Teachers from across CT attend Barnard Sustainability Event

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Nov. 30, 2012
 
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EDUCATORS FROM ACROSS CONNECTICUT ATTEND SUSTAINABILITY EVENT AT BARNARD ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MAGNET SCHOOL
 
Second-grade students give presentation on recycling at Barnard
 
Dozens of teachers and administrators from across Connecticut gathered at Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School Thursday for the Best Practices in Sustainability Education Workshop, presented by the Connecticut Sustainable Schools Project.
 
Barnard Principal Michael Crocco said the school was proud to host the event, a day focused on sharing strategies, tips and ideas for teaching sustainability and environmental concepts in the classroom.
 
“Our mission at Barnard is to expose our students to the many facets of the environmental sciences, and being asked to host this workshop is an indicator that our hard work is being recognized and supported,” Crocco said. “We would like to thank the Connecticut Sustainable Schools  Project, Jeff Greig and Laurel Kohl for recognizing our efforts and choosing Barnard to host such a wonderful event.”
 
The workshop is an opportunity for teachers and administrators to learn about:
·         Ideas for incorporating sustainability education across the curriculum
·         The new CT Green LEAF Schools program
·         Lessons on energy efficiency & environmental quality in schools
·         Schools gardens and using food as a learning focus
·         Connections to Common Core, science and social studies standards
 
The event also featured a presentation about recycling at Barnard by second-grade students that took place at lunch. Second-grade teacher Katelyn Allen led the students in their presentation, which showed how students recycle items at lunch, such as milk cartons and cereal containers. The students also talked about how they reuse items – like cardboard tray – in an effort to save waste. During a brief question and answer session, a teacher asked the students why they recycle at Barnard.
 
“Because we are an environmental school and we help the earth,” replied Victoria Jones.
 
Keynote presentations at the workshop were given by Marjorie Drucker, Instructional Integration Leader at Barnard and one of the organizers of the event, and Laurel Kohl, Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern CT State University. Workshop presenters included representatives from the state Department of Public Health, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Barnard School, Common Ground High School and eesmarts, and energy efficiency learning initiative.