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Public Libraries, U. Wisconsin-Madison Team Up on Climate Change MOOC

3.13.15
Source: Library Journal, 3/11/15

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The University of Wisconsin--Madison (UWM) is offering a new four-week massive open online course (MOOC) on Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. What's different about this endeavor, besides the strong local interest angle, is that the university, in coordination with Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), is partnering with 21 public libraries across the state. The collaborative venture will share scientific information about global warming via video, readings, an online discussion board, and quizzes, as well as in-person discussions at the libraries with scientists, staff, and graduate students from UWM, the National Weather Service, and the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee.


ISTC Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Governor's Sustainability Award

3.2.15
Source: ISTC, 3/2/15

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The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards.The deadline for submitting your application is close of business May 22, 2015.


IL: Aquatics center at Niles North recognized for energy-efficiency

2.25.15
Source: Chicago Tribune, 1/9/15

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The energy-efficient design of the $14.7 million aquatics center that opened at Niles North High School in Skokie two years ago has earned recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council. Niles North's aquatics center was recognized in December with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) "Gold" certification--the second-highest certification level awarded to the "greenest" buildings in the U.S. When the school's former 48-year-old pool was replaced with the aquatics center in 2013, architects designed a 121-foot competition pool around a multitude of energy-reducing systems that minimize the use of artificial light, water, and the amount of energy required to heat and cool the building.


New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Videos #5

2.18.15
Source: Second Nature, 2/18/15

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This week's video features Katharine Jacobs, Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions and former Assistant Director in the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. She will discuss challenges and solutions for higher education in promoting a sustainable society. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability leaders in higher education and partner organizations. A new video will be released every Wednesday.


Call for Presentations: Green Electronics Council's Emerging Green Conference

2.18.15
Source: Green Electronics Council, 2/11/15

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The Green Electronics Council has issued a Call for Presentations for the Emerging Green Conference 2015. From September 22-24 in Portland, Oregon, USA, global technology leaders will convene at Emerging Green to discuss the advances, challenges and role of electronics in the circular economy. Individuals interested in presenting may submit their abstracts online. With the overall theme of "Electronics in the Circular Economy," Emerging Green 2015 will be comprised of multiple tracks that address key issues for electronics and sustainability. Possible focus areas may include "Critical Materials Management," "Next-Gen Products and Sustainability," "E-Waste and Recycling," "Greening with Electronics" and "Electronics and Emerging Economies." Presentation abstracts will be accepted until May 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2015, whether their proposal has been accepted.


Developing Cities Hold Big Key To Climate Action

1.28.15
Source: Climate Central, 1/15/15

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Cities -- the best of which are bastions of transit networks, bike paths, compact apartments and chirpy baristas -- are growing faster than litters of sewer rats, exacerbating their already-high hungers for energy. The trend is so steep that a new analysis projects that urban centers will be burning through three times more energy in the year 2050 than was the case in 2005. But what sounds like a threat could also be viewed as an opportunity. The new study, by five European and American researchers and published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pinpoints staggering potential climate benefits of smart growth, gasoline taxes and other measures that can reduce energy demand in urban centers, which is where a growing majority of the world's population is becoming concentrated and where most of its energy is used.


Green Chemistry Student Awards Deadline Approaching

1.21.15
Source: American Chemical Society, 1/20/15

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Are you a student looking to be recognized for your efforts in green chemistry research? If so, there are two awards administered by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute to look into.


Second Nature Launches New Video Series Featuring Network Leaders

1.21.15
Source: Second Nature, 12/14/14

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Starting in January 2015, Second Nature will be rolling out a new video series titled Sustainability Sit-Downs. The series, which consists of twelve interviews, features sustainability leaders from higher education, as well as non-profit and private sector organizations that work closely with colleges and universities.


Obama to Call for Laws Covering Data Hacking and Student Privacy

1.21.15
Source: The New York Times, 1/11/15

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WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday called for federal legislation intended to force American companies to be more forthcoming when credit card data and other consumer information are lost in an online breach like the kind that hit Sony, Target and Home Depot last year. The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act would demand a single, national standard requiring companies to inform their customers within 30 days of discovering their data has been hacked. The president also proposed the Student Data Privacy Act, which would prohibit technology firms from profiting from information collected in schools as teachers adopt tablets, online services and Internet-connected software. And he will announce voluntary agreements by companies to safeguard home energy data and to provide easy access to credit scores as an "early warning system" for identity theft.


University combats food waste with compost, centralized kitchen

1.14.15
Source: The Post, 1/11/15

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Slightly more than $56,000 worth of food was thrown away at Ohio University last year -- but that's actually a lot less than what was wasted compared to three years ago, data show.


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