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UConn Extension Promotes Environmental Action with Middle School Students

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

UConn Extension and our 4-H youth development program have several environmental action initiatives this semester to inspire change and protect our climate. Our initiatives target middle school students and use 4-H curriculum that is aligned with the Next Gen Science Standards.

Connecticut Environmental Action Day (CEAD) on Friday, February 28th at the UConn Storrs campus. CEAD is a one-day conference that inspires middle school students to create action plans for their home, school and community and then share their actions to encourage friends and families to do the same and improve their communities. There are 100 middle school students attending CEAD 2020 from Hartford, Somers, Mansfield, and Weston.

Co-sponsors for Connecticut Environmental Action Day include the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Marketing, the UConn Office of Sustainability, the UConn Institute of the Environment, UConn SOLVE CLIMATE 2030, and UConn PIRG.

The Climate Change Challenge (CCC) Competition will kick off at CEAD on February 28th. This fun and social competition will provide a platform to help middle school and UConn student teams from across Connecticut take measurable action on solutions to climate change. The CCC is coordinated by UConn Extension and closes on April 3rd. Teams will receive weekly support and small prizes for those earning the most points.

A group of undergraduate students received a Change grant from the UConn Office of Undergraduate Research and worked with UConn Extension’s 4-H program to create curriculum kits to share the initiatives of Connecticut Environmental Action Day with a wider audience. A selection of 32 schools statewide will receive the curriculum they need to implement these lessons in their classrooms. The curricula will also be available for any school to download on UConn Extension’s Environmental Action website.

Additional information about Connecticut Environmental Action Day is available at: http://cead.extension.uconn.edu/.

UConn Extension is in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and has over 100 years of experience strengthening communities in Connecticut and beyond. Our educators are ready to work together with your community. Programs delivered by Extension reach individuals, communities, and businesses in each of the 169 municipalities across the state.


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