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Teachers to gain knowledge in sustainability to bring awareness back to the classroom

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2013

  • RENO – Forty-five teachers will have the opportunity to participate in the 5th Annual GreenPower Teacher Training workshop this Saturday at the Desert Research Institute.

  • When: Saturday March 2, 2013 

  • Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 

  • Where: DRI Reno Campus, 2215 Raggio Pkwy, Reno, NV 89512 

  • Interview Opportunities: GreenPower & Teachers 

  • Potential Video: Hands-on workshops, training, and overall learning environment

Teachers from the Washoe County School District will have the chance to expand their current knowledge base through a hands-on workshop environment.

Some of the highlights will include community organization offerings, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused workshops, teacher led workshops, and Community Partnership opportunities.

Recently Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, highlighted GreenPower and DRI’s efforts to the Nevada Legislature. He said this positive program is an example of how partnerships can create success for both students and teachers in the K-12 system.

“In Nevada, the Desert Research Institute offers free professional development and training for teachers who want to learn about environmental and climate science. DRI has trained 800 teachers from 134 schools in 10 Nevada counties. The Institute also sends teachers "green boxes" – hands-on, science projects they can use in the classroom, with all the supplies from cotton balls to glue,” Senator Reid said.

Amelia Gulling, GreenPower’s Administrator says this training is a great opportunity to have many partners involved to help administer this workshop. “It’s exciting to bring our amazing community partners together to showcase and share the opportunities out there for our educators.”

Additionally, NV Energy in collaboration with GreenPower will host an electric car demo as part of the overall training to show teachers how it works. The demonstration will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in DRI’s parking lot.

GreenPower specifically is a nonprofit that has established a partnership between DRI and NV Energy. They strive to help Nevada’s K-12 educators teach their students about renewable energy, conservation, and sustainability.

“To see so many of the teachers participating in this workshop is absolutely fantastic,” Gulling said. “We had a successful workshop in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and I know the training in Reno will be another success.”

Through a community collaborative environment, GreenPower is able to offer this workshop for teachers for free. Overall, it will give teachers a day of in-service training to take knowledge back to their classrooms.

U.S. Green Building Council sponsoring program at Springs Preserve

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2013

Las Vegas
 – The Desert Research Institute’s GreenPower program will be participating in the first-ever Nevada Chapter U.S. Green Building Council panel discussion at the Springs Preserve on Tuesday, Feb. 12th. 
  • Event Details: 
  • Where: Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd 
  • When: Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 
  • Time: 7:30am to 9:00am 

Amelia Gulling, GreenPower’s Administrator and Monica Brett, Nevada EnergyWise Program Coordinator, which is part of DRI’s GreenPower program, will be narrowing in on best practices for educating Southern Nevada’s K-12 students on adapting sustainability practices as well as educating teachers on how to bring this knowledge back to the classroom. 

“It gives teachers a voice, it engages students in a creative way to understand STEM, and it provides our partners with an effective platform to inform our community about energy efficiency and conservation,” Brett said. 

“I’m thrilled to see the hard work and extended efforts from GreenPower pay off to help educate the community on how to help teachers with sustainability practices in Clark County,” Gulling said. 

Dave Ray, former USGBC Nevada Chapter President will be moderating the panel. He says this discussion is a step in the right direction in order to teach others on how to obtain a successful sustainable community through collaboration efforts. 

“When you have a good idea and the ability to overcome obstacles, you have an opportunity for success,” Ray said. “For all of us, the mission is to improve long-term quality in the community.” 

The presentation panel will also explore the progress that already has been made in Nevada that is directly related to advocacy and education efforts. 

“The best outcome will be more sustainability/green experts wanting to help our DRI programs by being a mentor and expert presenter in Clark County schools, while offering resources and/or funding in the process,” Brett said. 

Ray says attendees will gain knowledge of simple implementation efforts in schools, such as retrofitting elementary, middle and high school learning environments to be more energy efficient. 

“Improving sustainable learning in the curriculum is critical, but improving the actual environment from which students learn is just as important,” Ray said. 

Other panel speakers at the event will include representatives from Energy Efficiency and Conservation group, NV Energy, a Rancho High School science teacher, and Paul Gerner, CCSD Assistant Superintendent. 

The panel discussion is open to USGBC members as well as the general public who purchased a registration ticket. They are anticipating around 80 people to attend. The actual discussion will last about an hour from 7:30 until 8:30 in the morning, and then the discussion will open to the audience for a question and answer session. 
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Teacher Trainings and Workshops

As part of our mission, we recognize the importance of preparing Nevada’s educators with real world science information and expertise so they can transmit that information to their students.

DRI’s Science Alive program hosts professional development teacher trainings throughout the year in both Northern and Southern Nevada, and in our rural communities. We pride ourselves on offering a diverse set of topics and experiences at each training. All of DRI’s trainings are free and educators who attend our trainings are eligible for in-service education credits offered through the Nevada State Department of Education.  Our trainings include hands-on activities, exciting keynote presentations, unique field trip experiences, and amazing resources.

Past topics for our trainings include: Astrobiology, gardening, engineering and innovation, recycling, water conservation, energy and energy efficiency, exploring NGSS, and our annual STEAM focused trainings.

Should you have any questions about our trainings please contact our Community Relations and Professional Development Administrator

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