The Way We Live

...and how our choices impact our environment



Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well

Part I:  Thu., June 12 (9-4) & Fri. June 13, 2014 (8:30-3)
Part II: Sat. November 8, 2014 (9-noon)

"Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well" workshop participants

Register: Click now to register online for Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well.

Location:  Center for Energy & Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Audience: Targeted specifically to PreK-6th grades. Great for nearly all subject areas. 7th-8th grade levels welcomed, as materials are adaptable.

Credit: One hour of graduate OR undergraduate credit

Cost:  $75 or free*  

*FREE for 5 Undergraduates: Up to five undergraduate education majors are eligible for a $75 stipend upon successful completion of the workshop. Stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early!

*FREE for Eligible Teachers:  A limited number of $75 teacher stipends are available upon successful completion of the workshop. Click here for more details.

Stipends are provided through the generous support of solid waste agencies, the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program. 

Workshop description: Help your students think critically about the impact of the stuff we buy and use, and how this affects current and future generations. Through the study of real and relevant issues, your students--at grade-level appropriateness--will organize, synthesize and/or analyze information. With this, they will draw conclusions and support their conclusions, learning how to address environmental challenges as individuals and citizens of the planet.


"Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well" workshop participants

You will receive:

  • One hour of graduate (or undergraduate) credit
  • $60+ of free books and resources such as Agatha’s Feather Bed, by Carmen Agra Deedy, and The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brambeau
  • Free meals and refreshments
  • Tour of the Black Hawk County Landfill
  • Loads of great classroom-ready resources and background information so you increase your teaching skills

PLUS, practicing teachers who involved their students in some type of community engagement receive an additional $50 incentive payment after successfully completing the workshop. 

Materials introduced are classroom-ready and the course is designed so your students learn Iowa Core essential skills and Science and Engineering Practices from NGSS.  Click here for learning objectives. 

This newly revised workshop was called Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R' and also is called The Environment and the Way We Live: Our Choices Impact Future Generations. Educators enrolled in the workshop four or more years ago are encouraged to enroll in this updated version.

Requirements: After attending Part I, participants develop a mini-unit using at least two new-to-them resources provided at the workshop. Educators wanting graduate credit then return to their classrooms and teach mini-units, integrating their new knowledge and materials into existing curricula. In the Part II November workshop, educators exchange information, discussing what worked and what didn’t.

Participation in all of Parts I & II is required for undergraduate and graduate credit.

Instructors: Susan Salterberg and Denise Tallakson

Our instructor philosophy: We aim to model effective teaching strategies and introduce concepts and materials with passion, enthusiasm and honesty, challenging you to think critically. We also are committed to providing you with practical, engaging resources to help your students learn essential skills.

Contact Susan Salterberg to learn more (, 319-337-4816).

Register: Click now to register online for Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well.


Offered by: Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) and Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Northern Iowa through the Office of Distance and Continuing Education

Supported by: REAP Conservation Education ProgramIowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program, and area landfills and solid waste agencies