The Sustainability Resource Listing

CCCC Academic Program Resource List was created to assist instructors integrating Sustainability into their curriculum and courses. Faculty who would like to share additional resources should send links to Laura Lauffer at llauffer@cccc.edu.

General Resources - Appropriate for multiple disciplines

Resources for Specific Programs of Study at CCCC

 

General Resources - Appropriate for multiple disciplines

  • 350.org

    350.org is an international campaign building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis. In addition to downloadable information explaining the science of carbon emissions, 350.org has guidelines on how to create a community Climate Action Plan and get community and local government involved in creating solutions to help reverse global warming. Online at: www.350.org.

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  • The CLEAN Project

    The CLEAN project, a part of the National Science Digital Library, provides a scientifically and pedagogically reviewed collection of climate science, climate change, and energy awareness resources coupled with the tools (videos, course outlines, outcomes, discussion questions, etc.) to enable an online community to share and discuss teaching about climate and energy science. And most helpful, easily integrate these tools into your courses. Resources include National Geographic, Smithsonian Institute, NOAA, and class projects used in classes. Online at: The CLEAN Project.

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  • Greener Reality

    An update on the Green Jobs Movement, Greener Reality pulls aside the curtains of hype and derision to show a very real, very possible, very promising greener economy, hindered in its development (and job-creation capacity) by political myopia and economic malaise. It is not a defense of green jobs, but a frank assessment of the human capital required to build a greener and more generous America. Green Jobs, Equity, 2012 Update, online at: Greener Reality: Jobs, Skills, and Equity in a Cleaner U.S. Economy.

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  • NASA

    NASA has gathered numerous video, graphic and interactive educational resources to explain climate change and concurrent global implications. Online at: climate.nasa.gov.

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  • NC-NET Green Technology

    NC-NET Green Technology (NC Community College System). Green is a term that may be defined broadly as any practice that minimizes impact on the environment. Industries using green technologies generally have stricter than average definitions covering resource conservation, energy efficiency and public health. These webpages provide helpful suggestions and teaching materials for "greening" both the classroom and the institution.

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  • Population Reference Bureau

    Visit the data finder on this website to access excellent population data for all regions of the world. Data about population trends, health, education, and other topics can be displayed as rankings, maps, or bar graphs. Online at: www.prb.org.

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  • The Seed Center

    An initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges and ecoAmerica, the Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center aims to advance sustainability and green workforce development practices at community colleges by sharing innovative models and resources and building the capacity of college administrators, faculty, and staff to contribute as leaders. Course resources can be found at: theseedcenter.org/Resources.

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  • Self-Paced Modules

    NC-NET offers self-paced modules that can be accessed through the NC-NET Blackboard server. Log in with the user name faculty and the password nc-net. Once connected, you can view the courses by topic or alphabetically by title.

    • A Green Seminar on Biotechnology - Piedmont Community College
    • Green Integration--Construction Technologies - Piedmont Community College
    • Preparing the Green Workforce - Piedmont Community College

    Course resources can be found at: www.nc-net.info/green.php.

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  • Teachers' Domain

    Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You will find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities. Sustainability issues are covered in depth here from social justice, public health, economics, environment etc. Resources include NOVA, Frontline, Nature, Wide Angle, and more. CCCC is listed as a partner. Online at: www.teachersdomain.org/.

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  • Union of Concerned Scientists

    The Union of Concerned Scientists provides an excellent summary of the highlights of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. These include the affects of climate change on water supplies and people, threats to species, and changes to food production. Online at: http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/science/findings-of-the-ipcc-fourth-2.html.

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  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

    Visit the Climate and Oceans section of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to view informative articles about a host of climate change research and data, especially as it relates to oceans. Online at: www.whoi.edu.

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  • World Resources Institute

    The World Resources Institute offers much demographic and environmental information on countries around the world, including charts and maps. Its Earth Trends section presents individual country profiles. Sections that particularly relate to Plan B include Water Resources and Freshwater Ecosystems; Population, Health, and Human Well-being; Economics, Resources, and the Environment; Climate and Atmosphere; Energy and Resources; and Agriculture and Food. Online at: http://www.wri.org.

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  • Worldwatch Institute

    Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized for their fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Their website section on Vital Signs includes short summaries of global trends they are watching. Online at: www.worldwatch.org.

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Resources for Specific Programs of Study at CCCC

    Alternative Energy Technology
  • The Biofuels Center of North Carolina has the long-term task of developing a large-scale biofuels industry sector to reduce the state's dependence on imported petroleum. North Carolina's Strategic Plan for Biofuels Leadership sets the goal of replacing 10 percent of the petroleum imported into North Carolina with biofuels locally grown and produced. The Biofuels Center was created in 2007 and is permanently funded by the North Carolina General Assembly to implement the strategic plan so the state's farmers, biofuels manufacturers, biofuels workers, and consumers benefit from this emerging multimillion-dollar, locally grown industry. Online at: http://www.biofuelscenter.org
  • The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) was founded in December 2006 by biodiesel pioneer Kelly King, activist Annie Nelson and film maker Daryl Hannah. Since then the SBA has grown to include family farmers and farm organizations such as Farm Aid, the Institute for Agriculture Trade and Policy (IATP), members of the 25 x 25 coalition, environmental organizations including the EPA and NREL, renewable energy experts and NGO's and university programs across the country. Online at: http://sustainablebiodieselalliance.com/dev/
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    Associate in Arts (AA) University Transfer
  • Education for a Sustainable Future: The Role of Religious Studies and Theology Education
    The American Academy of Religion is involved in taking steps to contribute to a more sustainable future. Sustainability is classically defined as "the ability to provide for the needs of the world's current population without damaging the ability of future generations to provide for themselves." Online at: http://dans.aashe.org/sites/dans1.drupalgardens.com/files/AAR_Focus_on_Sustainability.pdf
  • Society's Grand Challenges - Insights From Psychological Science
    The Science Directorate has put together three booklets: Prolonging Vitality, Global Climate Change, and Health Disparities. Each booklet describes how psychological science is already contributing and will continue to play a large role in addressing each of these challenges. Online at: http://search.apa.org/search?facet=classification%3aEnvironment&query=green
  • Teach Green Psychology
    One way that psychologists can contribute to a sustainable future is by teaching tomorrow's conservation scientists, policy-makers, and grassroots activists about the fundamental connections between human behavior and the environmental crisis, and between the discipline of psychology and remedies for the crisis; however, the discipline of psychology is currently absent from most undergraduate programs focused on conservation and sustainability. Online at: http://www.teachgreenpsych.com
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    Automotive Restoration Technology
  • Establishing Environmental and Safety Excellence for Automotive Repair
    The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR®), as an extension of its "CCAR-GreenLink" Environmental Compliance Assistance Center and "S/P2" (Safety and Pollution Prevention) E-learning Program, has developed the "GreenLink Shop" recognition to promote consumer confidence in their local automotive repair facilities' environmental and safety awareness and stewardship. Learn about the green autobody program at http://ccargreenlinkorg.fatcow.com/glider/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/GLShopCollisionApp-5.0.pdf
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    Automotive Systems Technology
  • GreenCar.com is a leading website dedicated to providing avid car enthusiasts, environmentalists and everyday consumers with information about green vehicles, green energy and technologies Will Electric Cars Transform the US Vehicle Market? Online at: http://www.greencar.com/
  • HybridCars.com was founded as the Internet's premier Web site dedicated to hybrid gas-electric vehicles and the full range of consumer information and tools about cars, energy, and the environment: http://hybridcars.com
  • Automotive Technology: Greener Jobs, Changing Skills EDUCATIONAL NEEDS REPORT Research conducted by the Center for Automotive Research: http://www.drivingworkforcechange.org/reports/education.pdf
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    Bioprocess Manufacturing Technology
  • Laboratories are responsible for disproportionately high energy use, often consuming 3-8 times the energy use per square foot as compared to office buildings. Typically due to the nature of lab operations, labs have high energy and resource use. Lab operations involve increased ventilation requirements for occupant safety, longer operating hours, and energy intensive equipment needs such as chemical fume hoods, autoclaves and clean rooms. Learn more at: http://sustainability.yale.edu/
  • Labs21 offers professionals worldwide the opportunity for information exchange and education: http://www.labs21century.gov/
  • Building Sustainable Content for the Eco-Friendly Laboratory, a free web moodle at http://moodle.vgcc.edu. Log in with the username: faculty and password: nc-net
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    Bioprocess Technology - BioQuality
  • Laboratories are responsible for disproportionately high energy use, often consuming 3-8 times the energy use per square foot as compared to office buildings. Typically due to the nature of lab operations, labs have high energy and resource use. Lab operations involve increased ventilation requirements for occupant safety, longer operating hours, and energy intensive equipment needs such as chemical fume hoods, autoclaves and clean rooms. Learn more at: http://sustainability.yale.edu/
  • Labs21 offers professionals worldwide the opportunity for information exchange and education: http://www.labs21century.gov/
  • Building Sustainable Content for the Eco-Friendly Laboratory, a free web moodle at http://moodle.vgcc.edu. Log in with the username: faculty and password: nc-net
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    Computer Engineering Technology
  • Green IT Magazine - As pressure continues to grow on companies and individuals to act more responsibly with regard to the environment and reduce their environmental impact on the Planet and its natural resources, Government legislation and International Law will continue to tighten. Green IT Magazine aims to help business meet these requirements now and plan for the future. Online at: http://www.greenitmagazine.com
  • Ewaste Program - EPA. There are federal and state regulations for disposing of computer waste. Students can learn about these programs at: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/basic.htm
  • North Carolina Electronics Management Program N.C. General Statutes 130A-309.130 through 130A-309.141 "Discarded Computer Equipment and Television Management" establishes an electronics recycling program for the State of North Carolina with shared responsibility between computer manufacturers, television manufacturers, retailers, local and state government, and consumers with the general goal of fostering a statewide recycling infrastructure for these materials. Online at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/sw/electronics
  • Business Analytics for the Sustainable Business The modern IT staff person will be an asset to their company if they can create an energy management plan. The following link provides an example of such a plan. Sample IT Sustainability Plan: http://www.ithaca.edu/its/general/sustainability/
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    Computer Information Technology
  • Business Analytics for the Sustainable Business The modern IT staff person will be an asset to their company if they can create an energy management plan. The following link provides an example of such a plan. Sample IT Sustainability Plan: http://www.ithaca.edu/its/general/sustainability/
  • EPEAT® is a comprehensive environmental rating that helps identify greener computers and other electronic equipment. Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool at: http://www.epeat.net
  • The Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is dedicated to the development and implementation of a more sustainable system for designing, producing, remanufacturing, and recycling electronic devices. Sustainable Electronics Initiative at: http://www.sustainelectronics.illinois.edu
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    Cosmetology
  • The mission at Environmental Working Group to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG's Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals in the cosmetics industry. Environmental Working Group, Safe Cosmetics at: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep
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    Culinary Arts
  • An important part of buying local is making an effort to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season in your area. Although today's global marketplace allows us to buy foods grown virtually anywhere in the world all year round, these options are not the most sustainable. Sustainable Table at: http://www.gracelinks.org/1117/sustainable-table
  • Students can learn to determine the veracity and strength of green food product claims at this Consumer Reports website. What do food labels Mean? Consumer Reports at: http://www.greenerchoices.org/eco-labels/
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    Early Childhood Associate
  • Education is humanity's best hope and most effective means in the quest to achieve sustainable development. This powerful statement was made in 1997 in the UNESCO report, Educating for a Sustainable Future. Five years later, it was brought to the attention of the world leaders at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, paving the way to the establishment of the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). UNESCO was designated as the lead agency for implementing the Decade. This presentation is the result of UNESCO's work in this period. acing the Future Curriculum, Case Studies Early Childhood Education for a Sustainabile Society at: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001593/159355e.pdf
  • The Audubon Adventure - Audubon's award-winning environmental education program can be implemented in any classroom or after-school program. All it takes is an interest in exploring, learning about, and enjoying the natural world around you. By linking content to the common core standards for language arts and science, Audubon Adventures helps teachers and students alike. Online at: http://education.audubon.org/audubon-adventures
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    Electronics Engineering Technology
  • EPEAT® is a comprehensive environmental rating that helps identify greener computers and other electronic equipment. Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool at: http://www.epeat.net
  • The Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is dedicated to the development and implementation of a more sustainable system for designing, producing, remanufacturing, and recycling electronic devices. Sustainable Electronics Initiative at: http://www.sustainelectronics.illinois.edu
  • Current college/university students and recent graduates will have an exciting opportunity to create useful and appealing products from e-waste--computers, printers, cell phones and similar materials that would normally end up in landfills. Fall 2012 Student Competition, E-Waste at: http://wp.istc.illinois.edu/sei/2012/07/03/2012-international-e-waste-design-competition/
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    Esthetics
  • LOHAS is an acronym for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, a market segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice. Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability at: http://www.lohas.com/
  • Green Spa Network we believe spas play a meaningful role in supporting the health and well-being of people and their communities. Green Spa Network at: http://greenspanetwork.org/
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    Human Resources Management
  • This volume describes HR sustainability trends and examines their implications for scholars and practitioners of human resource management. It explores the macro context that is shaping organizational responses to environmental concerns and includes several case studies that illustrate organizational initiatives that have clear implications for workforce management. Managing Human Resources for Environmental Sustainability at: http://www.siop.org/store/ProductDetails.aspx?prod=239
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    Human Services Technology
  • Human Services technology provides an opportunity to serve underserved populations with dignity, respect and to add efficiency to strapped office systems. The resource, Healthy People.gov Uses health communication strategies and health information technology (IT) to improve population health outcomes and health care quality, and to achieve health equity. People.gov at: http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/overview.aspx?topicid=18
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    Humanities
  • American Sociological Association- Environmental Sociology Many of society's most pressing problems are no longer just "social." From the maintenance of genetic diversity to the disposal of radioactive wastes, from toxics in the groundwater below us to global warming of the atmosphere above, the challenges of the 21st century are increasingly coming to involve society's relationships with the environment and technologies upon which we all depend. Online at: http://envirosoc.org/
  • Environmental Sociology Scholarly Journals Here you will find a list of scholarly journals that address issues of society, environment, and technology. Online at: http://envirosoc.org/journals.php
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    Laser and Photonics Technology
  • At Laser 2009, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) (http://www.ilt.fraunhofer.de/en.html)in Aachen, Germany, demonstrated how laser technology can contribute to optimizing the manufacturing costs and efficiency of solar cells. The scientists have developed optimized manufacturing systems to guide and focus the light beam at the required points. Lasers make solar cells competitive at: http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/lasers-make-solar-cells-competitive/
  • Current Status of Solar Photovoltaic Technology Platforms, Manufacturing Issues and Research a webinar is available on /Photonics.com This web site offers cutting edge technology in the photonics field, with many articles and research report on the renewable energy industry. Online at: http://www.photonics.com/Webinar.aspx?WebinarID=24
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    Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), At a Glance ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Renewable Energy at: http://www.asme.org/kb/topics/renewable-energy and Energy Efficiency at: http://www.asme.org/kb/topics/energy-efficiency
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    Medical Office Administration
  • The Journal of Medical Practice Management: Offices Going Green is for doctor office staff members, managers, and doctors. This a free service of the Florida Medical Association. If this is your first visit, please click on the button below to register, and then go to the "Quick Start Now!" tab on the left to get started right away. Online at: http://www.mygreendoctor.org/
  • Efficient and Healthy Medical Offices We will show you how any doctor's office can use wise environmental practices to make your office healthier and save you money. Here you learn ideas for your office, your families, your patients, and your community. We will guide you step-by-step to create an office Green Team and take your first Action Steps. For offices that choose our Advanced Route, we will help you achieve Green Doctor Office Recognition. Online at: http://www.flmedical.org/My_Green_Doctor.aspx
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    Motorcycle Mechanics
  • Green Garage Associates Parking Consultative Services provide direction to property owners, facility managers and other professionals as they assess their parking properties for ways to improve their fiscal health while also becoming more sustainable. Green Garage Associates guides its clients to implement environmentally beneficial improvements to increase the energy efficiency of parking assets and be more sustainable while using a strong ROI as the number 1 priority. Elements of a Green Garage online at: http://www.greengarageassociates.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=4
  • Motorcycles are regulated under section 202 of the Clean Air Act which calls for EPA to consider the need to achieve equivalent emission reductions from both motorcycles and other vehicles as much as possible. The Clean Air Act also requires EPA to set new standards for off-road motorcycles. EPA Standards for Motorcycles online at: http://www.epa.gov/oms/regs/roadbike/420f03045.pdf
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    Networking Technology
  • Energy efficiency for network equipment: two steps beyond greenwashing. Rising energy costs and increasingly rigid environmental standards work in tandem to draw attention to the "energy footprint" aspect of data networking. Governments and corporations around the world are tightening energy and emission budgets, thus creating demand for new, energy-aware generations of telecom equipment. Online at: http://www.juniper.net/us/en/local/pdf/whitepapers/2000284-en.pdf
  • Green Touch, Networking Consortium for Energy Efficiency. GreenTouch provides the platform for innovative researchers, engineers, and technology experts from around the world to work together and accelerate their efforts from creation to standardization. Through collaboration, we have a far greater impact and make faster progress on increasing the energy efficiency of ICT networks than our members could make individually. Online at: http://www.greentouch.org/index.php?page=projects
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    Practical Nursing
  • Toward sustainable health-care services: principles, challenges, and a process. This journal abstract describes the intersection between health care and sustainability with a focus onthree key factors: quality patient care, fiscally responsible budgeting and minimizing environmental impact. Although pollution is well understood as a health problem, US health planners have not fully recognized the need to reduce health-care pollution. Online at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=839777&show=abstract
  • Healthcare Without Harm is a global organization with hundreds of members. Their mission is to "Lead the global movement for environmentally responsible health care" The following link provides many articles addressing pollution prevention, efficiency and access to health care. Health Care Without Harm at: http://www.noharm.org/lib/downloads/doc_index.php
  • Many of the large hospitals systems do not interact directly with independent suppliers, but instead work through large supply companies. Individual hospitals vary in their reliance on medical supply companies. Each major medical supplier has its own expectations for suppliers; many of which articulate specific sustainability criteria. Many of these companies post guidelines online. Small businesses hoping to work with medical supply companies should check specific expectations. Below are examples of expectation guidelines of several of the largest domestic supply companies. Sustainable Health Care - Resource Management issues at: http://gogreenplus.org/environmental-business-help/supply-chain-information/supply-chain-health-care-social-assistance/?goback=%2Egde_141351_member_128207323
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    School-Age Education
  • Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future: http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/. Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future is a UNESCO programme for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. It provides professional development for student teachers, teachers, curriculum developers, education policy makers, and authors of educational materials. Education for Sustainable Development (Academic Paper) at: http://www.ibo.org/ibap/conference/archive/documents/SheldonShaeffer-Plenary2AnOverarchingFrameworkforEducationalReform.pdf
  • NEED: The National Energy Education Development Project site contains a wealth of information and educational resources for teaching about energy. Online at: http://www.need.org
  • National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) NEEF works with a network of professions (teachers, weathercasters, health professionals, and land managers) to provide information, resources, and programs to thousands of households around the country. Sign up for their e-newsletter to receive updates on their programs, Environmental Education Week lessons, and more at: http://www.neefusa.org
  • Arizona State University's School of Sustainability has a mission to provide hands-on research training and brings sustainability education into local K-12 classrooms. The following link provides rich resources for k-12 sustainability curricula. Sustainability Curricula K-12 at: http://sustainability.asu.edu/resources/resources-for-educators.php
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    Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance
  • Energy efficiency for network equipment: two steps beyond greenwashing. Rising energy costs and increasingly rigid environmental standards work in tandem to draw attention to the "energy footprint" aspect of data networking. Governments and corporations around the world are tightening energy and emission budgets, thus creating demand for new, energy-aware generations of telecom equipment. But one important detail about this theme is often missing: verifiable data to support these "green" marketing claims. This paper aims to fill the resulting gap by discussing the practical aspects of achieving and objectively measuring energy efficiency in the telecom world. Online at: http://www.juniper.net/us/en/local/pdf/whitepapers/2000284-en.pdf
  • Green Touch, Networking Consortium for Energy Efficiency. GreenTouch provides the platform for innovative researchers, engineers, and technology experts from around the world to work together and accelerate their efforts from creation to standardization. Through collaboration, we have a far greater impact and make faster progress on increasing the energy efficiency of ICT networks than our members could make individually. Online at: http://www.greentouch.org/index.php?page=projects
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    Veterinary Medical Technology
  • Green Veterinary Practices The concept of One Health - which is the intersection of human health, animal health and ecosystem health - isn't new to the veterinary community. Veterinarians have been practicing One Health for years as they have protected human and animal health. So, it's not much of a stretch for veterinarians to acknowledge they can play critical roles in preserving the health of our ecosystem. Online at: https://www.avma.org/PracticeManagement/Facilities/Pages/Green-Veterinary-Practices184.aspx
  • Case Studies: Green Veterinary Clinics online at: https://www.avma.org/PracticeManagement/Facilities/Pages/What-can-veterinarians-do-to-make-their-practices-more-green.aspx Greening your practice not only provides the satisfaction of helping preserve the environment for future generations; it can also help your bottom line. Although some green measures may carry higher up-front costs, they can often be made more affordable by government funding opportunities, rebates, and tax incentives -- some of the motivators encouraging eco-friendly updates and renovation of buildings and practices. They also can lower your utility costs, saving your practice money in the long run. In addition, the public often recognizes such efforts as noble gestures, and this perception may help increase the client base for practices taking the proactive steps. Funding opportunities at: http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/tools/funding.htm
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