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Green Boot Camp will teach sustainability to educators



Hands-on workshop in San Diego and Escondido provides middle school educators with tools to teach energy, sustainability and environmental concepts June 19-23

Honeywell last week awarded 50 middle school teachers from 13 coun­tries scholarships to attend its eighth annual Green Boot Camp, a four-day interactive sustainability workshop that provides educators with the in­formation, experience and resources to bring lessons on energy efficiency, sustainability and the environment back to their classrooms.

Green Boot Camp is part of Hon­eywell’s commitment to supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education worldwide. The workshop will take place June 19-23 in San Diego, starting with a welcome day at the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Energy Innovation Center and then moving to the city of Escondido for hands-on learning on topics ranging from renewable energy technologies to green building materi­als.

In addition to teachers from the United States and Canada, Honeywell will welcome educators from China, India, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam, Romania, United Kingdom, Australia and the Philip­pines to this year’s workshop. Attend­ees will gain environmental learning and leadership insights from energy experts in the San Diego area.

“Sustainability education offers an opportunity for educators to not only share insights in the classroom, but to inspire students to take those prin­ciples out into the real world and affect change,” said John Rajchert, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “Honeywell Green Boot Camp arms teachers with the latest practices in re­newable energy and technology inno­vations, so they can prepare students for the green jobs of the future.”

The Green Boot Camp curriculum will include expert-led activities such as designing and building solar hous­es, using watt meters to measure en­ergy use and identify potential “energy vampires,” as well as collecting and analyzing water samples.

Teachers will build rain barrels at Escondido City Hall to donate to city’s fire department, renovate the nearby Escondido pocket park, and assemble compost boxes. Following the activi­ties, teachers will convene to discuss how to apply the ideas and learning in their classrooms and within their re­spective subject areas.

“Honeywell Green Boot Camp was a fantastic educational experi­ence, and the lessons I gained were ones I was able to easily apply in my middle school science classroom and share with other educators in my dis­trict,” said Susan Koppendrayer, Cal­vin Christian School teacher and past Green Boot Camp attendee. “From building wind turbines to learning about renewable energy initiatives in our own state, I’ve been able to better educate my students on important top­ics and concepts, and I’m grateful for Honeywell’s support.”

Green Boot Camp is made possible by a grant from Honeywell Hometown Solutions, Honeywell’s corporate citi­zenship initiative.



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