Educators: Check Out National Green Week

Posted: February 7

What is National Green Week?

National Green Week is an annual event that empowers schools to engage in sustainability focused lessons, projects or activities between the first full week in February and the end of Earth Month (April). Participating districts, schools, classrooms or youth groups choose a week, then select from GEF’s sustainability focused programs to be their ‘green theme.’  Each theme provides 5 day standards-based lesson sets, activities, recommended reading, sustainability tips, contests, and more! Join over 10,000 schools and 5 million students in the largest sustainability education program running!

Click here to learn more and participate!


The Year in Weather Like Never Seen Before

by Brian Kahn, Cliamte Central, January 27, 2014

“Satellite images often provide crucial information when major storms such as Super Typhoon Haiyan form. But both extreme events and our day-to-day weather are part of a much larger climate system. Now EUMETSAT, the European Union’s satellite agency, has taken that long view and used satellite images to construct an entire year in weather on our planet in high definition.”

Year in Weather


“The new visualization uses data gathered in 2013 from European, Japanese, and American satellites and overlays it on NASA’s Blue Marble images. This is the first time EUMETSAT has put together this type of visualization.”

Read full article.


View the YouTube video.

Check Out the Updated EPA National Stormwater Calculator

EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.

It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including

•site developers,

•landscape architects,

•urban planners, and


Watch a short YouTube video about the calculator.

More information and to download the calculator.


2014 Drinking Water Week Posters Use West Palm Beach Artists’ Work

Posted January 16, 2014

Cielo Calienes Martinez and Ximena Cherres were finalists in West Palm Beach’s AWWA 2013 Drinking Water Week coloring contest and their artwork is being used by AWWA for the national posters for 2014! View the posters: DWW2014PosterB, DWW2014Poster

Cielo Calienes small

Cielo Calienes

Ximena Cherres small

Ximena Cherres


Solar Rebates Available from FPL for Residential and Commercial Properties

Updated January 17, 2014

FPLFPL is taking Applications for solar water heating systems

FPL’s Solar Rebate Information

The solar rebate programs are part of a five-year pilot program authorized by the Florida Public Service Commission to promote clean solar power and reduce energy consumption.