(PRWE February 29, 2012 For anyone interested in learning more about the environment, the Shout environmental exploration program offers live webinars and online content including a digital badging program. Shout is a joint project of the Smithsonian, Microsoft’s Partners in Learning and TakingITGlobal. “Water Matters” began Feb. 7–8 with live sessions by Smithsonian experts ranging from a marine biologist to a music archivist. More than 1,200 people participated globally. Topics included the impact of rising nitrogen levels on water quality, the disappearance of amphibians around the world and innovative housing designs in post-Katrina New Orleans. Access archived sessions People interested in current environmental issues have found the webinars valuable. The next webinar in the series, scheduled for March 26-27, will include live sessions from the Smithsonian’s field research center in Panama, where scientists are studying tropical ecology. Other sessions will explore water-related inventions, the importance of water in cultures around the world, and representations of water in American art. Anyone interested can register for one or more of the 50-minute sessions. Register The digital-badging program is for participants who want to demonstrate their understanding of environmental issues and their contributions to finding solutions. More information about badging.