Category Archives: Environmental Education

Happy Audubon Day

April 26th is the anniversary of the birth of John James Audubon (1785), an American ornithologist (one that studies birds), naturalist, and painter.  He conducted his first scientific studies from his father’s Pennsylvania estate. After trying and failing in several different types of business ventures, he concentrated on drawing and studying birds, and began traveling around the country to pursue this work.

His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed.

He is remembered as one of the most important naturalists of his era, and his respect and concern for the natural world clearly marks him as one of the forefathers of the modern conservationism and environmentalism movements. In 1886, the first bird-preservation society, the National Audubon Society, was named in his honor. Countless wildlife sanctuaries, parks, streets and towns also bear his name and honor his legacy.

And here at T4CI, we think this quote from Audubon has the deepest meaning:

 

Education is part of what we do!

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This week is National Environmental Education Week. Held each spring around the time of Earth Day, National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) promotes the understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12 students and educators, and people of all ages in an inspired week of environmental learning and service.

At T4CI, our projects take education very seriously as part of their mission.   Here’s a sample of what some have been up to:

Building Codes Assistance Project:  We are educating/inspiring architects and engineers in 22 cities on how to incorporate solar photovoltaics into their building plan projects, to increase use of solar energy and reduce demand for fossil fuels.

Sane Energy Project:  One of our campaigns is WinWindNY. We have secured a commitment from our Governor to purchase offshore wind off the coast of NYC. Our work right now is to let the public know offshore wind is going to happen and how they can participate in the process in its development.

SOUL:  We’re hosting a 10-hour educational series about the urban forest and its potential to mitigate decrease flooding, subsidence, air, water and soil pollution, the urban heat island effect, and improve community health.

Would you like to help our projects education the world? Please consider a donation to one of our projects at: http://t4ci.org/sponsored/

 

How to teach kids to care for the planet, Earth Day and everyday!

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At T4CI, we celebrate Earth Day everyday, and we hope you do too.  Often, however, the question arises, “How do we teach our children about how to take care of the earth? After all, it is their responsibility too.”

We put together a few tips to help.  Check ’em out. (And remember to share, too!)

What’s your favorite wildlife film?

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Grab some popcorn, because it’s time for T4CI’s top film picks during International Wildlife Film Week.

We all have our favorites and it’s interesting to see how diverse the selection is.

Take a look, and let us know what your favorite wildlife move is by sharing it in the comments.

Carolyn:  March of the Penguins

Kristin: Planet Earth

Kvetka: The Edge

Laura: The Bear

Jessica: The Fight for Survival

Shannon: Out of Africa

Tenzin:  Gorillas in the Mist

New positions available at two of T4CI’s projects

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Two of our projects are looking to hire!  Are you a fit for one of these new careers?

CHANGE director – Californians for a Healthy & Green Economy (CHANGE) is looking for a new director, who will advance the production of safe, affordable, and accessible alternatives to toxic chemicals, spurring economic growth in vulnerable communities and creating a healthy, green, sustainable economy for all.  The job announcement and details is here.

WaterNow Alliance director of team operations –  WaterNow Alliance (WNA) is a network of water utility leaders dedicated to expanding sustainable water solutions in their communities. The Alliance focuses on innovative strategies to accelerate adoption of reuse and efficiency technologies, green infrastructure, watershed health, stormwater recapture and groundwater management. Reporting to Executive Director (ED), the Director of Team Operations will serve as a key leadership team member and an active participant in strategic planning, mission execution and fundraising The job announcement and details is here.

Free admission to your favorite national park

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It all started in 1864, when Congress donated Yosemite Valley to California for preservation as a state park. Eight years later, in 1872, Congress reserved the  Yellowstone country in the Wyoming and Montana territories as a public park.  Since the territories were not states, they could not take care of the park, thus the National Park Service (in its first incarnation) was established.

Soon Congress followed the Yellowstone precedent with other national parks in the 1890s and early 1900s, including Sequoia, Yosemite ( California returned Yosemite Valley to the federal government), Mount Rainier, Crater Lake, and Glacier.

Today there are more than 400 National Parks across the United States.

This week is designated as National Parks Week, and to celebrate, all US national parks will be offering free admission on April 22nd and 23rd. What park will you go to?

 

Habitat sweet habitat

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April is World Habitat Awareness Month. It celebrates the Earth’s diverse natural habitats, but also reminds us of their fragile nature. Not only are species endangered, so too are many of the world’s habitats.

Which habitat should you most likely should be in? Find out by taking out quiz. (And don’t forget to share your results!)

Which Habitat is Right for You?

Celebrate World Habitat Awareness Month by taking this fun quiz to find out what habitat is right for you!

Spring Cleaning? Think sustainable!

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Spring is a time to renew and to refresh, to leave the cramped, cold days of winter behind and prepare for the long, fun days of summer. During National Cleaning Week (March 27 – April 2), we’re advising using the week to focus on sustainable cleaning.

Here are some tips:

  • Choose products that are either compacted or are concentrated and hence use less packaging per job. This reduce the environmental impact of transportation.
  • Choose products in packaging made with the highest PCR (post-consumer recycled) content and that can be recycled or reused.
  • Make sure you select the optimal cleaning product for each cleaning task and spend wisely on efficient cleaning products. It will ensure you get the job done using the least amount of products, time and energy.
  • Look for products that are biodegradable or compostable and claim to be “petro-chemical-free,” “nontoxic,” or “septic-safe.”

 

 

Green isn’t just for the Irish: Earth-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day

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If you are already going green this St. Patrick’s Day, you should think about making the holiday a real green event by becoming more eco-friendly.

That’s because,  the ‘Green’ holiday is anything but! Think of all the waste from cups, banners, confetti, hats and trinkets.

Our planet needs more than luck to save its environment. It needs everyone doing their part – even a small part – to make it safe and less toxic. And the best part: you’ll be wearing the green’ every day if you start thinking eco-friendly!

And it’s easy to get greener than ever this holiday:

  • Buy locally brewed beer. What’s St. Patrick’s Day without a beer for most individuals?” When you buy beer that is ‘less travelled’ plus put it in a reusuable beer mug or glass, you are hitting a pot of ‘green’ gold!
  • Eat green. Locally-produced food (including corned beef and cabbage) will not only support the local economy while providing you with the freshest food, but also reduce the need for long-distance food distribution that now accounts for up 17 times more greenhouse gas.
  • Leave the car behind. Take a cue from those in Ireland and walk if you can. Or find alternative ways to get to parties by taking a bus, train or share a cab to the Irish destination.
  • Plant something green. If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint – the amount of carbon dioxide generated annually as the result of your person consumption – become a modern Johnny Appleseed and put down some trees.
  • Use environmentally responsible house cleaning products. Once the festivities are over, let the house sparkle like a pot of gold by cleaning it with eco-friendly, chemical free cleaners.

 

Ag Stats: What You Probably Don’t Know

Consider this: just about everything we eat, wear and use comes from American agriculture.

It’s an entire industry dedicated to providing plentiful and safe food for consumption, as well as a wide range of comfortable, fashionable clothing choices. From beef and pork to cotton and corn, agriculture is working harder than ever to meet the needs of Americans and others around the world. (Agriculture is this nation’s #1 export.)

At T4CI, we focus on supporting sustainable agriculture initiatives which do so much for a healthy economy.

What’s sustainable agriculture? In simplest terms, it’s the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.

In honor of National Agriculture Month, we are sharing some stats you might not know about agriculture in general.

Want to learn more about a few of our agriculture initiatives which are helping to create a sustainable and just food system? Check out :

  • Animal Agriculture Reform Collaborative –  brings together sustainable farmers, environmental, public health, social and economic justice, and animal welfare organizations to work on systemic change required to establish a sustainable and just animal agriculture system.
  • Change Food – helps individuals change the way they eat by raising public awareness and educating consumers about opportunities to shift the U.S. food supply to a sustainable food system where healthy, nutritious food is accessible by all.
  • Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative – connects faith congregations in Sonoma and Marin counties with local farmers and gardeners to increase community access to healthy food produced in a sustainable, socially just manner.
  • Kitchen Table Advisors – provides farmers with business and financial advising and help farmers access the tools, knowledge and resources they need on their path to becoming resilient and viable businesses.
  • PiggyBank – provides an open forum, where the public will have access to information on all heritage breed pigs and access business plans written by other farmers.