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Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge

Resource Type: Green Design Projects
Description: Students use biomimicry to innovate!
Cost: No
Time: 1 Term
State:
Topic:
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

kidEarth: Kids Around the World Sing 12-Year-Old's Global-Warming Song

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Green Design Projects
Online Tool
Service Learning Projects
Description: KidEarth and its "100 Generations" song is an international global-warming music project California sixth-grader Aitan Grossman created for children all over the world to sing to raise awareness about the climate change. Schoolchildren in Africa (Botswana and Ethiopia), Europe (France), South America (Venezuela and Guatemala), and Asia (Taiwan) have joined kidEarth in song already. The more kids who sing Aitan's song, the bigger its impact will be as children everywhere, together, raise the world's awareness about the climate change. Aitan's made it easy -- the song's notes, lyrics, and instrumental tracks are on the Web site. Students can use Aitan's words or write their own and, if they want to join voices together with others around the world, they can post their own "100 Generations" music video next on kidEarth's video page. More information about kidEarth is in "The News" section of the kidEarth Web site, including a feature story posted on Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection Web site and an article written when the kidEarth project was designated a Climate Hero by San Francisco Bay Area environmentalists. All Aitan asks is that schools participating send him their names and cities/towns so he can mention them on the site. Email him at kidEarthus@yahoo.com.
Cost: No
Time: 1-3 Classes
State:
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

Chemistry for a Sustainable World

Resource Type:
Green Design Projects
Information/Statistics
Resource List
Description: Having worked in green chemistry since about 1990, I hope to offer comments that help you evaluate what is good for the environment, what helps but could be better, and what is undesirable. This information is provided on my blog, where I discuss alternative energy sources, sustainability, global viewpoints, chemical issues, conservation, and related areas.
Cost: No
Time:
State: Missouri
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)

Meet the Greens

Resource Type:
Green Design Projects
Online Tool
Resource List
Description: This site from the WGBH Educational Foundation about sustainability and green living encourages kids to make informed choices and meaningful changes. Through animated episodic adventures, a blog, kids' mail, and regular updates, it explore green living, sustainability, ecology, environmental care, and social equity.
Cost: No
Time: Ongoing
State:
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Wildlife
Grade: Middle (6-8)

Habitat Hollow

Resource Type:
Field Trip
Green Design Projects
Description: This Web site introduces the environmental education exhibit at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in Columbus Ohio, built using a variety of recycled building materials, that focuses on conservation, sustainability, wildlife, and habitats. The exhibit is open to the public for self-guided tours, and special programming is available.
Cost: Yes
Time:
State: Ohio
Topic:
Habitat/Ecosystems
Waste/Recycling
Wildlife
Grade: Elementary (K-5)