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asu_eco_car3_smBy Megan Kizer

Today, representatives from Arizona State University’s Polytechinic Engineering Team introduced their ongoing project, the EcoCAR 3. This vehicle will compete in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Program. Laurie Ralston, an advisor of the coCAR 3’s Communication Team, explains that the purpose of this four-year competition is to redesign the 2016 6-Cylinder Chevrolet Camaro to be fuel-efficient while also reducing the environmental impact. ASU is one of sixteen universities competing in North America. Read more

By Cara Pencak

Banner ChildrenWhat did you learn in grade school? Most likely, you learned how to read the food pyramid and the reasons behind our Thanksgiving celebration, but did you learn how to grow your own food? Students at Banner Children’s Academy of Education and Development – a private school for students experiencing academic and emotional difficulties, including Autism and Asperger’s syndrome – are learning exactly that. In a program called the Environmental Conservation Outdoor Education class (ECO for short), students are taught how to live sustainably by maintaining an onsite garden and using the harvested veggies to prepare meals to share with their classmates. Read more

By John and Jennifer Burkhart

August means the return of the school year, and while the kids are groaning, parents everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief. But if you’re dreading the daily routine of preparing school lunches, you can keep things interesting with these ideas for good-for-them lunchbox fare. We did some sampling to find out which lunch items are worthy of the little brown bag.

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image.adapt.480.low.carbon_emissions_13aug2015-2By Megan Kizer

On August 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the very first federal regulations requiring the nation’s oil and gas industry to cut emissions of methane. This step was initiated by the expanding effort to combat climate change. By the end of 2025, the EPA hopes to reduce methane emissions from agriculture, landfills, and oil and gas activities by 45%. How impressive!

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By Anton G. Camarota, PhD

One of the most important aspects of the sharing economy is that many emerging business models are well suited to starting a green business. These business models fall into two general categories: those which facilitate transactions that result in greater access to a product or service instead of ownership, and those which enable peer-to-peer transactions that connect the unused capacity of individuals with demand arising from their peers. Renting and reselling goods are examples in the first category, and carpooling and Wi-Fi hotspot sharing are examples in the second.City

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By Kourtney Seaton

In 2003, the Surgeon General of the United States released a statement addressing our nation’s obesity crisis: “It’s the fastest-growing cause of disease and death in America. And it’s completely preventable.”

For Stanfield Elementary School principal Dr. Chris Lineberry, implementing a health and wellness program for his students was a top priority to improve the lives of children academically, physically and emotionally.

Lineberry’s passion to promote wellness started in 2006, after he suffered a minor heart attack at school as a principal in North Carolina. He was overweight and out of shape. This eye-opening experience was a catalyst for change in Lineberry’s life, and he set out to improve not only his health, but the overall health of his school staff and students.Stanfield Elementary

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Book by Patrick Di Justo

Review by Terri Schlichenmeyer

Book Cover - This Is What You Just Put In Your MouthBorborygmus.That’s the technical term for what you’re experiencing now: great big rumbles from ‘neath your navel. Snarls from your stomach; a reminder that it’s snack time. Aside from sugary-salty goodness, though, and a feeling of satisfaction, what will you consume? To find out, read “This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?” by Patrick Di Justo, and hang on to your gut…

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