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Innovation and Design

55 minutes

9 / 10 / 11 / 12

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled; it is a fire to be kindled." -Plutarch

In this session teachers will be introduced to Green Building, the YouthBuild Program, and Green Collar jobs, which can not only provide an opportunity for students to advance their academic career, but can have wonderful benefits for their greater communities and the environment.

This workshop was developed by YouthBuild USA, Inc. in partnership with EdTech Leaders Online at Education Development Center. YouthBuild USA leads a national network of 260 local YouthBuild programs in 46 states, Washington DC, and the Virgin Islands that help youth transform their own lives while transforming their communities. YouthBuild programs address critical issues facing low-income communities – housing, education, employment, crime prevention and leadership development. EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.

Audience: This course helps instructors working with opportunity youth to incorporate Green Building principles into their curriculum by teaching them how to write project based lesson plans.

165 minutes

6 / 7 / 8

In this lesson, students learn the value of clean freshwater and the natural processes that ensure an adequate supply of usable freshwater. In activity 2, students conduct a hands-on activity that focuses on the role of natural areas as filters that produce clean water. Such natural filters are contrasted with impervious (paved) areas to compare the impact of development on the ability of nature to provide clean freshwater.

What does sustainability mean in an urban context and how can we create nature-based solutions to solve urban challenges?