Environmental Series Premieres at Natural Sciences Museum: North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives Support Hands-On Approach

Raleigh, N.C. —A new, innovative video program created by the Environmental Education Fund, starring North Carolina high school students, premiers Friday, November 12 at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

“It’s Our Water” is a five-part program and is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of teachers and students about water resources in North Carolina and is the first of its kind in the state. The program will reach 66,000 high school students each year, fulfilling the state’s Earth/Environmental science requirement. After each video, students will learn about water quality by doing classroom activities and investigative field research.

The program, which relies entirely on sponsorships, received $10,000 from North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives. June Small, director of environmental affairs at North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, said, “We are thrilled at the opportunity to contribute to the education of the state’s youth about environmental issues through exciting, hands-on activities. “It’s Our Water” will reach an enormous number of students each year, and it’s a practical way to teach students about everyday environmental issues.”

Anne Taylor, the executive director of the Environmental Education Fund said, “We are especially grateful to North Carolina’s electric cooperatives for their commitment to more informed environmental decision making. Tomorrow’s students will enjoy investigating North Carolina’s water resources while achieving academic excellence, and future employees will better understand the environmental consequences of our individual actions.”

Sponsorship money goes to production of the five videos and also funds the training of an expected 700 or more teachers. All of North Carolina’s high school Earth and Environmental science teachers will go through the necessary training for the program during the next two years.

“It’s Our Water” is another example of North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives commitment to their communities.