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Veronique Pittman
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Veronique C. Pittman is a trustee of The Rainforest Foundation, The Green Schools Alliance, and Round Hill Hotels and Villas. She is an advisory board member of the Sustainable Acai Project and Global Goods Partners. She is partner of Rainforest Native, which imports fair-trade ecological products from the Amazon rainforest. Pittman is a former graphic designer, cook, adventurer and is interested in indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation, green technologies, discovery learning, and women's reproductive health and population control.

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Students Are Now Competing Across Continents to Reduce the Most Emissions, and Waste, in Their Schools

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 6:39 PM

What began in 2003 in one school as a campus-wide energy conservation competition to raise awareness about energy consumption is now being used as a successful tool for schools and entire districts to meet strict energy savings targets. This year, a record 430 schools worldwide participated in this year's

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Schools Unite to Support a Plastic Bag Ban, Fee or Tax in NYC

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 2:32 PM

Inspired to take action by the successes of large cities and many towns in NY in passing ordinances to ban or impose fees on single use plastic bags, K-12 schools are launching a campaign to pressure the City Council to consider the issue more seriously. While...

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What if Halloween and All Souls Day Were Observed as a Single Holiday in the US?

(6) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 10:02 AM

I think many would agree that Halloween is in need of an image makeover, and what better time than now to re-examine this American tradition in an increasingly Latin-influenced country.

Yesterday was the end of La Calaca, a new four-day festival I had the pleasure of co-producing...

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Indigenous Lands to Finally Receive Titles in Panama

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 5:39 PM

June 4, 2012 will go down in history for the Wounaan communities of Puerto Lara and Caña Blanca, in the Darién of Panama. They received their collective land titles and will become the first to obtain their titles under a new law. This is an important victory for the indigenous...

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Third Graders Help Their School Win Green Cup Recycle Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 12:02 PM

Pioneer Academy (PS 307Q), a Pre-K-4th grade school in Queens is the winner of the 2012 Green Cup RECYCLE Challenge, a national student-driven recycling competition for K-12 schools sponsored by the non-profit Green Schools Alliance (GSA).

Pioneer achieved "Recycling Champion" status by earning the highest...

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Conflicts Continue Over Resources in Panama -- Two More Indigenous People Killed

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 2:37 PM

Since the February 2012 protests over mining, dams, and illegal logging in Panama, indigenous leaders from Western Panama have been in negotiations with the government, and have reached an agreement regarding development projects on their lands. In Eastern Panama, communities have continued to denounce illegal logging on their...

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National "2012 Green Cup Recycle Challenge" Encourages K-12 Students to Rethink Waste and Consume Less

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 10:59 AM

Every year Americans generate 250 million tons of trash -- enough to fill a line of garbage trucks that would stretch from the Earth halfway to the moon.

Studies have shown that at least 75% of our garbage could be recycled and composted; San Francisco has achieved...

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Students Prevent Over 1.5 Million Pounds of CO2 Emissions. Winners of the 2012 Green Cup Challenge Announced

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 3:46 PM

Students from 116 schools in 22 states collectively prevented 1,567,562 pounds of global warming carbon dioxide (CO2) from being released into the atmosphere in just four weeks, during the 2012 national Green Cup Challenge® (GCC), with the top schools reducing their energy use by over 30%.

Now in...

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Students Cut Energy Use By Up to 17%

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 3:44 PM

Students across the U.S. are reporting impressive energy savings on their school campuses during the third week of meter readings for the 2012 national Green Cup Challenge® (GCC), with some schools reporting cuts as high as 17%.

"This is extremely positive news for America, which makes up just...

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U.S. Schools Compete to Slash Energy Use in 2012

(14) Comments | Posted January 28, 2012 | 4:47 PM

Students in more than 116 schools across the U.S. are competing to reduce their electricity consumption by participating in the 2012 national Green Cup Challenge® (GCC) during peak winter energy usage, Jan. 18 to Feb. 15. (New York City and Chicago will launch separate Challenges on March 2)....

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$100,000 in Prize Money Given to the Top 10 NYC Public Schools That Reduced the Most Energy

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 1:37 PM

The winners were announced at the 4th Annual Green Schools Alliance Spring Conference & Resource Fair, "Green Schools NYC 2011 (GSNYC)" on April 9th.

The Martin Luther King Jr. High School, where the event took place, took first prize. During a time of severe budget cuts, the winning...

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A plea to James Cameron and Sting: Help stop the Belo Monte Dam.

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 1:05 AM

Late last year, Sting visited to Brazil (he performed at the pro-environmental Natura About Us Festival in Sao Paulo) to urge the government there to listen to the concerns of indigenous peoples over a proposed new hydro-electric dam in the Amazon.

Sting told a news conference in Sao Paulo on...

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No More Shark Fin Soup on Menus!

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 12:19 AM

I was heartened today to learn that Hawaii seeks to ban the harvesting of shark fins in a bill that passed both House and Senate. The governor could always veto the bill but it is unlikely. However, what I would like to see is shark fin soup taken off the...

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The Power of Social Media to Save Lives

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2010 | 10:45 PM

A look at protecting the health and rights of women now -- from the Tribeca Film Festival to the open-source platform of Ushahidi.

For the first time in 20 years, maternal mortality appears to be declining significantly, according to a recent Lancet report. Of course the goal is not simply...

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NYC Public School Students Participate in the Green Cup Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 12:04 AM

Actor Matthew Modine, well-known environmental activist and founder of, spoke at Brooklyn's PS442 last Wednesday. His mission? To help inspire a group of middle school students who were about to be part of a remarkable green initiative.

"I feel very strongly about empowering individuals to make measurable,...

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