USGBC NJ's Annual Children's Summer Green Education Event

August 17, 2017

The goal for this year’s USGBC NJ environmental education day is to inspire children, instilling an understanding of our fragile coastal resources, and the impacts of climate change on a local and global scale and the role that USGBC NJ has in reducing the Carbon Footprint—better protecting these resources.

The kids will tour the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and marshes, and Sandy Hook Beaches at Gateway National Recreation Area. The primary mission of the Howard Laboratory is to conduct research in ecology, leading to a better understanding of both coastal and estuarine organisms and the effects of human activities on nearshore marine populations.

The NOAA Lab is one of the few national labs engaged in ocean acidifation research--tied to Carbon-pollution and warming--and will engage the kids in a lab experiment by NOAA scientists and fisheries biologists. The tour will also include birding (and wading) in the NOAA coastal salt marsh. The day will include ample time for the kids to enjoy the beaches at Sandy Hook, close to the lab.

Intended impact of project

Reduced environmental impact
Increased environmental & sustainability literacy