According to WordSpy, school sprawl is the placement of schools away from the communities they serve, especially beyond walking distance of those communities.
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In a groundbreaking effort, the nation’s second-largest school district is using its enormous purchasing clout to support local farmers and businesses. In just two years, the district has boosted its local purchases of fruit and vegetables from 9% of its $20-million annual produce budget to 75% today. L.A. Unified now buys locally for at least 50% of its overall $125-million food budget, about double the proportion of two years ago, according to David Binkle, the district’s food services director.
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USGS: Energy & Minerals
The Energy and Minerals Mission Area of the United States Geological Survey
(USGS) “conducts research and assessments on the location, quantity, and
quality of material and energy resources, including the economic and
environmental effects of resource extraction and use.” Visitors to the site
can click on thematic sections such as Energy Resources and Mineral
Resources. Each of these areas contains information about each program,
along with fact sheets, databases, and detailed geospatial maps. The
Program News area contains links to documents such as “Understanding the
Global Distribution of Nonfuel Mineral Resources” and a host of summary
documents on mineral commodities. Finally, the site is rounded out by the
Mineral Resources Products area. Here, visitors can look into hundreds of
statistical reports, bulletins, and data sets intended for scientists,
journalists, and members of the general public. [KMG]
A live training Webinar, “Discover Your World with NOAA: Learn How NOAA Monitors the Pulse of the Earth, and How to Access and Use NOAA’s Free Online Resources,” will be offered Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
* Start Time: 2 p.m. Eastern Time
* Duration: 60 minutes
* Summary: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a global leader in studying and communicating how Earth’s atmosphere and water systems influence people’s lives and how they influence those systems. NOAA monitors the Earth’s dynamic environment through observing systems which provide real-time data to study the processes and interactions of Planet Earth and works to ensure that this critical information is delivered to the public. Attendees will learn how NOAA monitors the pulse of the Earth, and how they can access NOAA’s free online resources that offer primary real-time and archived data along with valuable information, and a wide range of multimedia content.
Molly Harrison, Education Coordinator,NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service.
Molly Harrison has been an educator for 18 years in the Maryland public school systems and Federal Government. She currently divides her time between NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service andNOAA’s National Ocean Servicefocusing on climate change, protected marine species, and US fisheries.
Bruce Moravchik, Education Specialist, NOAA National Ocean Service
Bruce Moravchik has been an educator for 18 years teaching biology, oceanography, and earth science in classroom and field settings. Currently, Bruce managesNOAA’s Climate Stewards Education Project, which provides sustained professional development in ocean, climate and atmospheric science to formal and informal educators nationwide.
Peg Steffen, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service.
Peg Steffen has been an educator for over 30 years teaching grades 8-12 in biology, physics, and astronomy/geology, and providing teacher professional development workshops across the globe. In 2006 she joined NOAA’s National Ocean Service where she leads a team providing web-based products, professional development and educational games.
Registration is required. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon registering, an e-mail confirmation of registration will include instructions for joining the Webinar.
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From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013.
If you’re not scared off by the acronym, the Ecosystems Mobile Outdoor Blended Immersive Learning Environment (EcoMOBILE) is a fabulous learning device. Developed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, EcoMOBILE is a fairly remarkable initiative that allows students to explore a virtual pond and extend their learning through one or more field trips to a local pond environment. Students can access and collect information and clues about the virtual environment via a mobile device. Then, students can extend their learning to the real world by using environmental probes that allow collection of real-time data. On the site, visitors can learn about the application via a short video, project data, and information about the primary investigators.
Read the full story in The Atlantic.
Four years ago, the nurse at Boston’s Young Achievers School was overwhelmed. Previously a middle school, Young Achievers had recently become a K-8 school and there was no appropriate space for recess. Instead, according to a teacher at the school, students spent recess in “a disorganized, cracked, muddy parking lot,” where they ran between and bounced balls off of cars.
That changed when a group called the Boston Schoolyard Initiative began a community planning process to build a new playground and outdoor classroom at the school. Today, students spend recess digging in a sand box, crafting tunnels through a bramble, and playing in a stream—and asphalt injuries no longer fill the nurse’s office.
The U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, ,Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, and Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability have developed a sustainability career resources list. It’s a Google Docs spreadsheet that includes links to job boards and career resources for those seeking employment in the sustainability field.
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are available for public review and comment in Illinois. Comments will be accepted until November 18, 2013. Visit the Web page at http://www.isbe.net/rules/proposed/default.htm for instructions. Information about the adoption of the NGSS in Illinois is listed in the section titled, “Proposed Amendments to Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision).”
Read the full story in Environmental Leader.
Keep America Beautiful’s Recycling at Work initiative, designed to encourage businesses, organizations and institutions to increase workplace recycling, has launched a new website, RecyclingatWork.org, with a host of tools and resources including recycling bin discounts.
By taking the Recycling at Work pledge, companies can receive an exclusive 15 percent discount when ordering recycling bins from Recycle Away and Busch Systems, and can access resources such as recycling best practices, employee engagement activities and customizable promotional materials.