June 25, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is hosting its fifth annual Green Boot Camp this week in
. The weeklong event brings together
70 middle-school teachers
from 10 countries and turns them into students, where they learn about sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable technologies.
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In addition to providing curriculum for the classroom, Green Boot Camp gives teachers the tools to inspire their students to be more environmentally conscious, and heighten their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.
Honeywell is working with a number of
-based organizations to help educate the teachers — including
San Diego Gas & Electric
(SDG&E) and the
California Center for Sustainable Energy
— capitalizing on each organization's unique knowledge of energy and sustainability.
"Green Boot Camp gives us the rare opportunity to collaborate with fellow educators from around the world and organizations that understand the importance of sustainable practices," said
, a teacher at
Challenger Middle School
. "Understanding how to be more sustainable and green is important, and I plan to apply what I learn to inspire my students to be more environmentally aware."
Along with instruction from a variety of eco-focused experts, the teachers will construct a rain-barrel irrigation system at
Bayside Community Center
to collect rain water for the community gardens on site. They will also build a greenhouse, add native plants and mulch the gardens.
Attendees also will design and build wind turbines, and take a guided tour of
to learn how sustainability practices are shaping the facility and how
practices are informing preparations for the park's 2015 centennial celebration.
"The importance of teaching sustainability is not unique to just one country. Environmental challenges are becoming a global concern and teaching today's children through science, technology, engineering and mathematics can inspire them to change their behaviors and pursue careers in this field that could potentially make a global impact," said
, secondary school teacher in
Shetland Islands Council schools
Green Boot Camp is sponsored by Honeywell and was created as part of an environmental initiative of
Honeywell Hometown Solutions
, the company's global corporate citizenship initiative. Hometown Solutions focuses on five areas of vital importance: science and math education; family safety and security; housing and shelter; humanitarian relief; and habitat and conservation.
"Collaboration is needed to make significant, lasting sustainable contributions," said
, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. "Green Boot Camp embodies this spirit by providing a unique experience for teachers to work together and share ideas on how to best impact classrooms around the world."
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Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, focuses on five areas: Family Safety & Security; Housing & Shelter; Science & Math Education, Humanitarian Relief and Habitat & Conservation. Together with leading public and nonprofit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please go to