The Air Resources Board launched the Climate Generation Program at the end of last year. This is a project based learning competition for high schools throughout California – it’s a fun way to engage students in a hands-on project connecting environmental curriculum (such as the Education and the Environment Initiative or EEI) with climate change. As part of their classroom activities (or after school organization participation), students work together under the direction of their teacher to design and implement a climate action project to reduce their school’s carbon footprint, limit emissions and help save money through energy efficiency, water conservation, material substitution, etc. Example projects include conducting an energy efficiency audit, installing solar panels, setting up a recycling program, encouraging students to carpool or bike to school, or conducting outreach and education activities to teach others what they can do to limit their environmental impacts. We have a terrific group of partners from state agencies, companies, and non-profit organizations available to mentor and provide technical support to the classrooms, too, so there is plenty of help available to get the project rolling! There are also opportunities for teacher professional development and student leadership activities on an international platform at no cost to the teacher or student!
Classrooms need to register on line by February 1, 2011, and complete
their project report by April 1, 2011. Winners will be announced in May
2011 and prizes awarded. Additional information on the program can be found at:“champion the cause”
There is also a Schools Toolkit and other resources available for FREE on our CoolCalifornia website. Check it out – there’s some “cool” stuff out there!