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Green education - top Green colleges and high-school initiatives

As the green economy has moved to the center of the economic recovery in 2010 and environmental and social reponsibility awareness have increased, more and more students are looking for 'green' education.

Nowadays, about two-thirds of college applicants are interested in environmentally responsible schools and whether the campus is ‘green’. Prominence, location and vibrant social life are not the only criteria. Several higher education collges and universities in the US have a strong commitment to sustainability and have been working rigorously to reduce their environmental impact. Some of their initiatives are inspiring as the colleges go beyond recycling or using biodegradable tableware and utensils in the cafeterias, or retrofitting solar panels on roofs. Several have organic gardens, waste treatment centers, and programs to offset carbon emissions.

Based on the results of a survey by the Sierra Club (published last October), read more about the school's list Colleges go green-The top eco conscious schools in the US.

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The younger generation is inspired into environmental activism and entrepreneurship even earlier. At the fourth annual Tech Titans of Tomorrow: Teens Plugges In 2010 conference on April 23, 2010, several outstanding teenagers presented their initiatives. Intersecting technology and environmental activism, there were two teen entrepreneur environmenatl teams who have been changing one school at a time, through an eductional initiative of climate change curriculum and lifestyle behavior changes to 9th grade students, as well as, energy metering and management in school facilities, reducing costs and alleviating scarce school resources. Read about Menlo-Atherton High School (Menlo Park, CA) and Harker School (San Jose, CA) and their  green teams: Green teen entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

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March 2010 - Green events in the San Francisco Bay Area

March presents several webinars, discussions and networking opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area encompassing various environmental sectors.

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  • An exclusive research regarding the American Photo Voltaic (PV) market - the challenges and opportunities this sector will face in 2010;

  • An overview of prominent sustainability frameworks, protocols and tracking tools;

Green events in the San Francisco Bay Area – February 2010

When it comes to cleantech and sustainability, how can we bridge the gap between theory and practice and provide a comprehensive real-world view of the future of cleantech?Image from FreeFotoImage from FreeFoto

Check the following events and networking opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area:... read more

The future of garbage in Palo Alto, CA

What’s in your trash receptacles? Palo Alto is in the process of crafting a new Recycling and Composting ordinance to restrict recyclables and compostables from the garbage.

On January 27, 2010, the City of Palo Alto conducted its first public meeting regarding the proposed Recycling and Composting Ordinance. ... read more

More CleanTech/GreenTech events in Silicon Valley, CA - Early 2010

What are the areas for opportunity in Clean Tech in 2010?

To learn of the challenges the industry faces and enhance learnings, here are a few more events in Silicon Valley: Image from Silicon French websiteImage from Silicon French website... read more

CleanTech/GreenTech events in Silicon Valley - January 2010

Clean technology (CleanTech) has become a prominent sector in many countries; some call this emerging sector a revolution. However what, in point of fact, is done? Where are we headed, where are we behind and what are the next steps? How does Information Technology (IT) leverage clean tech innovations?

When it comes to green technology, is the US moving forward fast enough to make a difference globally?

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How to grasp a career in solar

There are reasons for 'green careers' optimism. In particular, the renewable energy economy sparks high interest and creates numerous opportunities for green jobs and career training paths. The federal government is investing billions into the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors to help get the U.S. economy back on track. Existing and emerging businesses are investing even more. Photo by Swords to PlowsharesPhoto by Swords to Plowshares... read more

Green careers and how to move forward

As the green economy is developing, whether you want to move your green career ahead, or focus on greening your current career, many green economy experts agree that now is the time to learn about different green industries and companies, to buBackground image from marketing news magazineBackground image from marketing news magazineild and strengthen your green network, and do your homework.

Researching and exploring several target industries are important, as the time invested and the learnings will allow you to better understand what you want and will also help with the next steps you need to take.

Planning ahead and defining what you want to accomplish to reach your green career goals will help you know what to do next and how to better manage your time in your job search.

When opportunities arise, such as a networking event or a meeting, a class or training sessions you could take, or acting on contact or a job lead – assess whether each occasion might help you move toward your goals and if it’s worth your time.

One way to build your green network is to get involved with a green community organization, usually a non-profit, where you won’t only make a difference and contribute to your community, but also will provide you with many learning opportunities of your chosen green sectors, as well as will enhance your quality green contacts. Find other people who share your enthusiasm in particular environmental areas.... read more

Green test your home and save money!

How would your home or building perform on a Green test?

Buildings and homes rarely operate at peak performance. The sector of building and home efficiency audits,  a growing vocation in the San Francisco Bay Area and California, focuses on optimizing the comfort of buildings and houses occupants, money saving, along with reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving utilization of resources. Image by Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.Image by Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.... read more

Renewable energy: Solar stimulus in China

Solar panelSolar panelWhile gasoline prices are rising once again, we are all reminded of our need to be less reliant on non-renewable, carbon-emitting sources of energy, which add pollution to the earth’s atmosphere and enhance the greenhouse effect. One of the renewable energy sectors that have been getting support from the Obama administration through the Department Of Energy (DOE) stimulus funds is the... read more

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