By: Ben Anderson
The EcoTeam program of Warren Wilson College’s Environmental Leadership Center has been awarded a grant from Progress Energy Carolinas to help expand its curriculum to include new lessons on energy and climate.
The $2,000 grant for curriculum development is being awarded through Progress Energy’s Community Energy Advisory Council. Buncombe County educator Donalyn Small will develop the energy and climate lessons, working closely with WWC EcoTeam program manager Stan Cross, the 2007 N.C. Environmental Educator of the Year.
“We deliver EcoTeam lessons to more than two-thirds of the county’s third graders each year,” said Margo Flood, executive director of the Environmental Leadership Center. “Grounding them in the science of climate and energy now lays a foundation for greater interest and deeper understanding about these issues in the years to come.”
EcoTeam is a science-based environmental curriculum for third-grade students that correlates with the N.C. Standard Course of Study. The EcoTeam curriculum, taught by trained Warren Wilson students and focusing on the French Broad River Basin, has delivered lessons to thousands of third graders in Asheville and Buncombe County since its inception in 1998.
Through a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots program, which provided assistance with curriculum development, the EcoTeam model has now been adopted by many other higher education institutions.