In the Community
Serving as a Leader in Education and Community Outreach: EPA-RTP's Outreach Program matches employees (scientists, engineers, and administrative professionals) who enjoy speaking and sharing hands-on activities with the needs of the local schools and community groups. The program targets low-income schools (as defined by the percentage of students on free/reduced lunch) and encourages girls to study science and math (through the EPA-RTP Outreach Program's newly-established Speaker's Bureau and through programs like the Women and Math Mentors Program of North Carolina's Durham and Wake Counties). The award-winning Speaker's Bureau reaches out to meet the environmental education needs of the greater RTP community. The Program has increased from just a few EPA-RTP employees sharing environmental science in schools in 2004 to more than 140 of the campus's 1,200 federal employees participating in 125 events during the 2007-8 school year. The Program continues to grow, both in terms of employee participation and in the number of requests from schools and community groups for EPA speakers. In March 2009, the Program had 26 presentations or events scheduled which include the participation of more than 20 different employees. With Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week in April, those numbers grew to 33 presentations/events and the participation of more than 40 different employees, with several employees sharing environmental science at multiple events. This "grassroots" approach of encouraging and preparing EPA-RTP employees to actively share environmental science could serve as a national model, especially in this economy when we must look beyond money as a resource and include the time and talents of our work force. For more information on the Speaker's Bureau, visit http://www.epa.gov/rtpspeakers.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day: This program not only exposes girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during work, but also shows them the value of education and seeing the importance of a balanced work and family life. This year, our full-day program included three hands-on environmental science activities, a student-parent science "Jeopardy" challenge, and a scavenger hunt to find sustainability clues related EPA-RTP's green campus.Check out the EPA-RTP Speakers Bureau at http://www.epa.gov/rtpspeakers/
Girl Scouts: EPA-MED Duluth is hosting an event for the Girl Scouts at MED on October 16, 2009 for grades 4th thru 8th and 9th thru 12th grade.