Meetings of sustainability educators in the Capitol Region are opportunities to make new connections, learn about initiatives in the region, and discuss potential collaboration. All interested in environmental and sustainability education are welcome.
The meeting on Sunday, October 5 will convene in Albany, first at the Radix Center, then across the street at the new Campus South Center.
Radix is an urban environmental education center featuring a demonstration site of sustainable tools and technologies. These include a passive solar greenhouse, aquaponics, rain water collection, microlivestock, composting, and renewable energy systems. Director Scott Kellogg will lead a tour of the facility and describe opportunities for teacher training and school visits, and ways sustainable technologies can be integrated into classrooms and k-12 school campuses. See this short video about the Radix Center.
The Campus South Center is a new, HUD-funded community education facility offering a unique mix of courses and programs. After a brief tour by Director James Thomas, we will meet in a classroom in the Center to discuss on-going and new initiatives of the Capital Region Sustainability Network, including the following:
- A Capitol Region Sustainability Field Trip Map and Passport.
- The U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon K-12 Schools Program, with
- college interns to help with reporting and program development.
- Roving Sustainability Educators Program (akin to artists-in-the-schools programs).
- Sustainability Curriculum Development and Sharing.
Since early 2012, the New York State Sustainability Educators’ Working Group has convened to advance sustainability education across the state, P-16 (preschool through college). Regions were asked to form working groups. In late 2013, a Capitol Region Sustainability Educators’ Working Group was formed; RPI’s EcoEd Research Group has served as convener. Co