Eco Family Virtual Conference 2014

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Are you looking to develop a greener lifestyle? 
Then this is for you!

Join eco-conscious, sustainably focused minds across the midwest for this awesomely green virtual conference. The online conference has been designed with families in mind, so that everyone can participate and benefit, including families with young children. 

Using the flipped classroom approach to learning, you are granted access to videos, the software to create your own avatar videos, family activities and other resources that you get to explore before the conference begins.  Monthly, your family will connect with other families online and share what you’ve learned and experienced. As a group, you will create action plans for your family and community.

2014 Eco Family Virtual Conference Sessions
will be held the first Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm
(Self-guided study materials and resources will be available to review online 1 month prior to each virtual conference session.)
• December 1--January 2: Energy
• January 3--February 6: The New Economy
• February 7--March 6: Food and Genetic Engineering
• March 7--April 3: Air Quality
• April 4--May 1: We are Nature
• May 2--June 5: Water
(Complete conference descriptions are below.)

Register online NOW! 

• 6 sessions: $70 per family/group
• 1 session:   $15 per family/group

The online conference is part of Connecting Families to the Environment, a new initiative from ISU Extension and Outreach to provide Iowans with research-based education so they can make conscious decisions about the health of the environment, their family and finances.

Eco Family Sustainable Living ConferenceVirtual Conference Session Descriptions
Energy (December 1--January 2)
US citizens use 10 times more energy than other countries. Most of that energy is produced from fossil fuels. In Iowa about 20% of all electricity produced comes from wind generation. Energy costs are predicted to continue rise.  Examine your family’s energy consumption and find ways to conserve.  Explore where your energy comes from and become an advocate to encourage diversity in our energy supply.

The New Economy (January 3--February 6)
Shared economy is another term that describes a shift in exchange  that is already occurring and will become more evident in the next decade. US citizens have less trust in traditional consumption economics and are choosing to find alternative ways to obtain and produce their own goods and services.  We have seen a decrease in ‘consumer spending’ and an increase in reuse of durable goods. Rethink our identification of ourselves as ‘consumers’ and ‘citizens’. Explore emerging forms of exchange including time banking, shared housing and local cooperatives. Find ways to create cooperative arrangements in your community for goods and services.

Food and Genetic Engineering (February 7--March 6)
Providing enough daily nutrition for people in our country and around the world is a common goal. Contradictory information about food safety and genetic engineering has created confusion and fear for US citizens.  Examine the history of bio engineering and the intent to improve the food system.  Explore the ethical implications of genetic engineering. Discover what we know and what we don’t know about food and bio-engineering. Explore language that we can use to preserve family relationships and convey accurate information. Engage in a civil discussion of issues that concern you as you feed your family.

Air Quality (March7--April 3)
Asthma and lung disease are on the rise. Indoor and outdoor air quality impacts human and environmental health.  Explore the risks of chemical exposure for children and adults.  Identify indoor sources of air contamination and ways to reduce exposure. Consider public policy to increase outdoor air quality.

We are Nature (April 4--May 1)
Healthy environment = healthy humans. Humans are part of the larger ecosystem. When we see ourselves as separate from nature we make decisions that can be detrimental to ourselves as well as the globe. Examine the attitudes humans have toward nature.  Create awareness of daily choices that impact our health as well as environmental health. Develop a new relationship with nature that will reduce your stress and increase your quality of life.

Water (May 2--June 5)
The average US citizen uses over 100 gallons of water daily. Water is an essential and limited resource. Climate change is affecting precipitation patterns around the globe resulting in more frequent and severe drought and flooding events. Examine your personal water usage. Explore strategies to conserve water in the household. Adopt new habits that ensure water quality and conservation.

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