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CONTENTS:
German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too
Behind a Shopping Center in New Jersey, Signs of a Mass Extinction
Preschool without walls
Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges
Important EE Week Changes in 2016!
Congress Tells Schools to 'Take It Outside'
December Sustainability Hero Announced
UL Launches Second Year of Innovative Education Award Program with NAAEE
Fish and Wildlife Biologists Recognized as Environmental Leaders
Camden County native receives sustainability award
Cultivating Gratitude
Three DEP Employees Honored With Women & Wildlife Awards
New Interactive Website Offers Practical Advice on Designing of Jersey-Friendly Yards
Results of Barnegat Bay Science Studies To Be Presented To Public On November 17
Why most 8th graders are not good at geography
October Sustainability Hero Announced
German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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Behind a Shopping Center in New Jersey, Signs of a Mass Extinction             (Posted: 1-12-16)

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Preschool without walls             (Posted: 1-12-16)

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Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges             (Posted: 12-18-15)

Dear Green Hour supporters,

We would like to thank you for your past support of the Green Hour radio show and alert you to our newest initiative. The Green Hour has moved from its weekly radio show format to partnering with the D&R Greenway Land Trust to provide thoughtful and substantive live panel discussions on important environmental issues. We will present these quarterly at the D&R Greenway campus in Princeton.

Our first event will be on January 28th, and will focus on the outcome of the Paris climate talks, the latest scientific thinking, the significance of the 2C target and the likely impact of climate change on our region. Our panel guests are Professor Anthony Broccoli, Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute, Jeanne Herb, Associate Director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Professor Steve Pacala, Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and former Director, Princeton Environmental Institute.

We would like to invite you to join us for this event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., discussion 6-8 p.m., at D&R Greenway's Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. Please register at rsvp@drgreenway.org 609-924-4646 Below is the press release with more details of the event.

The Green Hour is determined to continue our mission by providing a platform for educating and inspiring residents in the region on important environmental issues.

Future discussions will look at the future of energy in our region (May 24), and ethical and political leadership, or lack thereof, on important environmental issues (October 24).

The Green Hour Team
Gery Juleff
John gattuso
Kathleen Biggins

Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges
D&R Greenway Land Trust and Green Hour partner for new lecture series

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D&R Greenway and the Green Hour Radio Hosts launch a new lecture series, Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges, beginning January 28, 2016, with a discussion, Exploring the Outcome of 21st Climate Change Conference (COP21). Princeton University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and former Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute Steve Pacala; Professor Anthony Broccoli, Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute; and Jeanne Herb, Associate Director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy will discuss the outcome of COP21, the latest scientific consensus on climate change, the significance of the 2-degree target, and the likely impact of climate change on our region. Doors open 5:30 p.m., discussion 6-8 p.m., at D&R Greenway's Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. Free, please register at rsvp@drgreenway.org 609-924-4646 www.drgreenway.org

Press Release
Princeton, N.J.-D&R Greenway and the Green Hour Radio Hosts announce the launch of a new lecture series, Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges. These quarterly conversations will bring together leading experts to discuss key issues and engage audience participation.

The first talk will be January 28, 2016, with Exploring the Outcome of 21st Climate Change Conference (COP21). Princeton University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and former Director, Princeton Environmental Institute Steve Pacala; Professor Anthony Broccoli, Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute; and Jeanne Herb, Associate Director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, will discuss the outcome of COP21, the latest scientific consensus on climate change, the significance of the 2-degree target, and the likely impact of climate change on our region. Doors open 5:30 p.m., discussion 6-8 p.m., at D&R Greenway's Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. Free, please register at rsvp@drgreenway.org 609-924-4646 www.drgreenway.org

Almost 200 world leaders gathered in Paris in early December to attend COP21 and determine the best way to keep the world from getting warmer. Did they succeed? Was enough progress made? Are contradictory analyses confusing? Panelists will analyze these questions, give an overview of the latest scientific thinking on climate change and look at the likely impact of climate change on our region.

Dr. Pacala is interested in the processes that govern ecological communities, the interplay between community and ecosystem-level processes, and the interactions between the global biosphere and climate. He co-directs Princeton's Carbon Mitigation Initiative and his research focuses on all aspects of the global carbon cycle.

Dr. Broccoli studies changes in climate, both past and future, with the goal of better understanding the mechanisms responsible for climate change. He joined the Rutgers faculty in 2003 after 21 years at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, one of the world's leading climate modeling centers.

Ms. Herb's work focuses on state and local level policy targeted at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for impacts of climate change. Prior to joining the Bloustein School, she served more than 20 years in senior positions in state government and the NGO community focused on state, local and federal environmental policy innovation.

"This is an opportunity for people to learn from experts who discuss all sides of a topic and then decide for themselves what actions they will take on the issue," says D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. "Our goal at D&R Greenway is to inspire a conservation ethic by providing ideas and knowledge."

Gery Juleff, ex-British Diplomat and radio host, and John Gattuso, NJ Environment News editor and radio host, will moderate the discussion.

Future discussions will look at the future of energy in our region (May 24), and ethical and political leadership, or lack thereof, on important environmental issues (October 24).

Exploring the outcome of COP21,Thursday, January 28, 2016. Doors open 5:30 p.m., discussion 6-8 p.m. at D&R Greenway's Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. Free, please register at rsvp@drgreenway.org 609-924-4646 www.drgreenway.org
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D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 26TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway's mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 18,750 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City's Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.

The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway's home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land.

The Green Hour hosted a series of radio shows on environmental issues earlier this year (www.greenhourradio.com) and is now bringing the hosts' passion and experience to live audiences.

Important EE Week Changes in 2016!             (Posted: 12-17-15)

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Congress Tells Schools to 'Take It Outside'             (Posted: 12-17-15)

Congress Tells Schools to ‘Take It Outside’
 
Reed-Sarbanes No Child Left Inside Act to Boost Environmental Education Gets the Green Light from Congress
New K-12 education law empowers states and schools & includes ‘No Child Left Inside’ provision to strengthen environmental education and outdoor learning


 
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congress passed a new K-12 education law that empowers schools, promises more flexibility for states, and reduces the reliance on high-stakes testing in public schools while maintaining strong oversight of student achievement.  
 
Included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan bill that replaces the widely-criticized No Child Left Behind Act, is a key provision co-authored by U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) that will strengthen environmental education programs in schools across the country.
 
The Reed-Sarbanes bill known as the No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Act authorizes funding to help states create environmental education plans and support outdoor learning programs and integrates environmental literacy activities into other key programs.  The Every Student Succeeds Act will allow school districts to integrate environmental education into their programs for well-rounded education as well as their afterschool programs.  The measure will support environmental education and hands-on, field-based learning experiences in participating schools nationwide.  
 
Reed and Sarbanes have been working together since 2007 to pass NCLI to help states and schools build environmental literacy programs, strengthen teacher training, and provide competitive grants to allow schools and non-profits to pay for quality outdoor education programs.  
 
Research by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shows that children who are allowed to get outdoors during the school day are more attentive in class and better off socially and physically.
 
“Environmental education can have a positive impact on kids’ health, academic achievement, and understanding of the natural world.  This bill represents a major step forward, giving schools new opportunities to engage students through environmental education,” said Senator Reed.  “Teaching children about the environment and giving them a hands-on opportunity to experience nature should be an important part of the curriculum in our schools.  This new law will free up critical resources for environmental education to inspire the next generation of scientists and conservationists.  It’s a smart investment in our children and their future.”
 
“ESSA is a tremendous victory for advocates of environmental education who’ve fought long and hard to expand outdoor, hands-on learning programs,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “Numerous studies show the positive effect of experiential outdoor learning on student development and academic achievement. And if we can better connect youth with the outdoors, then we can help inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. I commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for passing a comprehensive education reform package that has immense benefits for students, teachers and schools across the country.”
 
NCLI would provide federal grant funding for teachers who design and implement environmental education programs in, and importantly, outside of the classroom. By encouraging new environmental curricula, the bill would also cultivate partnerships and strengthen relationships between school districts, colleges, environmental nonprofits, parks and other community-based organizations.
 
NCLI was backed by a strong, grassroots coalition of hundreds of community groups nationwide.  At the direction of the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) and in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), Rhode Island was among the first states in the nation to fully develop an Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP), opening the door for potential federal funding that will help to equip teachers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to integrate critical environmental and science learning into their curricula.
 
ESSA has already been approved in the U.S. House of Representatives and now that it has passed the full U.S. Senate today by a vote of it will be sent to the President’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law.

December Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 12-14-15)

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UL Launches Second Year of Innovative Education Award Program with NAAEE             (Posted: 12-14-15)

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Fish and Wildlife Biologists Recognized as Environmental Leaders             (Posted: 11-24-15)

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Camden County native receives sustainability award             (Posted: 11-24-15)

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Cultivating Gratitude             (Posted: 11-20-15)

By now, summer crops have all come out of the edible garden. Seeds have been saved from the annual vegetables and herbs, compost piles have been built, and cover crops, winter vegetables and garlic are being planted or are already in the ground. Garden beds are being mulched with straw and leaves to retain moisture, block weeds and insulate the soil, and wood chips are being spread on garden paths to prevent erosion.

Fruit trees are losing their leaves, reminding us that they will need to be pruned, weeded, mulched, and fed again this winter.

In between the first few storms of late fall, we cultivate the soil, opening it up to breathe one last time before the shorter days of winter.

So what exactly is cultivating? And why do we do it? Here's an excerpt from Chapter I of our founder Benjamin's Edible Gardening handbook, which we hope you will download and use to follow along with the video:

Cultivation

Read Full Article or Cultivating Video on Grow Your Lunch website.

2015 has been named the "International Year of Soils" by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. December 4th is World Soil Day 2015. Watch and share the quick videos "Better Save Soil" and "Support World Soil Day" to learn more and join the conversation!

As we approach Thanksgiving, and cultivate our gardens for the last time this year, let’s remember to give thanks to the soil. And let's not forget that healthy soils grow healthy plants which grow healthy humans! In fact, not only does soil provide food for us, it also provides us with building materials, fiber for clothes, filtration of our fresh waters, fuel for our transportation, even raw materials for electronic devices like the one you are using to read this article! Carbon can also be taken from the air and stored in soil through natural processes as well as responsible agricultural practices. Grow your soil, fix some carbon, and combat climate change today!

More Fall Gardening Articles from Grow Your Lunch:

School Garden Ghosts

To Give Thanks is to Nourish The Soil

A Diverse Winter Cover Crop

During this transitional time in the seasons, we invite you to use Grow Your Lunch’s very first tutorial video, "Cultivating The Ground," which demonstrates the first of 10 Essential Gardening Practices. Learning how to cultivate the soil just enough and not too much is a valuable gardening skill that will serve you for years.

Correction: Last month Grow Your Lunch published an article stating, "at the end of September, The Healthy Hunger – Free Kids Act of 2010 was up for re-authorization and it did not pass," when in fact voting has been delayed until December while two congressional committees devise the bills that will be up for vote in Congress in the near future. To bring yourself up to date regarding what's at stake on a national level with regard to school lunch policy, read Civil Eats' article "5 Things to Know About the Congressional Battle over School Lunch."

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Three DEP Employees Honored With Women & Wildlife Awards             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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New Interactive Website Offers Practical Advice on Designing of Jersey-Friendly Yards             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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Results of Barnegat Bay Science Studies To Be Presented To Public On November 17             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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Why most 8th graders are not good at geography             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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October Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 11-10-15)

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