2014 Sustainability Institute for P12 Educators

"The Ripple Effect: Water Education"

June 24–26, 2014                                                                           

 If you will receive Financial Aid, contact diefenlo@webster.edu to register.

Speakers and hands-on workshops will focus on water issues, and help educators bring awareness to our youth, consider their responsibilities, and take action for a safer and more sustainable future.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, June 24
Understanding Water. Keynote speakers, workshops.

Wednesday, June 25
Swimming Along. Speakers and hands-on workshops will help process new strategies and activities for weaving the
principles and issues of Water Education throughout the school or community. Green roofs, raingardens, resource fair and more.

Thursday, June 26
Surfacing. Participants must choose one of the two following workshops when registering for the Institute.

Project WET
The cornerstone of Project WET workshop is its methodology--teaching about water resources through hands-on, investigative, easy-to-use activities for P12 classrooms. Each participant will receive the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide. The facilitator will engage participants in a variety of activities to demonstrate the power of water education.
Steam Team
This full day workshop includes training for watershed mapping, site selection, stream discharge, and biological monitoring (for stream macroinvertebrates). The primary emphasis is education about watersheds and biological monitoring. A midday field trip to a nearby stream provides a hands-on demonstration of how to conduct stream discharge as well as how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates. After the completion of this workshop you will be provided the equipment necessary to conduct the biological monitoring.

To see photos from the 2013 Summer Sustainability Institute CLICK HERE.



Sustainability and What it Means for P12 Educators

The assurance of a productive, safe, viable future is marked by the interconnectedness of the human and environmental systems. At this Institute we will define sustainability in an educational context, present examples of P12 schools and resources for sustainability, and provide working sessions for educators to plan for how they can bring sustainability into their classrooms and institutions.

The Need for Sustainability Education

Below is a video discussing why sustainability education is needed in our schools today. It was produced by Growing Greener Schools and published by PBS Video.

Registration Information

The cost of the 3-day Institute is $150. This includes breakfasts and lunches. Campus housing is available for $55 per night. For more information, contact diefenlo@webster.edu.

Graduate Credit

The Institute may be taken for 3 hours of graduate credit through Webster University for an additional $465. To register for credit, please contact diefenlo@webster.edu.

The 3-day institute is hosted by the:

  • Webster University, School of Education
  • EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Green Schools Council of Madison County, Illinois
  • US Green Building Council–Missouri Gateway Chapter
  • Saint Louis Zoo, Education Division
  • Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

Our thanks to the following Sponsors:

  • Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District

Our ultimate goal is to give educators the tools to cultivate a new generation of young people with the awareness, responsibility, and ability to take action for a beautiful, prosperous future. The 2014 Institute will focus on "The Ripple Effect: Water Education." All of the food at the Institute will be as sustainable as possible.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand and face the challenges of water issues as part of the school culture
  • Recognize local resources that can support curriculum and changes for sustainability
  • Collaborate with others to achieve goals and partnerships in sustainability
  • Create a community of advocates for sustainable schools and communities


The event will take place at Webster University, East Academic Bldg 8 am–4 pm. For more information, contact Lori Diefenbacher at diefenlo@webster.edu.