Keystone Energy Education Program Workshop, May 12th, 8am-3:30pm, presented by PA Dept. of Environmental Protection – This event is a great opportunity for middle school teachers (grades 4-8), administrators and facility managers to attend a free Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP) workshop that will focus on teaching and tracking energy efficiency in school buildings. Since successful energy management & green school efforts require a team approach, we encourage this particular combination of school staff to attend. Through presentations, tour of a LEED certified building, and hands-on activities, workshop participants will learn about energy basics, conservation, efficiency, student energy teams, benchmarking using Energy Star Portfolio Manager, and using the building as a teaching tool. The workshop will be held at Slippery Rock University. Register by May 5, 2015. Contact person, Heidi Kunka. Register here.
Public Tours of Chatham University Eden Hall Campus, May 13th, 4-6pm, presented by Chatham University – Come hear about Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus master plan and take a tour to see how the campus is being built as a sustainable community from below the ground, up. Tour highlights include: the property’s rich history as a Heinz retreat center; high performance buildings; geothermal systems; photovoltaic and solar thermal systems; an aquaculture lab; sustainable agriculture indoor growing facilities; outdoor organic gardens; woodland hiking trails and more. There will be one additional tour date on June 10th. Register here.
Green Apple Day of Service Idea Exchange (GADSIX!), May 21st, 5-7pm, presented by Green & Healthy Schools Academy – Join GHSA and for a happy hour and service fair that brings together over a dozen environment- and health-focused non-profits with students, teachers, parents and community members to partner on service learning projects to make schools beautiful, engaging, healthy and high-performing places of learning. Come learn what all of these organizations have to offer your school, and sign up for one or more of the short service learning projects that will be available. The event is free and will include complimentary appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks. Learn more and register here.
Sustainable Energy Teacher Training Workshop II, July 17th, 8:30am – 3:30pm, presented by Citizen Power – Concentrating Solar Energy, Solar Thermal Heating, and Passive Solar Building Design, a FREE workshop providing over $120 of teaching resources and “toys” including: Solar Parabolic Mirror, Solar H2O Heater Kit, Fresnel Lens, Chemical Heat Pack, Solar Tube, Amazing Ice Melting Blocks, resource binder and flashdrive. Geared for 6th–12th grade teachers of energy-related curriculum (science, career-tech & tech-ed) Act 48 credit available and free for teachers. Register here.
I hope you can attend or participate in some of these! If you know of any additional events that should be on this list, please let me know and I will include them next time. Have a wonderful summer and we hope to work with you again next school year!