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Green your Holidays; Green your gifts

How to reduce usage of gift wraps? How about saving trees?

Learn about biodegradable dinnerware and other green suggestions for your festive.

And, of course, best ideas for Green Gift Giving!

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Attention parents: environmental education - When to start?

You may ask yourself ‘When should I start planning my green calling?’

What about your child's?

It’s not too early to plan a Green career path, even in high school!

Parents and teens, you may want to explore a Green academy on the Peninsula, in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Woodside High School in Woodside, CA, a public high school in the Sequoia Union High School District, is planning to launch a new Green and Clean program in a new building on its campus.The Green Academy, a state initiative, will focus on green careers, particularly in alternative energy, water conservation, landscaping, and building.

The Green Academy is geared to high school students in the district who want to go to college and need a head start and/or to those who prefer to join the workforce. There will be many opportunities for hands-on learning, including outdoor projects and trips. The new building will be “self-sufficient” and environmentally-conscience demonstration. The program will offer personalized instruction in smaller groups.... read more

Emerging Green economy: building and home efficiency careers and why they matter

Almost every industry has been affected by the emerging green economy. As public awareness broadens, the sector of building and home efficiency audits grows. Certified professionals inspect homes, offices, commercial and industrial buildings, and work with the owners to optimize the economic, energy and environmental performance of their buildings.Image by Avi, Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.Image by Avi, Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.... read more

Do electric cars really help the environment? Are they 'green'?

Are hybrid and electric vehicles batteries a Green alternative or add hazardous chemicals to our landfills?

Visiting the West-Coast Green conference in San Francisco this past week confirmed the feel-good and coolness of electric vehicles. Photo from Photo from hybridcars.comPhoto from Photo from

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Participate in Largest B2B Solar Event and Green Job Training

Allied Schools will exhibit at the upcoming Solar Power International event, showcasing its flexible and convenient online green courses. Addressing the demands of the increasing renewable energy industry, the school will promote green business-to-business and student training opportunities.

Allied will occupy booth #3275 at Solar Power International, which will be held in Anaheim, California from October 27th to October 29th. The event is North America's largest business-to-business solar industry expo, with 900+ exhibitors and exhibit hall that includes all types of solar technologies, from PV to solar heating. There are expected to be more than 25,000 attendees. Registration is available at

With the current administration committed to doubling U.S. renewable energy by 2012, there is expected to be a steady need for trained professionals. Allied has developed career-training courses in today's emerging green technologies. The 100% online courses include: • Advanced Principles of Photovoltaic Systems • Business of Solar • Home Energy Survey Professional • Introduction to Green Building • Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems • LEED – Green Building Practices • Weatherization and Energy Efficiency

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How to move the public on climate action?

Many Americans believe climate change is an impending environmental threat that faces us in the next millennium, however, although global warming is considered the biggest threat, most people are not committed to making the choices and lifestyle changes that are required. 

While, global temperatures are rising, weather conditions change across the world, the Arctic ice cap is melting, scientists and environmentalists are presenting urgent warnings about climate change, politicians, business leaders and financial ventures incentivize, stimulate and invest in new Green technologies - people acknowledge the threat, but are still not taking personal actions to reduce the problem.

Today, a number of scientists acknowledge that some climate change may not be reversible.

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Back to School the Green Way

I never had the typical college experience.  Sure, I lived on campus at two separate universities, but they were both primarily commuter colleges.  My sister, however, had your typical college experience at a university where 98% of freshmen and 50% of all undergrads lived on campus and, therefore, had cafeteria meal plans.  My sister frequently mentioned how appalled she was at the sheer wastefulness of the students.

So, apparently, was Andilee Warner at the Southern Illinios University Carbondale, who was been named "Recycler of the Year" in 2007 by the Illinois Recycling Association.  Warner earned this title because of the vermicomposting project she started with the university's cafeteria waste.

Illinois Recycling Association

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Greentown Conference: Sustainable Agriculture

This is a great talk from Michael Hamm, C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University.  The talks takes place at Micigan's Grand Rapids Community College and is one in a series called The Michigan Economic Development: Opportunities Through Local, Sustainable Agriculture.  A great video for any of those interested in green agriculture.


How to Become a Solar Energy Professional In California

California has been a longtime proponent of solar energy use, which is a major component of the green movement currently sweeping the United States. A recent report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council supports this fact. Their study shows that solar capacity in California increased by a third from 2007 to 2008, and now represents about two-thirds of the national total.... read more

UCLA's Education for Sustainable Living Program

I found this wonderful resource on Youtube provided by the University of California, Los Angeles. UCLA is providing a number of their lecture series online for free public viewing. This great way to enhance your learning or make yourself more competitive in the job market focuses on a number of subjects including envrionmentalism. The program I found deals with sustainable living, the perfect green subject for our site.  So watch the entire series and take some other courses at UCLA for the low cost of an internet connection.

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