Posted By: Francis Koster Published: May 28, 2009

Tracking Quality of Life:  The JCCI Quality of Life Progress Report   Since 1985, JCCI has been developing a system to track indicators of the quality of life in Jacksonville, Fla. and surrounding communities. Tracking both positive and negative trends, this "community progress report" provides an ongoing analysis of the region. The annual report also helps …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: April 30, 2009

Air Pollution: A Statement of the Opportunity by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Air pollution comes in many flavors, some visible (particulate matter) and some invisible (various gases). This section deals with pollutants which cause direct health impacts when inhaled. The issue of CO2 and other global warming gasses are not covered here…they are dealt with …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: April 22, 2009

Out of Classroom Support to what Occurs in the Classroom by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Out of classroom support to what occurs in the classroom.The purpose of this section is not to discuss how to make classroom education more effective. There are many other excellent websites which have well researched content on that topic. If you …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: April 14, 2009

When you opened this document, a list of tested alternatives to current national practice was revealed in the main menu. Background on the economics of renewable energy If you are thinking about starting a renewable energy or energy conservation program, here are two lessons you need to absorb. The total subsidy granted to existing hydrocarbon …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: April 12, 2009

When you opened this document, a list of tested alternatives to current national practice was revealed in the main menu. The status of sexuality in America is full of myth, value judgments, and misinformation.  One does not have to look far to conclude that the landscape is strewn with human wreckage (often multi-generational) caused by …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: March 8, 2009

             TheOptimisticFuturist.com is led by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.              Fran received his doctorate from The Program for the Study of The Future at the University of Massachusetts where his dissertation work focused on why populations and leaders would ignore warnings, even when the warning was factual, had reliable sources, and delivered directly to the …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: March 6, 2009

Loan Programs for Renewables and Efficiency Florida - Orlando Utilities Commission - Residential Solar Loan Program Last DSIRE Review: 02/03/2009 Incentive Type: Utility Loan Program Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics Applicable Sectors: Residential Terms: PV: up to $20,000; SWH: up to $7,500 0-5.5% interest rate, depending on technology and loan term Website: http://www.ouc.com/green/solar_pilots.htm …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: March 6, 2009

Residential Energy Conservation Loan Programs.  The electric utility loans money to the consumer, who buys energy saving home improvements, lowers the electric bill, and pays the loan back in the electric bill.  The consumer gets a home improvement for no out of pocket expense, the utility does not have to build new generating capacity, and …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: March 5, 2009

Computer Recycling Program Collects 85 Tons in 2008! by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Students In Training is a community based program established in Salisbury, North Carolina, that allows upper elementary, middle school, high school, and university students to learn about computers under the supervision of certified professionals.  Working in donated space after normal school hours, under …

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