Did you know “Did you know, the food system is responsible for 1/3 of global greenhouse emissions?” Check out this Low Carbon Diet Calculator for a simply, easy way to get an idea of your food choices and how these choices impact climate change. Created by Bon Appétit Management Company simply drag and drop menu items into a virtual pan and you can get a virtual taste of your impact.
A great site to visit or add to your resources, the Environmental News Network post sevearl researched quality news articles daily. They are both aggregators of environmental news and produce articles written and researched on their own. Read the latest or top news, or choose a category like wildlife, pollution, energy policies or more. Follow the latest from ENN through RSS feed or on twitter. They state they are an unbiased source of environmental news. There is also an ENN community where you can get involved and connect with others.
Environmental Concern is now accepting submissions for the 2011 Write On! Wetlands Challenge Contest. Students in grades 6-9 are welcome to enter stories on this year’s theme World Wide Wetlands: “There are many different types of wetlands all over the globe. Did you know that a mire, carr, pocosin and slough are all types of wetlands? Research the varieties of wetlands around the world and write a story that tells about their characteristics as well as how they benefit the plants, animals and people of the region.” Entries are due by February 1st.
We know you’re out there. We’ve heard through the grapevine about some of the inspiring, entrepreneurial initiatives you’ve taken on:
- partnering with with local organic farmers to provide Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to their communities
- pursuing related professional development opportunities, such as attending the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference or achieving LEED accreditation
- raising awareness about climate change by hosting an ongoing film and discussion series on that topic at your library
- advocating for LEED-certified libraries
Mary Davidge Associates @ Google, Inc.
Beth Filar Williams