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New! Missouri Green Schools Program

Earth Quest: A game of Environmental Literacy

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Environmental Quizzes

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Teaching Topics

MEEA publishes 12 newsletters a year. Between 4 and 6 cover MEEA specific items like a summary of the year’s activities, the green schools program, and the conference. That leaves us with 6 to 8 slots we would like to fill with topics of interest to our readers. Please help us choose topics for the following year!

Below is a list of over 30 categories we could cover. For each topic, we will have a short introduction (250 to 500 words) along with a list of key things to know and teaching resources. Where it is relevant, we will connect it with Missouri Learning Standards.

To help us choose topics, send an email to with the numbers of the topics you are interested in, and/or topics that aren't listed that you are interested in, and/or the numbers of the topics you might be willing to write about.

We can’t guarantee we will cover something you pick this year, but we should get around to everything over time.

Topics List

  1. Limits to Growth
  2. Systems and System Models
  3. Tragedy of the Commons
  4. Environmental Justice
  5. Precautionary Principle
  6. Energy (electricity, solar, wind, nuclear, fossil, hydro, etc.)
  7. Cycles (carbon, water, phosphorus, sulfur)
  8. Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  9. Green Chemistry
  10. Nanoparticles
  11. Evolution of Resistance (in microbes and pests)
  12. Roles of Federal and State Agencies
  13. Environmental Laws
  14. Role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  15. Ecosystems (oceans, rivers, lakes, prairies, forests, deserts, the poles, etc.)
  16. Agriculture (food, fiber, timber, etc.)
  17. Industry (mining, dams, factories, infrastructure, etc.)
  18. Architecture (buildings, building materials, landscapes, etc.)
  19. Critical Resources (shelter, water, food, energy, fiber)
  20. Solid Waste and Recycling
  21. Water Pollution
  22. Air Pollution
  23. Resource Depletion (of fish, soil, forests, etc.)
  24. Species Introductions (invasives)
  25. Human Population Growth
  26. Habitat Degredation or Loss (desertification, deforestation, urbanization, etc. )
  27. Biodiversity Loss (endangered species, extinction, etc.)
  28. Human Health Impacts (lead poisoning, radiation exposure, cancer, pulmonary disease, affluenza, etc.)
  29. Human Social Impacts (loss of jobs, homes, communities, social unrest, economic migration, forced migration)
  30. Grant Writing
  31. Promoting Programs to Diverse Audiences
  32. Missouri Learning Standards
  33. Research on EE in Schools
  34. Other....