BEAVERTON, Oregon, June 12, 2017 – Inspired by its ninth consecutive listing on theOregon Business Magazine’s Best Green Workplaces in Oregon, Vernier Software & Technology has pledged to work harder than ever toward reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement. Specifically, Vernier is installing additional solar panels to the 17 kW system it has had for almost 10 years and is committing to buying 100% renewable electricity for its building.
“Led by our 13 employee owners and our Green Team, Vernier is more committed than ever to do our part in reducing carbon emissions and slowing down climate change, and the Paris Agreement sets important goals for us to work toward,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher.
The Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 countries in 2015 to bring the world together in the fight against climate change. Specifically, the countries that signed on to the pact agreed to limit the century’s global average temperature increase to no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above the levels from the years 1850 to 1900 (the pre-industrial era). The agreement also states a more rigid goal of limiting temperature increases to only 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial era levels.
In addition, to help science and STEM educators teach students about the importance of climate change, Vernier is offering four free inquiry investigations focused on climate change. The investigations available on the Vernier website include:
●The Effect of Acid Deposition on Aqueous Systems
●A Local Weather Study
●Investigating Dissolved Oxygen
To download the free investigations, visithttp://www.vernier.com/news/2017/06/09/free-download-for-climate-change-investigations/.
Vernier has also joined theOregon Business Alliance for Climate, a new business effort focused on supporting and engaging lawmakers on developing a carbon reduction program for Oregon.
To learn more about how Vernier is working to minimize the company’s and its employees’ impact on climate change, visit http://www.vernier.com/company/environment/.
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students' critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visithttp://www.vernier.com.
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