The Skoll Foundation Blog

banner1Do you know about the Skoll Foundation? According to their website, “The Skoll Foundation’s mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems.”

The Skoll Foundation also has a blog, which is an amazing and fun way to stay up-to-date with topics such as Economic and Social Equity, Environmental Sustainability, and Tolerance and Human Rights.

Check out this November 18th post that has a hilarious but informative clip from The Colbert Report.

UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

You may have heard whispers of it from around the water cooler, or perhaps they were persuasive yells from people outside Proctor Dining Hall. Well, what you heard is true. The United Nations Climate Change Conference is happening from December 7th to December 18th in Copenhagen.

What does Green Career Central say you should do to prepare?

“The best thing you can do at this juncture is to be aware of the issues. Pay attention to the news. Listen for indications of how various decisions are likely to impact your target industry. Invest some time in understanding the issues at hand.”

Why is it important to come together and make a deal for the future? Check out this fact sheet for a Copenhagen deal as published by the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It is a great way to clue into the issues at hand.

For an overview of what to expect, key things to look for in the news, and an overview of the important issues, the Green Career Central’s newsletter.

Waste-to-Energy, an expanding industry

Have you heard of the Waste-to-Energy industry? Instead of filling up our precious land with garbage, Companies in the industry burn waste to produce energy. According to Green Career Central, “for each ton of municipal solid waste combusted, 500-600 kWh of electricity are produced.” The industry is very careful to burn the waste in such a way that the emissions are controlled and scrubbed. For more information on this expanding, check out the Energy Recovery Council.

Data Point – Water Use in the USA

One thing that I think we can all agree on is that water is pretty important. So whether you are looking into graduate school or a job in the environmental sector, it is important to understand the current consumption trends with regards to water.

The U.S. Geological Survey from 2000 to 2005 has recently come out, revealing trends and problems regarding water use in the United States. Check out the Circle of Blue article on the most recent USGS report.

The article highlights that 2005 total water use is lower than in 1975 and that per-capital water use is lower than in the mid 1950s.

Data Point: Moving from the Electric Grid to the Smart Grid

Check out this weekly tip from the Green Career Central Newsletter.
Tip of the Week: Moving from the Electric Grid to the Smart Grid: What You Need to Know Now

Why should you check it out? Because “It’s going to be a big influence on every industry as the specifics of the smart grid unfold. You must have a general understanding of this sector, at a minimum.”

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