Topic: Education
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Colleen Schoenecker Your topic guide:
Colleen Schoenecker

Environmental Education Specialist
Prevention and Assistance Division, MN Pollution Control Agency

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Campus Environment 2008 A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education, 2nd edition
This report reviews trends and new developments in environmental performance and sustainability at 1,068 institutions. The results may surprise you.

Center for Ecoliteracy
The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to education for sustainable living by fostering a profound understanding of the natural world, grounded in direct experience.

Eco-Schools USA
Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curriculum.

Education for Sustainable Development Tool Kit
This downloadable PDF book discusses the challenges and barriers to education for sustainable development, suggests ways to dovetail with community sustainability goals, and provides some training exercises related to these topics.

Green Teacher Magazine
Green Teacher is written by and for educators to enhance environmental and global education across the K-12 curriculum.

Healthy Child Healthy World
Healthy Child Healthy World is dedicated to protecting the health and well being of children from harmful environmental exposures. We educate parents, support protective policies, and engage communities to make responsible decisions, simple everyday choices, and well-informed lifestyle improvements to create healthy environments where children and families can flourish.

SEEK: Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge
SEEK is the online home of Minnesota's environmental education resources.

Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability
The Center for Ecoliteracy's Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability portrays a growing movement of educators, parents, and students who are remaking K-12 education to prepare students for future environmental challenges.

Sustainability Smarts - Best Practices for College Unions and Student Activities
The Association for College Unions International's "Sustainability Smarts," a publication dedicated to sustainability in college unions and student activities. Topics covered include sustainability rating systems, college tours, sustainability blogs, fair trade, green cleaning, and so much more.

The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges
The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have teamed up to release the fifth annual edition of the unique, free guidebook that recognizes the nation's most environmentally responsible green colleges. The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition profiles 332 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. This book is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges. Source:

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8/4 -8/6 2014 Summer Institute for Climate Change & Energy Education
8/9 -8/9 Building and Baking: Brick Oven Basics
8/9 Mounds Park Walk & Talk -- River History & Landscape Revival
8/10 Public Forum on Judaism, Energy and Climate: Breakthrough Sustainability Solutions that Save Money, Create Jobs, Protect National Security and Bring About Tikkun Olam (Healing the Earth)
8/18 -8/22 Happy Dancing Turtle Eco Camp, 3rd & 4th grade
8/21 -9/1 Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair
9/1 -11/1 2014 Green Apple Season of Service
9/9 -9/9 The Powerful Conversations Tour: Building an Empowered Community Ready to Direct Our Energy Future
9/11 -9/11 Wetland Planting
9/18 -9/18 Explore Wetland Ecology in Tunnel Valley
9/19 Happy Dancing Turtle Resilent Action Day
9/24 -11/19 Frontiers in the Environment: Can We Build a More Resilient Food Distribution System?
9/25 -9/25 Make and Take Rain Barrel Workshop
9/27 Stacking and Seeding

Ongoing Events
MCAD Sustainable Design Online Courses & Related Film Series
** Additional Environmental Education Events
Minnesota River Calendar of Events
U of MN Institute for the Environment Calendar
MN Master Naturalists West Metro Chapter Meeting
Wade Into Your Watershed
What's FRESH and LOCAL in August?
Reuse Alliance MN Chapter Meeting
GreenPOWER Green Generalist Job Training Workshop
Reuse Alliance MN Chapter Meeting
School Waste Prevention and Recycling Network

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