Happy Earth Day!!!!!!!

This week, people from around the world will gather to support environmental protection and celebrate Acts of Green. Whether you join in a local conversation, incorporate sustainability curriculum into your classroom, or take a moment to review your own carbon footprint, we hope that this week (and the ones to follow!) leave you inspired to live in a way that protects our planet for generations to come.

From Wood to Wing to Classroom

Using a real-world biofuels project as a K-12 teaching moment

Educators know the power of an authentic performance task, a task where students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, and proficiency in a relevant, genuine context.

For example, the culminating activity in Facing the Future’s middle and high school energy curricula, Fueling Our Futureis a stakeholder meeting. In this performance task, students are asked to use what they have learned about biofuels, sustainability, and communication to negotiate and to create a policy recommendation for a sustainable biofuel mix in the Pacific Northwest. In the coming months, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) will be participating in a performance task of their own– the production of 1,000 gallons of bio-jet fuel made from wood and a demonstration flight with Alaska Airlines!

In 2011, NARA was awarded a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to research and develop a sustainable supply chain for aviation biofuel in the Pacific Northwest (USA). Since then, this alliance of universities, government labs, and private industry has been evaluating the feasibility and sustainability of using forest residuals, or slash from logging operations, as feedstock for bio-jet fuel and co-products. Not only will this 1,000 gallons of biofuel demonstrate 5 years of learning and research, it could also provide evidence for stakeholders around the world that the science and markets are ready with viable and regional alternatives to petroleum-based fuels.

To help prepare students and teachers around the PNW for this emerging field of bioenergy, the NARA education team has been working to promote (bio)energy literacy through the development of educational resources and programs.

Read the full story on our Facing the Future blog.

Apply Now to Become a Peer Educator

Since 2003, Facing the Future has worked with a network of teachers who evaluate our programs in their classrooms and share Facing the Future curriculum at workshops through our Peer Educator program.

Peer Educator Program Benefits:

  • Receive a stipend of $500 upon completion of the requirements and program
  • Gain access to our online community of Peer Educators and tools and resources for workshops
  • Contribute your insights and knowledge to a growing body of sustainability education resources
  • Receive free copies of the featured Facing the Future curriculum
  • Gain recognition as a leader in education for sustainability

Interested in learning more? Check out our program description page, or apply now by clicking below.

Upcoming Events
We encourage you to check out this Global Classroom workshop presented by the World Affairs Council of Seattle, WA:

Displacement, Resettlement, and Responding
to the Global Refugee Crisis

April 20, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Antioch University, Seattle Campus
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The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) invites you to their upcoming event in Seattle, WA:

The 2nd Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels + Co-Products Conference, Education Track: Bioenergy Literacy in STEM Education
May 3-4, 2016
Seattle Airport Marriott
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