Thinking Green: Creating Educational Programs
Educational programs are critical in all environments of any organization. Educating others on the topic you are passionate about is the first step to change their perception, previous actions and behavior on that subject.
How do you create one?
The first step is to analyze the need for an environmental educational program or any other kind of educational program you want to create. My blog is geared to environmental issues but these simple steps can be used for all educational programs. It is good to have a champion at the top of the organization and somebody in the trenches to help pass the message to the masses. So you will need to get the head of the organization on board with the concept of creating this program. When that is done, start researching organizations that offer these services. A lot of them also offer free educational programs in your area or offer workshops to help educate your people. There are also organizations that offer free educational lunch presentations on environmental issues and also will educate your staff on their products. In NYC some of these organizations are:
1. NYERDA - New York State Energy Research and Power Authority - www.nyserda.org
2. Solar One - Green Energy, Arts and Education Center - www.solar1.org
3. Lower East Side Ecology Center - www.lesecologycenter.org
4. GrowNYC - www.grownyc.org
5. New York City Soil and Water Conservation District -www.nycswcd.net
6. NYC Department of Environmental Protection - nyc.gov/html/dep/html/environmental_education/index.shtml
7. Green Schools Alliance - www.greenschoolsalliance.org
8. Urban Green Council -(USGBC chapter NYC) www.urbangreencouncil.org
9. Mohawk Group - www.themohawkgroup.com/sitefiles/index.html
These are but a few that are available and can help start to establish the program you desire. Research your neighborhoods to see local organizations. From here start organizing in-house workshops or lunch presentations.
Educating people is the first step to any change...
Posted by Maya Camou