Minnesota’s Changing Climate Updates, December 15


It is hard to believe we are almost to Winter Break!  For Ann and I this means, believe it or not, Summer Institute 2012 is in the works. Please help us in spreading the word that AugustMNMapresize 7-8 we will hold our 7th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education.  We will once again be able to offer mileage and accommodations to those traveling from outside the metro area within Minnesota.  Details and registration will be available by the end of January.  In addition to sessions similar to last summer, we are planning on offering an “advanced strand” for teachers who have used MCC.  If you have suggestions for topics to address please let us know!  Finally, we hope to persuade some of you to come back to participate in a panel of experts discussing how you implemented this curriculum.  

I wanted to take a moment to recognize the amazing work you are all doing.  You are clearly putting in extra time and creativity to make this project work and it is so much fun for us to hear from you about the different directions you have taken.  This newsletter we wanted to acknowledge students at the Great River School who have been consistently posting their observations to the online classroom.  Keep up the great work!

Have a lovely winter break, hope for snow and we’ll be back in touch in the New Year!

Kristen and Ann


COP 17 Recap:  Nicole wrote a nice recap of the outcomes of COP 17 in Durban.  For those of you looking for ways to include this in your class, check out the lessons in our very own Citizen Climate.

President’s Environmental Youth Awards: The PEYA competition has two parts — a regional certificate and a regional award. The regional certificate program is conducted year-round. Therefore, applications for this program can be submitted at any time. All qualified applicants will receive a certificate honoring them for their efforts to protect human health and the environment.

Sustainable Energy Award: The $10,000 Sustainable Energy Award will be presented to each of the top three high schools that can demonstrate how they have engaged students and teachers in school-wide energy savings through the creative and innovative use of technology. Applications are due February 10, 2012. 

Document Your Environment Student Contest:  The National Archives in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a student multimedia contest, “Document Your Environment”. Drawing inspiration from a collection of environmental photos from the 1970’s, this contest invites students ages 13+ to create any type of graphic art, a short video, or a poem using a Documerica photo as a prompt. The grand prize for this contest will be $500, courtesy of the Foundation for the National Archives.  Entries will be accepted until January 6, 2012.

Read about the repercussions of bees waking up earlier and share with your students doing observation projects this spring.




A photo submitted when we had snow on the ground from Lilli from Great River School



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