• Supreme Court Hears Case on Navy Sonar and Whales

    The US Supreme Court heard a case today in which the justices sounded closely split on whether environmental laws can be used to protect whales and other marine mammals from the Navy’s use of sonar off the coast of Southern California. This is an issue that we have been making known to our network of […]

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  • Cultivating the Green Consumer

    Although the current situation with the economy certainly puts a new twist on consumers ‘going green’ a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review referencing a 2007 McKinsey & Company global survey of 7,751 consumers in eight major economies reports that most consumers are concerned about the environmental and social impacts of the products […]

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  • Cultivating the Green Consumer

    Consumers say they want to buy ecologically friendly products and reduce their impact on the environment. But when they get to the cash register, their Earth-minded sentiments die on the vine. Although individual quirks underlie some of this hypocrisy, businesses can do a lot more to help would-be green consumers turn their talk into walk.

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  • Congress Approves and President Signs Great Lakes Compact

    In a big step forward, President Bush recently signed a joint resolution of Congress providing consent to the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, an interstate agreement based on the Great Lakes Annex Agreement signed by Ontario, Quebec and the eight Great Lakes states in 2005. The President’s action marks the […]

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  • The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice

    As mentioned in previous issue of Blue Planet News to Use, Sarah Brophy and Elizabeth Wylie have authored a newly-published book, The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice, which is full of practical information and inspiration for our Partner ZAMs (zoos, aquariums, and museums).Global climate conditions and other serious issues facing human society demand […]

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  • Leave No Child Inside

    In what has turned out to be one of the best years in Congress for environmental education, on September 18, the US House of Representative overwhelmingly and with strong bi-partisan support, passed the No Child Left Inside Act, H.R. 3036. Sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes and others, the bill’s passage represents one of only […]

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  • PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment

    Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Jennifer Paluch, and Sonja PetekThe Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released its latest statewide survey on July 30. This is the 88th PPIC Statewide Survey and the eighth in the Californians and the Environment survey series, whose intent is to inform policymakers, encourage discussion, and raise public awareness about environment, […]

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  • New Approaches to Evaluation

    Part of the process of continual improvement in communicating for conservation includes gathering baseline data and defining measurable objectives; effective implementation; and tracking progress toward conservation education and action goals.This month we are highlighting some important presentations, articles and resources from Good Measures: New Approaches to Evaluation, a conference held May 22, 2008 and sponsored […]

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  • West Coast Governors Launch Ocean Action Plan

    The Governors of California, Oregon and Washington recently launched an historic action plan to address challenging ocean and coastal management issues along the West Coast. This significant step comes on the heels of another precedent-setting state-driven ocean conservation action, with the passage into law of the Massachusetts Ocean Act of 2008.The West Coast Governors’ Ocean […]

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  • Encourage Walk-ins to Your Facility with New Google Maps Feature

    Adapted from story by Maura JudkisUS News and World Report – July 23, 2008 Just in time for the recent announcement of America’s most and least walkable cities, Google has added a tool for finding walking directions to its maps. The Google Lat Long Blog details the latest improvements: Walking directions ignore whether or not […]

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