» Environmental education

Global Oneness Project

Our stories explore cultural, social and environmental issues with a humanistic lens. Aligned to National and Common Core standards, our lesson plans, available in both English or Spanish, offer an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking. Read More

EEResearch Seminars

Environmental Education seminars online, provided by Cornell University, EE Capacity, North American Association for Environmental Education, U.S. EPA, and Civic Ecology Lab. Read More

Exploring Ecosystems

Exploring Ecosystems is an educational video series that engages learners in problem solving scenarios as they investigate diverse ecosystems around the globe. Read More

National Geographic Teacher Resources

Our classroom materials are designed in a modular system, with activities as the base unit. An activity will fill one class period, while a lesson (a collection of activities) can fill up to a week of class time. Units (collections of lessons) are designed for longer periods of time. Read More

The Story of Stuff

From a Movie to a Movement We have a problem with Stuff. We use too much, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. Together, we can build a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division. The Story of Stuff Project’s journey began with a 20-minute online movie about the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives. Five years and 40 million views later, we’re a Community of more than a million changemakers worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet. We invite you to watch and share our movies, participate in our study programs and join our campaigns. Read More

ECO MEDIA: Fish and People

Pre-colonial Pacific Island societies by and large existed at human population densities that were far below the carrying capacity of their coastal fisheries and pressure from commercial fishing was non-existent. As a consequence island communities did not ‘encounter the limits’ of their coastal subsistence fisheries. People went about their daily lives harvesting from the sea and blissfully unaware that fish and marine invertebrate populations could be overfished to the point of collapse. Now that human populations are growing almost exponentially and export markets for some fisheries are intensifying, there is an urgent need for the effective communication of a scientific understanding of the limits to fisheries and the life cycles of marine organisms overall. Fish and People is a 50 minute production divided into 5 educational modules explaining the ‘stock-recruitment relationship’ in an easily accessible manner and with a cleverly crafted portfolio of explanatory graphics and natural history vision. It deals with species that are of economic and ecological importance and thus immediately familiar to a Pacific (and broader) audience. The modules are tailored for middle and upper high school students and wider communities and are accompanied by a comprehensive teacher’s guide. By empowering a critical mass of young adults with a clear understanding of how overfishing destroys fisheries and food security, they will potentially innovate their own, ‘bottom-up’ fisheries management strategies as they assume positions of influence within the community, as well as gaining a greater understanding of the need for compliance with ‘top-down’ management approaches such as size limits, gear restrictions, trade agreements and quotas. Fish and People has been scripted by marine biologists Simon Foale and Russell Kelley, and produced by The Eco Media Production Group. Read More

Nature - classroom (PBS)

As one of the most watched documentary film series on public television, NATURE delivers the best in original natural history films to audiences nationwide. Celebrating its 34th Season in Fall 2015, NATURE is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET New York Public Media, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and operator of NJTV. For nearly 50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local documentaries and other programs for the New York community. Over the years, NATURE has brought the beauty and wonder of the natural world into American homes, becoming in the process the benchmark of natural history programs on American television. The series has won more than 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film community, parent groups, and environmental organizations – including 16 Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and the first honor ever given to a program by the Sierra Club. NATURE Online is the award-winning Web companion to the broadcast series and is spearheading NATURE’s distribution to new media platforms. Visitors can stream full episodes of NATURE programs, watch behind-the-scenes video exclusives with filmmakers and producers, view program excerpts (also available on YouTube), and find fun interactives and online features. Read More

Connecticut Environmental Literacy Plan

Within the United States and in the state of Connecticut, the need for comprehensive environmental education has never been greater. The health of Connecticut’s future depends on its citizens being environmentally literate and able to make informed choices about environmental issues such as water use, air quality, and land development. Consumption of natural resources, air and water pollution, and the impacts of climate change are among the many complex challenges that threaten human health, economic development, and national security. Across the country, communities face the challenge of balancing the economy that provides our livelihoods and the natural resources on which we depend. Solving this critical challenge requires us to understand different points of view, analyze problems, balance competing needs, and take informed action. Environmental education fosters learning that can transform how we think, make decisions, and lead our lives. The future depends on our collective ability to apply an integrated approach to teaching and helping students understand the interrelated elements of sustainable environmental systems – from ecological, economical, and community perspectives. It is critical that every American understands how our community, economy, and the environment are connected and mutually dependent. Environmental education prepares all citizens with 21st Century essential skills that contribute to healthier, more environmentally sustainable, and economically prosperous communities. Read More

Department of Agriculture and Food Teaching Resources

DAFWA supports the growth of Western Australia’s agrifood sector in four key areas: markets, productivity, profitability and people. For schools, links to a range of agriculture, environment, food and fibre education resources including classroom activities, information and tools have been compiled for use by teachers. Read More

TED-Ed: Feedback Loops, How Nature Gets its Rhythms

While feedback loops are a bummer at band practice, they are essential in nature. What does nature’s feedback look like, and how does it build the resilience of our world? Anje-Margriet Neutel describes some common positive and negative feedback loops, examining how an ecosystem’s many loops come together to make its trademark sound. Read More

Mission

EERL's mission is to be the best possible online collection of environmental and energy sustainability resources for community college educators and for their students. The resources are also available for practitioners and the public.

EERL & ATEEC

EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

Contact ATEEC 563.441.4087 or by email ateec@eicc.edu