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Day 4
Educator Professional Development: The Sustainability Challenge

with Jeff Hoagland, Education Director of The Watershed Institute

Thursday, March 24
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Session Description

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Challenge your students to build a better school. “Visit” the LEED-Platinum certified Watershed Center, home of The Watershed Institute in Hopewell Township, NJ, to examine some of the features that make the Center a model of sustainability. Through this virtual tour, learn how the Center utilized recycled materials in its construction, produces and conserves energy, conserves water, reduces stormwater utilizing rain gardens and a green roof and more. After a tour, teachers will learn how students can develop proposals to minimize the environmental footprint of their school. This program and design challenge, conducted at the Institute, or virtually, addresses several educational Next Generation Science Standards. What changes would you make to your school or home?

Itinerary for Thursday

7:00 – 7:05 p.m. Welcome
7:05 – 8:15 p.m. Jeff Hoagland conducts professional development session for teachers
8:15 – 8:25 p.m. Question and answer period
8:25 – 8:30 p.m. Closing comments


Jeff Hoagland, Education Director of The Watershed InstituteJeff Hoagland has dedicated more than 35 years to The Watershed Institute and environmental education. As Education Director, he provides the vision and direction for the Watershed’s education program, overseeing staff and interns. He leads workshops and programs for teachers, students and the public, partners with local organizations and municipal groups, speaks at community events and inspires others to love the natural world through outlets like his Kids & Nature Blog.

Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management – Wildlife Science from Cook College at Rutgers University and has earned numerous awards and distinctions for his environmental leadership, including the Patricia F. Kane Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Education from the Alliance for Environmental Education and the Patricia F. Kane Environmental Education Award for Excellence from the New Jersey Audubon Society. Jeff also writes and publishes haiku and enjoys sharing nature with his family.

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