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Ed Webb

Dickinson College - Dickinson's 'Manhattan Project' - 14 views

  • Gil Sperling ’77, senior advisor for policy and programs at the U.S. Department of Energy, noted the urgency of creating a curriculum steeped in sustainability theory and practice. “We need to create incentives for teachers to take risks,” he said. “We’re at a tipping point [with climate change]. We do not have the luxury of open-ended debate. I've had 30 years [to work on this issue.] The kids graduating today don’t have that luxury.”
  • “Green as a simple concept has a short life, and society is evolving to see sustainability as a complex set of relationships,” said Thom Wallace ’99, communications director for the National Congress of American Indians. “Dickinson is really at the forefront of charting and understanding the complexities of sustainability.”
  • Rick Shangraw ’81, vice president for research and economic affairs at Arizona State University, noted that Dickinson is in an ideal position to shape national discourse. “We should spend time discussing the meaning of sustainability,” he said. “We can be a leader in defining it.”
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  • Watch the Sustainability Symposium video or read Dickinson Magazine’s Sustainability issue.
Roland Gesthuizen

Will a teenager combust if you remove their iPhone? - Sustainability education - Blog - Sustainability education - TESAustralia Community - 43 views

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    "Thea Nicholas, Science and Sustainability Educator from the not-for-profit organisation Cool Australia, conducts an interesting experiment by separating teenagers from their technology. Find out how long they last... "
Justin Medved

PopTech 2009: Michael Pollan on "sustainable food" - 30 views

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    Author and activist Michael Pollan is a passionate advocate for sustainable food. In his compelling talk at PopTech, he explores how our industrial food system is keeping us overly dependent on fossil fuels, destroying our environment, and making us sick. Breaking this cycle requires fundamentally changing our relationship to food - and eating more meals together. - awesome!
Martin Burrett

My Susthouse - an interactive sustainability game - 98 views

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    A great environment sustainability flash resource. Build a eco house and locating resources. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/PSHE%2C+RE%2C+Citizenship%2C+Geography+%26+Environmental
bkrh4boys

What is ESD | Sustainability Classroom Resources at Resources for Rethinking - 52 views

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    teaching resources for citizenship and sustainable development
Cindy Sheets

HOME - a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand - 1 views

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    stunning photography of the Earth in a video about sustaining our home planet
Josephine Dorado

Enercities - 64 views

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    Sustainable energy game, similar to SimCity, EnergyVille, Electrocity, etc...requires Unity Web Player download to run
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    Love games like this to discuss sustainability, examine bias, and generally build excitement about energy study.
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    EnerCities, the first serious game to be hosted on Facebook. The goal of our project is to raise energy awareness among young people. EnerCities is partially funded by the European Commission.
Keith Rowley

Brief meditative exercise helps cognition - 5 views

  • "Simply stated, the profound improvements that we found after just 4 days of meditation training- are really surprising," Zeidan noted. "It goes to show that the mind is, in fact, easily changeable and highly influenced, especially by meditation."
  • The meditation training involved in the study was an abbreviated "mindfulness" training regime modeled on basic "Shamatha skills" from a Buddhist meditation tradition
  • "Findings like these suggest that meditation's benefits may not require extensive training to be realized, and that meditation's first benefits may be associated with increasing the ability to sustain attention,"
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  • seems to be strong evidence for the idea that we may be able to modify our own minds to improve our cognitive processing -- most importantly in the ability to sustain attention and vigilance -- within a week's time."
  • Both groups also improved following the meditation and reading experiences in measures of mood, but only the group that received the meditation training improved significantly in the cognitive measures. The meditation group scored consistently higher averages than the reading/listening group on all the cognitive tests and as much as ten times better on one challenging test that involved sustaining the ability to focus, while holding other information in mind. "The meditation group did especially better on all the cognitive tests that were timed," Zeidan noted. "In tasks where participants had to process information under time constraints causing stress, the group briefly trained in mindfulness performed significantly better."
  • participants were instructed to relax, with their eyes closed, and to simply focus on the flow of their breath occurring at the tip of their nose. If a random thought arose, they were told to passively notice and acknowledge the thought and to simply let 'it' go, by bringing the attention back to the sensations of the breath."
  • "The simple process of focusing on the breath in a relaxed manner, in a way that teaches you to regulate your emotions by raising one's awareness of mental processes as they're happening is like working out a bicep, but you are doing it to your brain. Mindfulness meditation teaches you to release sensory events that would easily distract, whether it is your own thoughts or an external noise, in an emotion-regulating fashion.
  • "This kind of training seems to prepare the mind for activity, but it's not necessarily permanent," Zeidan cautions. "This doesn't mean that you meditate for four days and you're done -- you need to keep practicing."
Martin Burrett

Rizk - 25 views

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    A great science game where players grow high tech plants and find resources. Teaches about sustainability and resource depletion. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Science
Christian King

incubate pictures: home - 50 views

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    A half hour animated documentary that covers the science of oil production, resource deletion and growth. Perfect for discussions and lessons about sustainability.
Roland O'Daniel

Home - 65 views

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    Perhaps the easiest Wiki I've ever scene. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can now create a wiki for use with their students or to share information with colleagues. I wonder what their business model is and how long they will be able to sustain this approach, but until then I plan on using orb.com with teachers as a great entry point tool. 
Kimberly Brosan

HowStuffWorks Green Living - Energy & Alternative Fuels - 1 views

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    From How Stuff Works--Whether you want to know more about building sustainable communities to exploring alternative fuels and energy conservation or simply "go organic" at home - you'll find the resources you need to start living green.
pjt111 taylor

Daily writing: From a worthy discipline to a self-sustaining experience « Probe-Create Change-Reflect - 40 views

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    "It is the experience of generativity, inner-directedness, and self worth, more than the virtues of disciplined practice, that I now plan to invoke in promoting daily writing to others. "
Jason Finley

Articles | What Makes Them Click - 79 views

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    What if we applied the psychology of what makes technology attractive to students...to our practices in the classroom? Using this idea, in addition to using more technology in the classroom, why not design the traditional human / face-to-face classroom experience to be more like what makes technology so engrossing to modern students? Do these principles sound familiar... Deliver information in bite sized chunks, Create mental models, Use short stories to help process information, Learning happens and is remembered through repetition, People are motivated by Progress and Mastery, Sustained attention lasts 10 minutes, and the use of Progressive Disclosure. Here are 100 little articles that could have big implications in the classroom.
dpurdy

Hydrogen vehicle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 13 views

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      Is hydrogen sustainable? depends on the source. see this highlight.
  • While methods of hydrogen production that do not use fossil fuel would be more sustainable
  • The challenges facing the use of hydrogen in vehicles include production, storage, transport and distribution.
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  • The hydrogen infrastructure consists mainly of industrial hydrogen pipeline transport and hydrogen-equipped filling stations like those found on a hydrogen highway. Hydrogen stations which are not situated near a hydrogen pipeline can obtain supply via hydrogen tanks, compressed hydrogen tube trailers, liquid hydrogen tank trucks or dedicated onsite production.
  • Hydrogen use would require the alteration of industry and transport on a scale never seen before in history. For example, according to GM, 70% of the U.S. population lives near a hydrogen-generating facility but has little access to hydrogen, despite its wide availability for commercial use.[64] The distribution of hydrogen fuel for vehicles throughout the U.S. would require new hydrogen stations that would cost, by some estimates approximately 20 billion dollars[65] and 4.6 billion in the EU.[66] Other estimates place the cost as high as half trillion dollars in the United States alone.[67]
  • Hydrogen fuel does not occur naturally on Earth and thus is not an energy source, but is an energy carrier. Currently it is most frequently made from methane or other fossil fuels. However, it can be produced from a wide range of sources (such as wind, solar, or nuclear) that are intermittent, too diffuse or too cumbersome to directly propel vehicles. Integrated wind-to-hydrogen plants, using electrolysis of water, are exploring technologies to deliver costs low enough, and quantities great enough, to compete with traditional energy sources.[2]
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    Fuel cell cars are expensive.  The fuel cell costs a lot
Marc Patton

Grants for Music Education Programs across the United States - 1 views

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    The Fender Music Foundation awards grants to 501c3 and governmental organizations. Qualifying applicants are established, ongoing and sustainable music programs in the United States, which provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music.
Marc Patton

Funds | Fuel Up To Play 60 - 0 views

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    Up to $4,000 per year is available to any qualifying K-12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements.
Marc Patton

Do Something Seed Grants | Do Something - 2 views

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    These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.
wcnesmith

Open Source University - 2 views

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    Welcome to the Internet's first attempt to provide a sustainable model of education by open sourcing it to the entire world. Open Source University acts as a gateway to connect you with passionate, compassionate, and dynamic teachers around the world who provide free online education because they care about the subjects and people they deal with.
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