May 3, 2016 | 6:00-8:30 PM | CIC – Venture Cafe (5th Fl.)
This month we welcome three educators, each with unique and invaluable credentials, for an inside view into teaching and learning sustainability: Dr. Ricky S. Stern of “e” inc., an environment science learning and action center; Eric Magers of the Green Team and Green Scholars Programs in the Manchester-Essex Regional School District; and, Hayley Harmon of The Post-Landfill Action Network, a nonprofit teaching students how to create self-sustaining waste reduction programs.
Ricky, Eric, and Hayley have the daily challenge of making a difference with students who are growing up with lightening-speed connectivity and innovation that makes life exciting but them also very aware of massive societal issues. Then, add the fact that many young people today have less opportunity to be in or to do with the natural world than ever before.
So, how DO you teach young people about sustainability? Helping ensure they learn this important concept better than any generation before them may be one of the most important jobs for all of us.
We hope you’ll be able to join us, our speakers and our co-host CitySprouts for what promises to be another very cool sustainability evening. — Carol, Holly, Tilly.
Ricky founded “e” inc. over 13 years ago with a mission of educating children, youth and their caregivers about environment science, environmentally positive behavior, and how they can make a difference that can lead to a sustainable future. “e” inc.’s goal is to help children clearly grasp the science concepts of how our planet ‘works’ and what they can do today to have impact, and is active in 13 schools and 17 after-schools in 3 cities, this year reaching 7000 young people.
Eric Magers is Director of the Green Team and Green Scholars program at MERSD, is a passionate sustainability educator and practitioner. Everything he does is about helping students with their lifelong learning and collaborating with others to grow and improve local and national environmental education. A cool highlight from Eric’s environmental advocacy career is receiving an honorable mention in 2014 from the EPA’s Gina McCarthy for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.
In her role as Director of Partnerships, Hayley’s work is at the heart of PLAN’s development efforts to create zero-waste solutions at universities across the country. Before PLAN, Hayley worked for other socially responsible organizations including the Isinglass River Hops Exchange and Greenbean Recycling. Hayley is currently sitting on the Board of Directors of the 603 Initiative.