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Wind turbines in Montana. Flickr photo by Mark Stevens.

Can Congress Renew Hope for Renewable Energy Development?

4/2/2014 // By Guest Author

As the second session of the 113th Congress develops, it is my great hope that Congress can leave its abysmal bill passage record in the past. In 2013, Congress signed just 57 bills into law, the lowest count in history. Much […] Read more >

Mallard duck coated in oil, March 2013 (via Arkansas HAWK Center)

A Year After Mayflower Disaster, an Oil Spill at Every Turn

4/1/2014 // By Annie Mackin

A year ago, residents of a quiet suburban neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas, watched in horror as heavy, toxic tar sands oil poured out of a burst pipeline, across their yards and into their street, covering everything in black muck and […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Dan Lease.

Six Key Reasons The New Next Generation Science Standards Are Great News For Environmental Education

3/31/2014 // By Kevin Coyle

One of the most exciting things to ever happen to U.S. environmental education has come from the developers of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The reasons for this may not be immediately obvious, but let me explain. The “Next […] Read more >

Tim (center) with students showing support for divestment by getting 350 signatures of students who support removing all endowment money from fossil fuels to be given to the president of the university.

Organizing for Clean Energy on the Prairie

3/30/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest Post by Timothy Sheehan The growth of renewable energy is the foundation of the fight against global climate change. In Minnesota, through renewable energy standards and healthy living initiatives, we are leading the nation in a push for progressive […] Read more >

Poplar trees in Oregon. © Charles Knowles/Flickr

Doubling Down on Sustainability – GreenWood’s Oregon Poplar Farm

3/28/2014 // By Ethan Spaner

In early February, Oregon’s GreenWood Tree Farm Fund doubled down on sustainability. Already certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for its forest management, roundwood logs and wood chips, GreenWood earned certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), covering […] Read more >

Duck coated in Exxon Pegasus tar sands oil in Mayflower, AR, April 2013 (Photo: Lauren Ray)

One Year After Mayflower, Time to Say ‘No’ to Dangerous Pipelines

3/28/2014 // By Jim Murphy

On March 17, a damaged pipeline in southwest Ohio leaked 20,000 gallons of crude oil into a nature preserve. As if the oil itself hadn’t hurt enough small animals and wrecked enough habitat, crews had to build a new road […] Read more >

baby moose

Governors Must Take a Stand Against Tar Sands

3/26/2014 // By Carol Oldham

Citizens, towns and organizations have taken a stand against tar sands oil, the climate polluting oil-of-last-resort from Canada that Exxon Mobil and Enbridge want to bring into Northern New England’s pristine back country and waterways. Now it is time for […] Read more >

Sweet Success: Bronx Guild High School’s Urban Farm

3/21/2014 // By Guest Author

By Amy Sirot At Bronx Guild High School, a small inner-city Eco-School with an extremely diverse minority population of 325, students are raising chickens, cultivating honeybees, growing organic produce and improving green space for use as carbon sequestration zones.  The […] Read more >

Bicknell's Thrush. Photo by Steve D. Faccio (Vermont Center for Ecostudies)

You’re Invited: Retirement Party for the Portland-Montreal Pipeline

3/20/2014 // By Annie Mackin

NWF recently released documents showing the company that owns the Portland-Montreal pipeline estimated its pipes to have a 60-year life span. We did the math: The pipe built in 1950 passed its projected retirement date in 2010. So we’d like […] Read more >

Park Rangers from Blue Heron Park assist PS 57 students with water sampling studies.

Students at PS 57 Conduct a 14-Month Water Quality Study

3/20/2014 // By Emily Fano

March 17–23 is National Wildlife Week, and this year’s theme is water, specifically people and wildlife’s shared need for clean water. In keeping with this year’s theme, Junior Scientists and Junior Rangers at PS57, a Green Flag Eco-School in Staten Island New York, […] Read more >