Archives for: June 2013

06/26/13

Permalink 11:12:14 am, by mleslie Email , 67 words, 258 views   English (US)
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Fourth Graders Power Their Classroom with Solar Energy

Durham, North Carolina - A group of fourth graders in Durham, North Carolina, are showing America the way to a clean energy future. After learning all about solar and other energy sources, Aaron Sebens - a teacher at Central Park School for Children - and his fourth grade class came up with a bold idea: make their classroom solar-powered.

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06/10/13

Permalink 07:54:28 am, by mleslie Email , 124 words, 236 views   English (US)
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U.S. Government presents awards for Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability

June 3, 2013 - White House CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley, EPA Administrator Bob Persiacepe, and Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Janey Thornton joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter to congratulate the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees on their achievements at a ceremony in Washington, DC. At the event, sixty-four schools were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including STEM, green careers and civics. In addition, 14 districts were honored for the first-ever District Sustainability Award.

Click on the headline to visit the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools website.

06/03/13

Permalink 02:09:57 pm, by mleslie Email , 119 words, 240 views   English (CA)
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School investment needs to target suburbs: A ring of children surrounds cities in Canada

by William Wolfe-Wylie - In Halifax, the growing suburban population has drawn families out of the downtown core, but school construction has not kept up. In many communities there are no schools, leaving students to bus to other communities.

Similar problems are popping up in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto.

Aging boomers play a role, too. Edmonton’s schools are concentrated in the core of the city, along the North Saskatchewan River. But families have increasingly been moving out to the suburbs while the downtown core fills with baby boomers and professionals. The results are far higher demand for schools in the outskirts of the city than in the downtown area where there are, in fact, more schools.

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