March 2008 Archives

Princeton Sustainability Website & OIT solutions

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Shana Weber, the University’s Sustainability Manager, spoke at a Lunch ‘n Learn on Wednesday, March 12th, on “The Greening of Technology: Sustainability Initiatives at Princeton” Highlights of it are on OIT’s blog: “IT’s Academic” Four from OIT were also on the panel: Leila Shahbender, Charles Kruger, Curt Hillegas, and John Shorey. They spoke about what OIT has instituted as practical applications and ideas to reduce the University’s carbon footprint. A podcast is available, as well as the presentations (powerpoint) from both links above.

EPA Regional and Headquarters Libraries to reopen

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The EPA National Library Network Report to Congress has been released.

It is dated March 26, 2008.

http://www.epa.gov/natlibra/documents/LibraryReportto_Congress.pdf

In the report it states that the EPA will receive S1 million to reopen the following libraries, which it hopes to do by September 30, 2008: EPA Libraries in Regions 5, 6 & 7, Chicago, Dallas, & Kansas City respectively, and the EPA Headquarters Repository and Chemical Library in Washington, D.C.

Energy Summit at National Academies

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March 14 — The National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering held a summit on March 13 and 14 to examine the increasing importance of energy policy to the nation’s security, economic vitality, and environment. U.S. government officials and other leading experts delivered a series of presentations that will inform the upcoming study —

America’s Energy Future: Technology Opportunities, Risks, and Tradeoffs.

Summit Agenda and Presentations

News Release

America’s Energy Future Project

What You Need to Know About Energy booklet

Source: What’s New@National-Academies.org Friday, March 21.

Our Low-Carbon Future, in "State of the World 2008"

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“Building a low-carbon economy is the central challenge of our time. Meeting that challenge will require restructuring the global energy industry through technological, economic, and policy innovations that are as unprecedented as the climate change it must address, writes Worldwatch President Christopher Flavin in Chapter 6 of State of the World 2008”

Read: Chapter 6: “Building a Low-Carbon Economy”

Source: Worldwatch Institute email newsletter, Mar. 20, 2008

“Under the initiative, CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) will work with Wikipedia to help provide accurate CAS Registry Numbers for current substances listed in Wikiprojects - Chemicals section of the Wikipedia Chemistry Portal - that are of widespread general public interest. The CAS Registry is one the most comprehensive collections of chemical substances and the CAS Registry Number is the recognised global standard for chemical substance identification.”

From Knowledgespeak Newsletter, March 18.

Educational Materials in Atmospheric Chemistry

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Professor Daniel J. Jacob of Harvard University has compiled this very fine set of educational materials that deal with various aspects of atmospheric chemistry. He draws these resources from his own teaching experience, along with offering slides, presentations, and information from his own introductory textbook on the subject. Visitors can click through sections that contain resources such as Power Point presentations on halogen chemistry, aerosols, and global biogeochemical cycles. Professor Jacob has also been kind enough to include several versions of his 1999 textbook titled “Introduction to Atmosphere Chemistry” for general consideration and use. Finally, the site also contains resources on chemical transport models intended for graduate students. Source: The Scout Report — March 14, 2008

There are also some helpful hints about presentations and writing!

EPA Libraries -- Best Practices & summary

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Environmental Protection: EPA Needs to Ensure That Best Practices and Procedures Are Followed When Making Further Changes to Its Library Network. GAO-08-304, February 29.

http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-08-304 (60 pages)

Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d08304high.pdf (1 page)

Thanks to Ruth Gustafson from UC Davis reporting to the Environment & Resource Management Division of Special Library Association

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