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Month: May 2012 (page 2 of 4)

Jun 22-24: 6th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit (Portland, OR)

The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is pleased to host the 6th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit, which will take place Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24, 2012 in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The Summit is a unique opportunity to learn from the leaders and innovators in Biomimicry Education from youth, university and non-formal education institutions. Plenary sessions and interactive workshops provide outstanding opportunities to learn, engage, connect, and get re-inspired to bring biomimicry more deeply into your teaching.  Oregon K-12 Teachers may receive certificates for up to 20 PDUs.

Exciting News:  Richard Louv will be giving an Opening Address on Thursday night to kick off the Summit!

REGISTER NOW!

Who should attend?

University professors… K-12 classroom teachers… Curriculum developers… STEM educators of all types… Science Museum program leaders… School administrators… Undergraduate and graduate students… Anyone who has an interest in the potential of biomimicry to engage students, cross disciplinary boundaries, and change the world. See their flyer and visit their website.

May 30: Power Purchase Agreements – The Key to Renewable Energy

Everyone wants renewable energy and to reduce carbon emissions, but historically a number of factors have kept organizations from building their own wind farms or solar fields. High upfront costs, technical expertise and long term price volatility just to name have kept companies, schools and governments from more readily adopting large scale renewables.

All that is changing, with new market tools helping solve those problems and expand renewable energy. Power Purchase Agreements are fast becoming the preferred method for securing renewable power while limiting upfront costs and risks.

During the webinar we will hear from two very different organizations who are both utilizing PPAs to maximize green power purchasing.

Join Sam Arons, Energy Program Manager from Google Inc., who is responsible for overseeing the PPA program and coordinating deals, and

Chris O’Brien, Director of Sustainability at American University where they recently finished a large solar PPA project.

Register online.

Jun 17-19: ACPA Institute on Sustainability Conference, Boulder CO

The fifth annual ACPA Institute on Sustainability will again bring together students, staff and faculty from colleges and universities across the country who are committed to sustainability. Now, more than ever, it is essential to implement sustainable practices that save money and reduce a campus’ carbon footprint. This Institute will provide participants with tools necessary to help each campus become more sustainable.

The goal of the Institute is to provide individuals and institutional teams with a plethora of knowledge about sustainability so that they can return to their campuses prepared to contribute to the development of sustainable policies and practices and the education of campus community members. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from some of the leading sustainability scholars and practitioners; explore promising practices from campuses across the country; and develop a framework and actionable goals that can be taken back to campus and integrated into the core of the institution.

The ACPA Institute on Sustainability will seek to create education and awareness for sustainability’s triple bottom line and may include sessions that discuss the following:

Green Building and Renovation
Integrating Sustainability into the Fabric of Campus
Assessing Student Learning
Sustainability and Student Activism
Sustainability in the Academy

See http://www2.myacpa.org/professional-development/2091 for more information

Sep 21: New England Campus Sustainability Forum (Boston, MA)

Save the Date: New England Campus Sustainability Forum

The New England Campus Sustainability Forum will take place on September 21st at the Colleges of the Fenway in Boston, MA. The Forum is designed to leverage the collective resources of schools and colleges, and we hope to attract campus sustainability stakeholders such as administrators, facilities personnel, sustainability directors, interested faculty and staff, and students.

Please save the date and circulate the above announcement to your friends and colleagues in the higher education sustainability community.

More details on the Forum are coming soon!

iReporters for Outdoor Nation Summer Summits (Boston, Austin, Los Angeles)

Outdoor Nation and The North Face are looking for a few lucky Millennials to be iReporters at Summer Summits on the outdoors!

This summer, Outdoor Nation is hosting Millennial Generation Summits to brainstorm ways of getting your generation outdoors and active. We’re looking for three people to tell the world about it! Do you love writing and making videos? Outdoor Nation has partnered with The North Face to find enthusiastic, media savvy people to be embedded reporters (iReporters) at the 2012 Outdoor Nation Summits.

iReporters will be in the thick of the action, get an all-expense paid trip to the Summit and great gear from The North Face! Three winners selected by Outdoor Nation and The North Face will report LIVE from the Summits using an iPad. (you get to keep! Seriously.)

If you’re between the ages of 18 – 28, you can apply to be an iReporter by liking Outdoor Nation on Facebook and checking out the iReporter Challenge. (http://tinyurl.com/7pz8nnz)  Complete the steps below before May 29, 2012 at 5 PST:

1. Upload a 30 second video through this contest on Vimeo telling us why you want to attend a Summit, what makes you a great iReporter and what you’d be most interested in reporting on.

2. Write a 150-word “blog style” essay telling us about your best day outside. Submit it to us at info@outdoornation.org.

3. Once both your video and essay have been submitted, post this tweet: “I want to #iReport for @OutdoorNation” to finalize this application.

Outdoor Nation and The North Face will choose which Summit location (Boston, Austin, or Los Angeles) the winners will attend.

Contact:

Stasia Raines

For Outdoor Nation

619.957.9891

stasiaraines@gmail.com

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