Environmental education uses the environment as a lens through which all academic subjects can be taught. By emphasizing the connections that exist between human and natural systems, environmental education provides real-world applications through direct experience and hands-on learning. Students gain an understanding of the environment within the context of human influences and are challenged to examine complex issues from a variety of perspectives. Ultimately, environmental education is about teaching the skills needed to make informed decisions -- to teach how, not what, to think.
The Division for Air Quality has a strong commitment to environmental education. Outreach programs, professional development, and an air quality curriculum for K-12 are just some of the services provided to the public, free of charge. Contact Roberta Burnes, Environmental Education Specialist, at 502-782-6571 for more information about any of the following programs and resources.
• The Division offers an air quality unit of study aligned to national science and KERA standards. Teachers may request a copy of the curriculum free of charge.
• Professional development workshops are available for teachers. Call to schedule one for your group.
• A variety of resource materials relating to air quality are also available upon request including pamphlets, fact sheets, posters, and more.
• The Division for Air Quality’s traveling display is available upon request for conferences, workshops, festivals, and other special events. A staff person accompanies the display, providing hand-out materials and additional information during the event.
• Learn before you burn: Open burning in Kentucky
• The benefits of implementing an idle-reduction program in your fleet or school
• EPA’s EPA "Tools for Schools" is a comprehensive program that helps schools identify, resolve, and prevent indoor air quality problems in the learning environment. It’s also an excellent resource for schools participating in Kentucky’s Green & Healthy Schools program. To order your free IAQ Tools for Schools kit, call 1-800-490-9198 or go to www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/toolkit.html .
• Need help getting started? The Division for Air Quality can help you begin planning your school’s indoor air quality plan. The Division can also work with schools that wish to utilize EPA’s indoor air quality Design Tools for Schools Web site.
Division of Water
The mission of the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is to manage, protect and enhance the quality and quantity of the Commonwealth's water resources for present and future generations through voluntary, regulatory and educational programs. DOW provides assistance on technical needs, curriculum development, public outreach, watershed planning and educational programs for students of all ages. Speaking opportunities, hands-on activities, classroom presentations, workshop sessions, educational materials for loan, and other assistance is available by calling Chad Von Gruenigen at 502-782-7124 or check out our watershed link here for more information. • Speakers are available for classroom outreach programs. Topics include air pollution, climate science, and energy.