Nearly 8,000 U.S. public schools are plagued by toxic air

Read the full story at Grist.

Nearly 8,000 U.S. public schools lie within 500 feet of highways, truck routes, and other roads with significant traffic, according to a joint investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. That’s about one in every 11 public schools, serving roughly 4.4 million students and spread across every state in the nation. Thousands more private schools and Head Start centers are in the same fix.

Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids

Read the full story at ProPublica.

Effort meant to inform younger generations about energy and the environment sees sentences reworked and pie charts eliminated.

AASHE Award Winner Webinars – starting tomorrow

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming AASHE webinars. AASHE webinars are free for everyone and video recordings and presentation materials are available for AASHE members in the webinar archive at any time.

The AASHE Award Winner webinar series of 2017 will take a deeper look into the winning submissions from the 2016 AASHE Sustainability Awards. In an effort to share best practices and nuanced strategies of what makes these institutions and individuals winners, each webinar will look more closely at the approaches used to effect institutional change, demonstrate student leadership, or advance campus sustainability research.

Developing Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Strategies Through Student Research
Feb. 15, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
For more information and to register please visit: http://www.aashe.org/events/webinars/2017/AASHE-2017-Award-Winner-Webinar-Series-1.

Taking Carbon Off-Setting Beyond the Campus
Feb. 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
For more information and to register please visit: http://www.aashe.org/events/webinars/2017/AASHE-2017-Award-Winner-Webinar-Series-2.

Using a Design Competition to Expand Bee Habitat On and Off-Campus
Mar. 1, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
For more information and to register please visit: http://www.aashe.org/events/webinars/2017/AASHE-2017-Award-Winner-Webinar-Series-3.

College of DuPage offers sustainable urban agriculture program

Read the full story in the Daily Herald.

The new Sustainable Urban Agriculture degree and certificate program at College of DuPage uses a hands-on approach to help students become professionals in urban farming.

Webinar: Sharing the Climate Story with Young Learners Through Elementary GLOBE

Monday, February 6, at 7:30 pm Eastern Time
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2198700379122555905

NOAA’s Climate Stewards Education Project is pleased to welcome Lisa Gardiner and Becca Hatheway from the UCAR Center for Science Education, Dr. Diane Stanitski, Deputy Director of NOAA’s Global Monitoring Division, and Jessica Taylor, NASA Lead Trainer for the GLOBE Program’s Atmosphere Training Center of Excellence as our featured speakers this month.

In this webinar, they will share a new GLOBE elementary school level storybook and set of classroom activities that showcase the science of climate change. The book, “What in the World is Happening to Our Climate?”, builds K-4 student understanding of climate science through storytelling, where the kids in the story employ science and engineering practices as they explore our world. Three accompanying classroom activities that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core help students learn more about the difference between weather and climate, the impacts of sea level rise on coasts, and solutions to slow climate change. All resources were reviewed by climate scientists and field-tested in elementary classrooms and are available online.

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Visit the NOAA’s Climate Stewards Education Project Web page for more information

President’s Environmental Youth Award now accepting applications

The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes K-12 students and their efforts to protect the environment. The award promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement.

Winning projects have included restoring natural habitats, starting recycling programs at school and in communities, and installing renewable energy projects. Applications are due March 1, 2017.

Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Workshop

Wednesday, February 1, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Register at https://www.newpartners.org/pre-conference-activities/

Sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this all-day workshop is designed to introduce university and local government representatives to the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Framework. This adaptable and replicable campus-community partnership model is now succeeding at more the two dozen higher-education institutions across the country. The model focuses the energy, expertise, and effort of a university campus in a single location to help advance local priority sustainability and resiliency initiatives.

Workshop Includes:

  • An introduction to the EPIC Framework, calendar, logistics, and benefits including case studies from proven EPIC Partnerships
  • A panel discussion with university and city representatives that have implemented the model
  • Guidance on setting up a pilot year
  • Highlight of available EPA Decision Support Tools to support EPIC projects

EPIC Programs help universities build capacity by providing resources including ready-made experiential learning projects. Universities provide their students with hands-on experience assisting local governments achieve the sustainability and resiliency goals as identified in the local government’s own work plans. EPIC Partnerships enable cities to reach their goals in an affordable manner while transforming higher education into an arena where students learn through real-life problem solving and develop valuable skills. The projects are as diverse as the universities and their local government partners.  As an example, San Diego State University implemented the Sage Project based on the EPIC Framework developed through the University of Oregon Sustainable City Year Program.

The long-term objective of these programs is to establish partnerships that help communities become more sustainable and resilient, build resource capacity within the universities, and provide students with real-world experience.

EPA encourages interested university representatives to attend and to identify a local government representative that might want to pilot the EPIC Program with them to attend the workshop as well.

The intended workshop participants include:

  • University Representatives (faculty, administrators, sustainability professionals, service learning / community engagement professionals). Ideally, there will be at least two representatives from each university.
  • Local Government Representatives (Local government managers, staff, and other representatives)
  • Nonprofit / Philanthropic organizations that support municipal or community related projects or issues
  • Federal representatives that support community projects

For questions regarding the workshop program, please contact Dr. Laura Bloch or Dr. Jose Zambrana. For questions regarding registration contact Khrystyna Platte at kplatte@lgc.org.

There is a $69 registration fee to attend this workshop. Coffee and lunch will be provided.