Our region finally seems ready to welcome spring to its doorstep! The warmer air and budding trees mean the school year will soon be winding down, but now is a great time to learn ways that we can all provide our children with healthy places to learn. As director of GBA’s Green & Healthy Schools Academy, I want to share some upcoming events hosted by us and some of our friends. Check them out below and join us!
Safer Pest Management in Schools Webinar, April 7th, 10-11 a.m., presented by Women for a Healthy Environment. Pests can be a nuisance that just won’t go away! Spraying toxic chemicals is an outdated pest management technique that usually does more harm to overall school health. Join WHE for this free webinar to learn safe strategies for controlling pests in your school. Register here.
Public Tours of Chatham University Eden Hall Campus – April 8th, 4-6 p.m., presented by Chatham University. Come hear about Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus master plan and take a tour to see how the campus is being built as a sustainable community from below the ground, up. Tour highlights include: the property’s rich history as a Heinz retreat center; high performance buildings; geothermal systems; photovoltaic and solar thermal systems; an aquaculture lab; sustainable agriculture indoor growing facilities; outdoor organic gardens; woodland hiking trails and more. Additional tour dates are May 13th, and June 10th. Register here.
Healthy HVAC Practices Workshop, April 15th, 2-4 p.m., presented by the Green & Healthy Schools Academy. Fresh, clean air is essential for all of us to think and function, especially children. While many schools have older ventilation systems, there is still much that can be done to ensure that the systems are working as best as possible. Tim Butler of Integrated Services & Consultants will share best practices of HVAC maintenance specifically for schools, and what to think about when upgrading. School personnel can receive a full discount on the price of registration; Contact email@example.com for more info. Learn more and register here.
Sustainable Energy Teacher Training Workshop I, April 15th, 8:30am – 3:30 p.m., presented by Citizen Power . Sustainable Energy I: Energy Smart Schools, Wind Power, Solar PV is a FREE workshop providing over $140 of teaching resources: model wind turbine, solar energy kit, LED bulb, Kill-a-Watt meter, multi-meter, water-saving kit, resource binder and flashdrive, lunch, and six Act 48 credit hours. Tour of Eden Hall Campus included. Geared for 6th–12th grade teachers of energy-related curriculum (science & career/tech-ed). Register here.
Smart, Sensible and Sustainable Pest Management in Your School Webinar, April 16th, 1-2:30 p.m., presented by US EPA. Learn how to improve asthma and health outcomes, as well as increase school attendance, and identify proven strategies to inspect and monitor for pests, and determine the best approach for treatment if pests are found. Register here.
Green & High-Performance Cleaning Workshop, May 6th, 2-4pm, presented by the Green & Healthy Schools Academy – Green, healthy, high-performing cleaning is one of the most cost-effective and impactful ways to improve health and well-being in your school. Come find out what the ingredients of a robust green cleaning program are. School personnel can receive a full discount on the price of registration; Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Learn more and register here.
Sustainable Energy Teacher Training Workshop II, July 17th, 8:30am – 3:30 p.m., presented by Citizen Power. Sustainable Energy II: Concentrating Solar Energy, Solar Thermal Heating, and Passive Solar Building Design is a FREE workshop providing over $120 of teaching resources and “toys” including: Solar Parabolic Mirror, Solar H2O Heater Kit, Fresnel Lens, Chemical Heat Pack, Solar Tube, Amazing Ice Melting Blocks, resource binder and flashdrive. Geared for 6th–12th grade teachers of energy-related curriculum (science, career-tech & tech-ed) Act 48 credit available and free for teachers. Register here.
Green Workplace Challenge, presented by Sustainable Pittsburgh. Commit to making southwestern Pennsylvania a better place to live, work, and learn by signing up for this year’s Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge! Participation in this free competition provides a real-world learning opportunity for students that complements science, math, and environmental education curricula. Participation also helps your K-12 school save money through greater efficiencies in resource use. You can still register for the challenge as an Observer, and receive nearly all of the benefits and technical support. Learn more and sign up here.
I hope you can attend or participate in some of these. We look forward to seeing you! If you’d like to learn more about GBA’s Green & Healthy Schools Academy, visit our website here.