Sustainability Training Program

Middle School PD
BSCS and the UCAR Center for Science Education are developing an innovative middle school science unit on weather that uses activities, data, and scientific protocols from the GLOBE Program. This four- to five-week curriculum unit is a comprehensive approach to the NGSS-based concepts on weather, such as the uneven heating of Earth, local and global atmospheric circulation, and air mass formation and collision, all in pursuit of understanding normal weather patterns and extreme weather events that we experience in our everyday lives.

We are recruiting 12 middle school science teachers to attend a teacher professional development workshop in Boulder, CO, August 13–18, 2017, and to field test the instructional unit with students in the fall semester of 2017. Teacher and student feedback will play a significant role in informing the revision of the materials. Please note that it is not a requirement for field-test teachers to be familiar with the GLOBE Program in order to participate.

We will provide funds for travel, lodging, and meals for the professional development workshop in August. In addition, we will provide field-test teachers with a $1,440 stipend: $300 after completing the workshop in August and $1,140 after completing the field test in the fall.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please visit: https://scied.ucar.edu/field-test-recruitment. The deadline to register is June 11, 2017.



Paying a visit to your Member of Congress may seem intimidating, but we are here to prove to you that you can do it! 

This year, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s (SNEB) annual conference is located in our nation’s Capitol. With looming cuts to important social programs, what better opportunity could there be to gather the troops and educate our elected officials on the importance of nutrition education in our country?!

In order to prove that you have what it takes, we are offering the following events leading up to the SNEB conference, without any obligations or commitments; you can attend one event; you can attend both events; or you can visit your Member(s) of Congress without attending either event. Bottom line: we want YOU on the Hill!
6/13: FREE Pre-conference webinar: “Getting Prepped to Visit Your Lawmakers” – everything you need know to schedule and prepare for a visit to your Member(s) of Congress. (More info HERE)
7/20: Pre-conference in-person workshop: “Nutrition Educators as Advocates: A Day on Capitol Hill” – a chance to learn the latest on the political landscape, get helpful tips for your Hill visit, and have your questions answered.  (More info HERE )
7/20 (or other times) Visits to your Member(s) of Congress: we can help you set these up!
So, what do you need to do? It is simple:

Sign up for the FREE webinar HERE  and/or
Sign up for the pre-conference session in Washington D.C. HERE <>  (this can be done with or without full conference registration), and/or

Convince allies in your district to join you on the Hill– there is strength and comfort in numbers! Even if you are unable to attend any of the aforementioned visits or sessions, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Claire at  with your stories (i.e., how nutrition education impacts you and your program recipients); your materials; and your questions.

Healthy Food Policy Project nominations

The Healthy Food Policy Project (see below for more information) is currently seeking nominations for case studies of local initiatives and laws relating to supporting or promoting access to healthy food, and that also contribute to strong local economies, an improved environment, and health equity, with a focus on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups. We are seeking examples of both laws that have been adopted and policy proposals that didn’t pass; as well as examples of where laws worked the way they were supposed to or created unexpected consequences, whether good or bad.

Case study nominations of local initiatives and/or laws should fall into at least one of these categories:

1)     Creates a fund or allows a community to tap into a new or existing local, state or federal funding stream (e.g., a budget decision to provide staff support for a community garden; creating a grant program to help kick-start local healthy food stores)
2)     Creates an incentive for a change in practice or behavior (e.g. provides tax breaks for healthy food retailers; provides a priority for healthy food outlets in mass transit planning)
3)     Requires something or sets standards that must be followed
4)     Expressly allows something (e.g.  allows gleaning on city owned land; zoning laws that expressly allow grocery stores in all/most zones)
5)     Prohibits or discourages something
6)     Promotes education or awareness about a healthy food related issue; provides information to the public; or teaches skills
7)     Creates an exemption from a restriction, or deregulates something in a way that promotes healthy food access (e.g., law that prohibits food on mass transit, but exempts food in grocery bags)
We welcome case studies nominations from rural, urban, and suburban communities (regardless of size) across the United States.

To apply, please click here . Nominations are due by June 15th.
If you have any questions regarding this project or the nomination process, please contact Sally Mancini.

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