Cool the Earth
Environmental Resource Center
What are the appropriate grade levels:
K through 12
Is there a limit to the number of participants:
Is there an opportunity for community service:
Is there a deadline for this project:
Mentor classrooms should notify the
ERC of their interest in participating by December 1, 2014 at the latest; classrooms taking on the Cool the Earth challenge can participate from September 2014 through May 2015.
Estimated project cost:
The ERC is bringing the Cool the Earth program to our valley’s schools in an effort to further educate our students on the human impact of climate change and to empower them to take simple, measurable actions that alleviate their carbon output and therefore reduce the effects of climate change. Mentor classrooms (middle school and above) have the option of creating a video that the ERC will use to introduce the program to elementary classrooms and/or adopt an elementary school classroom and take a leading role (with the help of the ERC) in implementing the eight week Cool the Earth program. Elementary classrooms may sign up to participate in this program and the ERC, with the help a mentor classroom, will help students understand climate change better and how to take effective steps to reduce climate change and make a difference in our quality of life, locally and globally.
The Environmental Resource Center (ERC), through education, leadership and collaboration, is the catalyst for sustainable living in the Wood River Valley. The Environmental Resource Center (ERC), through education, leadership and collaboration, is the catalyst for sustainable living in the Wood River Valley. Cool the Earth is a nonprofit organization that is working toward reducing the effects of climate change throughout the nation by teaching youth about climate change and encouraging simple actions to reduce their carbon footprint (www.cooltheearth.org).
This Cool the Earth program encourages the participation of a mentor classroom (grades 6 through 12) and requires an elementary school classroom to participate. This project begins with a kick-off presentation about the effects of global climate change and hopes to inspire students to take measurable action to reduce their carbon emissions. A mentor classroom would have the option of being responsible for putting together this kick-off presentation in person or via video for the elementary class or for facilitating, with the help of the ERC, the eight week program for elementary students. The ERC will provide all the training and necessary information for the Cool the Earth presentation and support during the program. Following the kick-off presentation, all students are given action coupons to record and track the ways in which they reduce their carbon emissions. Twice a month, students turn in their coupons to track the classroom’s progress on an action banner. Teachers could select different students each month to tally and record the pounds of carbon saved or the ERC/mentor classroom can compile this data for teachers. At the end of the eight weeks, a celebration of the students’ success will be planned and implemented by the ERC and/or mentor classroom.
This program is an important effort to further educate our community on the effects of climate change. Through the involvement of all ages of students, this program will help the Wood River Valley better understand our own impact of carbon emissions on global and local climate change. Together, we can all make a lasting impact!