartmouth College Fires in the Brazilian Amazon have outraged the world. But what can people living far from the world’s largest rainforest do to save it? California thinks it has an answer. On Sept. 19, the California Air Resources Board endorsed the Tropical Forest Standard, which sets the groundwork for electric utilities, oil Read more about California polluters may soon buy carbon “offsets” from the Amazon[…]

USGBC-LA Announces First Cohort of ‘Net Zero Accelerator’

The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) has announced the first cohort of its Net Zero Accelerator, a major new initiative which identifies viable net zero building technologies, positions them for success, and accelerates their market entry throughout the greater Los Angeles region. Believed to be the first accelerator of its kind to help achieve net zero Read more about USGBC-LA Announces First Cohort of ‘Net Zero Accelerator’[…]

Status Quo is Not an Option: Environmental literacy and classrooms that can save the world

An interview with Andra Yeghoian By Carl Smith Andra Yeghoian is the Environmental Literacy Coordinator at the San Mateo County Office of Education. She provides leadership in implementing a broad Environmental Literacy Initiative across San Mateo County. Andra has over 15 years of experience in education across public and private school systems, nationally and internationally. Read more about Status Quo is Not an Option: Environmental literacy and classrooms that can save the world[…]

Building, Teaching, Learning: Finding the educational opportunities in facility projects

An interview with Timothy Baird, Ed.D. Timothy Baird, Ed.D., recently retired from his position as Superintendent of the Encinitas Unified School District. As Superintendent, Dr. Baird led the implementation of a one to one digital learning program, which includes a suite of digital curriculum, for all students. EUSD has been recognized for two consecutive terms Read more about Building, Teaching, Learning: Finding the educational opportunities in facility projects[…]

Are shared e-scooters good for the planet? Only if they replace car trips

Jeremiah Johnson, North Carolina State University Shared dockless electric scooters, or e-scooters, transport riders over short distances in cities. Ride share companies promote them as an environmentally friendly choice that reduces dependence on cars. To properly assess these claims, it’s important to consider all relevant environmental factors, including the materials and energy required to manufacture Read more about Are shared e-scooters good for the planet? Only if they replace car trips[…]

40 years ago, scientists predicted climate change. And hey, they were right

Neville Nicholls, Monash University This month the world has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon. But this week sees another scientific anniversary, perhaps just as important for the future of civilisation. Forty years ago, a group of climate scientists sat down at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts Read more about 40 years ago, scientists predicted climate change. And hey, they were right[…]

Resource depletion is a serious problem, but ‘footprint’ estimates don’t tell us much about it

Robert B. Richardson, Michigan State University Experts widely agree that human activities are harming the global environment. Since the Industrial Revolution, the world economy has grown dramatically. Overall this is a success story, since rising incomes have lifted millions of people out of poverty. But it has been fueled by population growth and increasing consumption Read more about Resource depletion is a serious problem, but ‘footprint’ estimates don’t tell us much about it[…]