In his opening keynote address at the FETC 2009 conference in Orlando, FL, Animal Planet chief ocean correspondent Philippe Cousteau proclaimed: "I have come to realize that, above all, I am a product of good teaching." And good teaching, he continued, has the power to transform the future.
Global Re-Source Funding, a company that provides recycling fundraising programs for schools, has expanded the range of discarded technologies that it's willing to receive. Last spring the company opened up its program to used iPods; now it's added laptop computers and Epson inkjet cartridges.
In an effort to conserve energy and dollars, Comanche Independent School District in Comanche, Texas, has contracted with TAC Energy Solutions for more than $1 million in facilities upgrades. The work will include high-tech improvements to the district's lighting, HVAC, and energy management systems.
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Milpitas Unified School District has partnered with Chevron Energy and Bank of America to implement a 14-site, 3.4 megawatt solar energy project for the district.
VMware has released an update to Fusion, its desktop virtualization solution for Mac OS X. The latest release, version 2.0.1, which began shipping Friday, includes a number of resolved issues, performance enhancements, and other improvements, as well as compatibility updates for the latest Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro systems.
Parallels has released Parallels Desktop 4.0, an update to the company's desktop virtualization solution for Mac OS X. The new version adds more than 50 new features, including support for DirectX 9.0 and significant performance improvements.
Devon IT has announced the launch of its Green School Initiative (GSI), a new program aimed at bringing thin client technology into the classroom.
Punahou School, a private K-12 school in Hawaii, is launching a new effort to reduce its overall campus energy consumption by half within the next eight years. As part of the effort, the school is partnering with IBM to overhaul its data center with new servers and virtualization software from VMware.
The School District of Lee County in Florida is expanding an energy conservation program it launched in 2006. The district has contracted with FPL Services to implement the second phase of the program, in which 25 new schools will be overhauled to reduce energy and water consumption.
The Athenian School in Danville, CA has announced plans to implement a new 220-kilowatt photovoltaic system, projected to supply roughly half the school's annual energy needs.