GreenPower hosts annual teacher training workshop at the Desert Research Institute

Teachers and students to gain knowledge for the classroom at day long workshop

For Immediate Release: February 5, 2013

LAS VEGAS – Seventy teachers and students will have the opportunity to participate in the 5th Annual GreenPower Teacher Training workshop this Saturday at the Desert Research Institute.

When: Saturday Feb. 9th, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: DRI Las Vegas Campus, 755 E. Flamingo Rd.
Interview Opportunities: GreenPower, Teachers, and Students
Potential Video: Hands-on workshops, training, and overall learning environment

Fifty teachers and 20 students from the Clark County School District will have the chance to expand their current knowledge base through a hands-on workshop environment.

Some of the highlights will include community organization offerings, the 1st Ever Student/Teacher Recycling Ambassador Program Training, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused workshops, teacher led workshops, and Community Partnership opportunities.

The recycling ambassador training will take place specifically from 12:30-2:30 pm at DRI in the Rogers building conference room with both students and teachers involved. This effort is a partnership between Republic Services and CCSD in collaboration with GreenPower, the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP).

Additionally, NV Energy in collaboration with GreenPower will host a portion of the training with an electric car to be demonstrated as part of the overall workshop from 1:30 to 2:30 in DRI’s parking lot.

Amelia Gulling, GreenPower’s Administrator says it is a great opportunity to have so many partners involved to help administer this workshop. “It’s exciting to bring our amazing community partners together to showcase and share the opportunities out there for our educators.”

GreenPower specifically is a nonprofit that has established a partnership between DRI and NV Energy. They strive to help Nevada’s K-12 educators teach their students about renewable energy, conservation, and sustainability.

Gulling says one of the greatest aspects about the training this year is that more teachers than expected signed up and 80 percent of those teachers will be participating in this workshop for the very first time.

“To see so many of the teachers participating in this workshop for the first time is absolutely fantastic,” Gulling said. “I’m so excited to meet some of the new teachers at the largest turn out for our Annual Teacher Training in Las Vegas.”

Through a community collaborative environment, GreenPower is able to offer this workshop for teachers and students for free. Overall, it will give teachers a day of in-service training to take knowledge back to their classrooms, while the students involved will get a certificate for participating.

About GreenPower:GreenPower is designed to promote and support the education of Nevada’s preK-12 students about environmental and climate topics by providing schools and educators free professional development, trainings, and workshops as well as grants, scholarships, and curriculum activities that meet state core standards.To “Like” GreenPower’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/DRIgreenpower

About the Desert Research Institute:DRI, the nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education strives to be the world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world.

 

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