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Earth Day

The movement continues.

We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action.

In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example.

And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.

This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth. Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Let’s take the momentum from the Paris Climate Summit and build on it.

Let’s start now. And let’s not stop.   See more at: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day/#sthash.3sYhNCpe.dpuf

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Website Updated

Updated New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/77750.html.). The NYS DEC under a grant from EPA R2 and for which they received an Environmental Champion Award in 2015 has also now posted four case studies “GoingN Green with Chemistry” at http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/103391.html.

The website provides 4 summaries and detailed case studies in four high schools on the experiences in implementing green chemistry in the classroom and training teachers. I think these are very useful. Also available is a registration form for a Green Chemistry Institute at Siena College in 2016. This is the last summer institute to be funded under our ongoing grant. Also this web site contains some sample labs and expert contacts at Siena College. See https://www.siena.edu/academics/schools-departments/school-of-science/centers-and-institutes/green-chemistry/.

The work indicates what can be done when universities, state agencies and schools collaborate to create environmental improvement and capacity building in the classroom.

The Green Chemistry Commitment

The Green Chemistry Commitment sponsored by Beyond Benign to advance tertiary level green chemistry. A number of new case studies have been posted on their website that are relevant to educators interested in green chemistry. To learn more, please visit:

http://www.greenchemistrycommitment.org/resources/curriculum-resources/case-studies/

NYS Green Biz Toolkit!

NYS Green Biz Toolkit is a collection of information and contacts to assist New York organizations, seeking to implement sustainability-related projects. We aim to be your one-stop-shop portal for all information about sustainability that affects organizations, businesses and industries. Information is organized By Topic, By Function, and By Industry for your ease of use.

Here is the link for the NYS Green Biz Toolkit at the University of Albany: http://www.albany.edu/nysgreenbiztoolkit

School Indoor Air Quality Assessments Go Mobile

The EPA  launched a new mobile app to assist schools and school districts with performing comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) facility assessments to protect the health of children and school staff. The School IAQ Assessment mobile app is a “one-stop shop” for accessing guidance from EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit.

To download: Go to www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/iaq_schools_mobile_app and initiate the app on your Apple or Android smart device. Access the How to Get Started section to review the set-up options, intent and capabilities of the app.

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