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2012 Sustainability Report [Western Kentucky University], Christian Ryan-Downing, WKU Office of Sustainability 2012 Western Kentucky University

2012 Sustainability Report [Western Kentucky University], Christian Ryan-Downing, Wku Office Of Sustainability

Sustainability Publications and Resources

The Office of Sustainability has occupied the house at 503 Regents for approximately four months. The space is used to house the Big Red Bikes mechanic shop and program, and other programs and activities. Eight students work in the Office of Sustainability in various roles including bike mechanic, student assistant, four PowerSave Interns, a student “handy-man” who works on various physical improvements, and a student that is completing his Honors Thesis on the project.

Much of the past four months have been spent setting up the bike shop, painting, installation of walkway and way finding sign, and otherwise improving the ...


Environmental Literacy Of Seventh-Day Adventist Teachers In The Parochial Schools Of The Florida Conference Of Seventh-Day Adventists, Michael Murdoch 2012 Andrews University

Environmental Literacy Of Seventh-Day Adventist Teachers In The Parochial Schools Of The Florida Conference Of Seventh-Day Adventists, Michael Murdoch

Dissertations

Problem. In the United States, there is an environmental literacy problem. Americans possess limited knowledge about the environment and environmental issues, and they display limited positive action regarding the environment in which they live. Moreover, there is a debate whether a Christian’s interpretation of Gen 1:28 leads either to a lower or to a higher environmental literacy. Does the Seventh-day Adventist teaching community reflect these problems? These are the problems which this dissertation seeks to help solve.

Purpose. The purpose of this study was to attempt to assess the environmental literacy of a group of teachers in Seventh-day ...


Ecotopia's Prism, Troy D. Abel 2012 Western Washington University

Ecotopia's Prism, Troy D. Abel

Huxley College on the Peninsulas Publications

Since 2003, I’ve taken more than 150 students of environmental studies to explore the landscapes, culture and economy of Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s tourism bureau proudly proclaims “no artificial ingredients” to draw visitors from around the world. Situated at the confluence of two oceans and bridging two continents in the tropical latitudes, this small nation hosts some of the greatest concentration of biodiversity anywhere. Costa Rica is about the size of West Virginia, or 0.03% of the world’s surface, yet it holds an estimated 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Species from North and South ...


Bangkok Recycling Program: An Empirical Study Of An Incentive-Based Recycling Program, Pitchayanin Sukholthaman 2012 University of Pennsylvania

Bangkok Recycling Program: An Empirical Study Of An Incentive-Based Recycling Program, Pitchayanin Sukholthaman

Master of Environmental Studies Capstone Projects

Environmental impacts have been considered by many as the world’s most serious issues. The world is running out of many of its natural resources. One of the best ways to extend the lives of natural resources is recycling. Recycling is a highly effective strategy. Not only does it reduce the amount of virgin materials in the production process, but it also reduces waste generation, health risks, and pollution. Increased waste generation is a serious concern in developing countries. Environmental and economic opportunities for recyclables in waste management that have not been captured are substantial. Bangkok, the fastest growing city ...


Recycling Habits In Classrooms On The University Of Redlands Campus, Molly Moore 2012 University of Redlands

Recycling Habits In Classrooms On The University Of Redlands Campus, Molly Moore

Undergraduate Honors Theses

this study will fill gaps in knowledge provided by previous studies on the campus of the University of Redlands by evaluating recycling habits in classrooms and apartments. Classrooms and apartments are high traffic areas on a campus. The addition of recycling bins will divert recycling from the landfill.


Land Systems Of The Kimberley Region, Western Australia, N Schoknecht, A L. Payne 2011 Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

Land Systems Of The Kimberley Region, Western Australia, N Schoknecht, A L. Payne

Technical Bulletins

The Land Systems of the Kimberley Region Report describes and maps the landscapes, soils and vegetation of the Kimberley region. This report is a consolidation of surveys carried out by different organisations, across different areas of the Kimberley, since the 1940s. The Kimberley region, as defined in this bulletin, covers 330 070km². The report categorises the Kimberley region into 111 land systems. Under each land system, the report identifies the vulnerabilities of those areas, and provides recommendations on how to achieve sustainable use. The report also publishes pasture types for the entire region and the grazing potential for each pasture ...


Produkcja Stałego Paliwa Wtórnego Na Przykładzie Przedsiębiorstwa Usług Komunalnych „Empol” Sp. Z O.O. / Production Of Solid Waste-Derived Fuel - A Case Study Of The Enterprise Of Municipal Services "Empol" Llc, Robert Oleniacz, Leszek Rataj, Monika Wyrostek 2011 AGH University o Science and Technology

Produkcja Stałego Paliwa Wtórnego Na Przykładzie Przedsiębiorstwa Usług Komunalnych „Empol” Sp. Z O.O. / Production Of Solid Waste-Derived Fuel - A Case Study Of The Enterprise Of Municipal Services "Empol" Llc, Robert Oleniacz, Leszek Rataj, Monika Wyrostek

Robert Oleniacz

The work presents activities of the Enterprise of Municipal Services "Empol" Sp. z o.o. based in Tylmanowa (Małopolska Province, Poland) and the interrelated technological lines for sorting of waste and production of alternative fuels (refuse derived fuels - RDFs) started in 2009 in the Special Economic Zone in Gorlice. The paper also discusses properties of the produced RDFs and their typical applications.


Stream Of Consciousness (2011), Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) 2011 Dickinson College

Stream Of Consciousness (2011), Alliance For Aquatic Resource Monitoring (Allarm)

Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness is the publication of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) at Dickinson College.

Table of Contents

The 25th Anniversary of ALLARM: The Silver Anniversary is Here! / by Virginia Farley

Monitoring in the Marcellus Play / by Giovania Tiarachristie

A Missing Piece in PA Natural Gas Drilling / by Taylor Wilmot

EmapPA and eNotice Protocol Development / by Katie Tomsho

The Land-Water Living Classroom / by Christie Anderson

Where Are They Now: Chesapeake Bay Executive Order / by Shanice Grant

Eutrophication in the Chesapeake Bay and its Impact on Ecosystems and Communities / by Ruby Stanmyer

Marcellus Shale Wastewater Management / by Benjamin Mummert ...


Renewable Energy In The Context Of Sustainable Development, Jayant Sathaye, Oswaldo Lucon, Atiq Rahman, John Christensen, Fatima Denton, Junichi Fujino, Garvin Heath, Monirul Mirza, Hugh Rudnick, August Schlaepfer, Andrey Shmakin, Gerhard Angerer, Christian Bauer, Morgan Bazilian, Robert J. Brecha, Peter Burgherr, Leon Clarke, Felix Creutzig, James Edmonds, Christian Hagelüken, Gerrit Hansen, Nathan Hultman, Michael Jakob, Susanne Kadner, Manfred Lenzen, Jordan Macknick, Eric Masanet, Yu Nagai, Anne Olhoff, Karen Olsen, Michael Pahle, Ari Rabl, Richard Richels, Joyashree Roy, Tormod Schei, Christoph von Stechow, Jan Christoph Steckel, Ethan Warner, Tom Wilbanks, Yimin Zhang 2011 Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Renewable Energy In The Context Of Sustainable Development, Jayant Sathaye, Oswaldo Lucon, Atiq Rahman, John Christensen, Fatima Denton, Junichi Fujino, Garvin Heath, Monirul Mirza, Hugh Rudnick, August Schlaepfer, Andrey Shmakin, Gerhard Angerer, Christian Bauer, Morgan Bazilian, Robert J. Brecha, Peter Burgherr, Leon Clarke, Felix Creutzig, James Edmonds, Christian Hagelüken, Gerrit Hansen, Nathan Hultman, Michael Jakob, Susanne Kadner, Manfred Lenzen, Jordan Macknick, Eric Masanet, Yu Nagai, Anne Olhoff, Karen Olsen, Michael Pahle, Ari Rabl, Richard Richels, Joyashree Roy, Tormod Schei, Christoph Von Stechow, Jan Christoph Steckel, Ethan Warner, Tom Wilbanks, Yimin Zhang

Physics Faculty Publications

Historically, economic development has been strongly correlated with increasing energy use and growth of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Renewable energy (RE) can help decouple that correlation, contributing to sustainable development (SD). In addition, RE offers the opportunity to improve access to modern energy services for the poorest members of society, which is crucial for the achievement of any single of the eight Millennium Development Goals.

Theoretical concepts of SD can provide useful frameworks to assess the interactions between SD and RE. SD addresses concerns about relationships between human society and nature. Traditionally, SD has been framed in the three-pillar model ...


Carbon Credits, Mary Finley-Brook, Curtis Thomas 2011 University of Richmond

Carbon Credits, Mary Finley-Brook, Curtis Thomas

Geography and the Environment Faculty Publications

A carbon credit is an allowance or offset equal to one metric ton of carbon dioxide (C02) or other greenhouse gas (GHG) equivalent calculated in tons of C02. Carbon markets allow individuals, companies, or states to finance emissions reductions in other locations, for example, through projects that create or promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, or reforestation, as a means to lower their own carbon footprint. Trade of carbon credits within compliance and voluntary markets is a multibillion-dollar enterprise that makes up a cornerstone of international efforts to combat climate change. Buying and selling emissions allowances often means that mitigation can ...


Boldly Sustainable: Hope And Opportunity For Higher Education In The Age Of Climate Change (Book Review), Mary Finley-Brook, Breana Coleman, Kaitlan Lawrence 2011 University of Richmond

Boldly Sustainable: Hope And Opportunity For Higher Education In The Age Of Climate Change (Book Review), Mary Finley-Brook, Breana Coleman, Kaitlan Lawrence

Geography and the Environment Faculty Publications

Peter Bardaglio and Andrea Putman’s groundbreaking book, Boldly Sustainable, provides a powerful strategy for colleges and universities to achieve renewal and relevance in the 21st century through innovation, academic rigor, and pragmatism. The book combines a refreshingly optimistic message of hope and opportunity with an honest critique of higher education, highlighting the need for transformative change. Case study examples throughout the book show how sustainability initiatives can stimulate excellence in teaching and learning while also encouraging improvements in physical operations. With a broad range of cases from public and private institutions of various sizes and rankings, the authors convincingly ...


Earth University (Costa Rica), Mary Finley-Brook, Caroline O'Rourke 2011 University of Richmond

Earth University (Costa Rica), Mary Finley-Brook, Caroline O'Rourke

Geography and the Environment Faculty Publications

EARTH is a private nonprofit international university located in the town of Guácimo in the province of Limón, a lowland region in the east of Costa Rica. EARTH derives its acronym from the Spanish title Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda (Agricultural School of the Humid Tropical Region). The W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Costa Rican government worked with other national and international agencies to create this unique university in the mid-1980s. The higher education initiative emerged from recognition that unsustainable agricultural practices were damaging and straining soil, water, forest ...


Using Augusto Boal-Based Theatre For Development Methods To Mediate The Introduction Of Fuel-Efficient Cook Stoves In Chajul, Guatemala: Provoking Action Through An Ethical Intervention., Jason Mark Bisping 2011 University of Colorado at Boulder

Using Augusto Boal-Based Theatre For Development Methods To Mediate The Introduction Of Fuel-Efficient Cook Stoves In Chajul, Guatemala: Provoking Action Through An Ethical Intervention., Jason Mark Bisping

Theatre and Dance Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examines how theatre for development methods, developed and influenced by Augusto Boal, were employed to provide energy-oppressed people with opportunities to reflect and take action to improve their lives. Specifically, this research study examines two theatre for development interventions conducted in Chajul, Guatemala, where I worked with indigenous citizens of Chajul and a host nongovernmental organization, Limitless Horizons Ixil, to create theatre pieces that confronted people‘s home energy-use habits, focusing, specifically, on the dangers of indoor air pollution caused by the use of open fires in homes. The first intervention occurred during a seven-day trip to Chajul ...


Contrasting Immersion And Consultation Service-Learning Pedagogies: A Step Towards Reconstructing Personal Values And Norms, Connor Harron 2011 Western Washington University

Contrasting Immersion And Consultation Service-Learning Pedagogies: A Step Towards Reconstructing Personal Values And Norms, Connor Harron

Huxley College Graduate and Undergraduate Publications

The purpose of the current research was to examine the effects of two different environmental education programs on participants. In doing so this thesis assessed a Western Washington University study abroad program (Rainforest Immersion and Conservation Action) and a second WWU course, ESTU 436 environmental impact assessment. Both courses use service learning as a way to allow students to actively engage in the learning process and apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real world issues. Although similar in structure, the RICA program benefits from providing an immersion experience and a multi-disciplinary approach. The author hypothesized that participants in the ...


Assessing The Potential Benefits Of Learning About Environmental Issues Through A Systems Thinking Pedagogy, Abigail Noble Graefe 2010 James Madison University

Assessing The Potential Benefits Of Learning About Environmental Issues Through A Systems Thinking Pedagogy, Abigail Noble Graefe

Masters Theses

Systems thinking is a fundamental learning methodology in sustainability education and in some K-12 standards-based education systems in the United States. However, there is little research and practical application on the use of systems thinking in environmental education, especially at the elementary level. This thesis uses a case study on climate change to assess whether a pedagogy based on systems thinking can fulfill learning objectives derived from the Illinois Learning Standards for Science (ILSS) and provide further insights and understandings on the subject being studied. Three learning modules on climate change consisting of systems thinking habits of mind, concepts, and ...


Problem Niekontrolowanego Spalania Odpadów I Pozostałości Roślinnych W Obszarze Wiejskim Na Wybranym Przykładzie, Robert Oleniacz, Barbara Bacik 2010 AGH University o Science and Technology

Problem Niekontrolowanego Spalania Odpadów I Pozostałości Roślinnych W Obszarze Wiejskim Na Wybranym Przykładzie, Robert Oleniacz, Barbara Bacik

Robert Oleniacz

This paper presents the results of surveys on the problem of uncontrolled burning of waste in domestic stoves and boilers for central heating and open burning of plant residues in rural areas. The questionnaires were conducted among the inhabitants of one of Polish village (Łąkta Dolna), located in the Malopolska province, in the submontane area. The study comprised 80.2% of all households. As is clear from conducted surveys waste were burned in more than 80% of surveyed houses and more than half of respondents admitted to the open burning of plant residues. The percentage of people burning waste and ...


Pomiary Liczby I Wielkości Cząstek Aerozoli W Powietrzu Miejskim Z Wykorzystaniem Metody Optoelektronicznej, Marek Bogacki, Robert Oleniacz, Marian Mazur, Monika Dziugieł 2010 AGH University o Science and Technology

Pomiary Liczby I Wielkości Cząstek Aerozoli W Powietrzu Miejskim Z Wykorzystaniem Metody Optoelektronicznej, Marek Bogacki, Robert Oleniacz, Marian Mazur, Monika Dziugieł

Robert Oleniacz

In the paper some measurement results of number and size for aerosols particles suspended in air achieved using infrared particle sizer IPS-P (Kamika Instruments) with isokinetic air sampling method were presented. In IPS-P analyzer, with measuring range from 0,4 to 300 μm, is applied optical/electronic measurement method which is determined by dimensions of measurement space by aerosols particles motions in a parallel radiation beam. The research was conducted on the roof of four-storey building in Krakow for various meteorological conditions. Results achieved for measured parameters were analysed in terms of selected meteorological factors influence.

English title: Number and ...


Outcomes Of A One-Week Teaching Training In Community-Based Ecological Research, Kara Gonsler 2010 Portland State University

Outcomes Of A One-Week Teaching Training In Community-Based Ecological Research, Kara Gonsler

Master of Environmental Management Project Reports

The goal of this project was to expand on potential audiences and partnerships within the Teaching Ecological Complexity Project, by creating a one-week teacher training workshop in collaboration with a local natural resource management partner. The training sought to increase teachers’ understanding of ecology and qualitative conceptual models through immersion in field research and partnerships with local scientists and natural resource managers. Ecological knowledge was measured by comparing pre and post qualitative conceptual models, which were scored with a rubric and analyzed using the Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test. Classroom implementation of an inquiry-based ecological research project was expected of participants ...


Stream Of Consciousness (2010), Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) 2010 Dickinson College

Stream Of Consciousness (2010), Alliance For Aquatic Resource Monitoring (Allarm)

Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness is the publication for the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) at Dickinson College.

Table of Contents

Sounding the ALLARM on Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling / by Benson Ansell

Filling the Void: The Status of Government Regulation Over Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling / by Dylan Shiffer

Sustainable Forestry and its Role in Protecting the Chesapeake Bay / by Taylor Wilmot

The Chesapeake Bay Struggles to Protect Blue Crabs / by Katie Tomsho

Mussels, Eels, and Dams: The Loss of a Natural Filtration Service for the Chesapeake Bay / by Giovania Tiarachristie

ALLARM hosts the 2009 EPA Region 3 Mid-Atlantic Volunteer ...


Climate Change Response Strategy, Anne Bennett 2010 Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

Climate Change Response Strategy, Anne Bennett

Bulletins

Climate change and policies introduced to reduce emissions will affect the agricultural sector and will lead to social and economic outcomes.

In addressing the Western Australian Government's priority plan for the agriculture and food sector, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia has a number of roles it can play to assist industry to adapt and respond to climate change.

This document provides a balanced and coordinated strategic direction for climate change activities by identifying and prioritising key actions to be achieved over the next five years. The strategy is split into four chapters: emissions abatement, carbon sinks ...


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