Summer Series – Youth in Action Part 3: Rochester Brings Girl Power When Investigating Local Water Quality

If you haven’t been following along, so far we’ve featured two amazing groups of young people from Wentzville, MO, and Arlington, VA. Now we turn to the northeast, where two all-girls schools in Rochester, NY, took a unique approach when investigating their environment through GM GREEN. Rochester Brings Girl Power When Investigating Local Water Quality[…]

Summer Series – Youth in Action: Students Work with County Board on Storm Drain Screen Project

We’re introducing a four-week summer series featuring amazing young people across the country who are leading positive environmental change in their communities. With the support of Earth Force and outstanding local partners, youth learn firsthand what it means to be in the driver’s seat as their communities face the challenges that come from our rapidly[…]

Summer Reading Recommendations

We’re only a couple of days away from the official start of summer, meaning it’s a great time to pick up a new book. Here are a few recommendations around youth, civic, and environmental engagement. (Thanks to staffers Kurt Moser and Erika Rodriguez for contributing to this list.) Rambunctious Garden, Emma Marris – A mind-expanding[…]

Are ‘Resiliency Skills’ the Key to Academic, Career, and Life Success?

This week, I came across an article on NPR about the importance of ‘nonacademic’ skills. These skills have been called/can include 21st century skills, grit, character, growth mindset, noncognitive traits and habits, social and emotional skills, and soft skills. We know these ‘nonacademic’ skills are critical to student success, but the educational community struggles to[…]

GM GREEN Program Plays Key Role in GM Sustainability

General Motors released its Sustainability Report for 2014 this May, and it gave a nod to our GM GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) program for helping the Fortune 100 company meet its lofty sustainability goals. GM’s commitment to community is evident by their 25+ year investment in GM GREEN, captured in this highlight from[…]

Great Lakes Literacy: Telling Our Story

Guest Post by Ashley Miller Helmholdt, SEMIS Website and Newsletter Content Contributor The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS Coalition) started out their school year focused on the history of place and its connection to literature and the larger Great Lakes. One of the major focus areas was working with schools to tell their personal story and the[…]