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Green Iowa AmeriCorps -
EASTERN IOWA HOME IMPROVEMENT & LANDSCAPING SHOW
Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo
Saturday, Feb. 21; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Interested in homesteading, DIY, seed saving, raising chickens, beekeeping, sustainability and self reliance? Attend the Sustainability & Self Reliance Workshop at the CEEE and join a wide variety of concurrent sessions such as, raising backyard chickens, composting, bee keeping, seed saving, cheese making, small scale agriculture, CSA’s, and more. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Francis Thicke of Radiance Dairy in Fairfield, IA. Lunch will be served for those that pre-register. Registration is $20 at the door (lunch on your own). This workshop is a made possible by a partnership between Black Hawk County Conservation Board (BHCCB), Black Hawk County Solid Waste Commission, and support from the University of Northern Iowa.
Click here for more workshop information.
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!
CEEE recently upgraded its PV system to provide more power – an increase from 900 to 1,500 Watts – and allow the CEEE to monitor energy production live on a new CEEE-PV website. After just 3 weeks (1/8-1/31/15), the system produced 82.8 kWh of energy. On the CEEE-PV website reports will show past production, calculate carbon offset, produce graphs, and display photographs. Each PV 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.
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.
Workshop Opportunity -
HELPING STUDENTS PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIVE WELL
Monday, June 15-16
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.