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TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013

NEWTECH Skill Center gets EnviroStars certification

Good news from the Spokane River Forum: The first school in Spokane County to do so, NEWTECH Skill Center has earned an environmental certification typically given to businesses. EnviroStars certifies businesses whose practices and policies reduce and properly manage hazardous waste and conserve resources. Because...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 8, 2013



THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

SpokeFest grant opportunity gets kids on bikes

Effective this Friday, SpokeFest Association is accepting applications for its Bicycle Education and Safety Grant Fund, a very successful and inspiring program. Grants will be awarded to schools and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that have a project which the organization can complete in a defined period...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2012

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012


Join Spokane's "Volunteers in Pruning"

Calling all tree fans: The Volunteers In Pruning - also knowns as VIP - program will train local tree fans on the ins and outs of pruning this Friday. You can learn about pruning objectives, tree biology, proper pruning cuts, and several types of pruning....

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

Garfield Elementary works on water conservation

This is cool: Spokane’s Water Stewardship program is working with the Garfield Elementary School and its APPLE program students to upgrade the faucets at Garfield Elementary School with automatic faucets that turn off when they aren’t needed. How did they pay for this feature? The...

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Greening the schoolyard

In the new book Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, Berkeley-based environmental planner Sharon Danks looks at the methods in which landscape design, architecture, child development, and nutrition converge in the schoolyard. Shanti Menon, from OnEarth, interviewed her recently. Danks' firm, Bay Tree...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2010

Generation-E: Washington state rocks!

"The Pacific Northwest - greenwashing on campuses since 2009."OK - that was harsh. But a recent article in The Seattle Times spent a good amount of time hyping up local universities and their efforts to "woo" students by touting their "green cred". But upon deeper...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2009

Tastes like home

Montana schoolchildren are locavores--- and they don’t even know it.As an addendum to our food reform post, check out the great work Missoula County Public Schools are doing to connect kids to organics, serving 43,000 pounds of local food and sauces to Missoula schoolchildren last...

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Green report card

In keeping with our back to school theme for the week, we want to re-direct readers to the Sierra magazine list of “the most-eco-enlightened U.S. colleges” because two-thirds of applicants say a school’s green record would influence their enrollment decision. On the list, University of...

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Follow up to Generation-E

Last week we delved into the topic of education and the environment. Though we didn't conclude this in the particular piece we wrote, we've since come to the realization that we deeply respect those dedicated folks out there who are working towards bringing environmental awareness...

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The Cougar dilemma

From Cougar country, Washington Sate University said it “will reinstate the original plan for distribution of its Common Reading book, ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma,’ as a result of a private contribution to support the program.” Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer and WSU alumnus, funded the...

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With another school year just ending, or ending soon, it doesn’t seem like the most advantageous time to discuss education trends. But we’d be crazy to not take advantage of the opportunity to discuss something we feel will be a very large issue in the...

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Calling all volunteers: Clean Energy Corps

The House voted to create Clean Energy Corps, part of a larger bill to dramatically expand volunteer national service with 175,000 new positions. President Obama issued a statement on the bill which he pushed for: "We know that government alone is not the answer to...

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

Another Green Monday

"There has never been a month --- not at least since the heady days of the early 1970s --- when environmental policy has moved so dramatically towards a sustainable future. The challenge now is to keep up the pace." That optimism came from Carl Pope,...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009

Earth and People Sustainability Forum

Sometimes a local event is deemed too relevant or too important to live only in our Calendar / Events section, as is the case with the Earth and Sustainability Forum. Being held on Sunday, February 22 from 1 to 4:30, this brainstorming, informational, knock your...

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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2009

Another Green Monday

The presidency of Barack Obama is off and running and it was made brutally clear this week that despite recent emotions and energy of unity and hope that we are still a much divided nation. DTE is only hoping that partisan politics will be able...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2009

Schoolhouse Rock--- Energy

First aired in 1978, check this episode of the nostalgic “Schoolhouse Rock!” series titled “Energy Blues.” The song covers energy conservation and tells the history of energy from cavemen to the Industrial Revolution. It’s actually pretty ahead of its time but we think the “Just...

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