Environmental Health and Sustainability

Environmental health and sustainability are directly connected to human health, safety, and well-being. Hazards to environmental health such as air, water, and chemical pollution equally impact human health by way of respiratory diseases, cancers, heart and lung diseases, and other impacts. Environmental education is therefore a central part of our activities and is a critical component of our mission.

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Environmental Health and Sustainability?

Our environment is what sustains us. From vital ecosystem services such as clean water and fresh air to resources such as food and materials, a safe and sustainable environment is critical to human safety. As a safe environment requires intergenerational vigilance, our focus is to support and recognize the innovative work of non-profit organizations across the United States and Canada who are leading the way in science and technology with a focus on solving environmental challenges. The UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA), a first-of-its-kind initiative, empowers the next generation of leaders to connect with the natural world, develop science-based sustainable solutions for local communities, and nurture a capacity for social responsibility.

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Evaluation Report: UL Innovative Education Award

Underwriters Laboratories and the North American Association for Environmental Education have led the UL Innovative …

Underwriters Laboratories and the North American Association for Environmental Education have led the UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA) since 2015. A first-of-its-kind opportunity for nonprofits in the United States and Canada, ULIEA is designed to invest $250,000 annually in innovative programs that use the environment as a pathway to STEM learning for young people (E-STEM). Award winners also receive mentoring from UL and NAAEE, as well as the opportunity to be a part of the ULIEA network of winners. As a result of this initiative, ULIEA aims to help young people become future leaders in E-STEM fields. In 2018, New Knowledge Organization Ltd. and Blue Lotus Consulting & Evaluation conducted an evaluation of the ULIEA initiative to describe its impacts from 2015 to 2017. From March to June 2018, we interviewed and surveyed leaders of programs that had received awards, along with short interviews of young people who participate in these programs. This report summarizes the results of the evaluation. The Executive Summary describes the most important outcomes, some of which are integrally related.

The Benefits of Environmental Education for K-12 Students

Based on a systematic review of relevant literature led by Stanford, NAAEE created communication tools …

Based on a systematic review of relevant literature led by Stanford, NAAEE created communication tools for environmental education (EE) professionals to demonstrating benefits for K-12 students and to bolster support for programming. Tools include statistics, research observations, inspiring stories from across the field substantiated by empirical studies, and pull quotes.

Online Platform for Environmental Education

An online platform for environmental education professional development, and resources featuring different discussion groups, a …

An online platform for environmental education professional development, and resources featuring different discussion groups, a job board, and opportunities to connect with other environmental educators.

” Imagine If” – Podcast about climate resiliency

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Imagine If is a podcast about climate resiliency, where we hear stories from high school students who are experiencing the real-life impacts of climate change and trying to find solutions in their communities, brought to you by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and National Geographic. Students in impacted communities share the mic and ask experts about how to tackle these global challenges. Each episode has elements of environmental education woven throughout, to inspire listeners to imagine if.

LEGO® Structures

The activity allows students to create a recognizable building out of whatever materials they receive …

The activity allows students to create a recognizable building out of whatever materials they receive — in 12 minutes or less. Teams build recognizable structures out of whatever materials are in their bag within a specific timeframe, even though the variables change unexpectedly—just as they do on real engineering projects.

About Design Squad Global Clubs

A guide to creating Design Squad clubs at schools; educators run the club and collaborate …

A guide to creating Design Squad clubs at schools; educators run the club and collaborate with international partners. In Design Squad Global (DSG) clubs, kids explore engineering and invention through fun-packed, high-energy, hands-on activities, such as designing and building an emergency shelter or a wind power station. Through DSG, students also get a unique opportunity: the chance to work alongside a partner club from another country. Partner clubs share their experiences by exchanging design ideas, photos, and videos. Along the way, they develop their global competence by learning more about each other’s cultures, communities, and lives.

Green Learning – Solar Oven Challenge

This activity is your guide to create a solar oven that can be used to …

This activity is your guide to create a solar oven that can be used to bake cookies outdoors. GreenLearning Canada hosts this delectable renewable energy challenge for Canadian classes every year which, challenges participants to build, test, and bake with solar ovens. Students use the solar oven construction plan provided by re-energy.ca, or they design their own plans. Teachers register their classes—which in the past have ranged from grades 3 through 12, and from science classes to environmental clubs—to be eligible to win prizes and certificates.

Safety Smart Training Portal

Welcome to the online training portal for the global Safety Smart program. As an approved …

Welcome to the online training portal for the global Safety Smart program. As an approved Safety Smart Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to share reassuring, clear, and confidence-building messages that will help children to live a better life. To gain access to the online portal, please email TeamEducation@ul.com for a link and exclusive access code. Thank you!”

Wild About Safety with Timon & Pumbaa: Safety Smart® Goes Green!

Timon and Pumbaa teach children to be environmental stewards by keeping the land, water, and …

Timon and Pumbaa teach children to be environmental stewards by keeping the land, water, and air around them clean and safe. Key Safety Concepts: reduce, reuse, recycle. When Timon and Pumbaa discover their favorite vacation spot has been harmed by pollution, they learn how to be Safety Smart® for the environment. Utilizing their Safety Smart® checklist, they identify several behaviors they can practice to help ensure the land, water, and air around them is clean and safe. This is the video/presentation page for the Wild About Safety Goes Green lesson. This page includes printable guides for Ambassadors, Parents and Educators.

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