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USD Sustainability Program

http://www.usd.edu/arts-and-sciences/sustainability/

Through internships, research, and core and elective courses, trains students how to understand and address complex, interdisciplinary problems and work with people from a variety of backgrounds. Faculty members actively conduct research on a range of environmental, social and economic issues.

Earth 911

http://earth911.com/

Delivers a mix of targeted media content and recycling data to help consumers find their own shade of green adopt environmentally sound practices and drive impactful environmental changes. Go to Earth911.com, type in your ZIP code, and you'll find recyclers of virtually anything. 

 

Conservation is patriotic in U.S., poll found

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/conservation-is-patriotic-in-us-poll-finds

Two opinion-research firms—one Democratic and one Republican—found in 2012 that more than four in five Americans consider it a patriotic duty to protect natural resources, regardless of politics.

At Mother Nature Network, world's most visited online network for news and information related to the environment and responsible living. Find Mother Nature News e-newsletter—sign up to get it free.

2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change

http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09.pdf

The agreement “aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change…by holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels….” For the first time, the accord lays out a longer-term plan for reaching a peak in greenhouse emissions "as soon as possible" and achieving a balance between output of man-made greenhouse gases and absorption—by forests or the oceans—"by the second half of this century."

COP22 update: Delegates drive on with climate action amidst Trump trepidations

http://www.edie.net/news/9/COP22--Delegates-rally-amidst-Trump-uncertainty/

As reports about US President-Elect Donald Trump's determination to walk away from the Paris Agreement emerge, delegates at COP22 in Marrakesh have forged ahead with ambitious new climate frameworks and bold pledges aimed at accelerating the global low-carbon transition.

At edie newsroom, 15 November 2016 

edie.net has been an information resource driving sustainability in business for nearly 20 years. More than 60,000 sustainability professionals receive daily news and commentary, expert advice and business tools, downloadable industry reports and white papers, access to video and webinars, opt-in daily and weekly newsletters, recruitment news and a comprehensive directory of sustainability suppliers.

Oslo Moves Forward with "Climate Budget" for Achieving Carbon Neutrality in 2020

http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/green-life/oslo-moves-forward-climate-budget-for-achieving-carbon-neutrality-2020?source=igodigital

Oslo’s (Norway) “climate budget” features a novel approach of incorporating carbon into the city’s financial budget while creating incentives for electric vehicles, building more bike lanes, and relying on carbon capture at waste management plants. The long-term goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020.

In Nov. 14, 2016, Sierra, the official magazine of the Sierra Club and the U.S.’s oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental group. 

Blackfeet Tribe Regains Sacred Land

http://loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=16-P13-00048&segmentID=1

The Obama Administration has cancelled 15 oil and gas leases on 30,000 acres of Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine region near Glacier National Park, land the Blackfeet Nation considers sacred. 

On Living on Earth radio program 

Weekly environmental news and information program on about 250 Public Radio stations broadcasting news, features, interviews, and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues.

 

What Standing Rock Needs Obama to Do Quickly—Before Trump Takes Over 

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/what-standing-rock-needs-obama-to-do-quickly-before-trump-takes-over-20161118

Trump will try to fast-track fossil fuel projects across the country. That makes the final months of President Obama’s term more important than ever. 

At yesmagazine.org

Reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, Yes! outlines a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.

Deconstruction: Beyond the Bang

http://www.sustainablecitynetwork.com/topic_channels/development/article_32936e14-b1a5-11e6-b770-9b7b18874f34.html

A crowd of onlookers record the final moments in the life of the Gage Residence Hall at Minnesota State University, as explosives bring the shell of the building down. But 26 tons of material from the demolished complex lived on by either being reused or recycled, saving money and diverting waste from the landfill. More than $1.5 million were saved on this single building. 

At Sustainable City Network

Media and publishing operation based in Dubuque, Iowa, for leaders in government, education and healthcare. Quality and timely information on sustainability products, services and best practices. Sign up for their free, weekly e-newsletter.