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Inspiring Millennials on Sustainability: It’s All in the Presentation

If you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, you’ve probably wrapped a lot of packages in the last few weeks. And you most likely spent some time choosing the right paper and ribbons to make the package look its best. If a gift is carefully wrapped, isn’t the recipient more excited to open it?   Packaging matters. […]

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How Communities Can Make Local Sustainability More Inclusive

Communities on the front line of climate impacts are leading the movement to address this challenge and prepare for the future. More than 80% of Americans now live in urban communities, including cities, towns, and populous counties. These communities, where Americans live, learn, work, worship, and vote, are incubators of policy innovation and public engagement. […]

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Car Sharing Has Lasting Effects on Behavior

In a society still dominated by cars, a real reduction in emissions requires a major behavioral shift. According to Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley, car sharing is having a positive effect on the behavior of participants. As outlined in a recent GreenBiz article, Sheehan found that […]

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Wisdom for My Son: Meet a New Friend on Meatless Monday

As our firstborn prepares to head off to his freshman year of college, he and his friends are embarking upon an extraordinary period in their lives. They have grown into curious, competent, and motivated young adults at a time in history with tremendous educational opportunities. With their varied career and life goals, these young people […]

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How Do You Green a City?

One could debate the cause and effect relationship between the increasing sustainability of American cities and their recent population growth, but whether people are moving to cites because they are more sustainable or city sustainability is rising because of the benefits of increased population, the fact is that U.S. cities continue to lead in the […]

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Academic Institutions Lead the Way in Climate Solutions

Six higher education institutions were recognized last month for their leadership in educating students about sustainability, climate solutions, and climate adaptation, according to a recent post on Second Nature’s website. Second Nature, a nonprofit that operates the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), presents the awards to ACUPCC signatories that demonstrate exceptional leadership […]

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How Collaboration is Advancing Higher Education’s Climate Efforts

Higher education institutions in the United States are famous for their fierce competitiveness. Colleges and universities compete to recruit and retain the brightest students and faculty, secure significant funding for research and infrastructure, and enhance their reputations. They strive to achieve high scores in rankings, which influence their student recruitment success and national stature.   […]

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New Climate Communication Course Now Open for Registration

Ever wanted to dive deeper into climate and sustainability communication but didn’t know where to turn? ecoAmerica’s friends at Climate Access and the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University are teaming up to put on a six-week online course on climate and sustainability communication. Prof. Ed Maibach, Director of the Center for […]

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5 Tips for Catalyzing Climate Solutions at the Local Level

In the twenty years since the release of Santa Monica’s city-wide sustainability plan, four-term mayor Pam O’Connor has championed climate solutions and community livability to make Santa Monica into one of the country’s greenest cities. The Guardian recently interviewed O’Connor about why she’s succeeded, what role the private sector has played, and how other cities […]

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Solving the Sustainability Equation: Try Adding People

Some people think technology will be the panacea for our global sustainability challenges. Others think technology — and the consumption patterns that often come with it — are just making the problem worse. In reality, neither view is right, writes Columbia University’s Steven Cohen in this recent Huffington Post article.   Technology alone is no […]

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