The United Nations designed World Habitat Day to spread awareness of the need for adequate shelters throughout the world, and to remind us of our collective responsibility for our habitats. Each year on World Habitat Day, a Global Observance is held during which the Habitat Scroll of Honour award is presented, a prestigious award presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in preservation and improvement of human habitats. The theme of this year’s World Habitat day is “Frontier Technologies as an Innovative Tool to Transform Waste to Wealth”.
This theme is an extension of last years, and aims to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 11: creating inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities. By using frontier technologies to find ways to manage waste produced by all human activities, the hope is to develop better, cheaper, faster, and easier ways to manage waste. To learn more, check out this link to the United Nations website.
If you’d like to learn more about sustainable waste management, the STEM Center has various ways we can help. Our Urban Gardening program helps teach young girls how to compost waste. A recent Noyce Intern did her internship at the Watershed Nature Center, through which she hosted a community day on composting. You can learn how to compost at home here, or take a class at SIUE in October. For people wanting to learn more about the environment, and experience the beauty of nature The Gardens at SIUE (link) and The Watershed Nature Center are great places in the area to visit.
We also have a book that can be checked out, The Cartoon Guide to the Environment, which describes various aspects of the environment and has a section focused on managing waste. This is a great resource for anyone wanting to gain knowledge about the environment in a fun and sustainable way. For instructors looking for ways to teach their classes on the environment, the STEM Center also has great resources on ways to become more sustainable. These include Environmental Studies – Care, All Trashed Out, How Does Your Garden Grow?, and Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills.
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