Program Resources

"If we are to go on living together on this Earth, we must all be responsible for it" ~ Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the United Nations, Nobel Peace Price Recipient

Here you will find the specific links on the internet that correlate to the CREST Sustainability Program. These will be used in various capacities such as research, reference, calculations and so on. Below you will find the title of the websites, the corresponding link and a description of the websites purpose. These websites are not affiliated with the Sustainability program but are to be used as points of reference for the students and visitors. It is an ever growing collection of links to the vast array of information available on the internet in regards to sustainability.

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 Blogs & Publications
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New York Times Opinion Writer Andrew Rivkin Presents the Dot Earth Blog  Apr 27, 2011, 2:14 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Economists on Environmental and Natural Resources News, Opinion, Analysis (and the all-too-frequent off-topic post)  May 10, 2011, 9:19 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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GOOD is the integrated media platform for people who want to live well and do good. We are a company and community for the people, businesses, and NGOs moving the world forward. GOOD's mission is to provide content, experiences, and utilities to serve this community.  Apr 27, 2011, 2:14 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999 -- which, to be frank, was way before most people cared about such things. Now that green is in every headline and on every store shelf (bamboo hair gel, anyone?), Grist is the one site you can count on to help you make sense of it all.  May 17, 2011, 8:15 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological, and social-cultural dimensions of sustainability within formal and non-formal educational contexts.  May 20, 2011, 11:37 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by Public Radio International. Every week approximately 300 Public Radio stations broadcast Living on Earth's news, features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues. The show airs in 9 of the 10 top radio markets and reaches 80% of the US.  Apr 27, 2011, 2:14 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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A blog about business and sustainability  Apr 27, 2011, 2:14 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Coming from American Public Media, Marketplace is a radio show that focuses on economic stories. The sustainability page focuses on stories that tie together economics and ecological issues.  Feb 2, 2012, 2:15 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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OnEarth is a magazine and website about the environment and its impact on how we live -- and vice versa.  May 3, 2011, 6:01 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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A chart breaking down the big ideas that drive the idea of modern sustainability. (Co-created by Jean MacGregor, The Evergreen College; Victor Nofet, Western Washington U; and Facing the Future)  Aug 9, 2012, 10:18 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Corporate Social Responsibility becomes less flaky and a more attractive option for companies.   518k v. 3 Aug 9, 2012, 10:17 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Drawing from decades of collective wisdom, theory and results, the Living Principles framework weaves environmental, social, economic, and cultural sustainability into an actionable, integrated approach that can be consistently communicated to designers, business leaders, educators and the public.  Feb 2, 2012, 7:40 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Rogue Columnist focuses on sustainability, urban issues and politics in the Great Disruption that is our future. Phoenix and Arizona are a specialty.  Dec 22, 2011, 12:42 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Even advocates for more responsible, environmentally benign ways of life harbor misunderstandings of what "sustainability“ is ali about.  Aug 9, 2012, 10:18 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Companies & Organizations
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The 100 People Foundation helps students to better understand the complex issues facing our planet and the resources we share. By framing the global population as 100 people, our media makes education more engaging and effective, and improves students' abilities to remember and relate to what they learn.  Oct 10, 2012, 2:39 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Arcosanti is an urban laboratory focused on pursuing lean alternatives to urban sprawl through innovative design with environmental accountability  Feb 2, 2012, 7:18 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Educating America’s future leaders is the key to finding sustainable solutions for complex environmental issues.  Apr 27, 2011, 2:27 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Decision Theater is a world-class research facility and decision lab for exploring and understanding decision-making. By using state-of-the-art visualization, decision systems science, simulation and solution tools, Decision Theater enables stakeholders, policy leaders, and community members to address today’s challenges and conquer tomorrow’s emerging issues.  Apr 27, 2011, 2:27 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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We are world leaders in ecological footprinting, having used the methodology since 1997. Best Foot Forward is a founding and active member of the Global Footprint Network, and we have worked with the European Commission to encourage states to adopt the ecological footprint indicator.  Oct 10, 2012, 8:11 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The ClimateWorks Foundation supports public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and promote global prosperity.  May 11, 2011, 2:54 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Conducting climate, water, and decision research and developing innovative tools to bridge the boundary between scientists and decision makers and put our work into the hands of those whose concern is for the sustainable future of Greater Phoenix.  May 17, 2011, 4:34 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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ecoAmerica is dedicated to supporting the environmental movement and growing the base of public support for environment and climate solutions among mainstream Americans.  Apr 27, 2011, 2:27 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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At Facing the Future we believe in the transformative power of widespread, systemic education to improve lives and communities, both locally and globally. Our positive, solutions-based programming is designed by and for teachers, and brings critical thinking about global issues to students in every walk of life.  May 3, 2011, 6:06 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit organization that promotes economic, environmental and social sustainability. GRI provides all companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world.  Feb 16, 2012, 7:00 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The topics of global warming, pollution, alternative energy sources, fuel-efficiency and more continue to show up in the news and media, so it’s important for college students to know how they can become involved in the green movement. That’s why Green Student University was created.  Nov 28, 2011, 11:06 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Interface is the worldwide leader in design, production and sales of environmentally-responsible modular carpet for the commercial, institutional, and residential markets, and a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial broadloom.  Feb 2, 2012, 7:36 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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IIED is one of the world’s most influential international development and environment policy research organisations. Founded in 1971 by economist Barbara Ward, who forged the concept and cause of sustainable development, we work with partners on five continents.  Jan 23, 2013, 8:51 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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BALLE brings together independent business leaders, economic development professionals, government officials, social innovators, and community leaders to build local living economies. We provide local, state, national, and international resources to this new model of economic development.  May 16, 2011, 10:18 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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We are a non-profit organization representing a coalition of locally-owned businesses which form the backbone of the Arizona economy. We work to strengthen communities and local economies throughout the state of Arizona.  May 16, 2011, 10:26 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Our mission is to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources. RMI's style is non-adversarial and trans-ideological, emphasizing integrative design, advanced technologies, and mindful markets. Our strategic focus, executed through specific initiatives designed to take our work rapidly to scale, is to map and drive the transition from coal and oil to efficiency and renewables.  Aug 11, 2011, 10:22 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.  May 11, 2011, 7:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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At SRP, sustainability is a corporate strategy at the very highest level. It is central to policy development and the success of the organization. The Sustainability Report for Fiscal Year 2010 reviews the past performance of programs and initiatives in SRP's Sustainable Portfolio and outlines our future direction.  May 4, 2011, 12:17 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Sustainable Measures is a private consulting firm dedicated to promoting sustainable organizations and communities through the development, understanding and use of effective indicators and systems for measuring progress. Through services such as interactive workshops, consulting, lectures and publications, Sustainable Measures educates, activates and helps groups create effective indicators.  May 16, 2011, 8:41 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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This is the website for Sustainable Resources, LTD. This non-profit works to improve the quality of life for those in third world countries. Jan Snyder came and spoke to the class on 1/12/11 about projects and possible opportunities with the non-profit.  Apr 27, 2011, 2:27 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Blue Economy is an international community of companies, innovators and scientists, providing open source access to develop, implement and share prosperous business models that strive to improve natural ecosystems and the quality of life for all.  Aug 10, 2011, 3:29 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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“To bring economic, social and environmental systems into closer harmony with the realities of a finite planet and a globally powerful human race by using the disciplines of systems thinking, system dynamics and collaborative learning that were pioneered by our founder, Donella Meadows.”  Jan 27, 2012, 3:45 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The ECOLOGY CENTER provides the public with reliable information, tools, hands-on training, referrals, strategies, infrastructure, and models for sustainable living. Our programs enable people to adopt practices that are environmentally and socially responsible.  Feb 4, 2013, 7:51 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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This section contains materials that examine professional responsibilities for the safety and well being of the public as well as of workers. Over time, the section has broadened to include materials that examine the role of engineers in ensuring the health and safety of the environment, including issues of social justice and sustainable development.  Aug 14, 2012, 9:29 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement centre uniting development studies with science and technology studies. Our cross-cutting work covers agriculture & food; energy & climate change; health & disease and water & sanitation.  Jan 15, 2013, 12:48 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society.  May 4, 2011, 12:17 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The US Environmental Protection Agency is the governmental body that is in charge of environmental regulations and policy enforcement at the federal level.  May 5, 2011, 4:07 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University harnesses the expertise and imagination of leading academics and decision-makers to create practical solutions for people and the planet. In the same spirit that inspired Stanford’s role in Silicon Valley’s high-tech revolution, the Woods Institute is pioneering innovative approaches to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century – from climate change to sustainable food supplies to ocean conservation.  Jan 25, 2012, 7:37 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Competitions & Challenges
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This competitive science fair encourages school-aged youth to pick a topic related to a sustainable system (energy, waste, natural areas, or local food sources), research how to make this system more sustainable and display their innovative strategies that will help create a sustainable future. Competitors can research and test eco-friendly ways to reduce material waste, utilize natural resources for clean energy, and protect our natural environment!  May 1, 2013, 9:49 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Arizona Envirothon is modeled after the Canon Envirothon, North America’s largest natural resource competition for high school Students. Arizona’s competition is open to all high schools within the state. Interested students form a 5-member team, study and learn about our natural resources and then compete for the opportunity to win significant prizes and represent Arizona at the annual Canon Envirothon.  Feb 2, 2012, 11:11 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Arizona's ultimate science fair. This annual event hosts the top science fair entires from across the state. With a wide range of topics covered, stretching from energy to color spectrums, students with high performing presentations and research methods are best suited to participate.  May 5, 2011, 3:40 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Canon Envirothon is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established to coordinate the delivery of an environmental education program for high school students throughout North America. he environmental education program consists of the annual Canon Envirothon Competition in which winning teams from participating states and Canadian provinces compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.  Apr 27, 2011, 12:37 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Cool School Challenge is a program of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, developed in collaboration with Redmond High School environmental science teacher Mike Town, and Puget Sound Energy’s Powerful Choices for the Environment program.  Apr 27, 2011, 7:49 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12 provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 65 countries, regions, and territories to display their independent research.  May 11, 2011, 7:58 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The mission of I-SWEEEP is to: spark interest and awareness in our planet’s sustainability challenges, help young people grasp the extent of these issues, find workable solutions to these challenges, accelerate the progress toward a sustainable world by engaging youths at an early age.  Aug 16, 2011, 2:38 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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I-SWEEEP is an international science fair, it is a unique science fair because it focuses on energy, engineering, and environmental projects. I-SWEEEP goal is to plant a seed in high school students into looking for alternative solutions for a sustainable world.  Jan 10, 2013, 12:55 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Lexus Eco Challenge is a life-changing opportunity for teens across the nation to make a difference in the environmental health of our planet, one community at a time.  Nov 13, 2013, 3:09 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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n partnership with the College Board, the Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing scholarships and increasing access to higher education for talented mathematics, science, engineering, and technology students in the United States  Aug 21, 2012, 11:23 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The only national sustainability challenge that empowers students in every grade level to develop and share environmental solutions that just may change the world!  Apr 27, 2011, 2:20 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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In a world increasingly dependent on energy efficiency, material sustainability and redesign and reuse rather than new design, the SMART Competition invites high school students to become part of the solution.  Sep 21, 2012, 3:36 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Challenging high school students to create innovative products using science, technology, and entrepreneurship to solve real-world, 21st century problems.  Oct 20, 2011, 3:19 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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As the world population continues to grow and become more connected than ever, The DuPont Challenge asks students to consider our most important challenges by researching and writing a 700-1,000-word science essay.  Jan 10, 2013, 1:59 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Wouldn't It Be Cool If... is a new contest jointly presented by Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds and i.am FIRST, founded by artist will.i.am. The contest challenges kids in two age categories -- 10-12 and 13-15 -- to dream up the coolest invention idea to make their lives, communities and even the world more AWESOME.  Feb 29, 2012, 10:24 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Curriculum
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The objective is to provide AP Environmental Science teachers with resources they can use to supplement the units they teach on energy and climate change. The articles include activities that students can use to evaluate their personal energy consumption, to compare alternative energy sources, to analyze and make connections using a systems-thinking approach to understanding climate change, to increase their understanding of the greenhouse effect, and to practice successfully converting between various energy and power units  Nov 26, 2012, 8:01 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Creative Change Educational Solutions is a nonprofit organization advancing educational leadership and transformation through a lens of sustainability. Based in southeast Michigan, we serve K12 schools, nonprofits, universities, and teacher education programs at the national level.  Nov 1, 2011, 8:21 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Spark curiosity in the classroom. Discovery Education and Intel have teamed up to create Curiosity in the Classroom, a website designed to bring teachers, students and families on a journey through life's biggest questions.  Nov 1, 2011, 8:21 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Efforts towards sustainability in any field are built on processes for communicating, learning, and sharing knowledge, engaging people in their multiple roles as individuals, and as members of communities and organizations. This site aims to provide a practical resource for those who work with communities (in the wider sense of the term) to help them identify and adopt more sustainable practices.  Nov 1, 2011, 8:21 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Second Nature's mission... is to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education. We accelerate movement toward a sustainable future by serving and supporting senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.  Nov 1, 2011, 8:21 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Agrobiodiversity is the foundation of sustainable agricultural development. It includes the diversity of plants, animals, fish, trees and microbes that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture. The human race could not survive without access to this diversity, which enables plant and animal species and agroecosystems to evolve and adapt to changing environmental conditions.  Nov 26, 2012, 7:58 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Our mission is to ensure the viability of sustainable communities by leveraging changes in K-12 school systems to prepare young people for the shift toward a sustainable future.  Feb 2, 2012, 7:47 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Grants & Foundations
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Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.  Feb 2, 2012, 7:13 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Turn Old Gadgets into Green. Get Paid, Protect the Environment. Earn Rewards. How much is your gadget worth?  Feb 2, 2012, 11:28 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Online Tools
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This site allows for mind mapping, systems thinking and diagramming thought processes by allowing sequential pieces of information to be mapped out.  Apr 27, 2011, 7:52 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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As a fluid platform dedicated to what’s next in learning, we have to be quick on our feet. Technology, emerging trends, social media, and culture change fast–and in 2012 and beyond, faster than ever before. By connecting these four areas, we hope to support the progression of how people access and process information, collaborate with others, and combine existing wisdom with new thinking to create a better world.  Dec 13, 2012, 2:58 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Interactive on-line poster creation.  Apr 27, 2011, 7:52 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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A highly interactive map showing a multitude of demographic data within the county of Maricopa. Very addicting.  Mar 15, 2012, 8:50 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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This is an ecological Footprint calculator. Enter in information here to get an idea about your personal impact on the planet and if everyone on the Earth lived like you, how many planets would we need?   Feb 1, 2012, 8:36 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Create astonishing presentations live and on the web  Apr 27, 2011, 7:52 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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These OWL resources will help you learn how to use the American Psychological Association (APA) citation and format style. This section contains resources on in-text citation and the References page, as well as APA sample papers, slide presentations, and the APA classroom poster.  Feb 23, 2012, 7:49 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Access to the PVHS on-line card catalog. Search for books, movies, and other media resources.  Apr 27, 2011, 1:29 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Research Methods Knowledge Base is a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods.  Apr 27, 2011, 2:15 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Discovery Education provides engaging digital resources to schools and homes with the goal of making educators more effective, increasing student achievement, and connecting classrooms and families to a world of learning.  Apr 27, 2011, 2:29 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Instructed by Nobel Laureate Dr. Lee Hartwell, this course explores the approaching limitations to sustaining human health and well being on earth due to human exploitation of natural resources and how sustainable solutions can be found through science, technology, and society acting at local and global levels.  May 3, 2011, 6:03 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Seeing Reason Tool is easy to use. There are two ways to learn about the tool and its features: a demonstration workspace for practicing with the tool and a tutorial that takes you through the main features.  Feb 2, 2012, 7:08 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, calendar events, etc. in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online!  Dec 13, 2012, 2:58 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.  Dec 13, 2012, 2:58 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Worldometers is run by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available in a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world. We have no political, governmental, or corporate affiliation.  Jan 29, 2014, 12:05 PM abernier@pvlearners.net