Webinar: Changing How We Think About Our Resources for a Better Tomorrow: How to Donate Surplus Food from K-12 Schools

Thu, Sep 17, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9090418359952984578

Every year, Americans throw away $165 billion worth of food. World-wide, 1/3 of all food is lost or wasted. We use 25% of our potable water to grow food that is ultimately lost or wasted. This occurs while 1 in 6 Americans is food insecure.

This U.S. EPA-hosted webinar will show K-12 schools how to improve their bottom line, feed hungry people, and reduce wasted food by learning from schools engaged in surplus food donation from school cafeterias. Also, the USDA will clarify its food donation policy and the legal implications of surplus food donation.


Jimmy Nguyen – U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C., works for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, where part of his role is to promote food waste reduction, recovery, and recycling activities in school cafeterias. Jimmy is also a part-time farmer and home builder in Fauquier County, Virginia, where he employs sustainable techniques to reduce consumption and increase fertility.

Gloria Quinn – Faculty at Ramona High School, Ramona, California, teaches functional skills training for grades 9-12 where students participate in hands-on activities that connect learning in a meaningful way.

André Villaseñor – Sustainable Materials Management coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Los Angeles Field Office has served at EPA since 2005 and coordinates the Food Recovery Challenge. Prior to EPA, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ecuador.

Kathleen Weil – Founder and Executive Director of The Food Bus, Arlington, Virginia leads this non-profit organization that helps K-12 schools build the foundation for recovering surplus food that is then donated to local food banks. Before Food Bus, Dr. Weil was an asst. professor of Health Sciences at Marymount University, after having spent many years working in the research areas of Genomics & Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health.

Indiana school adopts Great Lakes Literacy Principles

Read the full post at Lakeside Views.

“This is awesome! You guys are going to be the pedestal by which we hold everybody else up,” IISG environmental educator Kirsten Hope Walker proclaimed to a roomful of teachers last week at the Discovery Charter School in Porter, Ind.

What was so “awesome” is the school’s adoption and focus on the Great Lakes Literacy Principles for the upcoming year.

Discovery Charter School, a public school of about 500 students from grades kindergarten through eighth, was founded six years ago with an emphasis on place-based education.

So what better place to learn about the Great Lakes when the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan are right within sight?

Webinar: Nab the Aquatic Invader! Educator Resources

Aug 26, 2015 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Register at https://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/news/calendar/2015/08/26/hdb6s/webinar-ais-education

Learn a multi-disciplinary approach for enhancing your current curriculum on biology, environmental science, and geography using an engaging web site; discover how to reduce the risks of school, science curricula and biological supply houses as pathways for aquatic invasive species; and hear about exemplary education resources to incorporate into your classroom instruction.

The webinar will be presented by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant staff who have incorporated the tools and resources in their professional development training with formal and non-formal educators.

Certificates of attendance for professional development contact hours can be requested after the webinar. Instructions will be provided during the session.

Iowa’s Kids Will Now Be Taught Accurate Climate Science In School

Read the full story at Climate Progress.

The state that will host the first-in-the-nation caucuses and a Republican presidential debate in January of next year will be teaching its kids mainstream climate science in school.

On Thursday, the Iowa State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, which set science and engineering educational expectations for public school kids. They are voluntary guidelines that allow states to decide if they want to provide standards that include the teaching of climate science and evolution.

This makes Iowa the 15th state to approve the standards, joining Arkansas (for middle school), California, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

Green Classroom Tips for Back to School Success

Read the full post from the Green Schools National Network.

The month of August is often known as the “dog days of summer.” For parents and their students, August is also that time when thoughts turn to back to school and the long list of supplies needed to start the school year off on the right foot.

Shopping for school supplies is not just an annual activity for students. Teachers are drawing up their own lists of supplies to restock their classrooms for the busy year ahead. Options abound, but planning for supplies that fit in a green classroom can be a challenge.

Campus Food Waste Crusaders

Read the full post from Sustainable America. If you’re in Illinois, be sure to check out ISTC’s Green Lunchroom Challenge to reduce food waste in your K-12 school. Read ISTC’s blog post for more information.

The amount of food waste generated on college campuses might not cross every student’s mind as they rush through the cafeteria before class. But if they looked into it, they would learn that 22 million pounds of edible food is thrown away at college campuses each year. Two inspiring organizations are working to change that.

Campus Kitchens Project and Food Recovery Network have been mobilizing an army of students around the country who are working to raise awareness about the food waste problem and get food that would be wasted to people in need in their communities. We reported on these groups a few years ago, but their recent accomplishments deserve an update.