PROJECT GREEN Teacher Summit 2019 Thanks to our Supporters and Presenters!

Thank you to our partners, sponsors, presenters and volunteers!

The August 2019 Project Green Teacher Summit was a great success. Here are the people that made it such an educational and meaningful event! Thanks everyone!

Committee Members

Chris Taylor- STEM Coordinator, Boise School District

Jen Ellis – Green Team Lead, Longfellow Elementary

Chris Stoker -STEM Coordinator, West Ada District

Kat Davis-  Sustainability Coordinator, Boise State University

Logan LeCompte – Director of School Engagement, Project Lead the Way

Charlie Woodruff – U.S. Green Building Council- Northern Rockies

David DenHartog – Director of Innovative Learning, Green Schools National Network

Rylee DeVito – Notus School District

Becky Feekes -Secondary Science Academic Coach, West Ada School District

Cindy Busche -Project WET/ Boise WaterShed

Presenters

Andy Nemeth -P.E./History Teacher, North Junior High

Dennis Nelson – President and CEO, Project WET

Natalie Monro- CE Communication Coordinator, Boise Public Works

Kim Liebich -CurbIt Pro – Riverstone International School – IWCF

Treacy Liebich -CurbIt Pro – Riverstone International School

Tristan Harris -Boise State Sustainability Volunteer Coordinator

Isabelle Setna -Boise State Sustainability Communications & Planning Intern

Augie Gabrielli -Water Education Coordinator, Boise WaterShed

Jillien Eijckelhof -Founder, Zero Waste Boise Institute

Morgan Baker -Sage International School

Sarah Oosterhuis -PLTW Engineering Teacher, West Ada Schools

John Gardner -Professor/Director of the CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute, Boise State University

Jun Campion -School Coach, One Stone

Breakout Presenters

Russ Weedon -Idaho Power

Kathryn Elliott -Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Michelle Youngquist -Project Learning Tree/IFPC

Josh Renz -Boise District BLM Fire and Aviation

Phoebe Wallace -Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Alex Rheault -Foothills Learning Center

Janice Alexander -BUGS Education Program Manager

Kara Dean -Natural Educators

Michael Forman -Pure Love Sustainability Inc.

Charlene Becerra -Living Zero Waste- a perspective

Terry Hardy -USFS- Boise National Forest

Herb Roerick- USFS- Boise National Forest Forest Fish Program Manager

Lea Rainey- ROOTS Zero Waste Market

The 2019 Summit grew substantially from the 2018 Summit and attratcted teachers from an even greater region of south west Idaho. This was a great event and I look forward to our 2020 Summit already.

A special Thank you to the West Ada School District for hosting the second annual Project GREEN Boise (PGB) Summit. We had over 100 people involved this year over the two-day event with nearly double the attendees from the 2018 summit and even more sustainability professionals and experts presenting and sharing curriculum.  The goal of this summit is to encourage sustainability in southern Idaho by supporting K-12 educators. More specifically, PGB is designed to: provide an opportunity for educator networking and making connections to encourage communication outside of the Summit, inform and engage the teachers with available resources throughout the state, and provide a venue for the dissemination of current information and resources from the stakeholders/experts in the community (providing a united group of goals and objectives). This year we achieved these goals. Thank you to all our partners and volunteers for making this possible. Check back soon for updates on the 2020 conference!

Attendees to the summit are educators from around southern Idaho, primarily between Mountain Home to West Ada. The summit will be at the West Ada Training Center in Meridian on August 8th and 9th. This years theme of the summit is “Water, the key to life” featuring Dennis Nelson founder of Project WET. We will also have teacher and student success stories, local experts in green schools and green design. Experts from the City of Boise and the private sector will present content and breakout sessions providing direct examples of ways to incorporate sustainability directly into your classroom!

Dennis Nelson – Keynote Speaker

Dennis Nelson, President and CEO, Project WET Foundation

Dennis founded Project Water Education for Teachers (WET) in 1984 while working at the North Dakota State Water Commission. Through extensive partnerships and successful fundraising efforts, he has developed the program into a leader in water resources education across the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Under Dennis’ leadership, Project WET has received the 2012 U.S. Water Prize and numerous publishing awards. In 2013, Dennis and Project WET were shortlisted for the Stockholm Water Prize.

Dennis has published more than 75 water resource education guides and children’s activity booklets and is the author/co-author of over 300 original water science and education activities. Dennis has taught hundreds of water resources management education courses in dozens of countries and through these efforts has become a recognized leader and advocate for water education worldwide.

For information about the 2020 PGB Summit or to sign up to help contact Blake@SustainingUS.com