Sustainability Education for the Next Generation

We’re proud to take part in Green From the Start, the Feb. 17 Urban Sustainability Forum at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where we’ll be sharing our exciting Educators Resource Center, EcoExpress.

Here are the Details:

Date: February 17, 2011.  Reception: 6:00 pm.  Program: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

How is our region educating the next generation of residents who will be living in a world of more limited resources, overpopulation, and more severe changes in climate?

February’s Urban Sustainability Forum will demonstrate the need for students and teachers in kindergarten through high school to have awareness, knowledge and skills in science, economics, technology, engineering, math, sociology, history, and art to create a new and more sustainable approach to living in southeast Pennsylvania.

The forum will showcase examples from local programs and institutions that are successfully taking on this challenge. Organizations from around the region with formal and informal education programs addressing sustainability and student awareness of the natural world will also be on hand to display their efforts and programs.

Featuring:

Dennis Winters (Moderator) President, Board of Trustees, Green Woods Charter School. Chairman, Sierra Club PA Chapter.

Tony Girifalco (Keynote) Executive Vice President, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center.

With the Following Panelists:

Jean Wallace, CEO, Green Woods Charter School

Keith Arrington, Principal, Thurgood Marshall School

Vera Figueiredo, Director of Community Programs, EarthForce

Victor Donnay, Professor of Mathematics, Bryn Mawr College. Co-Principal Investigator, INLETS project.

To register please visit:  http://sustainabilityeducationforum.eventbrite.com/

GreenTrek Partners with US EPA, Weavers Way, and Elementary School to Revitalize Learning Garden at School

In an effort to promote hands-on learning and foster respect for the environment, GreenTreks and its partners are spending this 40th Anniversary Earth Day helping kids appreciate the connection between healthy soil, plants, and the food we eat every day.

The 5th grade students from J. Hampton Moore Elementary in Northeast Philly, Weaver’s Way, employees from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Philadelphia office, and staff from GreenTreks’ EcoExpress program will be getting dirt under their fingernails on Earth Day while building and planting a Science Learning Garden. Over 120 children will take part in planting a Science Garden on the grounds of their school. Besides getting their hands dirty — what child doesn’t love that? — students will learn about the living ecosystem that exists within soil, explore worm composting, and gain a better appreciation for the real world value of the environment and ecology lessons they are taking in class.

School Science Garden Site


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Environmental Video Stories for All

If you haven’t visited EcoExpress.org yet, check it today, because it’s our new hub of environmental video stories that takes the big issues and boils ‘em down to the most important thing of all: WHAT YOU CAN DO!

EcoExpress was developed to help Pennsylvania’s educators connect classroom concepts in environment and ecology with their student’s day to day lives. Anyone can search for videos by keyword topics, PA Environment and Ecology Standards, and the Philadelphia School District’s Core Curriculum, but only registered Teachers get access to an entire Learning Pod of resources to accompany the videos. And only registered Teachers can make Playlists, create Personal Notepads for lesson plans, and more.

EcoExpress is a work in progress, so check back often to see exciting new features as it continues to evolve.

Go there now: ecoexpress.org