(Editor's note: These are suggestions from Science chair at South Middle School Peter Suchmann for his students. His suggestions are reprinted here as well.)
1). Try FreeRice.com
FreeRice is a sister site of the world poverty site, Poverty.com. FreeRice has two goals:
Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.
Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site. Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself. Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.
2). Check out eeweek.org
Try the carbon footprint calculator and explore the vast collection of links to this amazing environmental resource.
3). Get outside and enjoy nature.
4). Try to conserve water. Contact your local water authority to learn how and to get some home water conservation kits.
Water Authority of Great Neck North_50 Watermill Lane_Great Neck, New York 11021_RosenWAGNN@optonline.net 487-7973 or Manhasset Lakeville Water Authority, 170 East Shore Road, Great Neck, NY 11020, 466-4416 email@example.com
5). Install at least one "Green" light bulb in your home. Follow this link for advice: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/06/22/earlyshow/living/home/main2965734.shtml
FACT: If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.
FACT: You save about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb's lifetime. The average U.S. household has 45 light bulbs; replacing that number of 75-watt incandescent bulbs with CFLs would save $180 per year.
FACT: CFL bulbs produce about 75 percent less heat, so they're safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.
6). Think solar power....
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The Solar Center serves both the residential and commercial sectors, and installs solar electric and solar hot water systems, and solar powered emergency backup power systems. For more information visit www.thesolarcenter.com, or call (888)SOLAR-05.
7). Support local students on Long Island visit: www.oneisgreaterthannone.org