Earth is our home. We share our planet with billions of other people, plants, and animals, and it’s our job to take care of it. What better place to go green than the classroom? Here are a few tips for teachers who want their classrooms and students to be eco-friendly. Whether it’s on our list or not, share what you’re doing to make your classroom … Continue reading #TeachNatGeo Helps Your Classroom Go Green!
ENVIRONMENT The latest Greendex survey shows that although consumers in many countries are adopting environmentally friendly behaviors, others live in wasteful cultures of consumption. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to Think Green. Discussion Ideas The “Greendex” survey profiled 18,000 consumers in 18 countries about their environmental attitudes. (Read more about the survey here.) What other people could the Greendex survey to get a more … Continue reading Who’s the Greenest of Them All?
I’m frequently asked, often with a tinge of skepticism, what National Geographic (MWW’s parent organization) is doing to “go green.” As an organization with a 100+ year history of “increasing and diffusing geographic knowledge” and a sexy mission statement of “inspiring people to care about the planet”–it’s undoubtedly a fair question.
First, the boring disclaimer: As a non-partisan, non-profit/media organization, the National Geographic Society (NG) generally avoids pure-form advocacy. Rather than taking hard-line stances, we aim for objective reporting.
However, to the extent that a general consensus exists over the need to conserve the world’s resources, we’re on board! And there are a number of things we’re doing as an organization to that end. So, to round out what we’re calling “Earth Week,” this Five for Friday I’m describing–you guessed it–five of those initiatives.
1. Go Green. About two years ago, Nat Geo launched the “Go Green” initiative to define and reduce the Society’s environmental impact. Seven subcommittees were formed to tackle issues relating to corporate practices and facilities worldwide: buildings, cafeteria, carbon, employee practices, internal communication & education, purchasing, products & packaging, and travel.
2. LEED Certification. Following careful renovations and retrofitting, NG headquarters in Washington, D.C. became the first existing facility in the country to receive prestigious LEED certification, as well as Energy Star certification.
Actually, it’s much easier than people think–as Kermit learns in this commerical for hybrid cars. In preparation for Earth Day, check out National Geographic’s TheGreenGuide for tips on how to make your every day life Earth-friendly! Make Your Home Green Try Green Products Being Green Tips for Earth Day My Wonderful World Home | About My Wonderful World | Sign Up for Updates Continue reading It Isn’t Easy Being Green