Student teams develop and present a vision for the future of an area in their community.
This is one of 8 activities that can be found in PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live module. To get the activity, attend a training and receive PLT’s Places We Live secondary module. Below are some supporting resources for this activity.
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Case Study: Livable Tucson Vision Program
Case Study: Loudoun County, Virginia
Every month we carefully select new tools and resources that enhance PLT’s lessons. These include educational apps, videos, posters, interactive websites, careers information, and teacher-generated materials. Browse a chronological listing below:
Five Ways to Make the Outdoors More Inclusive
Discover ways to help make our outdoor spaces, state and national parks more inclusive with these five ideas and action steps from outdoors experts and activists. According to the most recent National Parks Service survey, about more than 70 percent of those who visit or work in federal parks are white. Moreover, the outdoors industry workforce lacks representation from African Americans, the Latinx community, women, and members of the LGBTQ community, lending to low perceptions and limited access to the outdoors for minority populations. Consider discussing diversity in the outdoors with your middle and high school students and ways to make changes using these five ideas.
Energy and Democracy
Listen to Energy Democracy, a 30-minute podcast from Infinite Earth Academy with Dr. Denise Fairchild, president and CEO of Emerald Cities Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization of business, labor, and community groups dedicated to climate resilience strategies that produce environmental, economic, and equity outcomes. Fairchild discusses the connection between race and energy and the impact of major environmental disasters, extreme weather, and pollution experienced by low income people. Use it to spark a discussion with students in 9th grade and above about our environment, the economy, climate change, and social justice.
Beat the Uncertainty: Planning Climate-Resilient Cities
Imagine you and your friends are citizens, policymakers, business leaders, and nonprofit leaders of a coastal city. As a decision maker, your job is to make sure your city is resilient to the impacts of climate change. Use this game, Beat the Uncertainty: Planning Climate-Resilient Cities, with students to help them visualize the impact of climate change and rising sea levels. This simulation was adapted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Download the instructions and game booklet!
The People Speak Global Debates
This UN Foundation will work with high school students across the U.S. and select countries. During a ten-day period in October 2007, March 2008 and , students across the globe will be organizing public debates in their high schools and coordinating a global vote on the debate topics. You can view the debates and student created media on The People Speak.
This report attempts to understand who lives near transit today and who is expected to live there in 25 years, with the desired outcome of creating a dialogue between those who want to ensure high-quality transit service and those who want to ensure high-quality neighborhoods.
“Growth and Water Resources” Training Module
“Growth and Water Resources” Training Module explains how changes in land use affect water resources, and it presents national data on trends in development patterns that have become increasingly significant challenges for achieving water quality standards. EPA’s Watershed Academy Web has over 50 modules on a wide variety of watershed management topics. The Academy also offers a Watershed Management Certificate program for visitors who complete 15 required modules.
My Community, Our Earth: Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development (MyCOE)
My Community, Our Earth: Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development (MyCOE) is designed for youth to develop their own projects using a vast array of free on-line resources including; a student project guide, GIS software, gallery of past projects, access to maps and data worldwide, and a pool of expert mentors.
“What Happened to Our Village Green?”
“What Happened to Our Village Green?” is an article in the Huston Chronicle by C.E. Hunt that discusses the loss of “green space” for children to learn and play.
Why Trees? Video
As we know, trees represent more than just beautiful natural elements of our land, they also provide shade, manage water, stop erosion, protect streams, soothe the soul, clean the air, protect the quality and health of water, and attract homeowners, renters, and shoppers. Check out this Doodle Lecture created by Alabama Cooperative Extension that unveils the many benefits of having trees in our communities.