News & Events

 

January 2015

 
eLearning Workshop - 100% online!
HELPING STUDENTS LEARN TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIVE WELL
January - April 2015
Online
 
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.
 
 
Green Iowa AmeriCorps -
PANERA BREAD FUNDRAISER

Tuesday, Jan. 27; 4:00-8:00 p.m. - 4 hours only!
6403 University Avenue, Cedar Falls


Panera Bread will donate a percentage of its sales to Green Iowa AmeriCorps when you show a hard copy or an electronic version of this flyer on your phone or tablet! Dine in, order to-go, or purchase bread, bagels, and other bakery items to take home. Present flyer when ordering to ensure that Green Iowa AmeriCorps to a contribution.

Help spread the word! Share the flyer with others.

 

The Way We Live -
ENGAGING TEACHERS & STUDENTS

Watch how middle school teacher Emily Stensland used the book, Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel, to engage her students in exploring needs and wants around the world, taking action, and mentoring younger students. Click here to watch her professional development video (72 sec.).

Another group of creative, dedicated teachers from a 2014 workshop helped their students learn about the life cycles of products. Students explored the materials in a cell phone, found out where the raw materials were extracted, and estimated the distance each component traveled.

Read about even more classroom examples here.

These teachers’ projects emerged from a professional development course, Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well, offered by The Way We Live. Next workshop opportunity: June 15-16, 2015. Watch this space for information!

 

In the news...
GREEN IOWA AMERICORPS

News crews followed Green Iowa AmeriCorps volunteers while they performed energy audits as a free service to Northeast Iowa organizations and residents. The stories highlighted Green Iowa AmeriCorps’ free energy audit and weatherization services as a way to help mitigate high utility bills. They also spotlighted the special efforts Green Iowa AmeriCorps makes to provide services to people in need.

Watch the Cedar Falls team audit the Lutheran Student Center near UNI on KWWL.

Watch the Cedar Rapids team perform home energy audits on KCRG.
 

 

February 2015

 

Open House -
CEEE PV SYSTEM UPGRADE

Sunday, Feb. 1; 2:00-4:00 p.m.
CEEE Rotunda

Join us at an open house to celebrate the CEEE’s PV system upgrade! The upgraded system provides more power – an increase from 900 to 1,500 Watts – and allows the CEEE to monitor energy production live on a new CEEE-PV website. This new website will provide reports of past production, calculate carbon offset, produce graphs, and display photographs. Each panel is monitored separately, allowing the CEEE to perform experiments comparing various panel orientations and measuring the effects of snow or dust.

The CEEE thanks Alex Darragh, Wulfekuhle Electric, Nyle McMartin, Sierra Club, Pat Higby, and Bill Stigliani who contributed to these upgrades. Special thanks to Alex Darragh who led the initiative to get the system back on line.

 

Green Iowa AmeriCorps -
EASTERN IOWA HOME IMPROVEMENT & LANDSCAPING SHOW

February 6-8
Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo


Save the date! Green Iowa AmeriCorps volunteers will join other home and landscaping exhibits at the show. Watch this space for more information...

 

The Way We Live -
EDUCATOR RESOURCE WEBSITE

The Way We Live collected resources to assist traditional and nontraditional educators in helping students and people of all ages “live what they love” and consume differently. The Educator Resource database includes 125+ lesson plans, videos and other resources for use in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings. The resources are searchable by grade level, material type, topic and content areas.

 

June 2015

 

Workshop Opportunity -
HELPING STUDENTS PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIVE WELL

Monday, June 15-16
Cedar Rapids

For teachers seeking graduate credit: Explore “the stuff of life” with your K-8 students! Products used daily by Americans have a life cycle. Materials are extracted, transported, produced, used and disposed of around the globe – including Iowa. Study the ways this “stuff” becomes a primary source of environmental problems and how this relates to life satisfaction. Workshop participants will identify individual and collective actions to address these challenges.

Watch The Way We Live website for more information and registration.