20 Incredible TED Talks You Should Show Your High School Students What makes TED such an appealing web series and organization is its desire to offer up a little something for everyone. This includes high school students and the teachers who love, hate, or tolerate them. Honestly, pretty much any video hosted there boasts its own educational value, but some hold more relevance than others. Whether they empower and inspire, shine a light on social injustices or simply show off some seriously cool innovations, the following 20 videos are bound to make class time just a little more interesting. Viktor Frankl: Why to believe in othersFrom TED’s Best of the Web series comes a fabulous lecture by influential psychiatrist, philosopher, and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.
Washington Green Schools By improving recycling and waste management systems, schools can reduce fiscal and environmental costs associated with excessive or improper waste disposal. Schools can prevent waste by recycling, reusing, and composting food and other materials, consequently reducing the amount of waste that sent to landfills or burned. Teaching and practicing waste reduction and proper disposal in schools also encourages students and staff to perform the same behaviors at home. Resources The Waste and Recycling Assessment Sample (pdf) helps schools identify current waste disposal and management practices, and ways to improve. The Waste and Recycling Assessment Guide Sample (pdf) provides helpful hints and background information about many of the assessment questions.
GrassRoots Recycling Network Who is GRRN? The GrassRoots Recycling Network GRRN has a vision of the world where waste is not waste – it is a resource. We are the voice of all those who recycle and want to waste less and do more. S.F. FIRST CITY TO BAN PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS / Supermarkets and chain pharmacies will have to use recyclable or compostable sacks Charlie Goodyear, Chronicle Staff Writer Published 4:00 am, Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Robyn Hunter of San Francisco, loads plastic bags full of groceries into the trunk of her car after shopping at the Marina Safeway in San Francisco, CA.
Waste Reduction and Recycling Waste reduction and recycling are the focus of Level One of the King County Green Schools Program. After each school or school district completes the Level One Best Practices Guide, recognition is awarded. For a description of the program, visit How it Works. Both waste reduction and recycling are important. Interface Sustainability In 1994, Interface® Founder Ray Anderson challenged us to pursue a bold new vision "Be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits - and in doing so, become restorative through the power of influence" The Interface journey toward sustainability has been a momentous shift in the way we operate our business and see the world. Move through these pages for a closer look at our progress, and find out how to get involved in our Mission Zero® journey. In 1994, Interface Founder Ray Anderson challenged us to pursue a bold new vision "Be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits - and in doing so, become restorative through the power of influence" The Interface journey toward sustainability has been a momentous shift in the way we operate our business and see the world.
Videos that pack a punch We've been thinking a lot about video at Tendo. For example, what makes a video engaging, what's the right length, and when is it even appropriate to use video? My colleague Bill Golden just wrote a post about do-it-yourself video, and he has some good tips to share. Fluorescent Bulbs & Tubes Recyclers As of October 1, 2005, fluorescent light bulbs and tubes are no longer accepted in the garbage or at King County Transfer Stations. King County recommends that these products be recycled at one of the Take it Back Network recyclers. Take it Back Network recyclers accept fluorescent bulbs and tubes and recycle them domestically in an environmentally sound manner. Take it Back Network members charge a fee for their recycling services. Learn more in the Take it Back Network recycling brochure (PDF, 173 K).
Green Chemistry Curriculum Green Chemistry: The Green Curriculum "Benign by design," green chemistry is designed to have less impact on the environment by creating lower levels of waste and toxicity than traditional chemistry. Green chemistry is also a compelling way to assist teachers as they strive to interest middle school students (ages 9 – 13) in science and math. Curriculum & Teacher Training The curriculum and teacher training work of Beyond Benign seeks to deliver teaching and learning tools to K-12 educators in order that they may share dynamic science experiences with their students with an emphasis on objective reasoning through the consideration of economy, society and the environment in equal measure. Through the framework of green chemistry, K-12 Education at Beyond Benign is able to explore curriculum content across the board with a view to the future and the sustainability of social, industrial, economic and environmental sustainability.
26 jargon words to avoid (like the plague) Buzzwords. Corporate cliches. Jargon. Electronics Recyclers Take it Back Network recyclers accept a variety of electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, printers, TVs, cell phones, PDAs, fax machines, audio video and camera equipment (including DVD and VCR players), household electronics and rechargeable batteries. Effective January 2009, electronics manufacturers began offering a new program called E-Cycle Washington that allows residents to recycle their computers, monitors, laptops and TVs for FREE. Residents can drop off these items at authorized E-Cycle Washington collection sites. Visit www.ecyclewashington.org (external) to locate a collection site. Many of the Take it Back Network members are participating in E-Cycle Washington and will accept computers, monitors, laptops and TVs for free. They will also continue to accept electronic products not included in the E-Cycle Washington program for a fee - such as printers, mice, keyboards, fax machines, scanners, batteries, etc.
Green Chemistry HWTR > Pollution Prevention > Green Chemistry at Ecology What is green chemistry? Green chemistry is a way to design chemicals and processes so they are safer, healthier, and more sustainable. It seeks to prevent pollution at its source by creating chemicals that are not toxic. This eliminates exposure to toxic chemicals for workers, consumers, and the environment. It also encourages using renewable ingredients, reducing energy use, and optimizing other factors that are better for human health and the environment. Jargon-busters pick top offenders after 25 years of rewriting history The Plain English Campaign today celebrates the anniversary of a mission as vital, unglamorous and unending as sewage disposal. For a quarter of a century, it has been struggling to cleanse the muck of jargon and circumlocution from British official writing. The campaign was co-founded with the vehemence of a crusade by Chrissie Maher, a Liverpool woman furious because the official forms she received were indecipherable. Its combined tactic of public ridicule and backstairs training for repentant organisations can claim credit for the clearer forms and leaflets now seen in many health clinics, post offices and government ministries. Yesterday its 7,000 supporters in 80 countries marked the anniversary by nominating their choicest item of gobbledygook from the last 25 years.