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Climate Educator Virtual Happy Hour

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Climate Educator Virtual Happy Hour  

Co-hosted by Remake Learning and Communitopia


Calling all K-12 teachers of all grades, subject areas, or experience level:

Whether you are already teaching climate change-related lessons in your classroom or interested in getting started, it is important to have a like-minded community for support. Join us for our Climate Educator Virtual Happy Hour to find climate education opportunities for your classrooms and other passionate educators to join in with!

Katie Modic, Communitopia’s Executive Director, will be sharing upcoming climate change professional development and curriculum creation opportunities available for K-12 educators, as well as Communitopia-facilitated climate change webinars for your classes. Clara Kitongo from Tree Pittsburgh will also discuss the One Child Per Tree program and accompanying curriculum. No matter your experience or commitment level– there is something for you!

We look forward to seeing you there-this is an event you won’t want to miss!


This event is intended for K-12 educators, administration, and staff, but is open to the public. The Zoom link will be sent upon registering. Contact Ellen Conrad (ellenc@gbapgh.org) with any questions.


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This event encompasses United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education and Goal 13: Climate Action.

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Campers enjoy some water play time at a Frick Environmental Center summer camp. Photo: Green Building Alliance

Pennsylvania’s Schools Have A Lead Problem, But There’s a Solution

Whether you have kids there, work there, or were recently there yourself: daycares and schools are where we spend a substantial amount of our lives — 1,000 hours for the average child per year to be exact. These places should be safe to spend time in — and free from the risk of lead contaminating the drinking water. In partnership with Women […]

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Effective & Low-Cost IAQ Management Strategies


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All schools need to have good indoor air quality (IAQ) to ensure that all students and staff are  healthy and can perform as best as possible. But to the untrained eye, it can be hard to tell when a school has good or poor IAQ. This workshop will help you to understand what IAQ issues look like, and what simple measures you can take to reduce pollutant sources and impacts.


Dave Blake, Northwest Clean Air Agency; Seattle, WA –  Dave Blake created and has manDaveBlakePhotoaged the indoor air program at Northwest Clean Air Agency since 1991.  Working in close collaboration with Rich Prill, a building scientist with Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program, Dave has completed evaluations of all public and most private schools in a three county area of NW Washington State.  He has responded to a steady flow of indoor air quality concerns in homes, public and commercial buildings referred to him by three county health departments since 1992.  He has delivered hundreds of presentations to diverse audiences on all topics relating to indoor air quality.  He was recognized by EPA Region 10 for asbestos enforcement (1995) and indoor air quality work (2000), and shared the national EPA Indoor Air Quality Special Achievement Award (2002) and EPA Indoor Air Quality Distinguished Service Award (2004) with Rich Prill.

Kevin Stewart, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic –  Kevin Stewart is director of environmental health for the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic.  His major responsibilities include informing the public about indoor and outdoor air pollution, its health effects, its sources, and its means of control.  He addresses issues such as secondhand tobacco smoke, biological pollutants, air quality in schools, indoor radon gas and outdoor ozone and fine particle pollution. Kevin also has extensive experience working with schools on the EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools program.

Andrew Ellsworth, Green & Healthy Schools Academy –  Andrew will present a number of case studies of schools and districts that have implemented IAQ Tools for Schools.


1)  Understand how IAQ is related to occupant health and performance.

2) Learn how to recognize common IAQ problems and what the appropriate solutions are.

3) Know what tools, resources and support resources are available.


Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.


Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we have grant funding available to cover the full cost of this workshop for school personnel that would like to attend.  If you work for a school or district, please contact Andrew Ellsworth (andrewe@gbapgh.org) to arrange for discounted registration.

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GBCI CMP  This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs.

As a USGBC Education Partner, GBA makes it easy for members to report CE hours. Please provide your GBCI number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn CEUs but will need to self-report.

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