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SHFT Sampler 8-19-10

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Weekly links: Oceanic garbage patches, green universities, and zero-waste fashion.

And so on, and so on, and so on: Zoom in on National Geographic's infinite National Parks photo, which reveals hundreds of pics making up each original. The magic box: Trunz Water Systems' portable, solar/wind-powered water filtration unit is the next level of disaster relief. (via Core77) Oh, super. Wired tells us about new research showing that the plastic garbage patch in the North......read more

Third-Gen One Laptop Per Child Device Unveiled

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At $100, Fuseproject's XO-3 meets the call for a cheap, robust laptop for kids in the developing world

This week, Yves Behar's fuseproject studio unveiled the latest addition to the One Laptop Per Child project, which aims to provide cheap, durable computers to kids in the developing world. The OLPC XO-3, launched at CES 2012, is substantially thicker than the absurdly thin concept tablet shown in 2009. Unfortunately, e-paper tech hasn't advanced as much as the designers envisioned, so Behar and......read more

Books Not Oil

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No natural resources? No problem. Education ensures economic success

A look at the diverse array foreign countries with the most companies listed on the Nasdaq -- Israel, China/Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, South Korea and Singapore -- reveals one common link: none of them have much in the form of natural resources. For these countries, economic success depends on the intelligence and creativity of the people that live there. In a recent New York Times......read more

Teaching Sustainability at Business School

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Slowly but surely, the sustainability agenda is seeping into business education

From clean energy to green building, energy efficiency to footprint reduction, there are plenty of business opportunities in the sustainability space. Naturally, one might assume that business schools offer programs that speak to the eco-aware agenda. In fact, sustainability programs are only recently infiltrating business school curricula. But, as SustainAbility founder John Elkington notes,......read more

Kids Get Hands Dirty at School Gardens

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In Canada, the school garden trend is in full bloom

As any parent can no doubt attest, kids like dirt. In Canada, teachers are taking advantage of that impulse with seeds and soil that teach kids vital lessons about food, sustainability, and the environment. In fact, school gardens are getting so popular up north that the Canadian charity Nutrients for Life this week launched a school garden network, complete with case studies, lesson guides and......read more

Digital Globes: A New Way to View Earth

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With improving technology and falling prices, the globe of the future is here, now

Move over, dusty plastic globe, the globe of the future is taking over. According to a Mark Vanhoenacker report at the New York Times, digital globes are becoming better designed and more accessible, bringing limitless educational and entertainment possibilities for places of work, study and play: Until recently, cost and technical limitations have largely confined these modern spheres to......read more

The Threat to Climate Education

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The troubling plan to dictate what our kids learn about climate change

Ronnie Citron-Fink for Huffington Post: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has a targeted plan regarding what your child learns about climate change. ALEC pushes anti-science bills that mandate teaching climate denial or "skepticism" in public schools. ALEC is a "corporate bill mill" -- written by, and for corporate lobbyists that work alongside conservative legislators. As a......read more

Farming Kindergarten by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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A pre-school in Vietnam takes sustainable education spaces forward

Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects has made a name for its creative structural work with bamboo, a cheap, local, and highly renewable material. With its latest project, a green-roofed pre-school in Đồng Nai province, the company aims to create "a prototype for sustainable education spaces in tropical climates." Called Farming Kindergarten, the school's roof has a continuous surface for......read more

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