National Environmental Education Week

April 11-17, 2010
National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), the nation’s largest environmental education event, inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. EE Week connects educators with environmental resources to promote K-12 students’ understanding of the environment. EE Week is a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation.

Our nation’s water and energy resources are increasingly relevant topics of discussion in today’s media, classrooms, and homes. Recognizing the importance of conserving both water and energy to protect the planet and reduce costs- and acknowledging the connection between water and energy- EE Week’s 2010 theme is Be Water and Energy Wise.
In the United States, generating power consumes 3 percent of our nation’s water annually and 13 percent of the energy produced in this country each year is used to treat, transport and heat our water. Conserving water saves energy, and vice versa. The water-energy connection is complex, but it provides an excellent opportunity to get students thinking about the interrelatedness of ecological and environmental concerns. EE Week provides lesson plans and classroom resources on the water-energy connection to help students and educators explore this important topic.
When you register for EE Week, you will join a national network of educators dedicated to increasing the environmental literacy of K-12 students. You will also receive certificates of participation, free online resources, information on professional development and funding opportunities, and access to discounts on educational materials from Acorn Naturalists, Kilowatt Ours, Nature-Watch and First Hand Learning just for EE Week participants.
Whether you are an educator looking to engage your students and inspire real-world problem-solving in the classroom, a homeschooling parent looking to encourage leadership in your children or a community leader looking to promote local habitat conservation, participating in EE Week is a terrific way to enhance learning and bring about positive change in your school and community.
Related Resources:
Register for National Environmental Education Week
National Environmental Education Week Resources
Be Energy and Water Wise