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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

Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources

Since its inception in 2004, VSSLR have become nationally and internationally recognized and adopted in soil science courses and natural resource programs at various Canadian and North American universities. The web-based educational resources developed by the VSSLR group serve as the template for continual development of the more comprehensive educational packages. The goal of Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources (VSSLR) group is to enhance soil science education through cooperation and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The group was initiated by Dr. Maja Krzic (UBC, Vancouver) in 2004 and it has become the focal point for collaborative teaching efforts among scientists, students, and multimedia experts from 7 universities and 3 research institutions in Canada. Various web-based learning resources and on-line courses developed by our group are featured at this site. If you are looking for new ideas on how to enhance your soil science and natural resource courses or if you are striving to gain a better understanding of basic soil processed you might find these resources useful. Read More

Solar PV Safety for Firefighters

With consumers going solar in nearly every state, the likelihood that firefighters will encounter solar electric systems on residential and commercial properties is increasing dramatically every year. The Solar PV Safety for Firefighters Course is designed to give firefighters the knowledge necessary to feel confident and safe when responding to fires on Solar PV-equipped structures – to better understand the potential hazards. Read More

What is Ocean Acidification (PEW)

There’s a chemical change under way in our oceans. It’s called ocean acidification. As the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, it’s becoming more acidic—eroding the shells of marine life like oysters, clams, and urchins, which are vital to the food web. Scientists predict that ocean acidification could wipe out most coral reefs by the middle of this century, and it’s affecting other animals, too. The good news is that, if we reverse course, the ocean should regain its chemical balance. If not, well, the truth will be a lot scarier than fiction. Nationally syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey, creator of Sherman’s Lagoon, has joined forces with The Pew Charitable Trusts to illustrate “ocean acidification” and other terms associated with our oceans. Read More

Edutopia Project Based Learning Guide

Edutopia.org’s Project-Based Learning professional development guide can be used for a two- to three-hour session, or expanded for a one- to two-day workshop, and is divided into two parts. Part one is a guided process, designed to give participants a brief introduction to project-based learning (PBL), and answers the questions “Why is PBL important?”, “What is PBL about?”, and “How does PBL work?” Part two assigns readings and activities for experiential PBL. Ideally, the tasks will be accomplished using group collaboration and with the use of technology. These activities are outlined in the Workshop Activities section. You will also find links to examples, from the Edutopia.org video library, of PBL in action at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Read More

Hazardous Waste Training for Environment, Customs and Border Inspectors

This course provides an outlook of the international and domestic laws and regulations applicable to transboundary movements of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable materials across North America. Read More

Introduction to Sustainable Development (Coursera Course)

This course comprises three modules of Dr. Sachs’ longer course, “The Age of Sustainable Development.” This preview course, “Introduction to Sustainable Development” will give you an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. Read More

Teaching GIS and Remote Sensing

Teaching with GIS allows geoscience students to work directly with data in the field and classroom to develop and refine their spatial reasoning skills. These skills are an integral part of a geoscientists’ habits of mind, which are essential for moving from a novice to an expert geoscientist. Read More

The Economics of Renewable Energy

This module provides thorough coverage of the issues involved in shifting from dependence on fossil fuels to renewable energy. This module presents: the potential for renewable energy; economic issues including costs, externalities, subsidies, and financing; and policies for renewable energy transition. The student reading consists of 52 pages which includes discussion questions, references, exercises, and web links. The module is accompanied by a PowerPoint file with figures and tables. Exercise answers are available to instructors. Read More

Learning from Nature: A Course in Biomimicry

This open source, semester-long curriculum by the Sustainability Leaders Network is for high school, university and adult learners. The course offers an introduction to biomimicry and how to learn from nature. With an emphasis on getting outside and exploring the land around you, the biomimicry curriculum focuses on observing, appreciating and learning from nature and natural systems. Cognizant of the ways in which consumption and population growth have degraded the environment, the course focuses on positive solutions learned from nature and ways to take meaningful action. 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