Social Change

Beahrs ELP and the Sustainable Environmental Management Course at UC Berkeley

The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) at the University of California, Berkeley. The 2015 summer course, Sustainable Environmental Management, runs from June 27 to July 18. Established in August 2000 with seed funding from UC Berkeley alumni Carolyn and Richard Beahrs, the ELP offers an annual three week summer certificate course at UC Berkeley, and coordinates the Berkeley ELP Alumni Network with over 540 members from nearly 110 countries. The ELP offers a unique learning opportunity for mid-career practitioners and decision-makers to broaden their knowledge and perspectives on environmental and natural resource science, policy, management, and leadership. Through exposure to...

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US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program 2014 Sustainability Awardees

The US Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program is an innovative approach that entices schools to improve their eco-attributes. The program recognizes schools that work to reduce environmental impact and costs, provide a better environment for student and staff health and educate students on environmental and sustainability issues. Schools that do well in these three areas, also known as Pillars, are recognized by the Department of Education. According to a release from the Department of Education, the award "is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven...

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Video – Green Schools at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

Here is what Oyun Sanjaasuren, Minister of Environment and Green Development in Mongolia, had to say about Green Schools at the inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) which was held from 19 to 21 May 2014, Pattaya, Thailand. The APFSD discussions focused on "Green Transformation," they aligned with the theme of “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals”. Make sure to see the article titled, "Comprehensive Green School Information and Resources." It contains links to over 200 articles covering everything you need to...

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Event – Women In Green Forum

Women In Green Forum will take place August 26th, 2014 at the Luxe Bel Air, Los Angeles, CA. The theme is Design Your Impact. Some of the issues that will be addresses include inspiration,greener transport, Sustainability Solutions and Technologies, Sustainability in the Built Environment, clean technologies, Sustainability and Innovation. There will also be an awards ceremony: Care2 Impact Award & Women In Green Forum Technology Trailblazer and Youth Trailblazer Award. Speaker Lineup Councilmember Mike Bonin, 11th District, City of Los Angeles Sarah Backhouse, Founder & CEO, Future360.tv Bridgett Luther, President, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Jennifer Gilbert, Chief Marketing...

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Comprehensive Green School Information and Resources

In 2014 The Green Market Oracle is reprising its annual Green School Series. Over the course of the last five years The Green Market Oracle has published more than 200 articles related to environmentally oriented academics, sustainable infrastructure and green initiatives in pedagogical settings. This series reflects the importance of the green schools movement which is central to efforts that contribute to the growth of a well informed population, an environmentally sustainable economy and ultimately a healthier planet. The focus on green schools is a key part of the Green Market Oracle's mission to help facilitate the convergence of sustainable...

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Raising The Profile of World Environment Day in America

The world looks to America for leadership. Sadly World Environment Day (WED) tends to be a low profile day in the US compared to some other environmental events. This is unfortunate because the day is meant to be global in scope. It is important for Americans to understand the truly global scale of environmental threats and climate change in particular. It is fitting that as we acknowledge WED on Wednesday June 5th, we celebrate the global power of environmental activism. This year marks the United Nations 42nd WED, an annual event that aspires to be the world's most widely celebrated...

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Video – Water’s role in Post-2015 Development Agenda (UN-Water Chair Michel Jarraud)

In a one-year-long expert consultation process, UN-Water's 31 Members from the United Nations system and 36 international Partners have come together to analyze what role water could have in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The result is a consolidated technical advice from the UN system to Member States to prioritize water through a dedicated global goal with five interlinked targets. The proposed goal builds on and extends existing commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals and the priorities agreed at Rio+20. Its overall framework universally applicable but responds to particular national circumstances. During the Thematic Debate of the General Assembly "Water,...

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GMO’s Top Green School Stories of 2013

This year represents the fourth installment of the Green Market Oracle's (GMO) annual sustainable school series. Each year GMO puts together a summary of some of the latest information and resources on environmentally oriented academics and activities as well as green infrastructure in pedagogical settings. Taken together these efforts contribute to the growth of a well informed population, an environmentally sound economy and a healthier planet. Here are the Green Market Oracle's top posts in green education, activities and infrastructure for 2013: General Sustainable Schools Produce Eco-literate Ambassadors Five Ways Students are Fighting Climate Change Sustainability in Colleges and Universities...

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Former Irish President on Development Goals, Climate and Human Rights

Former Irish president Mary Robinson, has added her voice to those who are advocating for development goals, an agreement on climate change and a stronger emphasis on human rights. Robinson is a human rights campaigner and founder of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice. The UN's millennium development goals (MDGs) will expire in 2015 and new sustainable development goals are to take their place. The UN has acknowledged that climate change is a human rights issue. So it stands to reason that a global agreement on climate change is a human rights issue. Keeping global warming to below the...

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