Mayor Andy Hafen and the Henderson City Council presented the Desert Research Institute (DRI) with $4,000 to fund its Green Box Program in Henderson schools which includes lessons for students on sustainability, including the use of recycling.
The presentation was made at the city’s Oct. 18 City Council meeting.
Each year the city receives money from Republic Services for recycling education programs under an agreement that the city implemented when it instituted single-stream recycling citywide in 2012.
For the past two years, the city’s Citizens Advisory Committee recommended – and the Mayor and City Council agreed – that this funding would be used to support DRI’s Green Box Program.
Every box provided through the Green Box Program employs active learning strategies to engage students in hands-on projects that foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
These standards-based lessons are designed to enhance student literacy in various STEM subject areas, from water conservation in the desert Southwest to the environmental impact associated with natural resource extraction.
Developed for K-12 educators, Green Boxes introduce environmentally focused topics that emphasize sustainable practices and natural resource conservation.
Each Green Box is centered on a “green” topic written for either a particular grade or range of grade levels.
Every box contains the material and curriculum needed to engage students in hands-on activities with real-life applications.