The Honeywell Hometown Solutions program seeks to enrich the lives of workers, their communities and the world. It concentrates on five areas:
- Science & math education – Inspiring and Educating students and teachers while empowering the next generation of scientists and engineers.
- Family safety & security – Protecting our children.
- Housing & shelter – Rebuilding and improving homes, schools and communities.
- Habitat & conservation – Providing hands-on community-based projects for a cleaner, safer, healthier environment.
- Humanitarian Relief – Helping our communities and our employees recover from natural disasters.
In June, fifty middle school teachers from 11 countries gathered in San Diego to participate in the 7th annual Honeywell Green Boot Camp. It provides educators with the information, experience and resources they need to teach about energy efficiency, sustainability and the environment in their classrooms, according to Intelligent Building Today.
Teachers from the United States, Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, India, Mexico, Turkey, the Philippines,Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom were part of this year’s Green Boot Camp class. More than 850 teachers applied for the workshop. Those selected received a scholarship from Honeywell that covered travel and accommodations.
“As a science teacher, I’m passionate about educating others on the importance of sustainable practices. Green Boot Camp gives me the practical tools and techniques to bring these concepts to life for my students,” said Rob Rand, of Minneapolis Public Schools and a Green Boot Camp facilitator. “I’m excited to once again be a part of this dynamic program and help other participating teachers bring these essential [lessons] back to their classrooms.”
The workshop curriculum includes hands on learning about a range of topics, from renewable energy technologies to green building materials. Each subject features activities led by experts who modle those concepts in action. Some participants assembled solar cars and then got to race them; others built wind turbines. Afterwards, teachers convened to discuss how to apply the ideas they learned in their own classrooms.
“Energy efficiency, water conservation and air quality are critical issues facing our global community,” said John Rajchert, president ofHoneywell Building Solutions. “Green Boot Camp enables us to work closely with teachers to give them innovative tools to engage students and help ensure future generations understand the importance of sustainable practices.”