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Environmental Educator's Book
Welcome to the AETN/AEF Environmental Educator's Book. Here you will find information regarding classroom environmental videos and educator guides produced from the partnership of the Arkansas Educational Television Network and the Arkansas Environmental Federation.
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Water droplet Mickey H2O guides viewers through the life cycle and treatment of water. Beautiful, hand-painted watercolors, by AETN Graphic Artist Sandra Ake, offer students a vivid explanation of Mickey's endless journey through time. Mickey H2O introduces friends and places involved in the everyday operations of water preservation.
WATER, a water quality preservation video was inspired by AEF's former board president (2000) Charles Nestrud and Daussalt Falcon Jet, who won AEF's 2000 Diamond Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership. The development of WATER was enhanced with the assistance of Rick Barger from Little Rock Wastewater Utility (LRWU) and Gary Hum of Central Arkansas Regional Water Authority (CARWA). Additional support from more than 20 underwriters, representing industry and the private sector, contributed to the completion of the project.
AIR introduces twin oxygen atoms, Aerial and Flux, who guide viewers through an overview of the Earthʼs atmosphere, air pollution, and prevention.
3M, one of AIR's underwriters, is featured in the video as an example of how industry handles pollution resulting from everyday operation. The Minnesota-based company, which has an industrial minerals division in Little Rock, operates under a company policy of community and environmental awareness.
"As environmental stewardship continues to be a focus for us here at 3M, environmental education and awareness among students are equally important, said Katherine Reed of 3M Environmental Technology and Safety Services. “We understand the value and effectiveness of science curriculums in our schools, and a well-produced video can have a very positive impact."
RECYCLE introduces students to the industryʼs concepts and language. Animated character Morph guides students through the history, industry and consumer perspective of recycling. Morph illustrates the loop of recycling by changing from one item to another throughout the video.
Nucor Corporation, RECYCLEʼs underwriter, makes a variety of coiled steel and large flange beam products by processing scrap metal, along with other scrap substitutes, to create liquid steel for casting and rolling products to meet customersʼ requests.
"Our goal is to take care of our customers," Nucor Vice Chairman, President and CEO Dan DiMicco said. "We will accomplish this by being the safest, highest quality, lowest cost, most productive and profitable steel mill in the world. We will accomplish this while being cultural and environmental stewards in our communities in which we work and live."
ENERGY is about choices and decision-making. Zoe, an animated character whose name means life, is the viewerʼs guide through the language of conservation and efficiency. Zoe is in the shape of an angle sign, which is known as a symbol for directed movement and in ancient alphabets as the sun rune.
The Arkansas Energy Office, who sponsored ENERGY, is the division within the Arkansas Department of Economic Development that seeks energy solutions that improve Arkansas's economy, environment and quality of life. A primary goal of the Arkansas Energy Office is to partner with schools and other agencies to help teachers, students and the general public understand the importance of effective, efficient energy usage.
"Energy is often invisible, but it heats our homes, runs our cars and provides all manner of manufactured goods," Arkansas Energy Office Director Chris Benson said. "When we use air, water and resources wisely and efficiently we can live cleaner, healthier lives."