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Educator Spotlight: Designing Sustainable Cities

Reggie Vasquez challenged his fifth-graders to design a future city incorporating sustainable and alternative energy sources. Students used the inquiry process and education technology, such as green screen, virtual reality, and mapping tools, to create public service announcements explaining their sustainable cities. What inspired you to create a National Geographic Educator Certification project focused on designing sustainable cities? My young children, my students, my passion … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Designing Sustainable Cities

UNESCO Adds New Biosphere Reserves

ENVIRONMENT New additions bring the total number of biosphere reserves to 669 sites in 120 countries. (UNESCO) Where are the newest reserves? What is UNESCO? What is a biosphere reserve? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas UNESCO recently added new sites … Continue reading UNESCO Adds New Biosphere Reserves

Curitiba, Brazil: A leader in sustainable development

Subscribe to this blog’s feed Image courtesy of http://edition.cnn.com I’ve never been to Brazil, but when I picture it in my mind, I envision it a little bit like New Orleans: a melting pot of European, African, and indigenous traditions together in a stew of culture as rich and spicy as a steaming bowl of Jambalaya. And just as the music and color of Mardi … Continue reading Curitiba, Brazil: A leader in sustainable development