In the article, Rick tries to debunk the notion that helping our environment would hurt our economy. Though transitioning would cost more, the end result would actually create new US jobs. Studies have shown that for every $1 million of investment in clean energy, the U.S. can create 16.7 jobs compared with only 5.3 jobs from fossil fuel investments.
Read the article here. Where do you weigh in with this debate? And, more importantly, do you have the expertise for one of these newly created jobs?
With the hazards of Ebola and anti-government protests and genocide being front and center in the news, we sometimes overlook the many organizations quietly operating in the background to bring assistance to those in strife or peril. I ran across this entity quite by accident as part of my work for university programming. Maybe your studies will bring you to become part of their efforts? Click on the logo below to learn more…
TIDES stands for Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support. This research project is coordinated at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at the National Defense University (NDU), which is part of the Department of Defense.
STAR-TIDES (Sharing To Accelerate Research-Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) is a research effort that promotes sustainable support to stressed populations – post-war, post-disaster, or impoverished, in foreign or domestic contexts, for short-term or long-term (multi-year) operations. The project provides reach-back “knowledge on demand” to decision-makers and those working in the field. It uses public-private partnerships and “whole-of-government” approaches to encourage unity of action among diverse organizations where there is no unity of command, and facilitates both inter-agency and international engagement.
TIDES has three strategies that frame everything they do:
- Leverage Global Talent
- Promote Integrated Approaches
- Sustain through the Private Sector
There are internships available through the National Defense University – check it out!
Here’s a novel approach to ‘garaging’ your automobile…it’ll keep you from breaking into a sweat when you enter the vehicle. Of greater value is the eco-friendly aspect of the whole idea!
Per Jim Kliesch, research associate at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and vehicle analyst for GreenerCars.org, parking in the shade reduces evaporative emissions – gas evaporating from your tank because of the heat (a hot gas tank may result in more evaporation of fuel – which is both wasteful and potentially expensive over the long term.) Installing solar panels on the rooftop of a car-port keeps your auto cooler AND can generate energy for your home’s electrical system.
While it may take some time to convince the masses, wouldn’t all those parked cars baking in the sun be a neat way to power a mall? Or a stadium? How about the parking lots at railway stations being energy producers while the cars owners are elsewhere? Think of the possibilities – - – and use your own inventiveness to figure out other applications for solar technology!
energy-efficient technology, jobs, internships, etc!
There has been a lot of discussion about eco-friendly packaging. Part of the challenge is making it durable enough for transport, safe enough that it won’t affect the contents, and bio-degradable or otherwise recyclable. Kind of a tall order, isn’t it? Plus you want any package to be reasonably attractive to catch a buyer’s eye and make them drool over your product from the outside, before they actually use it, right?
Here are some notes from various sources about the ways that packaging is becoming more ‘green’- and the why’s behind this trend. Maybe you have some ideas of your own that you can bring to market and make a contribution in helping to cut down on landfill…links for the companies are within each article – perhaps your new career lies with one of these corporations!
“Consumers are increasingly expecting eco-friendly packaging, says SIG Combibloc, as it sets ‘ambitious targets’ to reduce its environmental impact”
And here’s an article about packaging problems you’ll want to avoid repeating…
Wearable TRASH??? It’s a growing trend and fundraising opp across the globe. Ecology minded fashion: re-purposing discarded items to create unusual and often strikingly elegant wearables. They’re certainly one of a kind!
Recycling + trash reduction = dollars and FUN!!! Check it out!!!
Students and adults are getting creative with ‘found’ items… what a chance to be inventive and do something SMART for the planet!