Fourth annual green boot camp combines educational expertise with industry experience in a hands-on learning environment
SAN DIEGO and MINNEAPOLIS, July 18, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and three San Diego-area organizations this week are hosting the fourth annual Green Boot Camp, an interactive workshop focused on best practice instruction methods for teaching energy, sustainability and environmental concepts.
As part of the five-day event, 70 middle-school teachers from around the world are gathered in San Diego to explore the roots of green technology, sustainable living and environmental awareness by using San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), the California Center for Sustainable Energy, and the Urban Corps of San Diego County as living laboratories.
The curriculum was developed by Honeywell and these three organizations on behalf of middle school educators across the globe to emphasize project-based learning, and offer tools and materials for use in the classroom.
“I’m excited to participate in Green Boot Camp because it’s full of material I need to get my students on the right path toward sustainability — and gives me exposure to teachers from around the globe,” said Zamaria Rocio, sixth-grade math and earth science teacher, Monroe Clark Middle School, San Diego. “I think sustainable jobs are undeniably a part of the future, and I see this opportunity as a way to learn how to inspire my students and get them excited about science, technology, engineering and math. It also allows me to study with teachers from around the world and explore collaborative solutions for all of us.”
Green Boot Camp participants are covering a comprehensive set of topics ranging from green energy solutions and greenhouse gas emissions to sustainability and the smart electrical grid. For example, attendees are working on course materials to clearly articulate the principles of water conservation by designing a rain garden, and constructing rain barrels and sheds. A shed with a roof area of 1,000 square feet can provide approximately 600 gallons of water during a one-inch rainfall. A rain garden allows the absorption of rainwater runoff from urban areas like roofs, driveways and parking lots, thereby reducing erosion, pollution, flooding and diminished ground water.
In addition to on-site instructors, Honeywell and the three San Diego organizations have invited guest speakers who specialize in environmental and energy-related disciplines, such as conservation, sustainability and building energy management.
“Urban Corps of San Diego County is pleased to host some of the Green Boot Camp activities at our award-winning green campus,” said Robert Chávez, chief executive officer for the Urban Corps of San Diego County. “Youth participants in our program earn a high-school diploma while being trained in the green industries such as recycling, urban gardening, habitat restoration and green home improvements. Our staff is eager to share that knowledge with the Boot Camp attendees and show them how to construct rain barrel water capture systems, which will then be donated to several local urban gardens.”
“Our goal is to equip teachers with the tools to get students excited about science and engineering, and enable them to understand sustainable practices that will positively affect their families, schools and communities,” said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “By teaming with organizations representing San Diego — a city recognized for a number of energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives — we are educating the next generation of green workers and building a foundation for environmental stewardship.”
Green Boot Camp is sponsored by Honeywell, and was created as part of an environmental initiative of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative. Hometown Solutions focuses on five areas of vital importance: science and math education; family safety and security; housing and shelter; humanitarian relief; and habitat and conservation. Together with leading public and nonprofit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves.
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