A glimpse into the future
We’ve had a busy week here in the education department at Earth Day Network. The Green Schools Program, with the support of the UPS Foundation, recently produced a webinar detailing the importance of biodiesel, and how to integrate its production into schools. This resource was created in conjunction with our work to build two biodiesel production labs at schools outside of both Boston and Seattle. Our Green Schools Coordinator, Josh Volinsky, was joined on this webinar by the National Biodiesel Board’s director of sustainability, who gave us a glimpse into the future of biodiesel as a viable fuel. He was also joined by Barry Latham, a chemistry teacher who has been a leader in bringing biodiesel into the classroom.
Over the July 4th weekend, Josh also attended the National Educators Association’s annual conference in Chicago. While there, he was able to connect with many teachers from across the nation. He returned to report that interest in green schools and environmental education is high across the board. Teachers of every subject were excited to receive materials and sign up for our new Educator’s Network, which will allow them to connect over the internet to post lesson plans, comment on pertinent issues, and discuss teaching techniques. EDN was there to promote our Solar Decathlon Curriculum (coming soon!). We were exhibiting at the conference along with our partners in this endeavor, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the NEA’s Green Across America Program. The Solar Decathlon is a bi-yearly competition among universities worldwide to create livable, affordable solar housing. This fall, the competition will take place right here in D.C., as the competitors construct their houses right on the National Mall! Stay tuned for more exciting info.