Empowered Eco-Ed Seminar Winter 2014
This winter quarter, a Pipeline seminar will be taking place in South Park, Seattle with the help of the Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition and rap artist Macklemore. How exactly did the Seattle-based artist come to be connected with pipeline?
In the fall of 2013, members of the UW Earth Club set out on a project based on environmental education and backed by the Ackerley Foundation. The project was dubbed “Empowered Eco-Ed” and spearheaded by undergraduate students Max Sugarman, Marina Kelsh, Carter Case, and Angela Feng. The team wrote and taught curriculum on a variety of topics each week at the after school program at the South Park Community Center. Lessons involved hands-on activities about carbon footprints, pollinators, noise pollution, and much more. Their program was a success, and they were invited to continue their work at Conchord International Elementary School, also located in South Park. With the expansion came the addition of six new volunteers to their team: Meili Powell, Lysia Lee, Joshua Fan, Kelli Katzer, Alison Wang, and Julia Wallace.
Towards the end of their program at Conchord Elementary, the group teamed up with the Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition to create a lesson plan focused specifically on river clean-up. An emphasis was placed on environmental justice and community involvement, as the South Park neighborhood is located next to the Duwamish River, a federally recognized superfund site. A comprehensive lesson was written by Meili Powell and Joshua Fan, the final wrap-up of the group’s work at Conchord. Impressed by the Empowered Eco-Ed team, DRCC representative Alberto Rodriguez struck up a partnership with the group, and whilst taking a kayak tour down the Duwamish, managed to secure a donation to the project from Macklemore.
The seminar is now fully funded due to its generous donor, and the incredible work of all those involved. Once again, Empowered Eco-Ed is collaborating with Conchord International Elementary and the Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition to provide educational and engaging lessons on environmental education. Students will have the chance to create and teach their own lesson plans, while inspiring enthusiasm and passion for the environment.
The seminar will take place on Thursdays from 3:00–4:20PM, and the service learning component will take place on Fridays from 3:30–7:00PM. The course is listed as EDUC401 Z. If interested, please contact Angela Feng at: email@example.com.