ACE Scholarships - are you next?

Last year ACE awarded more than $25,000 to 11 incredible student leaders, like Zena Sabath who founded and directed her school's green club in Texas and Dan Knickelbein, a community organizer and active member of Oak Park’s Environment and Energy Commission in Illinois.

We are on the lookout for our next batch of scholarship winners as 2011 gets rolling. Will you be one of them!? The deadline is February 17, 2011. Download our application here.

And, while you're thinking about whether an ACE scholarship is for you, chew on this story from 2010 ACE Scholarship winner Julia Borden...

Where does your electricity come from?

As you read this blog on the internet, which connects us all around the globe, many of us are still blind to the fact that half of our electricity in our country still comes from a technology that was introduced in the nineteenth century: coal.

Last night, I saw a film called Dirty Business: “Clean Coal" and the Battle for Our Energy Future, consulted and narrated by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, which asks these crucial questions: “Can coal ever really be made "clean"? If we were to try to wean ourselves off coal, how would we keep the lights on? Is renewable energy ready for prime time? Is Carbon Capture and Storage really a viable option financially and environmentally?

And the winners are...

Amidst the holiday craziness, we asked our mobile subscribers what items topped their green holiday wish list.

We received over 1,400 responses and had a very difficult time choosing just three to win our holiday contest and receive their green item of choice.

Read on to see what our winners asked for and how they are reducing waste, making their schools more energy efficient, and greening up their transportation with their prizes.

Trash is Cash...Pay it Forward

Imagine being a 10 year old boy living in Nairobi, Keyna in Africa.

Though Africa is a beautiful continent, you live in the slum area of Mathare Valley where all the shops, hotels, and houses of Nairobi dump roughly 1.5 tons of trash there everyday. You and your friends battle poverty, drugs, and even lead poisoning from living next to this dump.

To top it off, your parents and grandparents repeatedly mention how the seasons, the landscape, and the climate have changed since they were young farmers living off the land. What’s the solution?

One man’s waste is another man’s treasure. Take a look into another part of the world were a group of teenagers used their creativity to being hope and purpose into a life and death situation.

Small steps - and my own green blog

By ACE Field Correspondent, Elizabeth Ridolfi, and student at Placer High School in Auburn, CA

I always thought my family and I had lived a fairly green lifestyle - from buying local foods to recycling and composting. That is, until I calculated my ecological footprint through my AP Environmental Science class.

The results hit me hard - if everyone on earth lived my lifestyle, we'd need 5.17 earths. I had a long way to go to... and so began a journey to reduce my footprint.

Over the next three months, I made small changes and even started start my own environmentally themed blog. The results are in and here's what I've accomplished...

New Year, New DOT

New Year's resolutions are all the buzz right now - new year, new start. Here's a fresh idea for you - Do One Thing (DOT) for the environment.

We've got a New Year's DOT contest for you - a chance to win $150 and some fame...

Power Up the Dance Floor

Did you know that a dance club uses 150 times the amount of energy as an average household?

That’s part of what inspired Stef van Dongen, a Dutch innovator, to dream up a project to make nightclubs greener (NY Times).

With so many people going to dance clubs and exerting energy, innovators like Stef were turned on to the idea of creating energy from the dance floors themselves.

To see how this works, and learn the answers to common questions we get here at ACE, read on...

How ACE saved our composting

By Amyula, Student at Chaboya High School and ACE Field Correspondent

Here at the Chaboya Green Club, we have a little box dedicated to the process of decomposition, which happens when organisms, namely worms, break down dead organisms and release their nutrients back into the Earth.

Simply put, we use worms for composting. Every meeting, we give our friends everything they need, food, water, and shelter. But we can’t always be at the gardens. And that brings up a problem...

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