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A not so long time ago in a galaxy not so far away, Dr. Laura Engel, Director of the International Education Program at George Washington University and Ms. Clese Erikson, Deputy Director of the Health Workforce Research Center at George Washington University, challenged elementary age students to take part in the Straw Wars. Check out this guest blog to learn how the program has helped kids consider skipping the straw and more broadly, how to reduce single use plastics.

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Moderator Endorsed: Research & Evaluation

15th Annual Research Symposium, Spokane #NAAEE2018 Tuesday, October 9, 2018-Wednesday, October 10, 2018 On behalf of the conference committee, RS co-chair Marcia McKenzie, chair Alan Reid, and past chair Nicole Ardoin, we warmly invite you to attend this year's RS in Spokane. Read on to find out more about this year's themes, key features, activities and optional pre-events.

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Now is the time for environmental educators to reach out to school district administrators about using applicable funds in the Every Student Succeeds Act for EE. States will receive their federal funds by July 1, and school districts will be submitting their plans for using ESSA funds over the next few weeks and months.

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The world’s top oil company executives are gathering at the Vatican for a two-day conference on climate change and the possibility of transitioning away from the dependence on fossil fuels. This is a follow-up action to Pope Francis’ 2015 paper, “Laudato si,” in which he focused on the importance of the environment and sustainable development. View this thoughtful 1-minute video entitled “My Faith, My Responsibility” supporting Pope Francis’ call to action on climate change, and ponder how you might partner with members of the faith community in your education and stewardship efforts.

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Project Learning Tree (PLT) is thrilled that 6 PLT GreenSchools, one PLT school district and one PLT institution of higher education are among the 46 schools, 6 school districts and 6 institutions of higher learning recognized this year as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS)

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1A (for First Amendment) radio host Joshua Johnson explores the complex relationship African-Americans have with nature in this podcast interview with Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro, Carol Carolyn Finney of Kentucky University, J. Drew Lanham, author of "The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature,” and Tyrhee Moore, a mountaineer and outdoor education advocate.

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A question arose as I watched two interpreters provide a lesson for two-year-old children in a park somewhere in the US. One of those children was my youngest grandson, a typical two-year-old who loves to explore. From that experience I posed in my mind the following question: Is Any EE Better Than Nothing?