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1 Green Schools Eugene C. Cordero Department of Meteorology San Jose State University Outline l Global warming: Current status l Solutions l Greening your school, steps forward

2 Earth – Our Planet

3 Human Activities Can Intensify The Greenhouse Effect Transportation Utilities Industry Source: U.S. EPA State and Local Climate Change Outreach Kit, March 2000

4 CO 2 over the last 1000 years Today 

5 Temperature: the last 125 years

6 `, Svalbard, Norway (79ºN)

7 Northern Alaska

8 Temperature through to 2100 3-10ºF warmer

9 Potential Climate Change Impacts Agriculture Crop Yields Irrigation Demands Coastal Areas Erosion of Beaches Inundation of Coastal Wetlands Additional Costs to Protect Coastal Communities Species and Natural Areas Loss of Habitat and Species Health Air Quality - Respiratory Illness Weather-related Mortality Infectious and Tropical Diseases Climate Changes Sea Level Rise Temperature Increase Precipitation Patterns and ExtremesForests Forest Composition Geographic Range of Forests Forest Health and Productivity Water Resources Water Supply Water Quality Competition for Water Source: Anne Grambsch, 1998

10 California‘s Temperature Forecast

11 Sierra Snowpack: The Future

12 Solutions Prudence Foresight (or wisdom) that leads to the avoidance of danger or error.

13 The Design of Effective Solutions Government Emission targets/regulations Technology Advances/ innovations Education Society’s awareness of personal connection

14 We know that what causes global warming

15 But sometimes it’s harder to see…

16 Green Schools

17 Local solutions that inspire and educate –Pollution and greenhouse gas reductions »Bike/walk to school »Energy efficiency –Recycling and reducing waste »Zero Waste, Gardens and Compost –Develop green guidelines for the school »Incorporate existing environmental programs into curriculum.

18 Walking and biking to school… –Promote healthy and active lifestyle –Use resources from national Safe Routes to Schools –Help promote community

19 Promoting energy efficiency –Energy efficient classrooms »Lighting, computers etc. –Increase use of renewable energy

20 Reducing waste –Establish a commitment towards ‘Zero Waste’ »recycling centers and reduction of paper use »Work towards eliminating styrofoam/plastic from school »Develop educational experience around gardens (compost)

21 Challenges and opportunities –Financial »Green solutions often cost more initially…but may save money in long run. –Use creative solutions to fund projects »Campaign for “Styrofoam-Free School” »Campaign for solar installation »Campaign to develop edible garden –Consider educational value

22 Solutions make sense, create community and enrich our children’s lives l Children are our future l Champions are needed!!


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