Continuing Education Opportunities:

Webinars and Podcasts

Deepening Environmental Learning for Student Teachers

Thursday, May 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

Dr. Hilary Inwood, Lead of Environmental & Sustainability Education (ESE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto

Alysse Kennedy, Toronto District School Board’s EcoSchools Program

Looking to integrate environmental education in teacher education programs? As the next generation of K-12 educators, student teachers are central to shifting education systems towards environmental sustainability and addressing climate change. How can their environmental learning be deepened while still in pre-service Teacher Education programs? 

Join Dr. Hilary Inwood and new teacher Alysse Kennedy for a webinar to explore how teacher educators can better prepare student teachers to become active eco-teachers in their first years of teaching. Share promising practices from your faculty of education, or the challenges you are facing in this work, and connect with others across North America who are working towards embedding Environmental Education into pre-service teacher education. Learn MORE.

Microgrids: An Exclusive Three-Part Series Sponsored by MTU Onsite Energy

Microgrids 101: Combining Multiple Power Sources for Maximum Efficiency and UptimeWednesday, May 22, 2:00-3:00 PM EDTThis presentation is designed to educate energy professionals (CSEs, owners, distributed energy managers) regarding microgrid and distributed generation projects. The presenter(s) will introduce the topic of microgrids, discuss commonly used power generation technologies and the circumstances that make microgrids an ideal energy solution. During this webcast, the presenter(s) will provide examples of successful microgrid projects from around the world, highlighting the unique attributes of each project. They will also identify best practices to consider when evaluating and planning a potential project.More Details and Register.

Microgrids 201: Integrating Renewables and Battery Storage into Your Power SolutionsWednesday, August 14, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT This presentation is designed to educate energy professionals (CSEs, owners, distributed energy managers) regarding microgrid and distributed generation projects incorporating battery storage with multiple energy sources including renewables. During this webcast, the presenter(s) will discuss the unique benefits and challenges of incorporating battery storage solutions into a microgrid, and provide real-world examples of successful projects including lessons learned and best practices identified. Reserve Your Seat Now.

Microgrids 301: Tying Multiple Power Systems Together with Intelligent ControlsWednesday, November 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ESTThis presentation is designed to educate energy professionals (CSEs, owners, distributed energy managers) regarding microgrid and distributed generation projects utilizing intelligent control systems. The presenter(s) will discuss consideration factors commonly used to evaluate intelligent automation systems, including monitoring and power resource control capabilities, and impact on system reliability and sustainability. During this webcast, the presenter(s) will also highlight the benefits of digital simulation capabilities, in which real-world applications are modeled and analyzed to determine the most economic deployment of energy producing assets. Reserve Your Seat Now.

Statewide Evaluations for Collective Impact

Thursday, May 23, 3:00-4:00 PM

Katie Navin, Executive Director of the Colorado Alliance for Education

Jeanine Silversmith, Project Manager for the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association

Please join us for the May installment of NAAEE’s monthly webinar series. Come learn about exciting work happening across the NAAEE Affiliate Network to evaluate environmental education at the state level and consider how you might do similar work in your state.

How can we tell our story more effectively to advance environmental education? Which measures speak the loudest? Katie Navin will discuss what CAAEE has learned from practitioners, funders, researchers, and national experts to create shared outcomes and collective evaluation in Colorado.

And join Jeanine Silversmith to learn about Rhode Island’s statewide survey of K-12 educators and the successful partnerships that were informed by the results. Jeanine will share information about the development and implementation of the tool and give a brief update on their progress toward assessing student environmental literacy in Rhode Island.

Fostering Collaborations and Engaging Communities Using NAAEE’s Guidelines for Excellence

Tuesday, May 28 3:00-4:00 PM

Bora Simmons, National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education and Anne Umali, NAAEE

The next installment of the eeINSPIRE webinar series, presented by NAAEE in partnership with the US Forest Service, will discuss new approaches to fostering collaborations and engaging communities using NAAEE’s Guidelines for Excellence. Register now.

Cultivating Innovation: Documenting 15 Years of TREE Fund Research Impact

May 29, 2019 12:00 PM CDT

Dr. Rich Hauer, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

Dr. Andrew Koeser, University of Florida

Join Drs. Koeser and Hauer at our next webinar where they will share highlights of their report, “A 2018 Assessment of TREE Fund’s Research Grant Program: Research Outputs, Outcomes & Impacts” – from facts and figures to more personal accounts from industry leaders on how TREE Fund has impacted their professional lives. You may be surprised to learn what commonly accepted practices trace their origins to TREE Fund research projects! Register HERE.

TREE Fund – Upcoming Webinars These one-hour programs are FREE and offer 1.0 CEU credit from the International Society of Arboriculture, the Society of American Foresters, and sometimes the National Association of Landscape Professionals and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System. See webinar descriptions for specifics.

Earth Day 2020: Join the Movement

Wednesday, May 291:00-2:00 PM EDT

Tracey Ritchie, Director of Education, Earth Day Network

Fifty years after the first Earth Day, it’s time to re-imagine what we can collectively do for our global environment with activities and events. Join us to learn how you can get involved!

UtahStateUniversity FORESTRY EXTENSION:

Remediating Compacted Soils Compromised by Urban Construction

June 11, 2019, 12:00 PM MT

Dr. Nina Bassuk, Cornell University

The effects of urban development write a profound signature on the landscape. Soils are inevitably compacted and regraded or paved over. We have developed techniques that can remediate these degraded soils and provide a long-term solution towards creating a sustainable landscape post construction.

When paving is not involved, we developed the ‘Scoop and Dump’ method soil remediation and have followed its effects over 12 years of practice, measuring soil health and plant growth over the long term. Briefly, it involves incorporating significant volumes of compost with a backhoe to create veins of compost for root growth and drainage in previously compacted soil. Moreover, this compost injection feeds the microorganisms which aid in soil aggregate formation the release of nutrients. This low impact solution to improving degraded soils holds real promise to help green the urban environment. Register HERE.

NPR Climate Cast Podcasts Available from MPR News

MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner with the latest research on our changing climate. Access the following podcasts HERE.

  • How to make insurance affordable under climate change. Climate change could make insurance coverage unaffordable for ordinary people. However, it doesn’t have to be that way, one expert says.
  • The business case for clean power. General Mills began milling grain with water power from the Mississippi River 150 years ago. Now, it’s using wind to power operations and cut its carbon footprint.
  • How local electric co-op elections can impact greenhouse gas emissions. Many Minnesotans are running for seats on their local electric co-op boards with the aim of making a bigger impact on greenhouse gas reductions. MPR News environmental reporter Elizabeth Dunbar joins Climate Cast to explain.
  • Minneapolis mayor: Cities need feds’ help on climate change. “Cities are the ones that are going to be feeling the brunt of the burden associated with climate change and so cities need the resources to be able to attack that head on,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tells Climate Cast.
  • Survey: 55 percent of Americans think we’re doing enough to fight climate change. A new survey shows most Americans want to stop climate change. But only 55 percent believe they’re doing enough. Jodi Manning is Director of Marketing with carbon reduction organization, Cool Effect, which commissioned the study. She joined Climate Cast this week to discuss its findings.
  • Costing the Earth. Fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet.

Costing the Earth
Presented by BBC Radio

Fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet

The Youth Are Revolting: Youth strikes for the climate have gained global attention. Tom Heap asks if young people can have a lasting impact on governments and public behaviour where their elders failed.

Clean Air For Kids: Clean air – the fightback: Tom Heap investigates the problems caused by air pollution, and asks how it affects children’s health. He visits schools in Manchester and London and finds out about new initiatives which hope to try to reduce pollution around school sites.

Tread Lightly: Tyres have an enormous impact on the environment. What can be done to produce and dispose of them more efficiently? Tom Heap reports.

The Green Divas: Podcast revolution for mind, body, spirit, earth, and–of course–fun!

Free green and healthy living tips, environmental news plus ways to take action for this wonky Earth we all share. We promise to keep it interesting, and never spammy. Access these podcasts (and more!!)HERE:

  • 50 Shades of GDs: earth day, eco-heroes, goats & trees
  • GD Politics: The Green New Deal, Part 1
  • GD Public Pub: Staying centered in these polarizing times
  • 50 Shades of GDs: Kids on climate change