The SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions (SyracuseCoE CSCS) recently received three awards for leading the 3rd Annual Spring Greening teacher conference in April. SyracuseCoE CSCS was honored to receive the following awards community groups in Central New York:
- The Professional Development Award from the CNY STEM Hub and Partners for Education and Business. Partners for Education and Business serves as the CNY STEM Hub Steward, ensuring an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
- GreeningUSA’s “Greening Our Community Advocacy Award” in the education category. GreeningUSA advocates for sustainable communities to the benefit of local economies and environments.
- The “Sign of Sustainability” Award from Sustainable Tompkins, a community-based organization whose mission is to promote the long-term well-being of our region by integrating social equity, economic vitality, ecological stewardship, and shared responsibility.
The Spring Greening teacher conference provides teachers in the CNY region and beyond with the resources, training, and connections necessary to incorporate environmental, sustainability, and related STEM lessons into their current curriculum. This year’s event attended by 35 teachers from 23 schools in 17 different districts. The event drew 62 attendees in total, including professionals from local community organizations. As a result of training held at the conference, 42 rain barrel or compost tumbler demonstration projects will be established at schools.
A special thanks goes out to project partners GreeningUSA, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, Onondaga Community College, and Partners for Education and Business. Funding for this program was provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.