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GGI Newsletter: February 2016

This month:

1. Clean Energy Summit February for Both Adults and Students

2. Middle School Water Quality Lab Studies

3.CCS AND Sustainable Sandhills 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration!!!

4. 'News Ewe can Ewes'

                 Reducing your footprint with simply tiny spaces.   
                 Harvard U study - Converting CO2 to methanol with Baking Soda
                 Princeton U study - Pollen based batteries
                 Changing the Mindless Shopping Jag 
                 Changing Screens to Outdoors with Nature Camps
                 February and Watching Our Astrologically Closest Neighbors

                 POLICY 6530 AND REGULATIONS
 

This Month's Video: All Alone at Night

March is Water Quality Labs month

With World Water QualityTesting Day March 22nd, Cumberland County Green Schools has partnered with our community partners City of Fayetteville Parks, Storm Water and  to offer 8th Grade Water Quality Labs. Registration Information...

Earth Day 2016 — Trees for the Earth.

Let’s get planting.

Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, we’re calling on you to help us achieve one of our most ambitious goals yet —we’re planting 7.8 billion trees and we’re starting now.

Trees will be the first of five major goals we are undertaking in honor of the five-year countdown to our 50th anniversary. .Read More..

Cumberland County Green Schools Earth Day Celebration

Registration begins Monday February 15, 2016 on the GO GREEN website 


The tiny house movement has become a big thing as more and more people try to live with a smaller financial, environmental and physical footprint.  More...

 
One major reason why tiny homes are so popular is probably because they are cheaper to build than your average home, usually costing anywhere from a few thousand to many thousands of dollars -- still cheaper than average. The only drawback is that tiny homes are, well, tiny, typically measuring under 280 square feet. Read more...
 
There have been quite a few ideas about what to do with all of that extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that is fueling climate change. Carbon capture and storage schemes have been around for years like this one from Harvard that uses plain old baking soda as well as technologies to take the CO2 and make something useful out of it.
Batteries aren't usually my beat, but plants and their powers are so I'm intrigued by this question: Could that which makes countless humans suffer immeasurable sniffing and itching and sneezing - pollen - be put to good use? A new study from Purdue University suggests that perhaps it could after a team of researchers tested its potential use in lithium-ion batteries.
Necessities and well-made special things that bring you happiness are great, but needless stuff, meh. It’s wasteful to produce, package and ship – and once we start drowning in our stuff we either suffer from the stress of it all (and eat cookies, for real!) or we send it packing to the landfill, where it may endure for many lifetimes. 



Making an RV look like a charming cabin in the woods


Low-cost Rural Studio homes aspire to be built for $20,000





 

Air into fuel: Scientists convert CO2 directly into methanol for fuel cells and more



 

When life gives you pollen, make pollen-based batteries?





 

Crazy facts about stuff to make you stop mindless shopping


In this age of screens and busy schedules, nature day camps are in demand, and many offer a more diverse array of experiences than parents probably realize.  More...

 
Throughout most of February, the five brightest planets—Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars—continue to hang out in the morning sky, Read on....
 


Nature Camps Aim to Draw Kids From Screens to the Outdoors



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