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  • • You'd Better Sit Down Kids
    Talk To Your Kids
    About the Environment

    Click here to download a free PDF providing you with the information you need to inform your children about the environment, the dangers, and what can be done to solve the problems.

  • • Code Changes For Solar Installerst
    What Solar Installers Need
    to Know about the 2017 National
    Electric Code and its Big
    Changes for the Solar Industry

    The 2017 NEC has more changes than any other version of the NEC since any of us have been alive. Most of those changes are due to what is on the cover of the NEC: a PV system,” says Dr. Sean White, instructor for HeatSpring’s Photovoltaic Systems and the 2017 NEC course, the 40-Hour Advanced Solar PV Installer Training, and others.

  • • The Sustainable Women Series
    Grid Alternatives:
    Solar Power Ubiquity
    Through Training and Installing

    GRID Alternatives is a national 501(c)(3) certified non-profit organization that facilitates solar power implementation and energy efficiency projects between community partners, volunteers and job trainees. Since its beginning in 2001, GRID Alternatives has installed over 24 MW of clean power, provided almost $200 million in lifetime electricity cost savings, and trained 27,000 people in solar installation. Learn more about the mission to make solar power affordable to all from founder and CEO Erica Mackie

  • • Upcoming Classes Calendar
    Our Calendar Showing Classes

    You can see some classes in sustainability and other green subjects.


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  • Kid Heroes for the Planet
    Who Are These Special Kids?

    April 17, 2020,(TIME for Kids) -Earth Day is April 22. It’s a day when people around the world work to help the planet. But many people, including kids, care deeply about protecting the Earth and its inhabitants every day. TIME for Kids spoke with a few of them. Read about five Kid Heroes for the Planet. Maybe they’ll inspire you to take action, too!

    Click now for the list
    of these special kids.

  • Sustainability Classes in Sarasota (April - Mid-May 2020)
    Education Webinars Courtesy of University of Florida (Sarasota)

    Apr. 7, 2020 (US IFAS Extension) - UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County provides practical education you can trust, to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. This service is a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Sarasota County.

    An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy here.

  • A Virtual Teach-in on Climate Solutions/Climate Justice
    Bard Center for Environmental
    Policy Leads International Virtual
    Teach-in on Climate Solutions/Justice

    Mar. 27, 2020 (Investorideas.com) -On the evening of Tues, April 7, the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College (Bard CEP0) will lead a virtual teach-in on climate solutions and climate justice, focusing on ambitious but feasible state and local solutions to help solve climate change by 2030. The teach-in is part of Bard CEP's Solve Climate by 2030.

    The project features 50 university-led webinars in almost every U.S. state, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, and at international sites in South America, Asia, and Europe through the Open Society University Network. "As learning and activism moves online, it is essential to continue teaching about this central global issue," says Bard CEP Director Eban Goodstein. "This April 7 teaching event is designed to engage secondary education, higher education, and local communities across the nation and around the world in a critical discussion about local climate solutions."

    The state-level teach-ins are free and open to the public. For more information, including start times, and to register for your local teach-in, visit solveclimateby2030.org. Solve Climate By 2030 is made possible by support from Clif Bar & Company.

  • Climate Education Empowers Students to Action
    Students In Action on Climate Change

    Mar. 17, 2020 (Allegheny Front) -One way that schools can provide climate change education to their students is with some outside help. That’s how Woodland Hills School District in Allegheny County became the first in Pennsylvania to pass a climate change resolution.

    The school district’s climate change efforts first started when Communitopia, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that aims to slow climate change and build resilient communities through education, did a presentation for 8th graders at Woodland Hills last school year.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.

  • A Geothermal Powered Education Center In Lousiville
    Geothermal-powered Education CenterWaterfront Botanical Gardens

    Feb. 26, 2020 (inhabitat) —A notorious old landfill in Louisville, Kentucky is being transformed into the new Waterfront Botanical Gardens, a verdant 23.5-acre site designed by architecture firm Perkins + Will. At the heart of the newly opened gardens is the 6,000-square-foot Graeser Family Education Center — also designed by Perkins + Will — that features an organic, sinuous form evocative of the nearby Ohio River. Engineered for a small environmental footprint, the energy-efficient building is powered with geothermal energy.

    Opened last fall as part of the first phase of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, the Graeser Family Education Center doubles as an events venue that seamlessly connects to an outdoor landscaped plaza.

  • Denmark's Green School Emphasizes Sustainability
    Denmark School Where
    Education Is All About Sustainability

    Feb. 19, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) — At the Green Free School in Copenhagen, you're more likely to find pupils repairing a bicycle or doing urban farming than sitting in front of a blackboard. Could a different approach to learning spark a green transition?

    A dozen children are sitting in a circle when the bell rings. Instead of rushing to their next class, the children close their eyes.

    "Raise your hand when you can no longer hear a sound," says their teacher, holding a pair of bronze cymbals — the kind you might find in a Buddhist temple. One by one, their hands go up.

    At the Green Free School (Den Gronne Friskole), in Copenhagen, educating children for a world affected by climate change begins with putting them in the right frame of mind — literally. Classes here include urban farming and often start with mindfulness training.

  • Student Led - Zero Waste Solutions for a Sustainable Future
    Zero Waste: Solutions
    for a Sustainable Future

    Jan. 29, 2020 (University of California - Berkeley)—"Zero Waste: Solutions for a Sustainable Future" is an award-winning, crash-course Everything We Can Do to Save The Planet 101 that aims to equip its students with the tools necessary for changing the fate of humanity. We begin with an in-depth look at consumption, waste streams, and the materials that modern society is made of.

    Following that, we delve into the circular economy, cradle-to-cradle design, the industrialization of modern food, sustainable cities & architecture, climate change & politics, decarbonization, and more. This course is solutions-based, with scalable actions that you can implement in your life, community, and career to properly address the ecological crisis. Past students agree that it will invariably change your life and make you see the world differently.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Students are equipped to make informed personal and political decisions regarding the topics discussed in class.
    • Students have learned to view every resource as valuable and limited.
    • Students leave the class feeling inspired and capable of making positive change in the world.

  • Solar Schools & Electric Buses: Good Start
    What Are Schools Doing to Go Green?

    Inside Climate News Jan. 30, 2019 -

    Click now to read more from
    the NY Times Climate forward.

  • Teens Want to Learn About Climate Change (In School)
    One Teen Grapples With Her
    Questions About Climate Change

    Sept. 19, 2019 (Allegheny Front)- Kayonia Sowell is one of the many Pennsylvania students who haven’t been taught about climate change in school.

    She says she didn’t learn about climate change in elementary school, or in her three years at Pittsburgh Public Schools, where climate change is taught in-depth in 4th and 6th grades. A climate change component was added to the district’s 9th grade biology curriculum this year. But Sowell, now in 10th grade, didn’t have those classes.

    Click now to learn what she thinks
    about her climate education so far.

  • The Top 20 Coolest Schools 2019
    The Top 20 Coolest Schools 2019

    Sep. 3, 2019 (Sierra Club) — Since 2006, Sierra has been ranking colleges according to which ones offer the best sustainability-focused courses, ecofriendly cafeteria provisions, and carbon-neutral land and energy policies, as well as the most opportunities to engage with the environmental movement. Since 2007, sustainability measures that once seemed cutting-edge have become the norm, and we've seen schools effect real change across their communities, regions, and states.

    This year, a record 282 schools vied to become the eco-savviest in all of academia. Please join us in congratulating the tremendously cool—and diverse—schools topping their class in the most crucial subject of all.

    Click now for an impressive list.

  • Education and Sustainability in One Package
    The Akshar Foundation Is Creating
    Sustainable Schools to Teach
    Children Important Life Skills

    Inhabitat, May 24, 2019  - Based in Assam, India, the Akshar Foundation is on a mission to create a new type of sustainable school with its unique education model. The education reform initiative strives to create government schools that are eco-friendly, low-cost and centered in building the most successful environment for children to learn and grow.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Journalism Institute for Teens
    ICN Expands Summer
    Journalism Institute for Teens

    InsideClimate News, Jan. 30, 2019 -Colleges in Maine and New York City will host two-week workshops for budding environmental writers in July 2019..

    InsideClimate News is expanding its summer Institute for Environmental Journalism in 2019 to include a boarding course in Bar Harbor, Maine, along with its day program in New York City.

    Both feature rigorous hands-on coursework for students entering 10th through 12th grade in the fall of 2019, as well as graduating high school seniors. The program serves students who are looking for an introduction to environmental journalism and those who want to practice their skills and deepen their knowledge with one-to-one mentoring from professional journalists. Need-based financial aid is available by applying to the institute's Hollywood Foreign Press Association Scholarship Fund.

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  • Learn About Green Living While Young
    5 Tips for Teaching
    Green Living Early

    July 20, 2018 - Read about the following tips:
    1. Why you are never too young to go green
    2. Monkey See, Monkey Do
    3. Give them Responsibility
    4. Tour the Facilities
    5. Experiment! Have fun!

    Click now for a further
    look from  The Greener Ideal.

  • Informed, But Not Brainwashed
    Texas Railroad Commissioner
    Thinks the Opposite is True

    May 11, 2018 - “We’re teaching our kids negative things — we’re pre-biasing them.”

    Wayne Christian recently claimed the reason Millennials like me care about solving climate change and aren’t elbowing each other for jobs in the oil and gas industry is because our entire generation has been brainwashed. Brainwashed? If true, it’d be a national emergency. After all, who could so effectively organize such an epic conspiracy to brainwash the 91 percent of us who accept climate change is happening?

    Click now for more
    from the Texas Tribune.
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  • Downplaying Environment Education
    Some States Downplay Teaching
    Climate Change. Teachers
    See ‘educational malpractice’

    Feb. 20, 2018 - Teaching climate change in schools is a hot-button issue in a number of states, including Idaho and New Mexico, where lawmakers have tried to weaken or dismantle science standards crafted by educators and scientists. Amid a climate-change skeptical Trump administration, legislators cite a concern about one-sided arguments. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports.

    Click now for more from PBS News.

  • Geothermal Scholarships
    2017 Geothermal Resources
    Council Scholarships Announced

    Feb 6, 2017 - To qualify for one of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $5 per year) as well as be a student in an accredited academic institution.

  • Solar & Higher Ed - a New Partnership
    Higher Education and Solar Energy:
    A Partnership Whose Time Has Come

    Dec. 29, 2017 - At campuses across the country, a few early adopters took the lead with solar projects demonstrating how the technology worked predictably and reliably. Unfortunately, many of these projects were not economic, but rather showpieces or research opportunities.

    While well intentioned, these initiatives resulted in the mistaken view held by institutional decision makers that solar projects are a nice (but unaffordable) “luxury.” This perspective is no longer accurate, as technological progress has combined with innovative financing and large-scale manufacturing to usher us into an era of economically viable solar projects. We must get the word out that large-scale solar can be deployed cost-effectively today on campuses across the country. 

    Click now for the story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Solar Job Training for South Carolina
    Cypress Creek to
    Launch a $1.5b Project

    Nov, 6, 2017 - Cypress Creek Renewables is set to launch a partnership with Greenville Technical College in order to grow South Carolina’s PV workforce and spur the state’s economy. This partnership will assist the state’s PV sector by helping to train and prepare the next generation of energy workers.

    In addition to this PV job training initiative, Cypress Creek is also putting forward a plan to invest over US$1.5 billion to develop and build 2GW of solar across 80 projects in South Carolina. Together, these 80 projects will create nearly 10,000 construction jobs and power over 600,000 homes with renewable energy.

    Click to read more.

  • A Bronx Teacher's Green Classroom
    How He Started a
    Green Classroom Revolution

    September 6, 2017 - Have you ever been in a position to change the world, or at least your small slice of it? Did you do it? Did you take the risks that would make a difference in the lives of others? If something held you back — unfavorable odds, fear of failure, lack of courage or something else — then Stephen Ritz's "The Power of a Plant" is for you.

  • Eco-Schools & Tanglewood Middle
    Eco-Schools USA and Tanglewood
    Middle School – The Perfect Match

    July 13, 2017 -(as expressed by Gib Hennington) The Eco-Schools USA program, National Wildlife Federation’s core Education for Sustainability program, is a great fit for Tanglewood Middle School in Houston ISD. We are an international Baccalaureate school so we strive to develop students who will build a better world, who will take responsibility of their own learning, who are challenged to think critically and who consider both local and global contexts.

  • It’s a School, and it Floats!
    Solar Powered Floating
    Educational Opportunity On
    The Miami Science Barge

    Aug. 3, 2016 -The Miami Science Barge, a 3,600 square foot barge docked in the Museum Park in Biscayne Bay, was designed to focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and sustainability initiatives. It features three interconnecting zones which will educate visitors on a number of topics including living ecosystems, marine experiments, and renewable energy.

    JinkoSolar’s high-efficiency modules will be powering the Barge, allowing it to function completely off the grid. Aboard the Miami Science Barge there will be around 75 kWh of storage, enough for a total of 3 days’ worth of stored energy. There will be a cost savings of over $1,000 per year, which will be used towards ensuring that the Barge’s programs can be provided free to those with limited financial means.

    Click now for more
    from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Solar Schoolhouse - a Bright, Sunny Idea
    Solar Schoolhouse -
    Education Energized by the Sun

    - They’ve created Team Solar Schoolhouse and encouraging you and your students (friends & family too) to join Team Solar Schoolhouse when you set up a personal profile on the Drawdown EcoChallenge website. There are a wide variety of challenges to explore and commit to action, from Food, to Transportation, Clean Energy, Women & Girls, Buildings, Materials. Anyone motivated to Spring into Action can join Team Solar Schoolhouse for the Drawdown EcoChallenge.

    Click now for more information.

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  • Commercial Solar Finance (Free!)
    Mastering Commercial Solar
    Finance - Self Study Online

    Solar Executive MBA Training instructors Keith Cronin and Chris Lord answer questions about nonprofit PPAs, and finding, pitching to and managing investors.

    Enroll and you'll access... -Over 2.5 hours of video with Chris and Keith -A comprehensive, downloadable takeaway
    guide -Advice from a $20MM solar tax equity investor [interview]

  • Solar Executive MBA Training
    Solar Executive MBA Training

    During this 6-week online training, You'll find that this comprehensive, technical, and challenging. It’s the most intense six-week course you’ll ever find but also the most valuable. It was developed for leaders who are responsible for the financial details that drive large-scale solar projects

  • M.I.T. Energy Initiative
    Linking Science, Innovation,
    & Policy to Transform the
    World's Energy Systems

    The MIT Energy Initiative is MIT’s hub for energy research, education, and outreach. Our mission is to create low- and no-carbon solutions that will efficiently meet global energy needs while minimizing environmental impacts and mitigating

    Click to get educated.

  • Certified "Green" Schools 101
    Clark County is #1 for
    Certified Green Schools:

    The County was honored for having more certified green schools than any in the state, with 68 participating in the program and 38 certified. Almost 300 schools in Washington participate in the program.


 

Institutions

(listed alphabetically)
Click on the institution logo
below for more information

Youth Taking Action for Nature

Action For Nature
Encouraging young people to take personal action to nurture and protect a healthy environment on which all life depends.

Improving Energy Efficiency 
alliance to save energy

Empowering schools through energy efficiency

A green school is a
healthy environment conducive to learning
while saving energy, resources and money.

 
Center For Green Schools

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools awarded Green School the “2012 Greenest School on Earth".

This was an affirmation of the program we provide to enrich and nurture our students.

Become a Cimate
Reality Leader

Climate Reality Logo
Join the millions using their voices and everyday choices to tackle the climate crisis. Just click on the logo to sign up.

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Earth University
Consortium for Sustainablilty

Earth University
Hosted in Costa Rica, this study abroad program is the result of a long–standing partnership between EARTH University and renowned US universities.

Participate with us and expand your cultural boundaries, place yourself ahead of the curve as a professional, and return to your country ready to make a difference.

Eco-Scools USA (sponsored
by the National Wildlife Federation)


Protecting Wildlife, Inspiring Future Generations:
As in nature, we have strength in numbers. National Wildlife Federation works closely with those who span the social and political spectrum, but who are connected
by a common commitment to conservation.

 
Our ability to meet the needs of wildlife is inextricably linked to the amazing individuals, groups, organizations and corporationswe call our supporters.

Together, we form a pack, leveraging our influence to safeguard America’s wildlife and wild places.

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Engineering Degree Programs

 Env Eng Degree
Environmental engineers play a very important role in helping to provide future generations with the same environment that we have today. As we continue to learn more about the environment and the effects the world population is having on it, environmental engineering is become a much more popular field.

It is considered to have one of the highest growth rates out of all of the types of engineering fields according to Engineering com , so the future is bright.
Engineering.com

Environmental Science
Degrees and Careers

 Env Science
Those who study environmental science gain a profound understanding of the interconnected systems of the Earth, as well as develop the analytical and problem-solving skills that are needed to tackle the greatest challenges facing the environment today, in order to ensure a better future.

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BS Degrees with a Major in
Alternative and Renewable
Energy Management

 Everglades U
As our modern-day society seeks to be more responsible with our natural resources and less dependent on unsustainable sources of energy, the need for competent professionals with an alternative and renewable energy management degree is on the rise.

EPA Sponsored Classroom
(Environmental Kids Club)

 Environment For Kids
Games, pictures and stories

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
—a research institute of the University
of Central Florida (UCF)

FSEC_Logo
As Florida's energy research institute — with a 35-year history of unique expertise, experience and infrastructure — we are leading research and development efforts to bring our vision of Energy Independence to fruition.

Living Wise - Water Wise - Energy Wise

 Get Wise
Learning to conserve water and energy

Global learning and observations
to Benefit the Environment

 Globe Program
Worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program

Preparing Environmental Stewards
for the 21st century

 Green Ed Foundation
Click the logo to download environmental activities and content.

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Green Scholls Initiative

GEI
The Green Schools Initiative was founded in 2004 by parent-environmentalists who were shocked by how un-environmental their kids' schools were and mobilized to improve the environmental health and ecological sustainability of schools in the U.S. We believe it is essential to protect children's health - at school and in the world beyond school - and we work to catalyze and support "green" actions by kids, teachers, parents, and policymakers to reduce the environmental footprint of schools...

Kid-Friendly Guide to
Earth-Friendly Living

 Green Parent Program
Learn: Get informed about environmental issues so that you can make the best eco-friendly decisions for yourself and your family. Surf the web, pick up a good book (pick up your copy of The Green Parent), or watch a movie (try The Inconvenient Truth or Who Killed The Electric Car?) to arm yourself with knowledge and ideas.

Vote: Use the power of the ballot box to send a clear message to elected officials about your environmental concerns. Browse the environmental record of potential candidates at the League of Conservation Voters and be sure to let them know what you think.

Get Involved: Get involved in the environmental issues that affect your community. Organize a recycling center or used clothing drop-off location. Encourage your local utility company to offer discounts or rebates on energy and water-saving products. Lead a trash clean-up day. Or, write an editorial letter to your local paper about the environment initiatives that could give your community a boost.

Welcome to the Greenest
School on Earth

 Green School of Bali
Green School in Bali, Indonesia provides a natural, holistic and student-centered education in one of the most amazing environments on the planet.

The Environmental
Fellows Program

Harvard Enviornment Center Logo
Harvard is committed to fostering the development of talented scholars with an interest in environmental research. The Environmental Fellows at Harvard work with some of the University's leading faculty, creating linkages across research disciplines and professional schools, and benefit from all that Harvard has to offer.

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A Series of Courses
(Building and powering a cleaner
future through education technology)

 Heat Spring
HeatSpring’s education marketplace offers hundreds of online courses in solar, wind, microgrids, green building and other renewable energy technologies. Any qualified expert can build a course and reach anyone in the world.
To learn more, click here.

NIEHS Kids Pages

 Kids' Envvironmental Health
Games, stories, riddles, songs, laughs and more

Renewable Energy and
Sustainability Systems Portfolio

 Penn State On Line
Policy changes, technological advances, and an increased awareness of the world's resources are creating a growing need around the globe for advanced expertise in renewable and sustainability systems. There is an urgent need to prepare professionals who can serve as leaders of the emerging "green" economy.

Marine Education and Awareness


By creating and working with the “Marine Educators Network of Northern Peru”, we are connecting over 30 educational institutions and schools and sustainably strengthening teaching in marine education. Our large efforts with children and youth expect to reduce anthropogenic threats to coastal and marine environments in the next decades, time when most of our beneficiary students enter the economically active population.

Rainforest Heroes -
Kids the Earth Can Count On (and more)

 Rainforest Action Network
How we can all get involved in addressing the environmental issues of the planet

Environmental Education

Sierra Club
Projects for young people

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Courses Offered and Links to Others

Smart Energy Education
Offering Energy Education galore!

Design Courses

 SMA Solar Academy

SMA Solar Academy

Become a solar expert. Comprehensive range of seminars on photovoltaics

University of Florida

UF IFAS
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County provides practical education you can trust, to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. This service is a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Sarasota County.

For regular updates on the latest news and happenings at UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, sign up to receive our e-newsletters. An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy by clicking here.

School for the Environment

UMASS Boston
Environmental challenges don’t recognize disciplinary boundaries. Neither does UMass Boston's School for the Environment. We are dedicated to ensuring a sustainable world through our research and academic programs in urban planning, community development, environmental science, marine science, environmental studies, and sustainability.

Solar Training

 US Solar Institure
Featuring, among others, PV101: Solar Fundamentals

Advanced Technologies in Real-Time
Data in Basic and Water Science

  Water on the Web
A national Curriculum for High Schools and Colleges

Earth Day Every Day

 The Wilderness Society
A site for teachers and students

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Green Education

 Zen Home School
Do things differently by seeing things differently
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