Saint Mary's Receives Bronze Rating for Sustainability

The Saint Mary’s College Sustainability Committee is proud to announce that Saint Mary’s College has achieved a bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an organization dedicated to advancing sustainability in higher education. Read more about it here.

Saint Mary's Receives Bronze Rating for Sustainability

bronzeThe Saint Mary’s College Sustainability Committee is proud to announce that Saint Mary’s College has achieved a bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an organization dedicated to advancin

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

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Annual Sustainability Report

coverThe Sustainability Committee is a driving force for prioritizing initiatives and helping to guide activities that improve sustainability at Saint Mary’s College. One of these efforts is to take stock, summarize and communicate what is happening on our campus relative to sustainability. Through the preparation of this document we uncovered accomplishments big and small that are making Saint Mary’s a more responsible contributor to the discussion of sustainability. But we also identified a number of areas where we are trailing our peer institutions and best practices in the field.

View the report here. (pdf)

See Earth Day 2014 on-campus events.

 

Sun Come Up

Date & Time 
Wed, 10/03/2012 - 12:45 to 14:00

The Academy Award-nominated documentary "Sun Come Up" depicts some of the world's first "climate refugees," from islands near Papua New Guinea, and the Catholic Church's response to their plight. It raises important issues at the intersection of science, theology, public policy and culture. The attached announcements provide more information. 

Learn more about the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change and the nationwide education project.

Ventura County Star Talks To SOLA's Dean Steve Woolpert About Saint Mary's Sustainability Efforts

The Ventura County Star, which serves communities in Southern California, interviews School of Liberal Arts Dean Steve Woolpert about SMC's sustainability efforts for a story about a new community garden at California Lutheran University.

Click here to read the Ventura County Star article "CLU's community garden to supply food, sustainabilty."

Environmental Resources

Use these resources in conjunction with our River of Words Watershed Explorer Educator’s Guide and our online art and poetry resources.

Environmental education

River of Words Art Judge John Muir Laws's website provides exceptional resources for environmental education. In particular, his nature journaling curriculum, Opening the World through Journaling (created in collaboration with the CA Native Plant Society) is top-notch and fun for all ages! And, it's free!

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental education site

North American Association for Environmental Education

National Math Trail
Integrating math into outdoor education. Includes a good section on evaluation.

National Geographic Lesson Plans
For grades K-12.

State Education and Environment Roundtable
The environment as an integrating context for education.

Center for Ecoliteracy
School gardens, creek restoration, collaboration ideas, and more.

All Species Project
Based in Kansas City; provides interdisciplinary environmental education and community building action projects for cities, neighborhoods, and villages.

Orion Society
Quality publications and nature-based curricula.

Orion for Educators

Watersheds

Surf Your Watershed
U.S. students can type a ZIP ccode to find their watershed. A service of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Give Water a Hand
Programs for student-led community projects, from the University of Wisconsin’s Environmental Resources Center.

NOOA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Everything you need to know about estuaries! Huge selection of free, downloadable lesson plans for middle and high school teachers, tied to national standards.

Science museums

Exploratorium
San Francisco’s hands-on science and art museum.

Lawrence Hall of Science
Online experiments, activities, and projects for kids. Museum is part of the University of California at Berkeley.

Plants and animals

B-Eye
View the world through a bee's eye!

A World Community of Old Trees
Kids and adults around the world draw, paint, and photograph their favorite trees. Click on the name of a school to view a project.

eNature
U.S. students can type in a Zip code and see field guides, maps, and other information about their location.

Other resources

How kites could be the future of clean, renewable energy
A TED talk by Saul Griffith, founder of Makani Energy.

Bioneers
Visionary and practical ideas for restoring the Earth.

Europe and Mexico

Rivieres d’Images et Fleuves de Mots
River of Words in Europe

Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
Danish-based organization that offers environmental education resources for all European countries.

Centro Ecológico Los Cuartos
Based in Mexico; provides Spanish-language environmental-education resources.

Tips for Educators

  • Read our Watershed Explorer curriculum and Educator’s Guide. It contains lots of background material on watershed science and how to teach poetry to children. You’ll also find a bibliography and resource guide, as well as classroom and field activities designed to help children explore their communities and their imaginations.
  • Visit our Regional Coordinators page to see where your state or region has a River of Words Coordinator. If so, contact him or her for ideas and information.
  • If you are school-based, encourage your fellow teachers to be involved in River of Words. Collaborations between science, language arts, social studies, and art teachers have produced wonderful poems and paintings and led to community-service projects like creek clean-ups and school gardens.
  • Review the River of Words Contest Rules for information about how to enter, artwork size, poem length, etc.
  • Check out our resources for educators.
  • Need additional resources? Call local water or park districts, museums, conservation, and arts organizations. They’re often generous about sharing their naturalists, poets, artists, videos, and maps, etc.
  • Build community partnerships by involving parents, service groups, local businesses, the media, and other community resources in your River of Words projects. Such partnerships are not essential, but giving students’ work and concerns a wider audience can engage them more fully in the process.
  • Get outdoors—even if it’s only the schoolyard! Join your students in field activities that encourage observation, data recording, sketching, and listening. Repeated visits to the same site allow students to observe changes. Many teachers incorporate a “service learning” component in their ROW projects, like water quality monitoring, tree planting, gardening, or creek clean-up.

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