News & Events
THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE WAY WE LIVE:
Part II: Saturday, Nov. 9 (9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Swiss Valley Nature Center, Peosta (map)
Teachers in Part 2 of this interdisciplinary, interactive and engaging workshop will help their K-12 students think critically about waste, consumption, and the relationship between life satisfactions and "stuff." Formerly called Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R,' this workshop helps you address essential skills across the curriculum, including 21st Century skills. You will identify which Iowa Core skills and concepts are met with various lesson plans. Receive one hour of graduate credit, $65 of free books and DVDs, and free lesson plans. Meals and refreshments provided. Workshop instructor: Susan Salterberg.
Click here for more workshop information.
Farm Energy Working Group Webinar -
AQUAPONIC GARDENING REDUCES ENERGY USE
Tuesday, Nov. 12; 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
Dave Roeser, Minnesota gardener, will describe his family’s indoor aquaponics vegetable gardening system that produces leafy vegetables plus trout and tilapia for fish markets. Garden plants are raised symbiotically with fish that provide fertilizer for the plants. Roeser also uses a vertical, energy-efficient lighting system with LED bulbs. Offered by the Farm Energy Working Group.
Register for the webinar online.
FARM ENERGY WORKING GROUP MEETING
Wednesday, Nov. 13; 11:00 a.m.-3:00p.m.
Northeast Iowa Community-Based Dairy Foundation, Calmar, IA
1527 Iowa Hwy. 150, south of Calmar (map)
Farm Energy Working Group’s recent mini-grant recipient will show us the robotic milking system at the Dairy Foundation’s barns and discuss energy and time saving features. We will also hear from Winneshiek County NRCS staff members on their new Energy Initiatives for Farmstead and Landscape and from Liz Kolbe on Practical Farmers of Iowa’s on-farm energy cooperators program.
NOW IS THE TIME TO PLAN TO RECLAIM YOUR HOLIDAYS!
Do more of the things that satisfy you this holiday season, and less of the things that don't! Find a wealth of good ideas at ReclaimYourHolidays.org. Take the Pick 5 Quiz to remind you of what really matters, or try the Five-Minute Assessment Tool to determine what holiday activities give you the most meaning and pleasure. Browse handouts throughout the Reclaim Your Holidays site that give great tips for simplifying.
KWWL News Segment -
GREEN IOWA AMERICORPS WINTERIZING HOMES
Watch this short KWWL News segment (2:30 minutes) about Green Iowa AmeriCorps providing home weatherization audits to Iowa residents. See what homeowners can expect when Green Iowa AmeriCorps volunteers conduct the audit and how a weatherization audit can help your home.
CEDAR VALLEY STEM FESTIVAL
Thursday, Nov. 21; 4:00-7:30 p.m.
Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center
The CEEE’s energy educators will be on hand at the Cedar Valley STEM Festival with a fun, educational activity to help students and families understand why STEM careers are a great choice and important to our state. Families are invited to come explore the free Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities presented by organizations and educators from around the state.
New article features CEEE's Pat Higby -
ENERGY RESEARCH INTRIGUES IOWA TEACHERS AT CONFERENCE
Pat Higby hosted a booth and gave three presentations at the first joint conference between the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) and Iowa Science Teaching Section of the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS-ISTS). Read the Iowa EPSCoR article, and find out how the CEEE's FREE! energy education program can serve you.
New Reclaim Your Holidays handout -
SPOILING GRANDKIDS: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS
Need some tips on broaching challenging topics during the holidays? A new handout, Spoiling Grandkids: A Guide for Parents, offers a guide for parents in communicating with relatives about over-gifting and other holiday topics.
Find more great ideas at Reclaim Your Holidays!