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Technology and Environmental Decision-Making: A critical-thinking approach to 7 environmental challenges

ATEEC and MIT teamed up to produce Technology and Environmental Decision-Making: A critical-thinking approach to 7 environmental challenges. This is a series of seven high quality instructional modules developed by researchers and instructional designers. The series, aimed at college and high school instructors, delivers science-based background information and the latest research on a variety of environmental concerns. The modules provide a refresher for the instructor on the scientific background of each environmental issue. Additionally, they promote teaching critical thinking through the inclusion of resources and activities for use in the classroom. Environmental decision-making—it sounds complicated. It sounds like something that should be left to the experts. And environmental issues can be complicated. But environmental decision-making in a society shares some of the key processes that individuals use to make shared decisions on a daily basis. If we compare the societal decision-making process to that of a family, the issue becomes a much more manageable concept. Picture a typical family problem—a 16- year-old gets his driver’s license and his parents have told him that he will need to pay for his own gas and car insurance. Until now, his weekly allowance from household chores has been adequate for his expenses. He decides to get a part-time job to pay for the extra expense of driving a car, and his parents approve—a fairly straightforward problem, decision, and resolution. More often, however, solutions are not this simple. What may at first seem like a straightforward decision can be affected by variables that complicate the matter considerably. Imagine the same basic problem, this time with added factors. In this family, one parent works second shift and the other parent takes frequent business trips. The 16-year-old boy has the responsibility of watching a 10-year-old sibling most evenings, and a part-time job would require that he work in the evenings. In this instance, there are more people involved in the problem—more stakeholders. The solution in this case is less obvious and will need to respond to the concerns of all stakeholders. Read More

LSU Professor Evaluates Photocatalytic Pavements

Article describes a Louisiana State University scientific experiment with road pavement that reduces pollution through self-cleaning and air purification qualities. Basic evaluation and data collection methods for a year-long study are described. Read More

Evaluation of Alternative Initial Allocation Mechanisms in a European Union Greenhouse Gas Emissions Allowance Trading Scheme

This report is intended to provide background to assist Member States and the European Commission (“Commission”) in determining the allocation mechanism to use in conjunction with the Commission’s proposed emissions trading programme for carbon dioxide (“CO2”) and other greenhouse gases (“GHGs”). The Commission in October 2001 adopted a major package of initiatives to combat climate change. This package includes a proposed Directive on GHG emission trading (“proposed Directive”) as well as a proposal for the EC to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and a Communication setting out further methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions beyond the Directive on emissions trading. This report provides descriptions and evaluations of alternative mechanisms for initial allocation of allowances. The report has the following specific objectives: – Provide a typology of alternative initial allocation mechanisms. – Describe the allocation mechanisms that have been used in previous emissions trading programmes. – Develop criteria for evaluating alternative mechanisms. – Evaluate the alternative mechanisms in light of these criteria. – Develop plant-level data that allow one to simulate various initial allocation alternatives and thus shed light on key empirical issues, including feasibility and sector- and plantlevel effects. – Provide an overview of major conclusions and implications. Read More

Winds of Change: East Asia's Sustainable Energy Future

This report outlines the strategic direction of the energy sector to meet its growing energy demand in an environmentally-sustainable manner over the next two decades, and presents a pathway of policy frameworks and financing mechanisms to get there. This study found that large-scale deployment of energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies can simultaneously stabilize East Asia’s CO2 emissions by 2025 and significantly improve the local environment and enhance energy security, without compromising economic growth. Read More

Manufacturing and Engineering Technologies Education Clearinghouse (METEC)

METEC is a searchable database of materials submitted by educators from around the world. Topics covered include classroom content and pedagogy. New materials are added continually, so be sure to check back often. Read More

Community Scale Wind Block 3 Webinar

A case study example outlining a community scale wind power project. Download the recorded webinar and/or the slide presentation. Read More

Clean Energy Workforce Training Capacity Building Curricula

Lesson plans, certificates and training programs designed to train a clean energy workforce. (Audience: high school and college students, at-risk youth and low-income populations, building and trade professionals, clean energy employers, graduate students.) Read More

Clean Energy Workforce Training Capacity Building

The Clean Energy Workforce Training Capacity Building grants are intended to prepare the Commonwealth’s training providers to meet the workforce needs of the clean energy sector. Grants were awarded to organizations to purchase equipment, develop curricula and provide professional development to instructors. Read More

Energy Links

A collection of links to resources on energy use, conservation, and renewable energy. Read More

The Chic Ecologist

A blog on sustainable green living informational resource featuring green product reviews, emerging green technologies, environmental politics, fashion and do-it-yourself tips for sustainable living. Read More


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