U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyEducator Resources<br />Lee Pera and Ethan McMahon<br />Office of Environmental Inform...
2<br />Agenda<br />About EPA<br />How EPA Can Help Educators<br />Other EPA Resources<br />Report on the Environment (ROE)...
3<br />About EPA<br />Founded in 1970                                                                   Mission: Protect h...
4<br />10 EPA Regional Offices<br />
5<br />What EPA Does<br />Develop and enforce regulations<br />Provide grants<br />Study environmental issues<br />Sponsor...
6<br />Key Issues EPA Addresses<br />Air<br />Climate<br />Water <br />Wastes and                                         ...
7<br />EPA Resources for Educators<br />Grants<br />Training<br />Teaching tools<br />School health programs<br />EE Clear...
8<br />EPA Student Resources<br />Elementary:  www.epa.gov/kids/club<br />Middle school: www.epa.gov/students<br />High sc...
9<br />Sample Campaign: Climate Change for Action (Region 4)<br />Goal: Educate students about climate change and  reducin...
10<br />Sample Teaching Tools: Air and Waste<br />Quest for Less Curriculum (K-8)<br />http://www.epa.gov/wastes/education...
11<br />Sample Educator Training: Watershed Academy<br />Provides broad introduction to watershed management field<br />50...
12<br />Healthy School Environments<br />Programs and resources for school administrators<br />Address environmental issue...
13<br />Entry points to EPA Data<br />MyEnvironment<br />Envirofacts<br /><ul><li>Datafinder
Science Inventory</li></li></ul><li>14<br />MyEnvironment<br />Provides information on environmental conditions in a speci...
15<br />MyEnvironment<br />Refine searching by:<br />Industry (such as manufacturing)<br />Media (land, air, or water)<br ...
16<br />Envirofacts<br />Searches across multiple EPA databases for information on:<br />Air<br />Water<br />Land<br />Was...
17<br />Data Finder<br />A single place to find EPA’s data sources<br />Data sources are where you can download datasets<b...
18<br />Data Finder: Home Page<br />Search bar<br />Environmental<br />topics<br />Forum for participation<br />
19<br />Science Inventory<br />Searchable database of EPA scientific research activities and technical products<br />http:...
20<br />Report on the Environment <br />Developed by EPA’s Office of Research and Development and the Office of Environmen...
21<br />Environmental Indicators<br />Actual measurements of environmental condition<br />Tracked over time <br />Provide ...
22<br />EPA’s Report on the Environment: Highlights of National Trends<br />“HD” for short<br />Broken down into 25 topics...
23<br />HD Sample Topic Page: Coastal Waters<br />Context<br />Key points<br />Graphic<br />
24<br />Feedback on HD from Educators<br />A lot of information to deal with all at once and hard to navigate content<br /...
25<br />Educational Use of Indicators<br />Teach about current trends in the environment and human health<br />Demonstrate...
26<br />We Want Your Feedback…<br />…On the Educators’ Guide<br />Relevance to your classes<br />Ease of use<br />Content<...
27<br />Proposed Outline for one Segment of Educator’s Guide: Coastal Waters<br />Why Teach About Coastal Waters?<br />Usi...
28<br />Development Schedule<br />Summer 2010:<br />Get feedback from educators to help draft Educators’ Guide<br />Fall 2...
29<br />Contacts: Pera.Lee@epa.gov202-566-2332McMahon.Ethan@epa.gov202-566-0359<br />Regional Environmental Education Coor...
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  1. 1. U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyEducator Resources<br />Lee Pera and Ethan McMahon<br />Office of Environmental Information<br />July 21, 2010<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Agenda<br />About EPA<br />How EPA Can Help Educators<br />Other EPA Resources<br />Report on the Environment (ROE)<br />Educators’ Guide to the ROE Highlights Document<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />About EPA<br />Founded in 1970 Mission: Protect human health and the environment<br />
  4. 4. 4<br />10 EPA Regional Offices<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />What EPA Does<br />Develop and enforce regulations<br />Provide grants<br />Study environmental issues<br />Sponsor partnerships<br />Teach people about the environment<br />Publish information<br />
  6. 6. 6<br />Key Issues EPA Addresses<br />Air<br />Climate<br />Water <br />Wastes and pollution<br />Green living<br />Human health <br />Ecosystems<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />EPA Resources for Educators<br />Grants<br />Training<br />Teaching tools<br />School health programs<br />EE Clearinghouse <br />EE Regional Coordinators<br />http://www.epa.gov/teachers<br />http://www.epa.gov/education/pdf/2009_EEHighlights.pdf<br />
  8. 8. 8<br />EPA Student Resources<br />Elementary: www.epa.gov/kids/club<br />Middle school: www.epa.gov/students<br />High school: www.epa.gov/highschool<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />Sample Campaign: Climate Change for Action (Region 4)<br />Goal: Educate students about climate change and reducing their carbon footprint<br />On Earth Day, EPA volunteers visited 24 middle and high schools; participated in conferences<br />Reached 11,000 people<br />http://www.epa.gov/climateforaction<br />
  10. 10. 10<br />Sample Teaching Tools: Air and Waste<br />Quest for Less Curriculum (K-8)<br />http://www.epa.gov/wastes/education/quest/quest.htm<br />Your Environment, Your Choice (high school)<br />http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/teens/index.htm<br />Air Quality Index Toolkit (K-8)<br />http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=resources.aqi_toolkit<br />
  11. 11. 11<br />Sample Educator Training: Watershed Academy<br />Provides broad introduction to watershed management field<br />50 self-paced training modules<br />Monthly webcast seminars<br />Training courses<br />www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/wacademy<br />
  12. 12. 12<br />Healthy School Environments<br />Programs and resources for school administrators<br />Address environmental issues in schools <br />Indoor air<br />Energy conservation<br />Recycling/waste<br />Reducing chemicals<br />Clean school buses<br />Sun protection<br />http://www.epa.gov/schools/<br />
  13. 13. 13<br />Entry points to EPA Data<br />MyEnvironment<br />Envirofacts<br /><ul><li>Datafinder
  14. 14. Science Inventory</li></li></ul><li>14<br />MyEnvironment<br />Provides information on environmental conditions in a specific locale: address, zip code, city, county, etc.<br />www.epa.gov/myenvironment<br />
  15. 15. 15<br />MyEnvironment<br />Refine searching by:<br />Industry (such as manufacturing)<br />Media (land, air, or water)<br />Pollutant<br />Geographic location <br />
  16. 16. 16<br />Envirofacts<br />Searches across multiple EPA databases for information on:<br />Air<br />Water<br />Land<br />Waste<br />Toxics<br />Radiation<br />Facility<br />Compliance<br />www.epa.gov/enviro<br />
  17. 17. 17<br />Data Finder<br />A single place to find EPA’s data sources<br />Data sources are where you can download datasets<br />Encourages people to suggest additional data sources<br />http://www.epa.gov/data/<br />
  18. 18. 18<br />Data Finder: Home Page<br />Search bar<br />Environmental<br />topics<br />Forum for participation<br />
  19. 19. 19<br />Science Inventory<br />Searchable database of EPA scientific research activities and technical products<br />http://cfpub.epa.gov/si/<br />
  20. 20. 20<br />Report on the Environment <br />Developed by EPA’s Office of Research and Development and the Office of Environmental Information<br />First published in 2003<br />Latest report 2008<br />Quarterly website updates<br />Displays environmental indicators<br />Illustrates conditions and trends in:<br />Environment (air, water, land)<br />Human Health<br />Ecosystems<br />www.epa.gov/roe<br />
  21. 21. 21<br />Environmental Indicators<br />Actual measurements of environmental condition<br />Tracked over time <br />Provide insight into the state of the environment or human health<br />Can be developed and used locally, regionally, and nationally<br />
  22. 22. 22<br />EPA’s Report on the Environment: Highlights of National Trends<br />“HD” for short<br />Broken down into 25 topics<br />One page per topic<br />www.epa.gov/roehd/pdf/roe_hd_layout_508.pdf<br />
  23. 23. 23<br />HD Sample Topic Page: Coastal Waters<br />Context<br />Key points<br />Graphic<br />
  24. 24. 24<br />Feedback on HD from Educators<br />A lot of information to deal with all at once and hard to navigate content<br />Information useful to introduce subjects, but hard to relate to local environment <br />Suggested a guide for educators<br />
  25. 25. 25<br />Educational Use of Indicators<br />Teach about current trends in the environment and human health<br />Demonstrate important scientific research principles<br />Teach interpretation of environmental datasets<br />Engage students in critical thinking and in collecting environmental data locally and through “citizen science” networks<br />From: 2099 Environmental Education Highlights, EPA,<br />www.epa.gov/education/pdf/2009_EEHighlights.pdf<br />
  26. 26. 26<br />We Want Your Feedback…<br />…On the Educators’ Guide<br />Relevance to your classes<br />Ease of use<br />Content<br />Format<br />Length<br />
  27. 27. 27<br />Proposed Outline for one Segment of Educator’s Guide: Coastal Waters<br />Why Teach About Coastal Waters?<br />Using Environmental Indicators to Teach About Coastal Waters<br />Discussion Questions<br />Research Activities<br />Community Activities<br />Featured Resources<br />EPA Resources<br />
  28. 28. 28<br />Development Schedule<br />Summer 2010:<br />Get feedback from educators to help draft Educators’ Guide<br />Fall 2010:<br />Revise guide and release<br />
  29. 29. 29<br />Contacts: Pera.Lee@epa.gov202-566-2332McMahon.Ethan@epa.gov202-566-0359<br />Regional Environmental Education Coordinators:<br />http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/contacts1.html<br />Pg #<br />

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