The Energy of Innovation

For the last few months, people have been sharing innovations that will improve how generate or use energy with the project of the Center for Innovative Media at George Washington University called Planet Forward. Plant Forward has been airing bi-weekly episodes on Bloomberg TV starting in February 2012. The episodes show our county’s  current cycle on smart communities and introduce real characters from the online video submissions,  fact-checking their ideas and exploring the technology or science involved and the experts compare the ideas. There are just seven finalists. If you missed the PBS Special,  The Energy of Innovation, you can view it online now.

Second Nature – a higher education resource organization

Second Nature, a non-profit organization has been working for over 12 years to bring Education for Sustainability (EFS) concepts nationwide in higher education. Their mission is “to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education by supporting senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living a foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.”  They have many well-known partners including AASHE. They support or offer many programs, including Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, Advancing Green Building in Higher Education, and the Higher Education Sustainability Federal Policy Advocacy. They link to  some good resources including articles, fact sheets, reports and speeches that were produced (in whole or part) by members of the Second Nature team.  You can also follow their blog for updated and useful information!

Student Video Contests!

Two opportunities to offer to students:

  1. Green Living Project  –  their biannual Student Film Project, open to any middle or high school, community college or university student, either in US or international.  Films must be 5 minutes or less in length, and tell a unique, creative, story, around important local and global sustainability issues. See rules for more info. and resources and tips for examples and help. Entries due May 25, 2012.
  2. Northwest Institute for Social Change –  their 2012 Student Sustainability Film Festival, open to high school and college students across North America. Students create short films about programs, projects or “things” that their campus or community is doing to create sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. Here is how to apply. Entries due May 17, 2012



Greening Your Public Library Online Workshop

if you missed the announcement be sure to consider attending this virtual  ALA Workshop on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 2:30pm – 4:00pm Eastern.   Greening Your Library: Save Money and the Environment (ALA Editions Workshop). Presented by Kathryn Miller, author of ALA Editions’ Public Libraries Going Green,

Your library is vital to connecting citizens with the knowledge and tools to change habits and lessen our impact on the Earth’s limited resources, and it all starts with leading by example. In this workshop Kathryn Miller, author of Public Libraries Going Green, will discuss practical ideas for how to become green, teach green, and lead green.  Miller will introduce environmentally-friendly, money-saving initiatives that fit your existing building and services. Ideas for hands-on activities, such as rain barrels or butterfly gardens, will help you raise awareness and get your community involved.

Topics include:

  • What it means to be green
  • Ideas for your action plan
  • Socially responsible collection management, from purchase to disposal
  • Program ideas for children, young adults, and adults