ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION NEWS
& Classroom Materials
Save The Date: Spotlight Conference on Environmental Education
“GARDENING FROM THE GROUND UP!”
Green Eggs & Sand Workshop May 29-31 in Cape May
NJ GeoSTEM programs
Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program
Webinar 1/15 | Outdoor Classroom Management
Online Registration Now Open For 2015 Land Ethics Symposium
Award-Winning Organic Land Care Course Offered in January
The Winter of Webinars is gearing up!
December PLT GreenSchools! Update
NAAEE EE News for December 10, 2014
GreenSchools National Conference
EE at EPA Highlights: Funding Opportunities and Student Contests
Using Eagle Cam in Your Classroom
The Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking
Sustainable Jersey Dec-Jan upcoming events
PEEC: Residential Environmental Learning Center 2015 Directors' Conference
Granny Green's Green Machine
Duke Farms Resources for Educators
Join EIRC's ELA PARCC Consortium
October PLT GreenSchools! Update
NJDOE: Model High School Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science Course
EIRC's STEM Workshop Series Starts this Month!
|Save The Date: Spotlight Conference on Environmental Education
|“GARDENING FROM THE GROUND UP!”
FREE Workshop for Gardeners, Soil Enthusiasts and Curious Minds
|Green Eggs & Sand Workshop May 29-31 in Cape May
A Green Eggs and Sand Curriculum workshop will be held May 29-31 at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor (Cape May Co.). The workshop will delve into the ecological connections between horseshoe crabs and shorebirds, human connections to horseshoe crabs, and the challenges encountered in managing this resource via presentations, field trips and hands-on activities.
|NJ GeoSTEM programs
Earth System STEM Teacher Professional Development Series and GeoSTEM Teacher-To-Teacher Initiative II both of which take place at the Mount Laurel Campus of Burlington county Community College.
|Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program
2015 Environmental Stewards Program
The Rutgers Environmental Stewards Training Program will have new sessions of its popular course starting in January 2015 in locations around New Jersey. The Program provides training and experience that equips participants to contribute effectively to finding solutions for environmental problems in their communities.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County
January - May
Tuesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Preakness Healthcare Center
January - May
Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
January - May
Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County
January - May
Atlantic County Utility Authority
Egg Harbor Twp
January - May
Wednesdays. 9:30am -12:30pm
For the course brochure, registration fees, and information on who to contact at each location to enroll, click here.
|Webinar 1/15 | Outdoor Classroom Management
Thursday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
In This Session
In this webinar, Whitney Cohen, Life Lab’s Education Director, will use stories, photos, and discussion to share tried-and-true tips for managing large groups of students in an outdoor environment. Topics will include:
Join Whitney for a wide range of tips and strategies for outdoor classroom management.
To Participate in the Live Session
- This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
- As a member of the Growing School Gardens community, pre-registration is not required.
- Login at www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11 at the scheduled time.
- Test your system for best quality: www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest
About the Presenter
Whitney Cohen is the Education Director at Life Lab, a national leader in garden-based education. She presents hands-on workshops and writes activity guides for educators across the country. Whitney also teaches “Teaching Environmental Education” at UC Santa Cruz. Whitney is an educator, lecturer and author with tremendous commitment to, and expertise in, place-based education; student-led inquiry; strategies for engaging a diverse student population; and the intersection between environmental education and the public school system.
This program is co-hosted by edWeb.net, the Edible Schoolyard Project, the National Farm to School Network, and Life Lab.
Visit our Google calendar to view all webinars this month.
Follow us on Twitter @edWebnet to learn about upcoming webinars and special events!
|Online Registration Now Open For 2015 Land Ethics Symposium
|Award-Winning Organic Land Care Course Offered in January
|The Winter of Webinars is gearing up!
The Trailside Nature and Science Center is scheduling a Project WOW workshop for Thursday March 26 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The fee is $20 and a morning refreshment will be provided. Attendees should bring lunch.
|December PLT GreenSchools! Update
|NAAEE EE News for December 10, 2014
Conference News: Survey, CEUs, Photo Gallery
Photos and Social Media from the Conference
EECapacity Webinar Recording: How are You Bringing EE to Your Work with Pre-service Teachers?
Did you miss the final 2014 EECapacity webinar for professors of education? Becca Franzen, of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and Prisca Moore, of Carthage College, presented how they bring environmental education to pre-service teacher training. Watch or download the webinar: https://naaee.webex.com/naaee/lsr.php?RCID=0ec3fd1910ab7a8b8d283dfa86968c89
Questions? Contact Susan Gentile at firstname.lastname@example.org
NAAEE Accredits Four Distinguished College and University EE Programs
NAAEE is pleased to announce a new initiative designed to formally recognize distinguished college and university environmental education programs that are developing well-prepared environmental educators we need in the field. Graduates of these programs are experiencing curriculum and training that will translate to best practices in EE across a variety of learning contexts.
Four programs—Montreat College, Eastern Kentucky University, Nova Southeastern University, and University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point—are the first institutions to receive recognition. We applaud their efforts and hope this is the start of expanding high quality EE in higher education. For more information, visit http://www.naaee.net/programs/highered.
The next deadline for accreditation applications is March 15, 2015.
Cal Water H2O Challenge
Deadline: February 27, 2015
UL Innovative Education Award
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Awards, Grants, Contests
EPA Accepting Proposals for 2014 EE Model Grants Program
Deadline: February 2, 2015
Deadline for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants Request for Applications Extended
Deadline Extended: January 9, 2015
Help Save Gorillas and Win $5,000
Deadline: April 3, 2015
World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest
Deadline: February 19, 2015
Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest Professional Development Workshop
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights
EJ in Action Blog: Cities on the Edge
The latest EPA Environmental Justice in Action blog post, "Cities on the Edge," by Katherine Takai of the International City/County Management Association, discusses resources and tools from the White House's Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, available for cities and communities to increase the their economic competitiveness and integrate equity and environmental justice for more sustainable and resilient communities.
North American Events, Training, Announcements
Online Courses on Management of Recreation Resources
Registration Deadline: January 21, 2015
Learn more about the course: http://wmdep.wilderness.net/407_562%20online.pdf and the Graduate Certificate in Wilderness Management:
Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education
Course begins: January 27, 2015
Presentation and Publishing Opportunities
Environmental Education Journal Call for Contributions
Deadline for eJournal: January 15, 2015
Resources for Students and Educators
New Nature Activities for Families Guide
Project Learning Tree has compiled 25 of its most popular activities for families into a 40-page booklet. These fun and easy-to-do activities are perfect for parents—and grandparents—to help introduce children to nature while walking in the forest, visiting a local park, exploring your own backyard, or when all else fails—inside! Journal pages provide room for children to make notes and draw sketches of what they observe. If you are looking for simple, entertaining and educational ways to engage children or grandchildren in the outdoors, Nature Activities for Families is a great gift idea this holiday season. The cost for the guide is $16.95, plus shipping and handling.
New Bullfrog Film: Groundswell Rising
In Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water we meet parents, scientists, doctors, farmers, and individuals across the political spectrum who are decrying the practice of fracking for natural gas. This provocative documentary tracks a grassroots movement exposing dangers to clean air, water, and civil rights.
Sweet Water Hunt
A watershed mystery, Sweet Water Hunt, by Connie Nye, is an interactive, interdisciplinary novel set in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Watershed. Solve the riddle of “madness,” visit Dr. Water’s kooky hoose (house of organic and sustainable endeavors) and numerous sites in the Brandywine Valley. Learn to test water quality as the characters embark on this adventure story integrated with hands-on activities in all subject areas to understand watershed dynamics. Events can be scheduled at your school. Consider booking a watershed dynamics round-robin program.
New Film Documents Climate Change Impacts Along the Andes
Seattle-based documentary filmmaker, Ethan Steinman of Daltonic Films is promoting the educational release of his latest film Glacial Balance. The film is a country-by-country journey along the spine of the Andes, providing a narrative of climate change impacts on communities through their own words.
The special edition DVD set of the film is available for purchase at glacialbalance.com. NAAEE members may purchase the film at the discounted price of $19.99 with free shipping (normally $29.99 for the special edition). Click here to purchase.
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/channels/glacialbalance
Consumers Can Help Move the Economy Towards Sustainability
Consumption represents 70% of the US economy. In a recent study by Nielsen, as many as 42% of all consumers in North America indicated that they would be willing to pay more for a more sustainable product.
EarthTouch by Earth Accounting will deliver sustainability information about different products to users who simply scan a barcode. The idea is to empower consumers to make purchasing decisions based on the environmental footprint and workplace justice of products.
Earth Accounting has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds, promote the idea and connect with interested parties and activists.
The main challenge is the collection of the data to deliver through the app and the website. For this purpose Earth Accounting proposes the formation of a new and unique “information cooperative” the Alliance for Consumer Empowerment and Sustainability (ACES.coop). Complete transparency and user participation are also the goals.
EPA Report: Climate Change Indicators in the United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third edition of Climate Change Indicators in the United States presenting observed data on key measures of our environment. The third edition adds more years of data, new indicators, and new features that connect observed data records to local communities and areas of interest. The report focuses on long-term trends for key measures of our environment for which high-quality data exist. Each indicator and the report itself were peer-reviewed by independent experts, and extensive technical documentation accompanies the report.
|GreenSchools National Conference
|EE at EPA Highlights: Funding Opportunities and Student Contests
|Using Eagle Cam in Your Classroom
|The Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking
Today, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), in collaboration with the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), launched the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking®, a national, online, interactive training and certificate program for building energy and water benchmarking professionals. The program is designed to educate users through a no-cost online training component on how to accurately collect building energy and water benchmarking data and use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR™ Portfolio Manager® tool to benchmark building performance, and for a fee, certify participants who successfully complete the training and exam.
As building energy transparency grows at the city-level and beyond, supported by initiatives such as NRDC and IMT’s City Energy Project, the accuracy of self-reported data is especially important. Training and certificate programs like the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking are the first step in improving the quality of benchmarking information.
NRDC is pleased to have supported the development of the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking, along with the U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Energy and a large group of industry advisors. Please see the attached press release and help us spread the word about this exciting new program. Any questions you may have about the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking can be directed to Terra Meierdierck with NJIT at email@example.com
Lauren Zullo, LEED AP O+M
Director of National Initiatives | The City Energy Project
Natural Resources Defense Council
40 W 20th Street, New York, NY 10025
|Sustainable Jersey Dec-Jan upcoming events
New Municipal Energy Actions For Sustainable Jersey (Webinar)
December 17, 2014 – 1:00-2:00 PM
This webinar will cover several of the new energy actions in the Sustainable Jersey program, including program updates just introduced, and a preview of new actions planned for early 2015.
Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program Current Opportunity (Webinar)
January 7, 2015 – 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Sustainable Jersey is pleased to announce that $200,000 in new grant funds are now available for communities participating in the Sustainable Jersey certification program to support sustainability initiatives and projects.
This webinar will review the application, the online application portal and tips on how to successfully apply for a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant.
REGISTER -- Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -- 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
REGISTER -- Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
REGISTER -- Wednesday, January 7, 2015 -- 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Learn how you can participate in the new Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Attendees will walk through the registration process, website resources, and the webinar will cover basic information on how to communicate, collaborate and organize their district or school green team for certification success!
Visit the Sustainable Jersey Grants Portal for a list of available grants.
For more information on Trainings and Events visit www.sustainablejersey.com
|PEEC: Residential Environmental Learning Center 2015 Directors' Conference
|Granny Green's Green Machine
Environmental theater, music, puppets and books for kids
|Duke Farms Resources for Educators
|Join EIRC's ELA PARCC Consortium
Feel confident that your students are ready for PARCC!
ELA PARCC Consortium
Send a team of two teachers to a series of workshops where they will learn how to use Common Core Standards to enhance instruction and prepare students for the PARCC assessments.
A team of two teachers can attend the ELA PARCC Consortium
Workshops for $800 per team (price includes all five sessions below.)
Each workshop session will be held at EIRC from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
ELA Session 1 - November 10, 2014
Who Does PARCC Think He Is Anyway?
The Common Core Standards and How They Make PARCC Unique
ELA Session 2 - November 13, 2014
To Read or Not to Read - That is the Question!
Close Reading Strategies and Text Complexity
ELA Session 3 - January 14, 2015
Three Cheers for the Tiers
Rising to the PARCC Rigor with Tiered Academic Vocabulary
ELA Session 4 - January 27, 2015
No, You Are Not Entitled to Your Own Opinion...
Unless You Can Support It with Textual Evidence!
ELA Session 5 - February 9, 2015
Pack a Punch to the PARCC
How to Utilize Summative Assessment to Blow Them Away!
EIRC-Educational Information & Resource Center
South Jersey Tech Park, 107 Gilbreth Pkwy, Suite 200
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062-4446
856-582-7000 Phone 856-582-4360 Fax
|October PLT GreenSchools! Update
Energy may be the most important issue of our time. It affects the quality of our lives every day as it powers transportation, communication, lights, and heating and cooling systems. According to the US Department of Energy, K-12 schools spend more than $8 billion annually on energy, making energy the second highest operating expenditure for schools after personnel cost. Therefore, this month we want to provide you with information on how to save energy, and money, at your school.
Energy Webinar: Transforming Schools with PLT
Energy Saving Tips For Schools
James Riley McGirt
|NJDOE: Model High School Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science Course
|EIRC's STEM Workshop Series Starts this Month!
Our nonprofit is offering teachers and students a science prize that is literally out of this world. We hope you will share this opportunity with your audience, as that will give them a chance to win and will encourage engagement in STEM.
The students of the winning teacher will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to control a satellite and run experiments in space for a week as it orbits the earth at 18,000 miles per hour and 310 miles up.
The prize is being supplied by Nanosatisfi, whose team of non-traditional space engineers deployed the world’s first crowd-funded satellite—Ardusat (a portmanteau of Arduino and Satellite). They remain committed to providing an education platform for hands-on space exploration and a truly remarkable STEM experience for students across the globe.
Teachers easily enter by creating a wish list at http://ClassWish.org, which also lets them receive donations for the science equipment their students need. Each teacher who creates a wish list automatically gets a satellite page, such as this sample: http://classwish.org/teachers/15699-Bill-Nigh.
Anyone can help their favorite teacher win by “liking” the teacher, inviting other teachers, spreading the word, or contributing towards supplies.
If, as we hope, you are interested in sharing this opportunity with your readers, feel free to grab any of the banners that we provided here: http://www.classwish-banners.org/satellite-prize.html
Please let us know if we can answer any questions or provide additional information.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
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