Tue, 10/8/2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
The Killen's Pond Nature Center, a certified LEED Silver building, will serve as an inspirational backdrop for Pathways participants through it's efficienct use of water, optimized energy performance, and use of recycled materials.
Participants will learn more about the Pathways Program and how to utilize NWF's Eco-Schools framework to kick start sustainability initiatives in their schools. Participants will also hear from content experts covering topics such as Waste and Consumption, Climate Change, and Advocacy!
9:00 - Breakfast and Registration
9:15 - Welcome (Green Building United, Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, Killen's Pond), Introductions
9:20 - Overview of the DE Pathways to Green Schools program
9:45 - Introduction to National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools
Eco-Schools has undergone a few changes this past year! Holly Gallagher from the National Wildlife Federation will explain the Eco-School model and provide an overview of the updates that have been made to the Eco-School Dashboard.
10:45 - Break
11:00 - Energy Audits: Best practices and implementing your action plan!
Learn all about what goes into completing an energy audit at your school! From a full-scale audit with the help from Practical Energy Solutions, to a teacher-led Eco-Schools audit, get the ins and outs of how best to gather your data! For those schools that have completed an audit, learn where to go from here and see success stories of what schools have done so far!
11:30 - Youth Environmental Summit overview!
YES! is wide collaborative partnership of Delaware non-profit organizations, businesses, students, and public, charter and private schools. This year YES! will hold its 1st Annual Conference for grades 6-12. YES! is an opportunity for students to learn about and share their passion around environmental issues. The mission of YES! is to inspire, encourage, and prepare youth for a life of environmental responsibility, service and leadership by increasing awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and fostering leadership skills.
11:45 - Leading Change to Green your School
Hear from Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants about 7 best practices on leading change to green your school.
12:30 - Lunch
1:00 - How to talk about Climate Change in and outside of the classroom
Gain skills and resources to discuss the topic of climate change with diverse audiences. Learn about hands on activities that can help simlify the climate impacts seen in Delaware and present solutions and adaptations.
2:00 - Waste and Consumption: Success stories of how schools have made an impact
Hear from four different schools that have pursued the Waste and Consumption Pathways and their different approaches to taking on the challenge!
3:10 - Wrap up and reflection