Teach for our Energy Future
is an emerging program being developed through a partnership between WMEAC, Hope College and the Holland BPW. As a pilot project we are working to establish a high-impact middle school curriculum that connects place-based education, learning by inquiry, and research with Holland’s Community Energy Plan goals for energy usage behavior change in the community. The pilot program hopes to increase awareness and understanding of the impacts of energy use, problems associated with storing and accessing energy, and the advancement of renewable energy forms.
We hope to empowered students to seek solutions to these energy problems by embracing efficient and renewable energy use. We also hope to help foster a deeper relationship between Holland area educators, professionals and community leaders, in order to establish a supportive network of knowledge and resources for students, teachers, and their families.
Teach for the Watershed
(T4W) is building the Next Generation of Great Lakes Advocates through watershed education! The program is an interactive watershed education program based on Michigan Science Curriculum Standards. T4W provides teachers with watershed educational training and students with tools to help them learn about and take action in protecting West Michigan’s watersheds!
ZWIL - Zero Waste In Landfill
Zero Waste in Landfill is an ambitious goal, especially with kids who are just learning the difference between trash and recycling. So WMEAC and Spring Lake Public Schools are building a model, student-led zero waste initiative with the potential of scaling zero waste practices district wide and region wide. We know if we can get kids to start reducing landfill waste at a young age those practices will stay with them through adulthood.
This education and engagement strategy aligns with statewide policy work to expand recycling across Michigan.