Seneca County youth participate in sustainable energy practices
at the 2013 Empire Farm Days
Engaging Youth in Sustainable
Seneca GR&EEN (Generating Recycling & Energy Education Now) is a Seneca County 4-H Club comprised of teens from local school districts who educate youth and adults about recycling and sustainable energy practices. The teens have attended a variety of trainings and, in turn, share their knowledge with the community and beyond. Members offer recycling and energy education sessions to county 6th graders at their annual Outdoor Education Field Days, and they lead annual America Recycles Day and Earth Day activities including plastic bag recycling and electronic recycling events. They offer education programs in school and through summer recreation sites. Seneca GR&EEN members also host booths at local community events including the County Fair. Members have aided in teaching a sustainable energy workshop at STARR and one member was a representative to the National 4-H Science Ambassador and USA Science & Engineering Festival.
Club members have been instrumental in supporting the interactive sustainable energy booth in the Cornell building at Empire Farm Days for the last three years along with 4-H members from Oneida County Throughout Empire Farms Days, Seneca GR&EEN and Oneida County 4-H members demonstrated wind power, solar power, bio energy and much more. The interactive display, including an energy bike, provided Empire Farm Days attendees with an excellent understanding of sustainable energy practices and the need for greater awareness. Attendees and 4-H members engaged in meaningful discussions and learned a great deal from each other throughout this annual event. At the 2013 Empire Farm Days, 1,060 attendees engaged with the Seneca GR&EEN members.
4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
What does Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) have to do with 4-H? More than you might think! Check out this page to learn about this mission mandate, access the NYS SET Toolkits, and find out why 4-H is committed to introducing youth to the wonders and inspiration of these three disciplines.
4-H Civic Engagement
Chances are ... if you're involved in 4-H, in other youth organizations, or school programs, you're already doing some type of community service. If you want to learn how to 'kick it up a notch' there's curriculum and resources to help.
4-H Healthy Living
Families today are busier than ever, with more work, school and afterschool activities and scheduling issues. Couple these things with more sedentary lifestyles and more access to quick, sometimes less healthy meal choices and you can easily see the reasons for today's childhood obesity statistics.
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