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EnviroSchool: EGLE Classroom Educator Series
Teachers, Interpreters, and Environmental Educators are invited back into the classroom to learn how EGLE protects Michigan’s environment and public health by managing air, water, land and energy resources. In EGLE Classroom’s EnviroSchool Educator Series, you’ll have a chance to learn directly from EGLE staff about their areas of expertise and their daily work to protect our environment. Each session will include a presentation from EGLE staff, plenty of time for Q&A, and curricular resources you can take back to your classroom.
Upcoming Webinars in the Series
Additional Webinars coming Fall 2023.
Recorded Webinars in this series:
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.
Keisha Williams; Toxicologist - Air Quality Division, Air Quality Evaluation Section
Erica Wolf; Quality Assurance Manager, Air Quality Division, Air Monitoring Section
Alec Kownacki; Meteorologist, Air Quality Division
View the resource referred to in the webinar, Clearing the Air around Air Quality Monitoring
Compost, Food Waste, and You (recorded 4/13/2023, 61min)
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
Aaron Hiday; Compost Program Coordinator, Materials Management Division
Tracy Purrenhage; Recycling Specialist, Materials Management Division
View the resource referred to in the webinar, Compost, Food Waste and You
What Makes EGLE Spatial? How to ask and answer environmental questions with EGLE’s Maps and Data Portal(recorded 3/15/2023, 60min)
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!
Kate Berg; Lead GIS Analyst, Information Management Division
Kent Walters; Geologist, Materials Management Division
Chris Svoboda; Geologist, Remediation and Redevelopment Division
View the resource referred to in the webinar, What makes EGLE Spatial
Charting Michigan's Course Toward Carbon Neutrality, Clean Energy, and Sustainability (recorded 2/21/2023, 48min)
Join EGLE's Sustainability Unit as they share the EGLE programs that work toward meeting the goals of the Michigan Healthy Climate Plan. Learn how the programs EGLE funds catalyze energy transitions, sustainable development, and resilience in communities across the state.
Jessica Crawford; Community Programs Coordinator, Materials Management Division
Jake Wilkinson, Energy Services Manager, Materials Management Division
View the resources referred to in the webinar, Charting Michigan's Course Toward Carbon Neutrality, Clean Energy, and Sustainability
Radioactive Michigan (recorded 1/18/2023, 78min)
January is National Radon Action Month, so this month’s EnviroSchool will bring EGLE’s Radiological Protection team to EGLE Classroom! Learn about what radioactive materials are found in Michigan, both naturally occurring and at nuclear power facilities, and find out how EGLE staff monitor sites, educate communities, and prepare action plans to protect the public.
Les Smith; Indoor Radon Program, Materials Management Division – Radiological Protection Section
Jay Paquette; Radioactive Materials Unit Manager, Materials Management Division
View the resources referred to in the webinar, Radioactive Michigan
Talking Trash at Home and School (recorded 12/06/2022, 71min)
Are you looking for ways to reduce your trash output this holiday season? Come talk trash with staff from EGLE's Materials Management Division! Learn about what happens to trash after it gets picked up from your bin, what impacts trash can have on the environment, and what options you have for more sustainable waste management. We'd also love to hear from YOU about how you're reducing trash in your own classrooms and communities.
Rhonda Oyer; Solid Waste Section Manager, Materials Management Division
Tracy Purrenhage; Recycling Specialist; Materials Management Division
View the resources referred to in the webinar, Talking Trash
What’s Underground? An Adventure into Applied Earth Science and the ‘Economic Geology’ of Michigan’s Two Peninsulas (recorded 11/17/2022, 65min)
Oil rigs, gas lines, and copper mines – Oh, my! Join Geologists from EGLE’s Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division to learn how what’s underground impacts Michigan’s environment and economy. Journey through the Lower Peninsula’s glacial deposits and the Upper Peninsula’s ancient bedrock to find out how earth science is applied to environmental management and economic development. Learn how EGLE protects human health and the environment before, during, and after resource extraction, and stick around for a sneak peek at Michigan’s “Rock Library” in the U.P.!
Melanie Humphrey; Geologist - Oil, Gas and Minerals Division, Field Operations Section
Mark Snow; Oil, Gas and Minerals Division, Permitting and Technical Services Section
View the resources referred to in the webinar, What's Underground
Dive into Learning about 50 Years of Water Quality Improvements under the Clean Water Act (recorded 10/18/2022, 65min)
2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a piece of legislation that has transformed water quality in lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans across the United States. Learn the nuts and bolts of how the CWA does (or doesn’t) affect places like your school or home and how the structure of the Act has allowed it to respond to changing water quality challenges over time. Staff from EGLE’s Water Resources Division staff explain the unique ways the Clean Water Act affects Michigan and the Great Lakes, and you’ll walk away with an ocean of resources for integrating the CWA into your science and social studies curriculum.
Christine Alexander; Water Resources Division, Permits Section Manager
Kevin Goodwin; Aquatic Biologist, Surface Water Assessment Section
Julia Kirkwood; Environmental Quality Analyst, Nonpoint Source Unit
Kathryn Kirkpatrick; Environmental Quality Analyst, Wetlands Unit
View the resources referred to in the webinar, Dive into Learning about 50 Years of the Clean Water Act
Tap into the Urban Water Cycle to Learn how Water is Protected from Source to Sink (recorded 09/21/2022, 74min)
Learn how EGLE protects water quality throughout the “Urban Water Cycle.” Find out what EGLE staff do to protect water and human health in natural settings, as water moves through drinking water systems and into our homes. EGLE’s Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, will present an overview of the state’s role in protecting human and environmental health and will answer your questions about drinking water treatment, source water protection, and community engagement.
Koren Carpenter; Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division, Operator Training and Certification Unit
Holly Gohlke; Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division, Community Water Supply Unit
Ashley Mark; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Community Engagement
Sara Pearson; Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division, Source Water Unit
Kris Dorcy; Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division, Community Water Supply Unit
View the resources referred to in the webinar, Tap Into the Urban Water Cycle