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Save The Date: Spotlight Conference on Environmental Education
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!
Project WOW
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!
STEM opportunity
Save The Date: Spotlight Conference on Environmental Education             (Posted: 1-28-15)

“GARDENING FROM THE GROUND UP!”             (Posted: 1-14-15)

FREE Workshop for Gardeners, Soil Enthusiasts and Curious Minds

JANUARY 31 12:00-2:00 PM

Soils Sustain Life!
In this hands-on workshop we will explore soil from a garden’s point of view, compare different soil types, learn about the importance of pH, meet the organisms that live in soil, and discover why healthy soil is at the root of a healthy garden! Presented by Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, at Jakes Branch County Park.

Limited to 25 Participants

Pre-registration Requested

2015 is the International Year of Soils! A Different Topic will be Explored Each Month


PROGRAM LOCATION: JAKES BRANCH COUNTY PARK 1100 Double Trouble Road Beachwood, NJ 08722 732-281-2750

Green Eggs & Sand Workshop May 29-31 in Cape May             (Posted: 1-14-15)

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.

Workshop participants will receive the award-winning, Green Eggs & Sand curriculum pack, recently updated with current information and new activities.

For more information visit on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

NJ GeoSTEM programs             (Posted: 1-6-15)

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.

Also this is the International Year of Soil! Visit to sign up for announcements, get free stickers, etc.

Finally, the Spring 2015 registration is now open for the American Meteorological Society DataStreme online courses in Atmosphere, Oceans, and Earth's Climate System. Each course is an innovative Internet-based distance-learning course directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers. These courses are offered FREE of charge to K-12 teachers. Upon completion of any one course, teachers are awarded 3 graduate-level science credits through the State University of New York. Please contact Peter Dorofy at or John Moore at for more information.

Earth System STEM Teacher Professional Development Series
GeoSTEM Teacher Professional Development Series brought to you by The Institute for Earth Observations of Palmyra Cove Nature Park. This 8-week series is designed to give teachers and administrators an overview of programs, resources, and activities that can often be immediately incorporated into the classroom and/or used for curriculum development. The focus will be on the relationship between the Next Generation Science Standards (2013) and the Geosciences, Earth/Oceans/Atmosphere. It will include a guide toward developing a rigorous course of study that focuses on planet Earth. Throughout the seminar series, the GeoSTEM Teacher-to-teacher Initiative will host Master GeoSTEM Teachers as presenters who will introduce innovative programs, resources, and best practices. The twin goals of this series are to develop teacher-leaders and to highlight innovative classroom applications.

Program highlights include:
• GLOBE, Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment: world-wide, hands-on, promotes collaboration on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth System.
• GLOBE SCRC, Student Climate Research Campaign: measuring, investigating, understanding the climate system.
• GLOBE Satellite Partnerships.
• NASA S’COOL, Student Cloud Observations On-Line: making and reporting ground observations of clouds to assist with NASA’s CERES satellite instruments.
• Google Earth: develop a Remote sensing lab in the classroom through the use of Geoscience data sets including clouds, radar, earthquakes, and ocean data.
• USGS Remote Sensing: use images generated by data collected by two remote sensing satellites to assess the impact of natural disasters, monitor global agricultural production, monitor impact of climate and other global changes.
• Project ATMOSPHERE & The Maury Project, American Meteorological Society’s Education Programs: directed towards improving teacher effectiveness in generating interest and understandings in science, technology, and mathematics among students at precollege levels.

8 sessions Mt. Laurel
T 4:00 – 5:00 pm Jan. 20 – Mar. 10
Continuing Education Units will be available.
To register for this free program, please email John Moore, Director of GeoScience STEM Education at:

PREREQUISITE: GeoSTEM Professional Development Series or by permission of the instructor.

Building on the resources presented in the GeoSTEM Professional Development Series for Teachers, this teacher leadership seminar series will continue to focus on the relationship between the Next Generation Science Standards (2013), STEM Education, and the Geosciences; Earth—Oceans –Atmosphere.

Teachers will be introduced to the Space to Earth: Earth to Space (SEES) Model that develops field experiences for students to make observations and measurements, learn scientific protocols, and use technology, coupled with identifying satellite imagery and data that provide environmental interpretation from Space. The SEES Model identifies and uses resources provided through, but not limited to, NASA, NOAA, the GLOBE Program, and the American Meteorological Society.

Lessons, projects and experiences will be used in the development of a GEOSCIENCE and REMOTE SENSING LABORATORY where students do real science in real time.

Teachers will work together to develop grade/age appropriate lessons and projects that utilize the Next Generation Science Standards and STEM Education initiatives in the Geosciences.

8 sessions Mt. Laurel
W 4:00 – 5:00 pm Jan. 21 – Mar. 11
Continuing Education Units will be available.
To register for this free program, please email John Moore, Director of GeoScience STEM Education at:

Burlington County College Offers:
– Affordable Tuition
– Flexible Scheduling
– Financial Aid and Scholarship Options
– Dedicated Faculty
– Transfer and Career Services
– More than 80 majors
We are here to help you discover your potential at BCC and guide you through the process.
For more information or to apply, please visit

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program             (Posted: 1-6-15)

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.

Course locations:   



Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County
January - May
Tuesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm


Preakness Healthcare Center
January - May
Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm


Central/Duke Farms

Duke Farms
January - May
Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm 

Central/Middlesex County

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County
North Brunswick
January - May
Wednesday evenings


Coastal Region

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             (Posted: 1-6-15)

Thursday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Outdoor Classroom Management
Presented by Whitney Cohen, Education Director at Life Lab

In This Session
Along with abundant opportunities for learning and fun, outdoor classrooms come with a unique set of challenges, particularly in relation to classroom management. How do I focus students' attention on the lesson when the squirrels are dropping walnuts from the tree? How do I hold a class discussion when my students are hesitant to sit on the soil? How do I convince 30 students that the garden is a learning environment and not a space for extra recess time?

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: 

  • Tone setting, comfort, and routines
  • Fostering student buy-in
  • Encouraging productive teamwork and cooperative learning
  • Establishing group norms
  • Determining when to be consistent with the indoor rules and when to establish new behavior expectations
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 at the scheduled time.
- Test your system for best quality:
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.
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Online Registration Now Open For 2015 Land Ethics Symposium             (Posted: 1-5-15)

Click HERE.

Award-Winning Organic Land Care Course Offered in January             (Posted: 12-26-14)

Click HERE.

The Winter of Webinars is gearing up!             (Posted: 12-26-14)

Click HERE.

Project WOW             (Posted: 12-26-14)

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.

Elisa Sananman
Adult Program Coordinator
Trailside Nature and Science Center
452 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092

December PLT GreenSchools! Update             (Posted: 12-11-14)

Project Learning Tree

GreenSchools! Update
PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

As you prepare for the upcoming holiday season and winter break, we want to take this opportunity to remind you of an exciting and environmentally friendly way to usher in the new year at your school – Become a Certified PLT GreenSchool and receive a free PLT GreenSchools! Certification Kit!

Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, the first10 schools that complete PLT’s new application for certification and meet the requirements to become a Certified PLT GreenSchool will receive a free PLT GreenSchools! Kit containing the following:

  • 1 weatherproof, vinyl mesh banner, 60” x 24”
  • 4 outdoor signs, 6” x 6”
  • 5 PLT GreenSchool! posters
  • 10 window stickers
  • 10 buffs
  • 10 wristbands
  • 10 magnifiers

Not yet ready for certification? We still want to hear your story. Complete our “Tell Your School’s GreenSchools Journey!” survey and you’ll also have the opportunity to enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and set of PLT GreenSchools! wristbands for your students! The survey closes December 31 and the drawing will take place the first week of January.

Green Gift Idea for Your Holiday ListGreen Tips

Give a meaningful gift of nature this holiday season that’s fun and full of outdoors learning! Project Learning Tree’s Nature Activities for Families booklet is an ideal gift idea for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers to help introduce children to nature in their own yards and local parks. This collection of 25 fun and easy-to-do activity ideas is suitable for children ages 3 – 15. But hurry! Purchase your gift before the 12/14 shipping deadline to ensure on-time delivery.


James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree
2000 M St NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036

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NAAEE EE News for December 10, 2014             (Posted: 12-11-14)


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News: Survey, CEUs, Photo Gallery

2015 Conference
Thanks to all who completed the recent survey about conference strands; your ideas and insights were great! The Call for Presentations for the 2015 NAAEE conference and research symposium in San Diego will be open in early January. Watch for an announcement soon.

Photos and Social Media from the Conference
Be sure to check out our #NAAEE2014 Storify page to see tweets and photos from conference attendees, and take a look at our conference photo album on Facebook!

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:

Questions? Contact Susan Gentile at

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

The next deadline for accreditation applications is March 15, 2015.

Cal Water H2O Challenge

Deadline: February 27, 2015
Cal Water H2O Challenge is a free project-based, environmentally focused competition for California classrooms grades 4–6 within a Cal Water service area. Designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and the California Water Service Company, the competition aligns with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, and aims to help kids develop a core understanding of environmental principles, teach them to care for water, and empower them to make a difference.

UL Innovative Education Award

Deadline: February 28, 2015
In recognition of our world’s changing needs, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the global leader in safety science, and NAAEE launched the UL Innovative Education Award, a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to invest $250,000 in environmental and STEM education, sustainable communities, and youth empowerment. The program offers recognition grants to increase the impact of existing innovative nonprofit programs in the US and Canada that are leading the way to inspire a passion for STEM education in young people through a focus on the environment. Learn more and apply now!

Awards, Grants, Contests

EPA Accepting Proposals for 2014 EE Model Grants Program

Deadline: February 2, 2015
The EPA is seeking grant proposals for the EE Model Grants program to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Projects under this RFP will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Proposals must include projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate model EE practices, methods, or techniques. Each funded proposal must demonstrate replicability by locating and conducting the project in more than one state or U.S. territory during the project period. Three grants, for approximately $192,200 each, will be awarded.

Deadline for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants Request for Applications Extended

Deadline Extended: January 9, 2015
The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community with special emphasis on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and resilience efforts (community climate resiliency). The EJSG Program is designed to help eligible organizations and Tribal communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks at the local level. In an effort to ensure that support reaches new areas, the Agency also is prioritizing funding to organizations that have not recently received an award under the EJSG Program.

Help Save Gorillas and Win $5,000

Deadline: April 3, 2015
Save gorillas and help the environment by entering the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Go Bananas! Challenge sponsored by Gorilla Glue! Answer the call by collecting and recycling cell phones, which contain an ore called coltan. One of the only places in the world where this ore can be found is right in the middle of gorilla habitats. Recycling coltan reduces habitat destruction for many endangered species.

World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest

Deadline: February 19, 2015
Create a short video (up to 60 seconds) about human population growth that highlights one of the global challenges listed on the website. All videos must include a) how population growth impacts the issue, b) why the issue is important, and c) at least one idea for a sustainable solution. Teachers encouraging students to enter the contest will receive a free resource kit.

Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest Professional Development Workshop

Deadline: March 1, 2015
The 2015 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest (July 1–11, 2015) allows environmental educators to use and learn innovative instructional tools while exploring one of the world’s most important resources—the Amazon! The program includes:

  • 21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design, Inquiry Explorations, STEM Investigations
  • Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree, BirdSleuth, Project Noah
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning, Sustainability, Global Education
  • Rainforest Explorations: Biodiversity, Rainforest Ecology, Conservation and Climate Change, and more

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
Course Dates: February 2—May 22, 2015

Management of Recreation Resources in Wilderness or Managing Recreation Resources in Wilderness Settings will be offered online with a facilitated discussion group led by instructor Kari Gunderson. Invited guest instructors may include Carhart Wilderness Training Center staff, academics, and working wilderness managers. The online format enables students to work through the course efficiently while benefiting from discussion with other students, agency managers, and academics.

Learn more about the course: and the Graduate Certificate in Wilderness Management:

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

Course begins: January 27, 2015
This free six-week course is being offered by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Education. Participants will learn about Indigenous Education through the lens of reconciliation, and will engage with educational leaders and resources that provide direction for how education programs and teaching practices can be modified in order to meaningfully integrate Indigenous knowledge worldviews and pedagogies in classrooms, schools, and communities.

Presentation and Publishing Opportunities

Environmental Education Journal Call for Contributions

Deadline for eJournal: January 15, 2015
Deadline for Print Journal: February 15, 2015

The National Association for Environmental Education UK (NAEE) produces a timely journal, Environmental Education, covering all aspects of environmental education and education for sustainable development (ESD). NAEE UK is seeking contributions from around the world, including a North American feature with provincial reports on EE and ESD to broaden the contents of the journal and increase the journal's interest to readers. Submissions should be a maximum of three pages, 500 words per page submitted in word doc. Attach high resolution photos separately.

Send inquiries and copy direct to and copy in with subject 'EE America report.' View sample journal:

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 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:

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 ( 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             (Posted: 12-11-14)

Announcing the GreenSchools National Network's 5th annual Green Schools National Conference! Early Bird Registration ends December 15th!  

"Think BIG, Start smart, ACT NOW" is the theme as conferees gather March 4-7, 2015, in Virginia Beach, VA. Sponsored by the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), the conference is the largest gathering of K-12 green school advocates in the nation. It will focus on how any school can begin to 'green' itself for the benefit of students and the planet. 

The term "green schools" has come to mean more than energy-efficient buildings and school gardens. Zero waste programs, indoor air quality assessments, 'green' purchasing policies, healthier options in the lunchroom, and more are among the strategies being adopted by schools and districts.

"Whether your school is a comprehensive 'green school' or just getting started, our 2015 conference will offer practical strategies and solutions. We know that many, many administrators, teachers and students want to join the green school movement - this conference will point them in the right direction."

For more information, visit their website by clicking HERE

EE at EPA Highlights: Funding Opportunities and Student Contests             (Posted: 12-11-14)

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EE at EPA Highlights

Apply now for EPA or Department of Energy funding.

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EPA's 2014-2015 EE Grants Program:

Proposals for the initial stage of the 2014-2015 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program are now being accepted.  EPA is seeking grant proposals to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Projects will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Proposals under the first solicitation notice- the EE Model Grants Request for Proposals (RFP)- must include projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate model EE practices, methods, or techniques. Each funded proposal must demonstrate replicability by locating and conducting the project in more than one state or U.S. territory during the project period. Deadline for applications from the first RFP: February 2, 2015 11:59 PM ET.

Annual Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) funding opportunity:

The U.S. Department of Energy will make $1 million available to fund efforts by U.S. based institutions of higher education, to develop and commercialize energy efficiency technologies. The Department will support student teams that will, in partnership with industry, develop technologies, software, or manufacturing processes with direct applications to residential, multi-family and commercial buildings in the United States. Awardees will enter into two-year cooperative agreements and must be led by faculty with expertise in energy efficient technologies, manufacturing and commercialization. Concept paper submission deadline: December 19, 2014 5:00 PM ET.

Applications for the President's Environmental Youth Award are due soon.

Don't forget: applications for the President's Environmental Youth Award are due by December 31, 2014. Your project - or one you are sponsoring - could be an award winner. Encourage one or more K-12 students you know to apply for PEYA and see what a difference they can make for the environment with an award-winning project. Applicants from all 50 states and U.S. territories are eligible to compete for a regional certificate of special recognition and a national presidential award. 

Read the new EPA blog from 2013 PEYA winner Gabrielle Posard, about the inspiration for her project.

Engage your students in renewable energy technologies.


If you’re teaching about climate or energy, be sure to take a look at current student contests from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Collegiate Wind Competition:

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition challenges undergraduate college students from multiple disciplines to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; design, build, and test a wind turbine to perform according to set specifications; develop a business plan to market their turbine concept; and propose innovative solutions to current wind industry barriers. Proposals are due December 15, 2014.

Hydrogen Student Design Contest:

The 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, will challenge university students to develop business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations. Early registration deadline: December 8, 2014. Final abstract deadline: January 16, 2015.

Race to Zero Student Design Competition:

This annual competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from any interested collegiate institution in the United States and Canada. Based on real-world scenarios, teams are presented a specific design problem and are asked to either redesign an existing floor plan or create a new house design that satisfies the project requirements. Registration deadline: December 15, 2014.

Using Eagle Cam in Your Classroom             (Posted: 12-11-14)

Click HERE.

The Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking             (Posted: 12-11-14)

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

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

phone: 212.727.4612 | cell: 703.609.1800 | @lauren_zullo

Sustainable Jersey Dec-Jan upcoming events             (Posted: 11-25-14)

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.

  • Find out about how your municipality can make a “group purchase” of electricity for the entire community that provides safe, convenient and affordable access to renewable energy for consumers.
  • Learn how to increase adoption of electric vehicles in New Jersey through municipal public charging systems and other programs.
  • Hear a summary of new actions being planned for early 2015, with a focus on changes to building energy efficiency actions.

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.

"Ready, Set, Go!"- Getting Started with Sustainable Jersey for Schools (Webinar Series)

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

PEEC: Residential Environmental Learning Center 2015 Directors' Conference             (Posted: 11-13-14)

Click HERE.

Granny Green's Green Machine             (Posted: 11-5-14)

Environmental theater, music, puppets and books for kids

Granny Green (aka Brenda Cummings) is a professional actor who has been writing and performing for children for decades. As a collaborating member of The Paper Bag Players for many years, she created plays, songs and dances for young audiences all over the US, Canada and Asia. When she became a parent she realized how little environmental education is available for small children, so she wrote "Granny Green's Green Machine" a show with puppets made from recycled materials, and original songs and books about the 3 Rs, composting, the water cycle, planting trees, worms, insects and remembering to turn off the water and lights. Granny Green highlights for young children the many ways that they are connected to the natural world and how they can help to make it greener. Brenda wrote and illustrated several books that are read and performed as part of the show. The response to them has been enthusiastic.

For more information please check out Granny Green's website:

"The Dance of the Seahorses", is now an ebook on
A print version of the book will soon be available.

The CD of "Granny Green's Green Machine" is available through Amazon and iTunes

Also see "The Wiggle Worm Wiggle" here:

Duke Farms Resources for Educators             (Posted: 10-22-14)

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Join EIRC's ELA PARCC Consortium             (Posted: 10-22-14)


Feel confident that your students are ready for PARCC!
Join EIRC's
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!

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Mullica Hill, NJ  08062-4446
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October PLT GreenSchools! Update             (Posted: 10-22-14)

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GreenSchools! Update

GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their

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
GreenSchools! Energy Investigations
Check out our archived webinar to learn how how ENERGY STAR tools can help schools improve energy efficiency, and how GreenSchools! teams can make a difference by using the GreenSchools! Energy Investigation to examine their school’s energy use and implement action plans to reduce energy impacts.

Energy Saving Tips For Schools
As we head into the fall and winter months where the thermostats are turned up and the lights are on longer, we wanted to provide you and your students with some easy tips for saving energy at your school.


James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
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NJDOE: Model High School Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science Course             (Posted: 10-22-14)

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EIRC's STEM Workshop Series Starts this Month!             (Posted: 10-22-14)

STEM Workshop Series
Did you know that EIRC offers STEM workshops? Become the student with these interactive sessions. Explore hands-on classroom activities, strategies, and tools that you can add to your science curriculum!
About the Series

Select individual workshops, or attend
each workshop in the series to enhance your STEM classroom!

Each workshop will be held at EIRC from
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

South Jersey Tech Park
107 Gilbreth Pkwy,
Suite 200
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

$139.00 per workshop
(Includes continental breakfast)

About the Presenter

Barbara Mammen has over 35 years' experience in education, including experience as Supervisor of Science and Technology. Barbara has held positions at Stevens Institute of Technology's Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, and Rider University's Graduate School of Education. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Pace University and a Master's Degree in Science and Environmental Education from Brooklyn College.
Upcoming Workshops at EIRC

October 30, 2014

November 14, 2014

November 18, 2014
The NGSS: Rethinking Science Teaching & Learning
October 23, 2014
  • Understand the format and dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Learn how to develop assessments using the NGSS Performance Expectations.
Science & Engineering Practices: Claims, Evidence, Explanation, Argumentation (Grades 3-8)
November 21, 2014
  • Follow the CER (claims, evidence, rebuttal) Framework for Scientific Explanation as proposed by Joseph Krajcik (NGSS Development Team).
  • See how to use variations of the CER approach and construct assessment rubrics.

Integrating Engineering with Science in Elementary and Middle Grades
December 11, 2014
  • Participate in interactive engineering activities.
  • Analyze science concepts and skills necessary for engineering design solutions.
The Literacy STEM Connection (Grades 3-8)
February 6, 2015
  • Explore literacy activities to enhance student understanding of STEM concepts, particularly science and math.
  • Learn how to use the activities to assess student progress, inform instruction, and realize ways to modify strategies for diverse learners.
The Best STEM Websites
March 20, 2015
  • Delve into the best websites for STEM education resources, including lesson plans, activities/projects, videos, simulations, rubrics, and more.
  • Gather information relevant to your specific grade level and student population.
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Mullica HIll, NJ 08062-4446
Phone  856-582-7000    Fax  856-582-4206

STEM opportunity             (Posted: 10-21-14)

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.

Students and teachers will be provided with support and resources to make sure that they are successful:

  • Videos, worksheets, and guides to present the fundamentals of working with a satellite.  
  • Sample code and experiments with step by step instructions to run and develop your own experiments.
  • Direct access to the Ardusat support team to assist in implementing the process in your class.

The promotion is a campaign of, a 501(c(3) nonprofit, which addresses the dire lack of science equipment in schools. The severity of the need is seen in 42% of all eighth grade science teachers reporting that they do not have most of the equipment they need to teach; the figure for teachers of minority students is more than 50%. Indeed, ClassWish is the only nonprofit that lets anyone contribute to provide STEM (and other) resources for any school or any teacher in the country. Teachers visit the site to create wish lists; people make tax-deductible contributions to help; and ClassWish sends the supplies and equipment right to the classrooms at no cost.

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, 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:

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:

Please let us know if we can answer any questions or provide additional information.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Taylor Hazard

Archived PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CLASSROOM MATERIALS are available upon request throught the webmaster.