Cape Verde Will Run on 100% Renewable Energy in Less Than a Decade

ENVIRONMENT The small island archipelago has pledged to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025. (Quartz) Use our resources to download and print a map of Cape Verde, learn about renewable energy, and imagine how to modernize the concept of an electrical grid. We’ve got you covered on this one! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our … Continue reading Cape Verde Will Run on 100% Renewable Energy in Less Than a Decade

14 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at This week, we learned … … that you can download and print absolutely gorgeous Landsat maps of your state. DO IT!     … “Elegy for the Arctic” is a haunting composition for piano accompanied by crumbling glacier.     … an L.A. artist’s ’emancipation project’ encourages students to create … Continue reading 14 Things We Learned This Week!

Who’s the Greenest of Them All?

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?

Five for Friday – On Public Policy and Public Affairs

This was a busy week in the world of U.S. public policy and public affairs.  Brush up on the week’s events with Five for Friday below.

1. Obama establishes the White House Office of Urban Affairs

Yesterday, Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the White House Office of Urban Affairs. In the order, Obama stated that, “About 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas, and the economic health and social vitality of our urban communities are critically important to the prosperity and quality of life for Americans.” Additionally, he explains that, “Vibrant cities spawn innovation, economic growth, and cultural enrichment through the businesses, universities, and civic, cultural, religious, and nonprofit institutions they attract.”

Indeed, cities can be vibrant and full of culture, but in order for this to happen, they must be planned accordingly. Fortunately, the fields of urban geography and urban planning concern themselves with just this. Can you think of any cities that really ‘strike you’ as centers of innovation and cultural enrichment?

urban.jpg2. The United States and Canada unite in a pledge for a “Green Energy” future.

In President Obama’s first foreign trip since taking office, he headed north to attend a joint news conference Thursday afternoon where he and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the two countries would work together on research and development to advance carbon reduction technologies and develop an electric grid that can deliver clean and renewable energy in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, discussions centered on how these new technologies can provide a boost to the ailing economy. Both Obama and Harper hope to reduce reliance on Canadian tar sands and U.S. coal-fired power plants due to environmental concerns. Obama added,” We can’t afford to combat these issues in isolation.”


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