Many children are not only passionate about environmental issues, but more than capable of driving forward sustainability initiatives, argues new research into the role of schools in developing more sustainable communities. Children already play a key role in becoming more sustainable by encouraging changes in behavour of those around them whether in terms of recycling, saving energy, growing vegetables and healthy eating etc.Â Read more.
The City of Riverside has earned a distinction that only five other communities in the United States received.
Mayor of Riverside and Chair of Smart Riversideâ€™s Board of Directors Ron Loveridge celebrated this extraordinary accomplishment saying, â€œThe Smart21 designation is a significant honor recognizing that Riverside is a world leader in innovation and municipal technologies.â€
The Smart21 Communities Award specifically cited Mayor Loveridgeâ€™s focus and leadership on technology initiatives which has produced a plan for tech-based transformation. Other achievements contributing to the award include partnerships with the City and universities to develop tech parks, incubators, business accelerations and mentoring programs; fiber and wireless networks reaching 80 percent of the City, and innovative programs that connect citizens with technology.
In case you missed it, The Press-Enterprise reports on the story:
City named one of 21 smartest in world
Riverside has been named one of 21 cities worldwide to receive the Smart21 Communities award.
New York-based think tank The Intelligent Community Forum recognized the city for its commitment to broadband, innovation, knowledge-economy, municipal WiFi, Digital Inclusion Program, SmartRiverside technology initiatives, e-waste processing, and collaboration with universities and CEOs.
Riverside shares the distinction with Dundee, Scotland; Tel Aviv, Israel; Ottawa, Canada; and Tallinn, Estonia.
The think tank seeks to share the best practices of communities in adapting to a broadband economy. For more information, go to www.intelligentcommunity.org
New research makes tracking ultra fine dust easier. Research scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen have developed a technique by which the composition of such particles can be precisely analyzed.Â Read more.
EPA plans to continue monitoring for acrolein at various locations across the country. This information will help us as we look for other ways to reduce acrolein emissions.
More information on acrolein and the School Monitoring Initiative is available on EPAâ€™s website at http://www.epa.gov/schoolair/.
Here’s an update on the UNA’s community garden at Father’s House.
Next time you drive by UCR, you’ll see green in what used to be hard dirt.