On Saturday November 16 a group of volunteers planted hundreds of native species trees along Whites Creek on the Fontanel property.
American Plum, Shumard Oak, Eastern Red Cedar, Redbud, and Seviceberry.
For more information on trees go to www.tectn.org/tree
After the planting all the volunteers were welcomed by Barbara Mandrell’s daughter, Jamie, and treated to lunch in the log mansion. Then they were entertained by Stephanie Quail, a country singer from Montana.
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Reduce font size and margins in your document before printing. If you must print out PowerPoint or other slideshow presentations, configure your print job to options like the Handouts View where you can choose a multiple number of slides to print per page. Some solutions cut out unnecessary information, such as banners and adverts, when printing material from the web.
2. Double up
Isn’t it great when the store has your favorite item on a two-for-one sale? Get as excited about winning two for one with every sheet of paper! Print on both sides. Make double-sided printing your default setting.
3. Portable Document Format
PDFs are the new paper. “Save as” or print directly to PDF. Scan paper originals to use, save, or distribute instead of making paper copies.
4. Print preview
Take a few minutes to preview your print. Say good-bye to the single straggler line of text on one page, and avoid making a copious paper trail of your quest to perfection.
5. Print on demand
Use print on demand capabilities. Publications and documents are not printed unless actually needed.
6. Streamline access
Print release technology such as pull printing and access control forces users to physically log in or input a code at the printer to start the actual print job, preventing mounds of unclaimed papers.
7. Take the paperwork and cost out of admin
Did the term paperwork become synonymous with administrative forms around the same time that the phrase “lost in the paperwork” came into use? Paper is also expensive; Europe wastes €40 billion a year on paper invoicing. Administrative management software and web programs such as Turbine handle a range of tasks from record-keeping to performance reviews to invoicing to accounting, tying all your employee management into a single affordable, accessible, searchable system.
8. Collaborate online
Use online collaboration tools like Google Drive or Dropbox to access and work on the same documents.
9. Stop printing your email
Printing does not equal saving. Email is already storable, savable, and sendable. Plus mobile options these days give you easy access to email and calendars.
10. Stop printing the Internet
Instead of printing online material, use services like Instapaper or Pocket, which will save and store articles and pages you want to read and provide easy-to-read online and mobile formats.
From: Matthew Stibbe is writer-in-chief at Articulate Marketing. He is also an avid blogger, closet geek and HP fanatic.
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“It’s greenwashing when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact. It’s whitewashing, but with a green brush.” — website
Rate products and businesses as to how environmental they really are here.
See what others have to say about products and businesses that claim to be good for the environment.
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Campus Sustainability Day is Oct. 23. Try riding a bicycle or walking to campus, or maybe coming by mass transit, (or maybe a combination of means of transportation).
Theme is: “Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities.”
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Climate Heroes is an independent Non-profit Association Loi 1901 registered in France. We produce a photo project by which we aim to shed the light on those men and women who stand out by their values and actions to help mitigate Climate Change, and can thus be set up as inspirational models.
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PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
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Cardinal Flower, Blooms July – September
Named because of the bright red robes worn by the Roman Catholic cardinals.
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A Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.
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General OneFile – Document.
This article is from TEL (the Tennessee Electronic Library) free for all Tennesseans. http://www.tntel.info.
It is also a good “Plan B” for any student who cannot access the library databases on their campus.
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Trees clean the air and give us oxygen.
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Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge
Be recognized for fostering a healthy community and promoting an active lifestyle!
Take the Challenge! Mayor Dean is encouraging Nashville neighborhoods to join together to become more healthy, active, and green.
Your neighborhood group can receive points for activities like energy use reduction and active transportation.
The group with the highest scores will win excellent prizes like trees for your neighborhood or a healthy community dinner!
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As of July 1, 2013, all Nashville residents must recycle their cardboard. (Tennessean, Tues., July 2, 2013)
If you live in the older urban corn neighborhoods it will be free with extras provided. Out of the urban district residents can choose from 13 drop-off sites within the Nashville area.
- Bellevue Metro Transit Authority’s Park & Ride
- Old Ben West Library Building
- Bicentennial Mall State Park
- Lakewood City Hall (3401 Old Hickory Blvd.)
- Elysian Fields Kroger (3955 Nolensville Pike)
- Granbery Elementary School (5501 Hill Rd, Brentwood)
- Hermitage Hobby Lobby
- Hillsboro High School
- Joelton Middle School (3500 Old Clarksville Pike)
- McGavock High School
- Rivergate Recycling (630 Myatt Dr., Madison)
- Whites Creek High School
- Youth About Business (3518 West Hamilton Rd.)
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Check out these stylist Bicycle Helmet Hats!
Turn your helmet into a statement about you. Be both safe and stylist.
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“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle
“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”
― Peter Golkin
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Mother Nature’s Child
“One of the most fascinating interviews we shot for Mother Nature’s Child was with Yale professor Stephen Kellert. His new book Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World will soon be released by Yale University Press.”
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“Pickin’ Up Tennessee is a multimedia grassroots project launched in March 2013 by the nonprofit group Scenic Tennessee. Made possible by a generous grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation with funding from the state’s beverage industries, this project seeks to combine the new-age power of digital and social media with the timeless legacies of Tennessee music, volunteerism and stunning natural and cultural beauty, and use the results to vanquish, or at least subdue, the persistent problem of Tennessee’s litter.”
The tour events June 1 – 26
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This is bike month and National Ride for Reading month. Ride and bike and read!
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“Since 2000, National Wildlife Federation has awarded over 150 Campus Ecology Fellowships to students across the country working on projects ranging from campus-wide energy audits to implementing sustainable forestry practices; reaching more than 2.5 million students, faculty, staff and community members at the fellowship campuses.”
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This is on the Environmental Biking Librarian’s commute to campus on March 26, 2013. Snow on the Richland Creek Greenway bridge. Cold ride, but fun!
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Turn old electronics into holiday cash | MNN – Mother Nature Network.
“If you’ve upgraded and have old Apple products or other cellphones lying around, Gazelle will give you cash. It’s fast, easy and the company will even send you a box and pay for shipping.”
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The biking librarian’s bike ride to the NSCC campus. Cold, but fun!
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The college has a 30-year-old bicycle parking policy that says no bikes in the middle part of the campus. Is that bike friendly? It certainly does not encourage sustainable transportation or healthy lifestyle. The bike racks are in the parking lot and one is next to portable classrooms. That certainly does not encourage faculty, staff or students to use bicycles as transportation.
This is what was on my bike when I parked my bike under cover on a rainy day. The bike was not in anyone’s way. The Peg Studio does not have a bike parking rack. The correct location would be the Student Services Building parking lot.
Come to the Mayfield Library and check out our “Bicycles as Transportation” exhibit.
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Check out how you can use your bicycle as transportation in Nashville.
This is near the Riverfront Train Station in downtown Nashville.
Bicycle parking at NSCC is out in the car parking lot. Cars can actually park closer to the buildings than the bikes. Bikes are not allowed in the interior of the campus.
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
Click here to see the complete report.
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RideforReading.org delivers books to low income schools and neighborhoods via bicycle.
Help-Portrait.com takes free portraits of people who could not afford them.
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“The Rainforest Alliance challenges you to submit an animated or live video that documents what you are doing on your campus that is “So Practical, It’s Radical!” How are you making your campus more sustainable? Have you started a recycling program, created a school garden or taught a class about campus sourcing? Grab your video camera, smartphone or other filming devices and submit a two-minute video about your sustainable initiatives on campus!”
So Radical, It’s Practical
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Student’s Guide to the U.S/ Energy Policy
“This guide takes the reader behind the curtains of American politics and policy development to shed light on the handful of fossil fuel-based companies that are pouring money into Congress and the media in an attempt to undermine America’s ability to confront the climate change crisis.” From the National Wildlife Federation for Campus Ecology/
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“Supplying the Nashville area with products that will make it simple to take the first step toward a more sustainable lifestyle!”
Earth friendly products for everyday use.
Fundraising ideas for organizations.
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Social Bicycles, lets you find a bike, reserve it, walk to it, unlock it, and ride it to your destination, then return it to and bicycle rack.Bicycle and apps
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Special ALERT for TN, KY and NC Communities:
Call for Applications and Webinar Invitation
Water and forest stewardship are essential to creating climate resilience. This year’s record breaking heat and drought, plus increasing rates of flood, fire and invasive species, are all clear evidence of changing climate trends. Are you ready to join the four southeastern communities that have participated in climate adaptation planning so far? Applications are now open to rural communities interested in developing an effective climate adaptation plan plus implementation support that brings climate resilience to your community.
Rural communities in TN, KY and NC are especially encouraged to apply. A 30-minute briefing session on the CSU Program and application process will be held for Southeastern communities, including time for your questions. Please register for the webinar and review the program application information at the links below.
Free Southeast CSU 2013 Briefing Webinar:
Friday, July 20, 2012 at 11:30 am Central / 12:30 pm Eastern
Applications and scholarships are now available for the 2013 session of Climate Solutions University!
Click Here to Apply Now!
Assess and Respond to Climate Related Risks
|Climate Solutions University (CSU) programs offer North American (primarily U.S.) communities the opportunity to assess and respond to climate-related risks that may be threatening their infrastructure, budgets and resident well-being. Through the development of forest, water, economic, and climate vulnerability assessments, participating communities can move forward with solutions that are urgently needed for local resilience. This year, Canadian communities are also encouraged to apply.
Our curriculum breaks a complicated and often overwhelming process into manageable components. Now in its third year, the program has impacted 19 communities across the U.S. Our unique training and individualized coaching model helps rural leaders develop:
- Technical skills to conduct complex research and design adaptation plans,
- Communication skills to convey the importance of climate adaptation, and
- Political skills to unite disparate perspectives, find common ground on a divisive issue, and motivate the public to support leaders in taking action to implement on-the-ground change.
We offer two levels of participation to suit your community’s needs:
Climate Adaptation Plan Development Program
(up to 8 positions available)
Climate Solutions University’s (CSU) online curriculum, webinars, and community calls will coach your stakeholder team through in-depth assessments of the local risks and opportunities related to climate, forest, water, and economic conditions. You’ll then synthesize your findings into a local climate adaptation plan. Find example plans from current participants here.
Climate Adaptation Plan Implementation Program
(8 positions available)
Receive group and individual support for converting existing plans into action.
|Could your organization or community benefit from:
Being a member of a strong (and growing) network of rural leadership teams equipped with the skills to address climate change in their communities?
- Learning from a new model training that supports the sharing of strategies and expertise?
- Expanding your leadership skills?
- Transforming related planning by adding climate, forest, and watershed-based strategies?
- Increasing fundraising capacity?
- Developing new policies and practices that ensure economic stability, community health, and forest and water resources?
- Saving costly consultant fees?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then consider applying to the 2013 session of Climate Solutions University.
|This educational opportunity is being conducted in collaboration with these partner organizations: Model Forest Policy Program, Cumberland River Compact, and Headwaters Economics
If you have additional questions about our programs or the application process, please contact Community Coordinator, Jeff Morris via email at: email@example.com, or by telephone at: (530) 355-9880.
Thank you again for your interest in climate planning!
Nancy Gilliam, Ph.D. Gwen Griffith, DVM, MS
Executive Director Program Director
Model Forest Policy Program Cumberland River Compact
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23rd Annual Call for Campus Case Studies
Submit a case study on your campus sustainability efforts and/or green jobs training programs.
Review the submission guidelines and submit today! (template available)
Submissions are due August 3, 2012. (extensions available)
BENEFITS TO CAMPUSES:
- Share your efforts with campuses nationwide (NWF’s Campus Ecology case study database is accessed by hundreds of students, faculty & staff)
- Case studies will be shared with our contact list of more than 25,000 students, faculty and staff, plus our social media networks
- Document of your efforts in a searchable database (searchable by topic, state, year and school); the database has more than 650 case studies!
- National press release promoting the 2012 case studies
Each year NWF’s Campus Ecology program publishes case studies contributed by its members and partners showcasing their campus sustainability practices and global warming solutions for the past school year (2011-2012). NWF will release these illustrated reports in Fall 2012 in our online searchable case study database, one of our most popular resources. Colleges and universities throughout the U.S. have made great strides toward addressing global warming and protecting wildlife and habitat. We invite you to share your success stories, and let other campuses learn from you!
There are case study guidelines and a template (to help you begin).
***Schools are welcome to submit more than one case study if you are working on multiple projects in different areas of sustainability and green workforce development. Case studies can focus on completed projects/programs or ones still in development.
Please contact Campus Ecology with any questions:
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Come check out the library’s books about the Olympics.
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Check out the library’s books on bicycling, and ride along with the Tour de France racers this mouth.
Have a mobile device? Checkout the TDF challenge at Map my Ride.
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At Nashville State Community College.
Don’t Google it, TEL it!
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