Tag Archives: going green

Going Green: Back to Nature from HEC-TV Live! this April

Date:  April 12, 2012 | Times:  10-11:00 a.m. and 1- 2:00 p.m. CDT
Grade Levels: 4-8 | Videoconference Cost:  No Fee
Register: www.cilc.org, search for
HEC-TV Live! Presents Going Green: Back to Nature

Students will learn about the importance of watersheds and what to do to protect them as they participate in a lab activity to test stream water for macro invertebrates & water quality at the Little Creek Nature Area in Florissant, Missouri.

What are watersheds and why do they matter so much to the health of the planet? How can we know how healthy a watershed is? What are ways to test for water quality? What steps can we take to reduce man’s negative impact on a watershed and help it thrive? What steps can we take to help a watershed struck by a natural disaster? To investigate the questions and more, HEC-TV Live! invites your students to join us outdoors and in the lab at the Little Creek Nature Area in Florissant, Missouri, to learn more about what we can do to protect the watersheds that are so vital to the health of the planet.

During the program, students will participate in a two-part lab activity. Your students will interact with students from the Ferguson-Florissant School District who will join us on site in the lab at the Little Creek Nature Area along with teachers from the Ferguson-Florissant Outdoor Education Center at Little Creek and representatives from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Part 1 of the lab activity will focus on the process used to take water samples from a stream or pond to test for macro invertebrates living in the ecosystem. Together, students will identify samples of macro invertebrates collected from the waters on site, record the number of each type and analyze what these results may indicate about the health of the ecosystem.  Part 2 of the lab activity will focus on testing water for dissolved oxygen, nitrate, phosphate, ph and turbidity. Students at Little Creek will test samples of the water collected on site and interact with your students to analyze the results of those tests.

Members of the Missouri Department of Conservation will answer your student questions about watersheds, water quality, and ways we can help protect both. Preparatory materials both written and in video form, as well as handouts that will be used during the program itself, will be sent to you after your enrollment is confirmed for the program.

Archival Viewing:
Can’t join live?  No problem!  All HEC-TV Live! programs are archived on the station website, www.hectv.org and on the HEC-TV page on iTunes U for on-demand viewing. Archives are usually up & running about a week after the program’s original air date. For questions, contact live@hectv.org.

making your class more green with technology

TeacEarthhing students about going green? Here’s a list of interactive videoconferences for elementary through high school students on nature, the environment and recycling. Save some fuel- don’t put the kids on a bus for an off-site field trip!

Earth Day | Passport to Planet EarthThe Saga of Sea-leste | Let it Rot!

Elementary – Middle
Amazing Amazon!Here today, Gone Tomorrow…Weathering and Erosion

Elementary – High School
ENDANGERED ANIMALSGlobal Warming: Good or Bad? | Wisconsin Geology: Ancient Seas and Glaciers | Ice Ages | Green Power: Alternative Forms of EnergyWatershed Ecology


Today is World Environment Day. As you know, there are many initiatives out there to help the environment. Take a moment to think about what you can tackle to do your part- simple things like washing your laundry only in cold water and making sure your dishwasher is full before running it help. And consider that technology is becoming greener these days! Virtual field trips over videoconference can eliminate the need to load students on a bus for a great educational experience outside of school. You’ll save fuel and time!

Makers of computers and their accessories are also more environmentally aware these days. Should you throw out your current mouse to purchase a new one made out of recycled material? Probably not, but when it is time replace the old one, consider that Google has a Recycled Mini Wireless Mouse for under $20. Best Buy has a recycling program- you can take old televisions, computers, cell phones and more to store locations for recycling. Visit here for more information on their recycling program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website lists many companies and organizations that can help you recycle old products- including one in town, e-cycle St. Louis. You can help yourself & students become more aware by promoting recycling in school and in science fair projects. Another great website to take a look at is the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence section on Earth Science.

To learn more about World Environment Day, and its theme, “Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy,” go to the UN Environment Programme website & click around: www.unep.org/wed/2008/english/.

using technology to go green


Webinar topics include: The environmental movement | Reducing C02 and carbon footprint | What can companies do to contribute? | Creating a green organizational culture |  Going Green with Polycom |  Considerations for green meetings |  Leveraging Polycom collaboration solutions  |  Green roll-out assessment and planning  |  Tracking and measurement | Improved productivity and efficiency 

Bob Preston, Polycom’s Vice President of Solutions Marketing, and other Polycom leaders will be presenting on the important role of collaborate solutions in helping organizations advance their green initiatives.  

When?  Earth Day– April 22 @ 11 am PST / 1 pm CDT
Where?  Your computer

To register for this free Polycom webinar, click here.


… Speaking of going green, another great online resource I’ve found myself clicking around is Yahoo! Green.  Topics include global warming, calculating your impact, energy, technology, and recycling. There are plenty of links to articles, blogs, and facts & figures on http://green.yahoo.com/.