Posted on 28 June 2011 by Sustainability Digest
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The switch from paper books to digital books for classrooms has been on the way for a couple years now. It is university classrooms that have been getting most of the attention, however, K-12 classrooms are now getting more play from publishers. McGraw-Hill launched its first digital-only texbook on Monday. …Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 25 February 2011 by Sustainability Digest
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It was the question on everybody’s mind when George Bush banned the incandescent light bulb with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007: Whither the Easy-Bake Oven? This almond-coloured classic was every girl’s favourite toy, and at its heart was a 100 watt incandescent bulb, AKA the heatball, th…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 20 August 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Those ubiquitous plastic play-kitchens for kids may be a thing of the past, if massive recalls and a recent upsurge of interest in non-toxic, higher-quality toys mean anything. That’s why these vibrant play kitchens (made from empty olive cans) from Berlin-based “family project” LOUyLOU are especially appealing — they are uniquely handmade and have a nostalgic touch to them. But true to their motto “made f…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 01 June 2010 by Sustainability Digest
It seems not a day goes by when you hear about school budgets being radically cut, or even closed, and as a result the educational future of our next generation in uncertainty, lacking in depth & breadth. Theater, music, even the always preserved sports are being left to the side, in favor of focusing on how to train good test takers, to better secure funding….Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 25 May 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Photo: Kennan Harvey for Outdoor Industry Association
The US Outdoor Foundation have just released their Outdoor Recreation Participation report and the results, whilst not stupendous, are at least encouraging. Participation in “core” outdoor sports and activities was seen to have increased 3.3% from 97.5 million to 100.7 million Americans ages 6 and above. For example, day hiking remained strong, with 32.6 million participants, though overnight backpacking did exhibit a small drop. However general camping increased almost 2%.
The activity with one of the most significant increase was snowshoe…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 10 May 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Photo: National Get Outdoors Day
The US Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has a program they call “More Kids in the Woods.” We first mentioned it back in 2007. This year they’ll contribute $500,000 USD to 21 initiatives, which aim to provide hands-on recreation and conservation education for “underserved and urban youth.”
Why? Because “government, with its influence over parks, open spaces, education and health care, has a crucial role to …Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 05 May 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Kids love toys. They love unwrapping them, playing with them, cuddling them. At least until the next toy comes. Some toys hold interest longer than others. Many toys these days are made in China, and have been found to contain toxic materials. Not exactly the kind of thing that Bobby or Cindy (Brady Bunch reference) should be playing with, or putting into their mouths.
And so, here’s a list of exceptional eco toys, as in environmentally friendly or Earth educat…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 21 April 2010 by Sustainability Digest
One of the most fun things about parenting a preschooler is explaining complex ideas to a young mind. But, at the end of a long day, I’m not usually with it enough to sit down and explain the current thinking on global warming to my four-year-old. It’s at these moments that I grab one of these great green books for the preschooler set.
From the simple stories with familiar characters like Curious George and Little Critter to full on explanations of the greenhouse effect and alternative energy with the gang from The Magic School Bus, these books have him teaching me how to be…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 16 April 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Guest post by Darragh Worland, originally published on Tonic.com.
Earth Day is coming up next week and so you might be wondering how you can participate (preferably without having to leave the comfort of your own home, right?) Here’s one option that won’t require any heavy lifting, but can still have a big impact: Microsoft’s search engine Bing is hosting a photo contest to help raise awareness of environmental conservation and <a href="h…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 12 April 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Truman School Green River (WY) Classroom Tasting Party Image via Meals That Rock!
School lunch programs are often criticized for their lack of nutrition. But now, just as Jamie Oliver joins the North American food revolution with his U.S. television debut, and Michelle Obama launches her Let’s Move program it looks lik…Read the full story on TreeHugger