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Course Descriptions

Teaching and Living Green: An Action Plan for the 21st Century

EDUC 600

This course is a must for all P-12 classroom teachers!  You will discover how easy it is to integrate “Going Green” into your existing math, science, social studies and language arts curriculum. Pulitzer Prize winner, Thomas Friedman, has pointed out that we should strive towards a “green America,” committed to preserving our environment. He has a compelling rationale and a long list of suggestions for each of us and for American policy makers. Slowing the growth of environmental damage is only one aspect of the solution. We have to make fundamental changes towards a systemic green strategy. He is a strong advocate for building more “knowledge-intensive green-collar technology jobs” and “preserving and restoring the world’s rapidly depleting ecosystems.” 

You will learn about the “3 Rs”: reducing your consumption, reusing material goods, and recycling. You will question, assess and identify personal habits that you can easily change to make your life more eco-friendly and develop a personal plan of action towards greener living. You will learn a new Green Vocabulary for Going Green. You will begin to create a model to guide your students, family, friends and colleagues towards making positive behavioral changes that will lead to greener living. You will experience a variety of Twin Cities facilities and find out about the outstanding resources available to you and your students to learn about energy conservation, environmentally-friendly “waste-to-energy” plants, recycling and much more.


As a result of participation in this course, students should:

  • Recognize the issues that need to be addressed to make our planet safe and accept the professional challenge to help develop a sense of responsibility in their students for taking care of our planet.
  • Discover the easy, cost-effective things they, as well as their students, can do as consumers to make a positive, cumulative effect for our planet.
  • Gain a greater appreciation for the global impact that local actions and decisions can have upon our natural resources and environment.
  • Gain an understanding of the rationale for a “green revolution” and the importance for all of us to reduce consumption, reuse material goods and recycle.
  • Identify the purpose and assess the usefulness of community resources and how they will be able to assist in planning educational experiences for classroom field trips and activities.
  • Learn how the field trips and activities in this course will be useful, meaningful and motivational tools for the students in their classrooms to develop action plans in their own personal lives and the lives of their families.
  • Develop a personal plan of action to help conserve our natural resources and share their ideas with family and friends.
  • Motivate and guide the students in their classrooms to reduce, reuse and recycle in their classroom and in their homes.
  • Motivate their own students to share the importance and process of reducing, reusing, and recycling with their friends, family and community.
  • Become a catalyst for change by sharing the concepts of Hot, Flat, and Crowded – Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America with students, colleagues, family and friends.


Friedman, T. L. (2008). Hot, flat, and crowded – Why we need a green revolution – and how it can renew America.  New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.