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Visions for more Water Sustainability in the State of 10,000 Lakes
by Tobias Luthe - 4 October 2017
 

In Minnesota water has always played a central role not only for recreation but also industry. Not only is Minnesota home to more than 11,800 lakes but also huge rivers like the Mississippi, the Minnesota River and the Saint Croix River. This allows Minnesota to be the fifth largest producer of...

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Lessons not Learned
by Janina Schmidt - 2 July 2017
 

We'd like to give a shout-out to our colleagues at the American Studies Blog who featured this story on June 21, 2017. We repost Markus Ziener's text with permission by the author and blog editors.

There is a wonderful spot west of the city of Frankfurt in Germany. It’s in an area well known ...

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Environment and Education: “Going Green” expert Shari Wilson on environmental education
by Janina Schmidt - 22 May 2017
 

Education for sustainable development one of the core goals of Going Green, but what does this mean? And what factors are involved in the process? During the 2014 “Going Green” project, our expert Shari Wilson gave us an overview of what environmental education can be.Shari WilsonShari is an ...

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Pursuing a “green” agenda – Interview with the former State Senator of Kansas Chris Steineger
by Janina Schmidt - 18 May 2017
 

What is the role of local and state governments in combating climate change in the U.S.? And what does a “green” agenda of a State Senator look like? Tricky questions, but we were able to reach out to Chris Steineger, a former State Senator in Kansas, to give us some first-hand ...

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Christianna Stavroudis on Political Cartoons - Interview Part II
by Janina Schmidt - 13 May 2017
 

A couple of days ago we posted a Q and A with Christianna Stavroudis discussing sustainability. This week in part 2, we dive deeper into how environmentalism is portrayed in political cartoons.David Goldfield Her special expertise and research on that topic in Germany and the U.S. makes Christianna ...

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Green Ink: Q and A with Christianna Stavroudis on cartoons and the environment
by Janina Schmidt - 10 May 2017
 

Christianna Stavroudis

Sustainability can mean different things to different people. One interesting medium that shapes our views and attitudes towards sustainability are political cartoons. To learn more about this, we reached out to Christianna Stavroudis, who teaches linguistics at the University of Bonn. She has ...

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Friday Mail: David Goldfield answered important questions
by Janina Schmidt - 4 May 2017
 

David Goldfield

Discussing environmentalism can be a tricky thing to do, especially in an intercultural project like Going Green. Over the last years, we've had several experts help us understand some of the difficult questions surrounding the field of sustainable development. Experts like David Goldfield, ...

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Green Roofs in Minneapolis
by Tobias Luthe - 20 March 2017
 
Green roofs are not only an aesthetic benefit for the city of Minneapolis but they help to reduce the city’s ecological footprint. 

 

“Green isn´t just a concept in Minneapolis; it´s a lifestyle.”[1] This slogan by the city of Minneapolis (MN) summarizes the spirit of many people here perfectly...

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American Universities Turning – "Green"!
by Edgar Barrios - 27 February 2017
 

Across many university campuses in the United States students have begun to rely less on the government for action on climate change. Instead, they seek to work on a smaller scale to influence what they can control, their own neighborhoods and campuses, to achieve plausible and realistic ...

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Strong Independent Cities
by Emily Young - 26 February 2017
 

How would you feel if you were riding a bus powered by the leftover scraps you threw away from dinner last night? If the heating in your house was produced within the house itself? If you didn’t have to pay an electric bill because your city is creating your electricity? Maybe you feel like ...

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Where Is Solar Energy Headed?
by Brandon Greenblatt - 24 February 2017
 

On January 26, 2017 the German Solar Association released its estimates that global installed photovoltaic capacity has reached 300 gigawatts. The Association celebrated this announcement, heralding solar energy as a promising form of renewable energy. In fact, CEO of the German Solar ...

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Biking in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis - Saint Paul
by Tobias Luthe - 15 February 2017
 
Tobias Luthe // 15 February 2017 //  #GoingGreen  

When people from outside the U.S. think about mobility in the United States, they often just have the picture of big cars in mind. The reality looks so much more different, especially in urban areas. Over the last twenty years, new ...

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Wind, Hydrogen and Bio-Fuel Oh My! Lessons from The Netherlands and Germany in Public Transportation
by Emily Young - 7 February 2017
 
Emily Young // 7 February 2017 // #GoingGreen

I opened Facebook on my computer last week expecting to find more news articles regarding changes in government over the past few months, and videos claiming their opinions as fact. I ended up watching a strange and amusing video of ...

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Welcome Back to Going Green!
by Brandon Greenblatt - 1 February 2017
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 01 February 2017 // #GoingGreen 

Following a great conclusion to our Elections 2016 blog series, we are very excited to announce the relaunch of our Going Green blog!

For the next few months, Teach About Us will pivot away from US politics and instead towards issues...

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And So It Ends: Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election
by Brandon Greenblatt - 22 November 2016
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 21 November 2016 // #Election2016 

Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States after a lengthy, historic, and momentous contest with Hillary Clinton that culminated on Tuesday, November 8. One week after the election and the conclusion of a ...

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U.S. Election Expert Matt Riley on the Election in North Carolina
by Janina Schmidt - 30 October 2016
 
Janina Schmidt // 30 October 2016 // #Election2016 #Experts

Matt Riley

North Carolina was for many years a Republican stronghold, but Barack Obama won the state by a slim margin in 2008. It is said that his success can partly be attributed to the demographic changes the state has seen in recent ...

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Bernie Sanders at the University of Minnesota
by Tobias Luthe - 29 October 2016
 
Tobias Luthe // 29 October 2016 // #Election2016 #GoingGreen  

Recently, Hillary Clinton´s “Stronger Together” campaign trail stopped by at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis which gave me the chance to attend my first rally in the U.S. Clinton herself was not present during that ...

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Presidential Debates Influence on The Polls
by Emily Young - 27 October 2016
 
Emily Young // 27 October 2016 // #Election2016 

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Last week the third and final presidential debate between Secretary Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump took place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It was also viewed on the screens of millions of homes across the country. ...

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Laughter and satire - friend or foe? Q and A with Christianna Stavroudis
by Janina Schmidt - 26 October 2016
 
Joannis Kaliampos // 26 October 2016 // #Election2016 #Experts

Christianna StavroudisIs there a 'satire paradox' in political cartoons? Are laughter and social protest friends or foes? When a politician is being satirized, does this make the audience more critical of the politician because his or her ...

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Monday Mail: Christina Sickinger Explains the Election in Florida
by Janina Schmidt - 24 October 2016
 
Janina Schmidt // 24 October 2016 // #Election2016 #Experts

Christina SickingerAs you might remember from my last blog post, I just completed my teaching practicum at the Berufsbildungszentrum in Schleswig in northern Germany. During this practicum my group of 12th graders in our English course researched the...

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U.S. Election Expert Amanda Thoet Answers Your Questions
by Janina Schmidt - 21 October 2016
 
Janina Schmidt // 21 October 2016 // #Election2016 #Experts

Amanda Thoet

As a student in education at Lueneburg University, I completed a teaching practicum at the Berufsbildungszentrum Schleswig, a vocational school, in the northern German town of Schleswig this month. During this practicum, I ...

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Mike Pence: Governor of Indiana, Republican vice presidential candidate, and fellow Hoosier
by Elizabeth Subrin - 18 October 2016
 
Liz Subrin // 18 October 2016 // #Election2016

As a university student and lifetime resident of Indiana, the buzz of the election has been primarily of Donald Trump's vice presidential candidate, Mike Pence, who is the state's current governor.

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A Cartoonist's Wonderland: Christianna Stavroudis on Political Cartoon Trends of the 2016 Election Campaign
by Joannis Kaliampos - 17 October 2016
 
Joannis Kaliampos // 17 October 2016 // #Election2016 #Experts

As bizarre as the recent turns of the presidential campaign may be (let's just name the key words here: Wikileaks, lewd hot-mic conversations and alleged sexual assault, literally all TV debates so far), I can't help but ...

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Monday Mail: David Goldfield answers your questions
by Janina Schmidt - 10 October 2016
 
Janina Schmidt // 10 October 2016 // #Election2016 #Experts

David GoldfieldElections and presidential politics sometimes turn out to be difficult matter. Luckily, at Teach About US we have a team of distinguished experts on the 2016 election who can help us solve (most) of these tough questions. This time...

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Young Adults and Third Party Options
by Tobias Luthe - 9 October 2016
 
Tobias Luthe // 09 October 2016 // #Election2016

Over the last two weeks the very emotional race for the White House has not become less intensive. But no matter what both candidates do, they remain very unpopular presidential nominees for many Americans. In a recent Huffington Post poll on...

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Act One of One: Kaine and Pence Face Off in VP Debate
by Brandon Greenblatt - 7 October 2016
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 06 October 2016 // #Election2016 

Vice Presidential Candidates Tim Kaine (D) and Mike Pence (R) took the stage at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia on October 4 for this election season’s only vice presidential debate. The debate, which was moderated by CBS ...

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The swing state: A candidate's exciting battlefront
by Edgar Barrios - 4 October 2016
 
Edgar Barrios // 04 October 2016 //  #Election2016 

There’s a lot of excitement in this upcoming election. It has been one of the most unpredictable elections in U.S. history to date. To those who are following this race and trying to anticipate an outcome, there is one factor that cannot be ...

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What Do High School Students In Michigan Think About Election 2016?
by Felix Wortmann - 4 October 2016
 
Felix Wortmann // 02 October 2016 // #Election2016

Source: TownMapUSAI’m spending this high school year as an exchange student in Vassar, Michigan. Vassar is a small town of just 2,700 residents. Ethnically, it is less diverse than the nation on average: Almost nine out of ten residents are white, almost ...

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Dialogue or Monologue? The Question of the Presidential Debate
by Emily Young - 2 October 2016
 
Emily Young // 2 October 2016 // #Election2016 

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Although for the past two weeks, my German Media class has discussed Oktoberfest and the War in  Syria, the theme selected this past week was the  Presidential Debate. Not only does it play a large  role in shaping how voters view the ...

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From Obama to The Future: A Time for Reflection
by Brandon Greenblatt - 22 September 2016
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 21 September 2016 // #Election2016 

With the November 8th presidential election rapidly approaching, I’ve recently found myself looking towards the future. Caught up in a 24/7 news cycle and the constant dialogue between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (as well as ...

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The question driving Floridians mad: Who Will Win the Senate?
by Edgar Barrios - 19 September 2016
 
Edgar Barrios // 19 September 2016 //  #Election2016 

In November, Americans will elect their new President, but did you know that there is a lot more at stake on Election Day? On that same day voters will also elect nearly half members to their national legislation -- the House of ...

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'A Tremendous Amount Has Changed in America Since the Last Election Cycle': Jason Johnson on Presidential Election Campaigns and Social Media
by Janina Schmidt - 18 September 2016
 
Janina Schmidt // 18 September 2016 // #Election2016 #Experts

Dr. Jason Johnson

Earlier this year, our expert on political campaigning and social media, Dr. Jason Johnson, travelled to Germany for a speaker tour that included discussions with high school students and teachers in Hamburg and Berlin. We were...

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Falling into order for the November Election: Political Advocacy in Ann Arbor, Michigan
by Emily Young - 17 September 2016
 
Emily Young // 17 September 2016 // #Election2016 

Yells of “Do you like science, even a little bit? Do you love to dance? Does translation interest you?” were echoed across the diag (or the center) of the University of Michigan’s (U of M) campus this past week. The event Festifall ...

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State Talk: Minnesota and the Upcoming Elections
by Tobias Luthe - 16 September 2016
 
Tobias Luthe // 16 September 2016 // #Election2016

Minnesota State Fair, Trump/Pence boothAfter the first four weeks in my new hometown of Minneapolis, where I will spent the upcoming year as an exchange student at the University of Minnesota, I can assure everyone that people here are already focused on the upcoming elections....

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Get to know our ‘Explainers-in-Chief’
by Janina Schmidt - 12 September 2016
 
Janina Schmidt // 12 September 2016 // #Election2016 #Experts

Our team of U.S. election experts: Goldfield, Thoet, McCuan, Johnson, Stavroudis, Riley, Sickinger, Garrett.

Have you been wondering recently what demographic will decide the election (hint: keep an eye on single women voters ...

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Introducing Our New Interns!
by Brandon Greenblatt - 11 September 2016
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 11 September 2016 // #Election2016 #GoingGreen 

The Teach About US Blogger Team: Liz Subrin, Janina Schmidt, Brandon Greenblatt, Tobias Luthe, Edgar Barrios, Emily Young; not pictured: Felix Wortmann.

All of us here at Teach About Us are very excited to resume ...

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Following Convention (or Political Mathematics)
by Joannis Kaliampos - 2 September 2016
 
Bobbie Kirkhart // 02 September 2016 // #Election2016

We'd like to give a shout-out to our colleagues at the American Studies Blog who featured this story on August 31, 2016. We repost Bobbie Kirkhart's text with permission by the author and blog editors.

Photo credit: Sean MacEntee 

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Just Eat It: A Discussion of Food Waste and Our Environment
by Julianne Troiano - 16 March 2016
 
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Film poster 'Just Eat It' (Photo credit: Peg Leg Films, 2014)Imagine going to the food store, purchasing four bags of groceries, and then on your way home you drop one of the bags and just keep walking without going back to pick it up. This seems outrageous, right? Why would anyone just waste a ...

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Some Exciting Developments in the Solar Industry
by Brandon Greenblatt - 13 March 2016
 
 Brandon Greenblatt // 13 March 2016 // #GoingGreen

Source: WikipediaOf all the topics I blog about, one of my favorites is the global energy market.  I find the way that international actors decide between diverse energy sources – including wind, solar, hydroelectricity, nuclear power, coal, oil, and ...

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The Ocean Cleanup: An Exciting Project to Remove Plastic from Our Oceans
by Brandon Greenblatt - 8 February 2016
 
 Brandon Greenblatt // 12 February 2016 // #GoingGreen

Image courtesy of Agalita FoundationLast month, the World Economic Forum released a report entitled The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics that described the rapid growth of plastic waste and its contribution to environmental degradation.  The report ...

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Has Sustainability Been Absent from the 2016 Presidential Election?
by Brandon Greenblatt - 29 January 2016
 
 Brandon Greenblatt // 29 January 2016 //  #Election2016 #GoingGreen

As the 2016 Presidential Race intensifies in the United States, now is an opportune time to examine the role that the environment and sustainability have played in the election thus far. 

It’s important to recognize that ...

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A Partisan Divide: Perceptions of COP21 in the United States
by Brandon Greenblatt - 21 January 2016
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 21 January 2016 // #Election2016 #GoingGreen

Our last blog post contained an interview with Professor Mark Giordano of Georgetown University and Professor Daniel Horton of Northwestern University.  The two professors kindly discussed their initial reactions to the ...

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"A Hopeful Moment": Perspectives on COP21 Outcomes
by Brandon Greenblatt - 23 December 2015
 
Brandon Greenblatt// 23 December 2015 // #Experts #GoingGreen

Last week, world leaders attending the COP21 climate summit in Paris announced that they had reached a historical agreement in the global effort to combat climate change.  The Paris Agreement, drafted by ...

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Think Outside the Bag: Paper or Plastic?
by Julianne Troiano - 15 December 2015
 
 Julianne Troiano // 18 December 2015 //  #GoingGreen

Map of recent plastic bag bans (click on the image to open the map; photo credit: Factory Direct Promos)

This past August the town that I live in, Evanston, Illinois, banned the distribution of single use plastic bags. Large stores in ...

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Film as a Tool for Social Change: An Interview with Jared Scott
by Brandon Greenblatt - 8 December 2015
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 15 December 2015 //  #Experts #GoingGreen

Film director Jared P. Scott

In my most recent post, I reviewed Disruption, a film released in September 2014 that described the organization of the People’s Climate March in New York City.  I...

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Disruption: A Compelling Call for Citizen Protest
by Brandon Greenblatt - 21 November 2015
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 07 December 2015 //  #GoingGreen

Disruption film posterI’m no cinematographer, but I would guess that it is incredibly difficult to make an impactful documentary about climate change.  You have to spend hours gathering footage of the natural world.  You have to spend hours interviewing ...

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Women, Climate Change, and Sustainability for Everyone
by Brandon Greenblatt - 12 November 2015
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 07 December 2015 //   #GoingGreen

Panel "Women and Climate Change: Impact and Agency in Human Rights, Security, and Economic Development"Earlier this month, I attended a panel hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.  It was truly eye-opening.  The discussion, entitled Women and Climate Change: Impact and Agency in Human Rights, Security, and ...

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My Trip to the Land of Fire and Ice Part 2: We are Global Citizens
by Julianne Troiano - 10 November 2015
 
Julianne Troiano // 24 November 2015 //  #GoingGreen

In Part 1 of this post we learned about Iceland’s unique landscape and its access to renewable energy. But what happened on the eighth day of the trip that left me so inspired?

 

          On the eighth day we hiked on the ...

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My Trip to the Land of Fire and Ice Part 1: Running on Renewables
by Julianne Troiano - 3 November 2015
 
Julianne Troiano // 24 November 2015 // #GoingGreen

This past summer I did something incredible. I hopped on a plane to Iceland and spent ten days learning about a land made of volcanoes, waterfalls, and glaciers, and the renewable energy technologies that fuel its people’s everyday life. ...

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Riding Towards a Greener Future
by Brandon Greenblatt - 27 October 2015
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 27 October 2015 // #GoingGreen


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A few weeks ago, when I had some free time and the sun was shining outside, I decided to leave my university campus and go for a bike ride around Washington, DC. I set off for the National Mall, a prime tourist destination located in the ...

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Divestment at Georgetown University: An Interview With GU Fossil Free
by Brandon Greenblatt - 27 October 2015
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 20 October 2015 // #Experts #GoingGreen 

One of my recent posts on this blog included an interview with Aaron Silberman, the student director of Georgetown Environmental Leaders (GEL), a sustainability and environmentalist advocacy group at Georgetown University in ...

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“Climate Change Truly Is the Great Equalizer”: An Interview With Georgetown Environmental Leaders (GEL)
by Brandon Greenblatt - 15 October 2015
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 15 October 2015 //  #Experts #GoingGreen

Aaron Silberman

Aaron Silberman, a fellow student at Georgetown University with a strong interest in environmental and energy issues, currently serves as both a director of Georgetown Environmental Leaders and as the Deputy Secretary of ...

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Hello Everyone!
by Julianne Troiano - 6 October 2015
 
Julianne Troiano // 04 October 2015 //  #GoingGreen 

My name is Julianne Troiano and I am the second virtual intern from the United States working on the Going Green project. Along with Brandon, I will be contributing to this blog by writing about sustainability efforts in the United States....

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A Chat with Hon. Fran Ulmer, Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission
by Julianne Troiano - 6 October 2015
 
Julianne Troiano // 04 October 2015 // #Experts #GoingGreen 

Fran Ulmer, Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research CommissionEarly last month over 30 high school teachers of English as a foreign language had the chance to discuss current challenges concerning sustainable development in the U.S. with Hon. Fran Ulmer, the chair of the U.S. Arctic Research...

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Hi Everyone!
by Brandon Greenblatt - 1 October 2015
 
Brandon Greenblatt // 30 September 2015 //  #GoingGreen

My name is Brandon Greenblatt, and I’m a sophomore at Georgetown University in Washington, DC majoring in International Affairs. For the next eight months, I will be interning virtually with the United States Embassy in Berlin working ...

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New kids on the blog!
by Katja Krüger - 23 September 2015
 
Joannis Kaliampos // 15 September 2015 // #GoingGreen
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We are excited about this upcoming school year and our second round of Going Green after an exciting pilot project last year and the many green initiatives that have been launched by you, our students and teachers in your communities. ...
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Day 12: Loose is good
by Clara del Rey - 19 August 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 8 July 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot

A growing number of waste-free food stores is now popping up in cities across Europe | (c) Clara del Rey

A growing number of waste-free food stores is now popping up in cities across Europe | (c) Clara del Rey

Buying your vegetables and fruits wrap-free is really a doddle. As I wrote yesterday, you only need to join an organic ...

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Day 13: Making local and sustainable consumer choices
by Clara del Rey - 10 July 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 10 July 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot

While a good number of those who live a waste-free life are vegans or vegetarians (and for that reason can safely say that they can buy most of their food package-free), I am an omnivore and eat both meat and fish together with my ...

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Day 11: A green shopping basket
by Clara del Rey - 7 July 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 7 July 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot

Every week, I receive a fresh produce box from our local farmer. | (c) Clara del Rey

Every week, I receive a fresh produce box from our local farmer. | (c) Clara del Rey

If you care about the environment, you’ll soon realize that it takes more than just reducing the amount of plastics in your life to achieve this. ...

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Day 10: Creating your own reusable lunch kit
by Clara del Rey - 3 July 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 3 July 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot

How do you like my reusable lunch kit? | (c) Clara del Rey

How do you like my reusable lunch kit? | (c) Clara del Rey

Nothing about the consumption habits of our society saddens me more than a take-away shop and the ready-made meal section of the supermarket. What a waste of plastic and ...

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Day 9: What's cooking?
by Clara del Rey - 1 July 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 1 July 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot

Homemade stew | (c) Clara del Rey

Homemade stew | (c) Clara del Rey

Next week I will blog about where and how buying your goods in a conscious and respectful manner. In this post, however, I want to explore the foods you don’t need to buy at all, because you can ...

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Day 8: How about a waste-free kitchen?
by Clara del Rey - 30 June 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 30 June 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot

Reusing glass jars is easy: clean them in hot water and store them in your kitchen until needed. | (c) Clara del Rey

Reusing glass jars is easy: clean them in hot water and store them in your kitchen until needed. | (c) Clara del Rey

When adapting to your new waste-free lifestyle, organization, determination and creativity are key to success. ...

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Day 7: Laundry day
by Clara del Rey - 25 June 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 25 June 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot

Once I had crossed out from my list all the potentially hazardous home cleaning products and replaced them with a handful of biodegradable and almost edible ingredients, only two more plastic bottles were left in my cabinet: laundry ...

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Day 6: Waste not, want not
by Clara del Rey - 23 June 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 23 June 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot


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A matter that had always concerned me about my household was disposing used cooking oil responsibly. Why? One reason is that for every drop of oil we pour down the pipes, we are ...

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Day 5: Sustainable house cleaning 101
by Clara del Rey - 18 June 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 19 June 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot

Sustainable house cleaning 101

Self-made, eco-friendly all-purpose house cleaning spray | © Clara del Rey

Soon after beginning my conversion to a waste-free lifestyle, I found myself re-evaluating my entire approach to cleaning our house. I used to be one of these...

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Day 4: Brushing your teeth 'zero waste'
by Clara del Rey - 18 June 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 18 June 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot

(Almost) waste-free tooth brush, mouth wash, and tooth paste | © Clara del Rey(Almost) waste-free tooth brush, mouth wash, and tooth paste | © Clara del Rey

This is what a waste-free teeth-kit looks like: bamboo brush, homemade paste and concentrated herbal mouthwash, stored in a glass jar. If you give it a ...

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Day 3: A reusable depilation kit
by Clara del Rey - 17 June 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 17 June 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot

Reusable depilation kit | © Clara del ReyReusable depilation kit | © Clara del Rey

If you try to keep a sustainable lifestyle, sooner or later you will come across the eternal question: What do I do about my facial and body hair? The easiest solution is to stop removing it ...

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Day 2: An eco-friendly alternative to your regular deodorant
by Clara del Rey - 16 June 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 16 June 2015 // #GoingGreen #WasteNot

Crystal rock deodorant, bought in Kansas City, April 2014 | © Clara del ReyCrystal rock deodorant, bought in Kansas City, April 2014 | © Clara del Rey


Once I had completely freed the showering process from waste, my second resolution for a sustainable bathroom was to swap classic deodorants (aerosol or ...

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Day 1: Waste-free soap bars
by Clara del Rey - 15 June 2015
 
Clara del Rey // 15 June 2015 //  #GoingGreen #WasteNot

When I decided to begin my journey toward a waste-free lifestyle, the first space I put my hands onto was our bathroom. Besides our kitchen, this is, the room where we store most products packaged in single-use, toxic and ...

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#WasteNot – A series with our guest blogger, Clara del Rey
by Joannis Kaliampos - 9 June 2015
 
Joannis Kaliampos // 09 June 2015 // #WasteNot

Clara del Rey

Clara del Rey, Going Green's guest blogger (Photo credit: Clara del Rey)

How much waste have you produced today? No, really, have you ever taken the time to count every single piece of waste you produce over a single day? A week? No? Then you ...

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Meet the Organizers of the Very First Earth Day
by Katja Krüger - 23 April 2015
 

Here’s an interesting Time article on the organizers of the first Earth Day: time.com  

 
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The Recent United States, India Talks on Climate Change
by Alexandra Magaard - 28 January 2015
 
Alexandra Magaard // 28 January 2015 //  #GoingGreen

Guten tag liebe Schülerinnen und Schüler! I hope everyone is enjoying a pleasant end to a cold January (at least it has been chilly in Washington, D.C.!). I want to discuss the latest United States and India talks on climate change, or ...

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the RWE Climate Protection Award
by Alexandra Magaard - 22 January 2015
 
Alexandra Magaard // 22 January 2015 //  #GoingGreen

Hi everyone! Congratulations are in order, because our very own award winning team from the Gymnasium Alsdorf has won yet another prize. The team just received the RWE Climate Protection Award (Klimatschutzpreis RWE). The prize merits them...

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Happy 2015 and the Keystone Pipeline XL
by Alexandra Magaard - 16 January 2015
 
Alexandra Magaard // 16 January 2015 // #GoingGreen

Good day everyone, and happy 2015! I hope you all had a festive holiday season and a smooth slide into the New Year :) First, here is a link to the official video of the Going Green Finale at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Berlin. This ...

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Final Post before the Holidays
by Alexandra Magaard - 13 December 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 13 December 2014 // #GoingGreen

This picture is the "Plenary Panel" at the Conference on December 8, 2014. Photo Source: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/10/lima-climate-talks-on-track-for-record-carbon-footprint

Hi everyone! I have just a couple of ...

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Tomorrow and Friday!
by Alexandra Magaard - 13 December 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 13 December 2014 //  #GoingGreen 

Hi everyone! I just wanted to remind everyone about the two project events taking place this week. The Going-Green 2014 team is excited to welcome everyone to our final events in Dusseldorf tomorrow and in Berlin this Friday. We have ...

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Project Updates!
by Alexandra Magaard - 25 November 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 25 November 2014 //  #GoingGreen 

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is staying warm this November. I just wanted to provide a couple of project updates. First, I would like to announce the Project’s “most popular award contest.” It will be on our Facebook page later this week...

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UNESCO World Conference
by Alexandra Magaard - 10 November 2014
 
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The Conference is in Aichi-Nagoya Japan.

The Conference is in Aichi-Nagoya Japan. 

Pictured: One of the first meetings today for UNESCO Youth. Source: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/resources/photo-gallery-youth-conference/

Good morning ...

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Activism in Kansas City!
by Alexandra Magaard - 5 November 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 05 November 2014 // #Experts #GoingGreen 

Shari Wilson

Shari Wilson

Hi everyone!

I hope that you are having a lovely week. I thought I would spice things up in the blog.  Since this week’s expert, Shari Wilson, has already been introduced, I would like to provide a bit of ...

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Going Green’s Official Facebook Page
by Alexandra Magaard - 31 October 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 31 October 2014 // #GoingGreen 

Dear Going-Green 2014 participants,

The project and I are excited to present our new official Facebook platform! The platform will allow you to check the latest news on sustainability, communicate with participants from other groups ...

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End of the Week Updates!
by Alexandra Magaard - 26 October 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 26 October 2014 // #GoingGreen 

Supermarkets in Bursa, Turkey

Supermarkets in Bursa, Turkey. Source: Flikr

Hi everyone!

 I just wanted to end the week with a couple project updates.

 First, I have been reading some impressive eco-challenges in the Virtual Town Hall! The amount of submissions ...

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A Guest Post from Dr. Garrett!
by Alexandra Magaard - 20 October 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 20 October 2014 // #Experts #GoingGreen 

Hallo liebe Schülerinnen und Schüler!

I hope you have a great week. Today’s blog post is extra special. The expert of the week this week, Christianna Stavroudis, has already been introduced. Today’s post will be a guest post.

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Experts of the Week October 13 – 19
by Alexandra Magaard - 13 October 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 13 October 2014 //  #Experts #GoingGreen 

Jeff WattersJeff Watters, The Ocean Conservancy

Hi everyone! I hope you had a pleasant weekend. The project features two experts this week and without further ado, I would like to introduce Jeff Watters and Dr. Kevin Krizek.

Jeff Watters...

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Exciting Project Updates!
by Alexandra Magaard - 9 October 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 09 October 2014 //  #GoingGreen 

Hi everyone!

I have an exciting update: the Going-Green 2014 Project is officially in the news!

On Wednesday, October 8th, the Nürnberger Nachrichten, published an article about the project called, “Das Leben könnte so grün sein…”

Th...

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Expert of the Week October 6 – 11!
by Alexandra Magaard - 6 October 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 06 October 2014 // #Experts #GoingGreen

Dr. Garrett

Happy Monday, everyone!

I would like to virtually introduce everyone to your expert of the week, Dr. Crister Garrett.

Crister Garrett has been on the Going Green team right from the start. He is the project’s expert concerning...

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The Expert of the Week!
by Alexandra Magaard - 29 September 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 29 September 2014 //  #Experts #GoingGreen 

Dr. Goldfield

Hi Everyone,

I would like to introduce our latest expert of the week, the distinguished Dr. David Goldfield!

Dr. Goldfield will be your guide to the history of the environmental movement and the topic of “Green Cities.”

Dr...

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Project Update
by Alexandra Magaard - 26 September 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 26 September 2014 // #GoingGreen

Hi Everyone,

Now that we are coming to the end of the third, official week for the “Going Green 2014” Project, I would like to highlight some recent additions to the Moodle Site.

We have three classrooms seeking discussions from the ...

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The UN Climate Summit Today
by Alexandra Magaard - 23 September 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 23 September 2014 // #GoingGreen 

Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany (source)

Hallo liebe Schülerinnen und Schüler!

Today, the 23nd of September is a benchmark for the Global Environment the United Nations’ Annual Climate Summit takes place today in New York City.

The Summit today ...

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The First Experts of the Week Post!
by Alexandra Magaard - 22 September 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 22 September 2014 // #Experts #GoingGreen 

Hi students, it is the post you have all been waiting for… the experts of the week!

This coming week – September 22nd – 28th, the project will have three experts: the environmental political cartoon expert, Christianna ...

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Herzlich Willkommen!
by Alexandra Magaard - 16 September 2014
 
Alexandra Magaard // 16 September 2014 //  #GoingGreen

Hi everyone! Hallo allerseits!

Herzlich willkommen to the official blog for the U.S. Embassy’s “Going Green 2014 Project.”  My name is Alex Magaard, and I am the lucky person in charge of the blog.  I am the U.S. Embassy’s virtual ...

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