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EGLE Classroom releases spring EnviroSchool webinar lineup

EnviroSchool, EGLE Classroom’s webinar series for educators, has released the lineup for its spring 2023 season with topics ranging from food waste to geographic information system (GIS) data interpretation.

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The EnviroSchool webinar series is geared toward teachers, interpreters, and nonformal environmental educators who want to enhance their teaching with Michigan-based resources. Each 1.5 hour session allows participants to engage with EGLE staff around their areas of expertise and their daily work to protect Michigan’s environment.

“EnviroSchool gives educators a chance to learn how the concepts they teach about in their classrooms apply to our local Michigan communities, said Eileen Boekestein, EGLE’s environmental education coordinator. “This helps anchor their audience’s learning in authentic, place-based examples that can increase both engagement in and retention of the material.”

Previous EnviroSchool sessions have covered water quality, geology, waste management, and climate. Recordings of each session and accompanying resources are available on the EnviroSchool website, along with registration for upcoming sessions.

Each webinar takes place from 4:30-6 p.m. and includes presentations from EGLE staff, curriculum connections, career highlights, and Q&A. Educators who attend live are eligible for 1.5 SCECHs.

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Upcoming EnviroSchool Events:

March 15, 2023; 4:30-6 p.m.
What Makes EGLE Spatial? How to ask and answer environmental questions with EGLE’s Maps and Data Portal
Geographic data helps tell a story and create intelligence about the world around us. Join EGLE’s Lead Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst to discover how EGLE to develops innovative geospatial solutions that analyze and visualize data to inform decisions, streamline workflows, increase productivity, and tell our story in every EGLE Division. Learn how you can access Michigan data from EGLE’s Maps and Data portal that will bring environmental issues to life for your students, and how your students can collect, visualize, and analyze data of their own!

April 13, 2023; 4:30-6 p.m.
Compost, Food Waste, and You
Approximately 1/3 of all food produced globally is wasted every year, leading to food insecurity, greenhouse gas emissions, and wasted use of agricultural lands. Much of that wasted food ends up in landfills, where it takes up valuable space and contributes to the production of methane gas. Learn how you can help prevent food insecurity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier ecosystem by practicing the recommendations of EGLE’s Sustainable Food Management Hierarchy. Plus, learn how critical composting and food waste prevention programs are in large scale systems like schools and how you can get started in your own community.

May 9, 2023; 4:30-6 p.m.
Clearing the Air around Air Quality Monitoring
The air we breathe has a huge impact on our health, so how can we know what’s in it? On the heels of Air Quality Awareness Week, we’ll be learning how EGLE’s Air Quality Division works to reduce existing outdoor air pollution and prevent the worsening of air quality through programs that evaluate, permit, monitor, and inspect sources of air emissions. Find out the differences between air quality monitoring and air quality modeling, explore the different types of air pollutants EGLE addresses, and learn how students can collect and engage with air quality data in their own communities.