Molloy College/National Grid Foundation Partner on “Teaching Green Institute”

Secondary School Teachers to be Trained in Environmental Issues 

Many of Long Island's secondary school teachers take to the classroom today as students in an innovative program presented by Molloy College, the National Grid Foundation Teaching Green Institute. The program is designed to train secondary teachers in environmental issues and to provide suggestions on incorporating environmentally focused curricula into their classrooms.

Molloy, already well-known for its expertise in professional development for teachers, will tap its Sustainability Institute staff to act as guest lecturers to supplement professors for the Teaching Green Institute. The instructors will focus on such topics as global warming and its local challenges, clean energy solutions on Long Island, and reducing toxins in your daily environment.

Teaching Green Institute"Today's students need to understand the many environmental issues they will face in their lifetimes, and we are preparing teachers who can communicate this important information," said Dr. Drew Bogner, President of Molloy College. "We are pleased to be able to, once again, partner with the National Grid Foundation on such an important project."

Following last year's successful inaugural program - which trained 30 teachers - this year's expanded program will reach 45 teachers, with a significant number from school districts in low-moderate income communities.  Those participants will be able to teach sustainability concepts and practices to approximately 20,000 students during the next five years. 

"We are pleased that, by expanding this program, we can reach even more students across Long Island," said Bob Catell, Board Member of the National Grid Foundation. "We all have a responsibility to help shape a sustainable future and, in Molloy College, we have a partner that shares our commitment to education and the environment."

"Teaching children how to care for and protect the environment will make a difference in the world they live in as adults," said Neal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College.  "If a child is old enough to flip on a light switch or open a water faucet to brush his or her teeth, then they are old enough to begin learning how not to waste resources and to choose options that are better for the environment." 

The Teaching Green Institute will take place July 9 - 12. The National Grid Foundation grant makes scholarship support available for all registrants. Media/interview opportunities are available at a reception on 1 p.m. on July 12 at the Molloy Farmingdale campus on Rt. 110.  Contact Ken Young, Molloy College, at 516.282.5647 for more information.

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