The Science of Sustainability

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Tracking Your Own Footprints: Digital Tools to Inspire Conservation

Tracking Your Own Footprints: Digital Tools to Inspire Conservation

Oberlin researchers hope to change the public’s personal habits by offering tools to help track resource use in buildings and cities.

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Why a Dark Sky Matters

Why a Dark Sky Matters

Big city lights may put some dazzle in the night sky, but they also cause problems for people and other creatures attuned to darkness.

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How Were Fossil Fuels Formed?

How Were Fossil Fuels Formed?

In this activity you will learn more about how one fossil fuel — shale gas — formed thousands of feet beneath certain parts of the United States.

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How Does Hydraulic Fracturing Work?

How Does Hydraulic Fracturing Work?

Learn how engineers developed the techniques of hydraulic fracturing.

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Claims of Advocates: The Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing

Claims of Advocates: The Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing

Learn more about claims that hydraulic fracturing helps people.

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What Are the Challenges of Fracking Natural Shale Gas Reserves?

What Are the Challenges of Fracking Natural Shale Gas Reserves?

Learn about the concerns some people have about the practice of fracking.

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Energy and a Sustainable Future

Energy and a Sustainable Future

Learn about the sustainability efforts being developed.

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Career Spotlight: Insulation and Coatings Technician

Career Spotlight: Insulation and Coatings Technician

Samuel Weatherwax is an insulation and coatings technician for a geothermal power plant.

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Career Spotlight: Microbiologist

Career Spotlight: Microbiologist

Aindrila Mukhopadhyay is a microbiologist who directs a group researching ways to use microbes to convert plants into biofuels.

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Career Spotlight: Kite Designer

Career Spotlight: Kite Designer

Damon Vander Lind works at Makani Power building high-altitude kites that can generate more power than conventional wind turbines.

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Career Spotlight: Mechatronics Engineer

Career Spotlight: Mechatronics Engineer

Leila Madrone is a mechatronics engineer who leads a team that is designing heliostats — mechanisms used in concentrating solar power systems.

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Green Energy, Sustainable Agriculture Vital to Brewery Business Plan

Green Energy, Sustainable Agriculture Vital to Brewery Business Plan

Central Waters Brewery in Amherst, Wisconsin is committed to using green technology in their manufacturing process and local sources for their ingredients. And, it benefits the bottom line.

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From Cheese to Energy

From Cheese to Energy

Wisconsin produces a quarter of all the cheese made in the United States. Since only about ten percent of the milk becomes cheese, there is an abundance of milky-water waste. Comstock Creamery and GreenWhey Energy have teamed up to turn this wastewater into natural gas and electricity.

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Kickstarting Science: Crowdfunded Research Explores Potential Health Impacts of Coal Trains

Kickstarting Science: Crowdfunded Research Explores Potential Health Impacts of Coal Trains

Scientists and researchers are turning to new and innovative online funding methods to pay for their projects. And the public is buying in.

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Going Off The Grid: Competition Spurs Innovations in Solar Home Design

Going Off The Grid: Competition Spurs Innovations in Solar Home Design

Watch students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology as they compete in the Solar Decathlon; a contest that challenges university teams to build energy efficient homes powered entirely by the sun.

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Largest Solar Plant in the World Goes Through Last Test Before Opening

Largest Solar Plant in the World Goes Through Last Test Before Opening

The largest solar plant in the world – in California’s Mojave Desert – goes through its last test before opening, after a debate that pitted renewable energy against a threatened tortoise.

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QUEST TV: America’s Energy Future

QUEST TV: America’s Energy Future

Tour a solar energy farm, investigate fracking, and explore new energy-efficient home designs in this television episode.

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After the Frack

After the Frack

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process of extracting natural gas that creates large amounts of contaminated wastewater. QUEST travels to Ohio to investigate how this wastewater is produced and the controversy over how to safely dispose of it.

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Stanford Solar Car Races Across Australian Desert

Stanford Solar Car Races Across Australian Desert

Stanford University students design and race a single passenger solar car 1,800 miles across the Australian continent in an international competition that pushes the boundaries of solar-powered technology.

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Cementing a More Sustainable Future

Cementing a More Sustainable Future

A team of innovative students at UNC Charlotte develop a game-changing material poised to improve the way we build our cities and our homes.

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