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How Far Does Your Food Travel?

With Earth Day quickly approaching (April 22), I am reminded to think about where I am in the world and where in the world my food is. I am in Canada and most of our food is not.

We are not far enough into spring to plant an outdoor garden and the Farmer's Market has not yet opened. Everything comes from the grocery store. I bought a beautiful bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Well, at least they were fresh when they were picked and hopefully just as fresh when they were packed.... read more

Environmental Literacy in Schools – the California Regional Environmental Education Community

 

Environmental Literacy California

Many children today grow up hearing terms like “green” and “sustainability” without understanding the relevancy to their lives and future. Educational programs promoting environmental literacy in school children are incredibly important for the future of our planet – our children need a keen understanding of the importance of environmental responsibility in order to lead the future of the sustainability movement.... read more

Deer Hollow Farm, Los Altos - Keen AND Green

In the state of California, it is hard to turn on the news without hearing about more K-12 budget cuts. It is increasingly important that we find ways to continue to place environmental sciences at the forefront of classroom curriculum – after all, today's kindergarteners are tomorrow’s activists, business people, construction workers... you get my point. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Morgan, director of Deer Hollow Farm, in Los Altos, California.

deer farm

About Deer Hollow Farm: Deer Hollow Farm is nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Los Altos Hills in the California Bay Area. The farm is dedicated to educating school groups, community groups, and the general public in the area of life sciences.... read more

Solar in the News: Stanford University Studies New Solar Cells

Last week, Huffington Post released an article about research being conducted at Stanford University on new solar cell technology. Stanford University is at the front of the race to discover new solar cells that are more efficient and cheaper to use.  The goal is to make solar accessible to everyone.

Traditional solar cells are made of silicon semiconductors.  When exposed to heat or light, semiconductors conduct electricity (unlike  conductors such as metal which always carry electricity).  Stanford's findings begins with the "Quantum Dot." This is a new kind of solar cell previously designed to replace the silicon semiconductor.  This cell was revealed several years ago, but never took off because it was not as efficient as silicon and other solar cells.... read more

A Greener College Cafeteria

With colleges going green all around the world, it makes pefect sense for college cafeterias to go green.  From the food they sell to the waste and clean-up, there are plenty of opportunities to make college cafeterias more sustainable. 

Many colleges have stopped using trays to save energy and water.  Some have strong composting programs.  Lots of colleges are offering locally grown food!  

Here are some examples of some college cafeterias making substainial efforts at going green:... read more

Colleges Go Green: Mills College Leads in Sustainable Practice

Mills Green

Why is it important for colleges to go green? “That’s an easy questions!” replied Mills College Sustainability and Recycling Coordinator Britta Bullard.  Over the course of our hour-long interview, Britta explained the importance of teaching leadership and accountability, preparing students for the world in which they live, and modeling community activism for change.


Mills College is located in the beautiful rolling foothills of Oakland, California.  Mills has been recognized for its excellence in Sustainability in Princeton Review “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” and as one of Sierra Magazine’s “100 Coolest Green Schools.” In addition to housing 2 LEED certified buildings (one platinum and one gold) and a leading Environmental Sciences degree, Mills students and faculty and staff play an active role in initiatives that link them directly to the local and global green communities. Here are a few of my favorite ways:... read more

Argosy University Green MBA Review

Argosy University is one of several online universities offering a "green" MBA.  Graduates of this program earn an MBA degree with a concentration in "Sustainable Management" which highlights the importance of measuring business success in terms of economic, environmental, and societal impact.  Argosy designed this program for "individuals who seek to be the go-to problem solvers for modern businesses” and promises "real-world insights into the leadership qualities, actions, and solutions tha... read more

Green MBA Programs in the United States

I've been doing a lot of research lately on various "green" (aka "sustainable") MBA programs around the United States.  I have several posts describing programs in specific geographic locations, but thought a comprehensive list of all green MBA and graduate certificate programs int the US would be helpful.  Here is what I've found.  Let me know if I've left anything out.... read more

Can I Afford a Green MBA?

Green MBA Programs are the perfect way to catapult your career forward in the new, sustainable economy. But graduate education can be quite expensive, and you may be asking yourself "can I afford a green MBA??" 

Can I Afford a Green MBA?

The answer to this question is different for each person.  The cost of Green MBA Programs varies widely from around $4,000 at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture to around $90,000 at the University of Pennsylvania. Most programs fall right around $50,000 (Presidio Graduate School, approximately $49,000; Green Mountain College, approximately $29,000).  ... read more

Green MBA Financial Aid

In these tough economic times, many of us are turning toward green education to shift career paths.  But how do we do this without digging ourselves into a deeper financial hole? Higher education can be expensive - the cost of a Green MBA ranges from $5,000 to $100,000, with the average  falling right around $50k (yikes!). But there are several Financial Aid resources for Green MBA programs and other green degrees.... read more

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