River of Words Hands-On Workshop
Upcoming workshop on Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Hagerty Lounge.
Learn how to turn outdoor experiences into creative poetry that informs and inspires your students. Writer Pamela Michael, Director of The Center for Environmental Literacy and co-founder (with Robert Hass) of River of Words, leads this workshop with Dr. Raina J. León, using time-tested techniques from ancient China that make creating poetry fun, memorable and anxiety-free. Participants will also make journals, learn new ways to bring nature into the classroom, as well as how to utilize schoolyards and field trips effectively.
This workshop is designed for both formal and informal educators and links to the River of Words "Watershed Explorer" curriculum, combining watershed education with history, math, science, social studies, geography, language and the arts. This workshop’s focus will integrate into curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards. More information can be found here.
"Brewing a Successful Sustainability Program"
As part of January Term's 2014 Speaker Series, Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Coordinator for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., discussed Sierra Nevada's award-winning sustainability practices as they relate to energy, water, landfill diversion, transportation, and agriculture, with special emphasis on how Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. makes the business case for sustainability programs. In the midst of all the talk (some honest, some not) about "going green", Chastain shared some of the challenges and successes Sierra Nevada has encountered along the way and why it makes good business sense to consider the environmental impacts a business makes.
The talk was followed by a conversation on sustainability with SMC faculty members Alice Baldridge (Environmental Science and Studies), Jana Carp (Collegiate Seminar), and Asbjorn Moseidjord (Economics).
18th Annual River of Words Youth Creativity Awards Ceremony
The 18th Annual River of Words Youth Creativity Awards Ceremony is on Sunday, April 21. Find more information about the awards ceremony here!
The Sun Come Up
The Sun Come Up is a documentary which depicts the world's first climate refugees. See how climate change has displaced people from their native homes. More information on this showing can be found here.
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