ACA Mid-Atlantic Camp Conference

December 13-15, 2022

The Double Tree Hotel

Williamsburg, VA

Session Title: 10 Activities to Evaluate and Measure Camp Sustainability Opportunities

Session Description:When it comes to “greening” your camp facility and programs it’s not always easy to know where to start. This session will provide 10 innovative approaches to evaluating and measuring opportunities to help access the environmental, educational and economic benefits of going green. From collecting and evaluating data about energy consumption to conducting a waste audit, we want to empower you to make informed decisions about what “green actions” will most benefit your camp. These activities are also perfect for engaging your campers and staff on sustainability topics and you’ll receive write ups for each activity so that you can implement them back at your camp.

Learn more and register here

ACA 2023 National Camp Conference

February 21-24, 2023

Rosen Centre Hotel

Orlando, Florida

Session Title: 10 Innovative Tools and Activities to Conduct a Green Needs Assessment

Session Description:When it comes to “greening” your camp facility and programs it’s not always easy to know where to start. This session will provide 10 innovative approaches to evaluating and measuring opportunities to help access the environmental, educational and economic benefits of going green. From collecting and evaluating data about energy consumption to conducting a waste audit, we want to empower you to make informed decisions about what “green actions” will most benefit your camp. These activities are also perfect for engaging your campers and staff on sustainability topics and you’ll receive write ups for each activity so that you can implement them back at your camp.

Learn more and register here

OCA [Re]Connects 2023:  Thursday, March 30/31st 2023

Thursday, March 30/31st 2023

Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

Green Camps was invited to present two sessions, “10 Innovative Tools and Activities to Conduct a Green Needs Assessment” and “The Barriers and Motivators to Camp Sustainability”.   Founder, Danny Sudman, will also participate in a panel discussion on sustainability in the camp industry.

Learn more and register at https://ontariocampsassociation.ca/oca-events-general-information/

The Barriers and Motivators to Camp Sustainability

Recorded:  February, 24th 2022 

Dr. Lincoln Larson (NC State) will present the findings from the Spring 2021 national research survey on the barriers and motivators to camp sustainability. This research highlights the opportunities that the camp community has to model sustainability and inspire green behavior change in campers and staff.

Join us to learn more about the power of green educational signage at your camp and how to engage your campers and staff to participate in your green efforts.

See a recording of the webinar at www.greencamps.org/research

Sophia Kianni – Becoming a Sustainable Camp @ 2021 Northeast CAMP Conference

Recorded: March, 10th 2021 11:00am EST 

Green Camps was excited to bring Sophia Kianni into our presentation at the 2021 Northeast Camp Conference to highlight the youth voice that is shaping the sustainability movement.

Sophia Kianni is an Iranian-American environmentalist studying climate science and public policy at Stanford University. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit with 8,000 volunteers in 40+ countries working to translate climate information into over 100 languages. She represents the U.S as the youngest member of the inaugural United Nations Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.

Learn more about Sophia at https://www.sophiakianni.com/

Join the Conversation

Recorded: March, 26th 2020

Our first zoom conference call was an open forum discussion about the sustainable camps movement. Lots of great topics came up and will help guide the efforts of Green Camps to support the camp community in modeling sustainability to inspire green behavior change in the millions of youth and adults impacted by the came experience each you.

Let’s Make Signs

Recorded: April, 16th 2020

Signage is one of the most powerful education tools and easiest green initiative to implement. Take a tour of the print shop of our sponsor, Sir Speedy Statesville to learn how professional signs are made. The second part of the webinar will be a working session to design signs that can be displayed to inspire green behavior change.

View the Interactive Blog from “Let’s Make Signs”

The Sign Contest!

 

Camp Education Program Ideas

Coming Soon…

Summer is upon us and you asked for some quick and easy actionable program ideas to implement in your education programs. We will share program ideas along with write-ups of the activities so that you can easily implement them into your program. Have some program ideas you want to share? We’d love to invite you to present them and share any documentation.

The Economics of Composting

Coming Soon…

Want to get support to start or expand your composting program? John Onderdonk, Chief Sustainability Officer at Cal Tech, will share his process of calculating the economic costs and gains of composting.

Off Season Gardening

Coming Soon…

Summer is over, but you have a garden…What should you do? Hear from a master gardener to learn some practical solutions to maintain your garden over the off season.

Intro to Beekeeping

Coming Soon…

Have you ever considered starting a beehive? Join master beekeeper Anna Maria Desipris for an introduction to beekeeping. Anna Maria successfully brought two beehives to Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center to help with the pollination of their citrus grove and educate guests about the importance of pollinators

Green Team Case Studies

Coming Soon…

Hear from the successes and challenges of camps who had Green Teams over the summer. Whether you’re thinking about starting a Green Team or want to expand your current Green Team, you will learn some ideas on how to build buy-in and support for sustainability.

Funding Solar Projects

Coming Soon…

So you want to install some solar panels? John Onderdonk, Chief Sustainability Officer at Cal Tech, will talk about your options. PPA or Lease? We also invite camps who have implemented solar systems to share their experiences of the process and outcomes of this initiative.

DIY Cleaning

Coming Soon…

There are a lot of toxins and chemicals all around us, especially in our cleaning supplies. You may not be ready to fully transition into “green” cleaners, but we want to share some ideas on how to start making that transition. You will learn about the environmental and health impacts of traditional chemical cleaners and some simple green cleaning recipes to start making your own green cleaners.

Waste Reduction

Coming Soon…

What is your waste stream? Join us to learn how to measure and assess your current waste stream along with solutions to reduce the amount of waste your facility is bringing in and sending to the landfill

 
 

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