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Radon Training for K-12 Schools and Childcare Centers–1,000 Hours Initiative

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Join Green Building Alliance and Women for a Healthy Environment for our virtual Radon Training for K-12 Schools and Childcare Centers to celebrate National Radon Action Month on January 18th. With the generous support of The Heinz Endowments, Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) and Green Building Alliance (GBA) re-launched the 1000 Hours a Year Initiative in 2020 to help offset costs associated with testing and remediation of lead and radon in schools and early learning centers. Since 2017, the 1,000 Hours a Year project has equipped approximately 45 school personnel with the technical knowledge to test and remediate radon in their buildings.

The virtual training will take participants through the radon testing process and provide all needed training, resources, and guidance to conduct their own testing. Receiving this training can save school districts a significant amount of money on hiring an outside consultant and will equip the giving facility staff with the knowledge and technical training needed to protect school students and early childcare centers from radon exposure.

This four-hour course will be offered virtually twice on January 18th (8:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-6pm) for any school facility directors, assistant facility directors, maintenance personnel, or tradespeople who work in K-12 schools or childcare centers. The program is primarily open to school facilities located in Allegheny County with some spaces open for other counties. The cost of the course is $15, but we are able to waive the fee if a special request is submitted. Please email Ellen Conrad (ellenc@gbapgh.org) regarding the waived fee exception. Radon tests for your buildings will be included in course participation. Your registration will not be complete until after you complete the form emailed to you after registering on the GBA website.

 

Meet your Instructor: Nathaniel L. Burden, Jr.

Nathaniel L. Burden, Jr. is a radon testing and mitigation expert with over 30 years’ experience using short-term and long-term passive radon devices, along with several continuous radon and work level monitors. Burden’s early career was spent as a nuclear operator at the decommissioned Shippingport LWBR Atomic Power Station and Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Pennsylvania, but much of his career has centered on international and domestic radon testing and mitigation projects. Burden has worked on countless radon mitigation and research projects, including serving as a special consultant of radon testing and mitigation for the DOD American Army facilities, performing hyper radon mitigation consultations and research with the Argonne National Laboratory at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, and historical radon mitigation design and installation for an Air Force/Navy facility with historical Underground Railroad in the Warminster, PA. He currently is the Pennsylvania AARST chapter president, sits on the national AARST board of directors, and is a part of several ANSI-AARST radon measurement and mitigation standards committees, including one for schools and large buildings.  He also sits on the National Radon Action Program (NRAP) for environmental radon justice projects.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Identify common facility interest areas, pain points, and foci that relate to the experience 

Share best practices and common misunderstandings  

Establish connections with other people in your field who are having similar experiences for increased support  

Develop a series of action steps to apply in your own school setting  

 

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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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Best Practices for Cleaning & Disinfecting in Covid-19

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Ensuring a clean and safe learning environment has never been more important. Join Green Building Alliance & Women for A Healthy Environment staff to discuss healthy and high-performance cleaning strategies to prevent disease transmission.

Join GBA & WHE as we discuss the importance of cleaning & disinfecting strategies that prioritize student health and well-being during COVID-19. This webinar will cover the difference between cleaning and disinfecting, healthier disinfectant selection, and the best ways to develop a sustainable healthy and high-performing cleaning program.

This is a free event that will be held through Zoom. A link to the event will be sent upon registration.

This work is a collaboration between Green Building Alliance’s Green and Healthy Schools Academy and Women for a Healthy Environment’s Healthy Schools PA program. For more information on these programs, contact GBA’s Green and Healthy Schools Director, Katie Lockley, or WHE’s Healthy Schools Coordinator, Kara Rubio.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Identify common facility interest areas, pain points, and foci that relate to the experience of facility personnel.  

Share best practices and common misunderstandings  

Establish connections with other people in their field that are having similar experiences for increased support  

Develop a series of action steps upon the end of the workshop to apply in their own school settings.  

 

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GHSA K-12 Virtual Happy Hour: Climate Change Education for All!

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy K-12 Virtual Happy Hour  

Climate Change Education for All!

 

The science is in–the climate is changing and as educators, we need to prepare our students to be future leaders. However, many of us find it difficult to teach about climate change. The reasons are varied: the politicized nature of the topic, feeling unqualified in the content area, lack of resources or time. The truth is that informing our students about climate change is more than teaching them the science—it’s teaching them the range of solutions!  

GBA’s Teacher Cohorts are designed so every teacher of any subject area can take on the challenge of climate educationCome learn from a panel of this year’s participants about their journey designing for climate in their lessons and how to join our Pittsburgh and West Virginia cohorts next year!  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 13: Climate Action and Goal 4: Quality Education.

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GHSA K-12 Virtual Happy Hour: Rethinking Education during COVID-19

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy K-12 Virtual Happy Hour  

Rethinking Education during COVID-19

 

We are witnessing the world of education shift before our very eyes. Educators are working hard to maintain some type of normalcy in the classroom, while PSSAs are canceled and some school districts are ending the school year early. As education shifts, we want to take a moment to remind ourselves that teaching is more than state standards and dissect some of the educational myths outlined in David Orr’s essay, “What is Education For?  

 

Read David Orr’s essay, “What is Education For?” HERE: https://www.eeob.iastate.edu/classes/EEOB-590A/marshcourse/V.5/V.5a%20What%20Is%20Education%20For.htm 

 

 The first 15 minutes of each Happy Hour will be a brief presentation on the topic, which will lead into a guided discussion. There will be a summary of the reading, so don’t feel like you need to read it to participate in the conversation. 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.

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GHSA K-12 Virtual Happy Hour: Intersections of Climate Change and COVID-19

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy K-12 Virtual Happy Hour  

Intersections of Climate Change and COVID-19

 

During the COVID-19 quarantines, it feels like everything has been put on hold, including public displays of climate activism. Based on what we know from previous global pandemics, massive recessions, and world wars, what can we anticipate for climate action after COVID-19? Our discussion will be based on Rebecca Solnit’s article, “’The impossible has already happened’: what coronavirus can teach us about hope,” and how although we can’t anticipate everything, there is some promise moving forward.

Read Rebecca Solnit’s article “‘The impossible has already happened’: What coronavirus can teach us about hope” HERE: 

 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/what-coronavirus-can-teach-us-about-hope-rebecca-solnit? 

 

The first 15 minutes of each Happy Hour will be a brief presentation on the topic, which will lead into a guided discussion. There will be a summary of the reading, so don’t feel like you need to read it to participate in the conversation. 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 13: Climate Action.

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GHSA K-12 Virtual Happy Hour: Reduced Food Waste

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy K-12 Virtual Happy Hour  

Reduced Food Waste

 

In our effort to stay healthy during quarantine and avoid public spaces, our need to reduce food waste has grown more personalJoin us as we discuss how food waste relates to climate change and how schools have the ability to create real change in this area. Bring your own beverage! 

The first 15 minutes of each Happy Hour will be a brief presentation on the topic and the remainder will be a guided discussion. The Zoom link will be sent upon registering. Contact Ellen Conrad (ellenc@gbapgh.org) with any questions.

 

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This event encompasses Project Drawdown solution “Reduced Food Waste.

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GHSA K-12 Virtual Happy Hour: Building Community Through Telepresence

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy K-12 Virtual Happy Hour  

Building Community Through Telepresence

 

Join the Green & Healthy Schools Academy team as we discuss the potential challenges and opportunities of the virtual learning world we’ve been thrust into. We will share strategies for building community from a distance and look forward to hearing individual stories of the adjustment. Bring your own beverage! 

The first 15 minutes of each Happy Hour will be a brief presentation on the topic and the remainder will be a guided discussion. The Zoom link will be sent upon registering. Contact Ellen Conrad (ellenc@gbapgh.org) with any questions.

 

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This event encompasses Project Drawdown solution “Telepresence.”

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Considerations for Post-Occupancy Evaluations

In the early stages of a project’s development, criteria are established for the space’s programming and environmental characteristics, generating a basis-of-design from which the building elements and systems are developed. Once a project is completed, however, the larger question of how the design team and building owners evaluate the project’s success begs consideration. The answer may […]

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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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