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TreeSmart Pencils

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Back-to-school writing tools made from recycled newspapers $8.00

Pencils aren't the most exciting or sexy products we've featured on SHFT, but they are must-have accessories for students, and with school looming ominously on the horizon, it's time to load up on back-to-class essentials. For some of the most sustainable writing tools on the market, look no further than TreeSmart, which has been making high quality pencils from recycled newspapers since......read more

Young Farmers: Corbett

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A budding green thumb skates to the community garden to man his plot--and grab an after-school snack

Corbett, our newest Young Farmers subject, comes by his interest in gardening honestly. Raised until the age of six on a farm near Lake Tahoe, the teen green thumb was exposed to the practice of growing food at an early age. Now living in Los Angeles, he tends to a community farm plot right off the freeway that produces everything from corn and peppers to zucchini and tomato. Check out......read more

Young Farmers: Zoe

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After a chaotic day at school, Zoe's orderly veggie garden offers some welcome relief

The front yard garden at Zoe's place, while not exactly as fussy and meticulous as a French formal garden, is nevertheless an orderly place, one that provides a welcome respite from the hectic city outside. Zoe contrasts her steady, reliable botanical friends with her erratic, hormonal classmates at high school, who never seem to do what the teachers want. With plants, she says, all she has to do......read more

Young Farmers: Willa

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A green-thumbed high school student shows off her impressive veggie garden

You know something is embedded in your brain once you start dreaming about it. For Willa, another of our Young Farmers, that would include her garden, the subject of a recent dream (nightmare?) involving some missing lettuce. Now in high school, the enthusiastic planter has been at the gardening game for many years, thanks to her mom and grandma, who got her into plants early on. Here, we......read more

Farming Kindergarten by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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A pre-school in Vietnam takes sustainable education spaces forward

Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects has made a name for its creative structural work with bamboo, a cheap, local, and highly renewable material. With its latest project, a green-roofed pre-school in Đồng Nai province, the company aims to create "a prototype for sustainable education spaces in tropical climates." Called Farming Kindergarten, the school's roof has a continuous......read more

Foxes In Fiction, "School Night"

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Found footage video by Jamie Harley

Director Jamie Harley comes through with another dreamy found footage video, this time for "School Night" by Foxes in Fiction. The video is part of a larger project called "Slow Motion -- A Visual Mixtape," put together by Stadiums & Shrines and Flashlight Tag, a couple indie music bloggers who got some of their favorite filmmakers in the Vimeo community to......read more

Kids Get Hands Dirty at School Gardens

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In Canada, the school garden trend is in full bloom

As any parent can no doubt attest, kids like dirt. In Canada, teachers are taking advantage of that impulse with seeds and soil that teach kids vital lessons about food, sustainability, and the environment. In fact, school gardens are getting so popular up north that the Canadian charity Nutrients for Life this week launched a school garden network, complete with case studies, lesson guides and......read more

Teaching Sustainability at Business School

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Slowly but surely, the sustainability agenda is seeping into business education

From clean energy to green building, energy efficiency to footprint reduction, there are plenty of business opportunities in the sustainability space. Naturally, one might assume that business schools offer programs that speak to the eco-aware agenda. In fact, sustainability programs are only recently infiltrating business school curricula. But, as SustainAbility founder John Elkington notes,......read more

Top 10 Environmental Watch List

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Vermont Law School's ranking of the biggest environmental issues of 2010.

Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center just launched its first annual Top Ten Environmental Watch List, outlining the most important environmental law and policy issues of 2010, and how they may continue to play out in the new year. According to the list, the most important event of 2010 was the inability of Congress to enact federal climate change legislation. This was a massive blow to......read more

Edible Schoolyard Planned in Brooklyn

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School adds weeding to reading and writing.

Would our kids forego preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup if they were given the necessary tools to appreciate the alternative? Could they be taught to care about the future of the planet? Judging by chef Alice Waters’ success, the answers are yes and yes. As Founder of Edible Schoolyard, Waters runs the program in Berkeley, California that educates middle school students in an......read more

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