Webinars show teachers how to lead eco-friendly campus projects

The National Wildlife Federation is hosting two upcoming webinars for high school science teachers and club sponsors who want to help their schools “go green.”

The first webinar, titled “An Introduction to Eco-Schools USA,” is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, and will offer resources to motivate students to lead environmental service projects on their campus or in their community. On Feb. 5, the second webinar, “An Innovative Approach to STEM Education,” will engage science classes and clubs in service learning to launch a program that will help students make the school more energy efficient.

Participants will be eligible for a $500 grant from the NWF to help start a green project at their school. Both webinars are part of an ongoing partnership between HISD and the NWF to help shape HISD into an eco-friendly district.

The goal of the Eco-Schools program is to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the culture of a school, with teams that include students, teachers, administrators, non-teaching staff, parents and the community.

To date, 22 HISD schools are taking part in the Eco-Schools program, which awards school with a bronze, silver or green flag award for their environmental efforts and commitment to maintaining a sustainable campus.

Teachers interested in registering for the webinars should send an e-mail to fowler@nwf.org. To learn more about HISD’s green building efforts, visit www.houstonisd.org/greenschools.