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E-News: December 2015



  1. USEE Communicator
  2. EE Workshops & Events
  3. Educator’s Corner
  4. EE Job, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities

USEE Communicator

Join the Utah Green Schools Program!

We are now accepting 2015-2016 applications for the
to recognize and promote sustainable practices in the Facility and Curriculum of schools in Utah.
- Participate as a classroom or an entire school! -
                        CLICK HERE TO APPLY 
             Applications due JANUARY 16th, 2016


Join the USEE Team 

We are looking for interns! Do you love environmental education and want to get involved? Email for more information or to apply! 

For Your Calendar

Do you want to present at the 2016 Environmental Education Conference? 
The call for proposals is now open!
Proposals are due January 17th- APPLY HERE!

Do you know an environmental educator or business that is making a difference in your community?

Nominate them for one of the following awards:
  • Environmental Educator of the year
  • Environmental Education Program of the year
  • Environmental Education Business of the year 
  • Environmental Education Volunteer of the year
Awards will be presented at the 2016 Utah Environmental Education Conference
on March 17th, 2016!



Utah Environmental Education Certification

The Utah Environmental Education Certification Program establishes high standards for the professional qualifications of environmental educators in Utah. The program was created by a diverse team of experienced Environmental Educators from across the state who worked with representatives from a variety of national organizations to set specific standards of knowledge, skills, and experience that highly qualified Environmental Educators in Utah should be able to demonstrate.

Certified Environmental Educators are those who can demonstrate skills in the following areas:

  • Environmental Literacy
  • Foundations of Environmental Education
  • Program Development and Design
  • Program Assessment and Evaluation
  • Professional Responsibilities 

Registration deadline is January 6th! 


Professional Development Workshops

Easily Integrate EE into the Classroom with Nationally Recognized and Award-Winning Curriculum 

Join USEE for our upcoming workshops! We provide participants with ideas and resources to integrate environmental education into the classroom, while still meeting core curriculum requirements.

Teachers can receive USOE credit for participating!


Early Childhood Project Learning Tree & Growing Up Wild (Pre-K-2)
January 9
(Red Butte Garden)

Project Wet (K-12)
January 23
9:00am – 3:00pm
(Loveland Living Planet Aquarium)


Project Learning Tree (K-12)
February 6
9:00am – 1:00pm
(Natural History Museum of Utah)



Project Wet (K-12)
March 12
(Red Butte Garden)

Contact us about setting up a workshop at your school or organization!
*Availability may vary with time of year and location. 10 or more participants Required.

The Utah Environmental Education Community

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EE Events


Member Events


Christmas Bird Count for Kids

December 19th


Location: Tracy Aviary

The National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science project in the nation. Now, kids can get in on the fun and contribute data used to monitor and protect birds!

Tracy Aviary's CBC4Kids group is responsible for surveying Liberty Park, and bird experts from Tracy Aviary and Great Salt Lake Audubon will be on hand to help kids identify and count birds.

This is a family affair! Parents are encourage to attend with kids!


Winter Solstice Celebration

December 19th


Location: Red Butte Garden

Winter Solstice has long been celebrated all over the world because it heralds the gradual return of the light after the shortest and darkest day of the year.Bring your family to the Garden and create head wreaths, winter candles, and other crafts. Sip hot chocolate and make a new-year wish at the Yule Log.

Garden Members - $3 / General Public - Garden Admission +$3

Enjoy half-price Garden admission December, January & February.

Local EE Events

SLCgreen-Years of Living Dangerously Film Screening

January 7th
SLC Main Library Auditorium

A special film screening series sponsored by Salt Lake City Green, Utah Film Center, and Salt Lake City Public Library. The Emmy Award-winning Showtime series explores issues of climate change, delivering intimate stories of triumph and tragedy.

Screenings are the first Thursday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Main Library Auditorium. Local speakers will be featured for each screening.

This episode: Ice and Brimstone

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Educators Corner


EE News


NAAEE: Every Student Succeeds Act Includes Historic Gains for Environmental Education

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) applauds the Senate 
passage of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind. The much-anticipated bill includes language that, for the first time, supports opportunities to provide students with environmental education and hands-on, field-based learning experiences. A companion bill overwhelmingly passed the House last week.
“The inclusion of environmental education language in the Every Student Succeeds Act signifies an important step forward for teachers and school systems who know what a rich and engaging context the local environment is for learning,” said Judy Braus, Executive Director of NAAEE. â€œWe congratulate Congressional leaders for recognizing the role that environmental education can play in providing students with a well-rounded, 21st century education and preparing them for a lifetime of success.”
Read the whole NAAEE press release here

Business & Multi-Family Recycling Ordinance 

The Salt Lake City Council passed the Business & Multi-Family Recycling Ordinance! The new ordinance will require large businesses and apartments (multi-family housing complexes) that produce 4+ cubic yards of waste per week to subscribe to recycling services from an authorized waste hauler. The ordinance also stipulates that recycling must be as easy to use as garbage service for tenants and customers.
This is an exciting step forward to reduce waste in Salt Lake City. Businesses and multi-family units produce 50% of all waste in the city, but only 10-15% of that waste is currently recycled. When widespread business and multi-family recycling goes into effect, more than 20,000 tons of material will be kept out of the landfill.
Once the ordinance is recorded (anticipated January 2016), waste haulers will have six months to become authorized. Businesses and multi-family complexes will have a full two years from the effective date to comply.
To learn more about the requirements of the ordinance, visit


Teacher Resource in the Spotlight


Teaching Trunks

USEE is excited to announce our newest resource for educators,Teaching Trunks! We have a variety of trunks, each based on specific animal or theme, such as "Amphibians and Reptiles" or "Wetlands," and each filled with relevant curricula, references, journals, magazines, and videos, as well as field teaching supplies. They are all available now for teachers to check out and use with their classes! Visit our Teacher Resource Center for a list trunks & their contents.

Help us! Our partners at Hogle Zoo are missing a bear teaching trunk and would love it to be returned. If you know where it may be, contact!  

EE Video of the Month

SciShow: Why can we see our breath in the cold?


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EE Job, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities

Is your organization looking for help advertising jobs and internships? USEE posts open positions in the field of Environmental Education on our website ( as well as our monthly E-Newsletter. Please send current job openings, internships and volunteer opportunities to

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