Go Green with Teens! online course

Check out this Infopeople ONLINE course for those interested in how to do more green art projects with teens and tweens!

In this course you will learn to:

  • ·        Rethink “art” and look at everyday objects in new ways
  • ·        Discover methods and materials for reusing, recycling, and repurposing
  • ·        Demonstrate and teach art skills
  • ·        Plan programs and events that are art-based and eco-friendly

Dates: January 29 to February 25, 2013

Cost: $75

Instructor: Valerie Colston, author of Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools, and Themes for Young Adult Programming 

Read more and register: http://infopeople.org/training/teens-and-tweens-go-green

Youth Sustainability Video Contest!

Calling America’s Youth – submit a video on what you doing to foster sustainable communities –  due June 1!   The Obama Administration invites video submissions from America’s youth  in the areas of economy, education, energy and environment, health, and science and technology. Winning videos will be chosen by a panel of Administration officials and featured at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Winners also will be invited to the White House for a special event on sustainability leadership!

Student Video Contests!

Two opportunities to offer to students:

  1. Green Living Project  –  their biannual Student Film Project, open to any middle or high school, community college or university student, either in US or international.  Films must be 5 minutes or less in length, and tell a unique, creative, story, around important local and global sustainability issues. See rules for more info. and resources and tips for examples and help. Entries due May 25, 2012.
  2. Northwest Institute for Social Change –  their 2012 Student Sustainability Film Festival, open to high school and college students across North America. Students create short films about programs, projects or “things” that their campus or community is doing to create sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. Here is how to apply. Entries due May 17, 2012

 

 

Teens and Tweens Go Green: Art-based and Eco-friendly Programs for Libraries

An Infopeople online course, January 29 to February 25, 2013

Teens and pre-teens appreciate and celebrate the environment. You can support their interests by involving them in hands-on programs with environmentally responsible themes. This course will bring the fun back into your programming! You will learn to:

· Rethink “art” and look at everyday objects in new ways

· Discover methods and materials for reusing, recycling, and repurposing

· Demonstrate and teach art skills

· Plan programs and events that are art-based and eco-friendly

Course Description: In this four-week online course you will find resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied immediately to library programming for teens and pre-teens. You will be encouraged to develop and share photos of hands-on projects with nature or environmental themes, as well as plans for programs and events that are art-based and eco-friendly. No previous art background or experience is required; this course is for all art ability levels. During the fourth week, there will be an online meeting for demonstrating and discussing specific projects and programs. The instructor has years of experience in developing and teaching library art programs and will help you develop a portfolio of ideas and projects for future program planning.

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

REGISTER! 

Green Schools Save Districts Money

Education News offers a summary of recent “Local Leaders in Sustainability” report by the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council showing how greening schools is not only eco-friendly but saves districts money!  One example given is school system in Mississippi saving  $23,000 in energy costs in the past year by participating in the Tennessee Valley Authority Green School Initiative (a program called Green Power Switch which produces electricity from renewable sources).

The report explains the benefits of greening schools, explains roles local/state/federal can play to go green, as well as providing ideas and action plans to green schools.Green school improve student health, decrease absenteeism, improve student performances, keep teacher retention, can be used as a teaching tool,  bring community together, save money by using less water and electricity, increase property values, and do not cost more than conventional schools!

One of the best things of the report are the Model Advocate and Profile of a  Green School sections – real world examples of advocates for greening school, such as Mayor Riley of Charleston SC who believes so strongly in this endeavor he promote  a now existing  a one-cent sales tax to support green school construction!  And Profiles of Green Schools like River Crest Elementary School in Hudson, WI –  a green school constructed below the cost of a conventional school!   The end of the report offers suggestion such as connecting with your local USGBC Chapter, creating a green school task force,  hosting a green school summit, creating a green school challenge, hire a green school fellow, create a green energy school policy or green cleaning policy, tour other green schools, and info on lots of groups to check out.