Iowa Families Log on to Learn Sustainable Living Techniques

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

Tools

By Rachel Begle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Technology will bring the latest in environmental education to Iowa families.

An Eco-Family Virtual Conference organized by Iowa State University's Extension Office kicks off Thursday night. Program leaders will meet with families across the state via the internet to teach families new ideas about sustainable living like conserving water and buying local food.

Kids and parents can wear headphones and chime in when they have any questions. The conference aims to help families save money and save the environment.

“This is a way families can pass on values that they have as it relates to being good stewards with our resources,” said Program Facilitator Kristi Cooper.

Families can pay to participate in six sessions of the virtual conference, which take place once a month. Participants will watch videos, take part in activities and even create an avatar video. The idea is to bring families closer together, while helping the environment at the same time.

Cooper said the program was designed for people across the state, but the word got out and now families from as far as Florida are signing up.

"We all know climate change is occurring and there are things we, as humans, can be doing and it doesn't take big steps," Cooper said. "They're small steps all of us can be doing that will make a big change in our environment."

Cooper said the program is not about giving up things, but it’s about being smarter with what we have.

Some easy ideas to share with the family include turning off the water while brushing your teeth and beginning a composting program at home or in the office.

For more information you visit their site here.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.


read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG