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Daily Archives: April 19, 2014

Earth Month Tip: Clean the area around the outdoor components of your HVAC system

“Did you know as much as half of your household energy use goes to heating and cooling? Airflow problems can reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency by up to 15% and contribute to carbon pollution. In fact, dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating and cooling system inefficiency and failure. Check out EPA’s A Guide to Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling for more to learn how to keep your HVAC system clean and efficient. More tips:”

Institutions for Macroprudential Regulation: The UK and the U.S.

Donald Kohn, Brookings – Institutions for Macroprudential Regulation: The UK and the U.S. – “The U.S. and the world economy still haven’t fully recovered from the global financial crisis that provoked the worst recession since the Great Depression. Nonetheless, a lot of effort already has gone into reducing the risk that we put the world through something… Continue Reading

Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its First Birthday

“This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Digital Public Library of America, a groundbreaking all-digital library that brings together millions of items from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. In celebration, DPLA is proud to announce the addition of six major new partners and… Continue Reading

5 Things To Consider When Taking Out Student Loans

Via Home Room – the official blog of the Dept. of Education: “Federal student loans can be a great way to help pay for college or career school. While you shouldn’t be afraid to take out federal student loans, you should be smart about it. Before you take out a loan, it’s important to understand that a loan… Continue Reading

World Bank – Systems Approach for Better Education Results

“The Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) is an initiative to produce comparative data and knowledge on education policies and institutions, with the aim of helping countries systematically strengthen their education systems. SABER evaluates the quality of education policies against evidence-based global standards, using new diagnostic tools and detailed policy data collected for the… Continue Reading

First-ever public domain database for submitting emails to members of Congress launched

“EFF and Sunlight Foundation published an open call for help testing a tool and populating an open data format that would make it easier for everyday people to contact members of Congress. We already had a prototype, but we needed volunteers to conduct tests on each and every Congressional website. We expected the project would take about two… Continue Reading