School starts in Austin Texas on August 21 and we talked about how to be ‘green’ as students and teachers prepare for school. Our guests were from Austin Creative Reuse sharing tips on the best ways shop for back-to-school without creating waste. Austin Creative Reuse collects, sells, and distributes reusable arts and craft supplies so that everyone can enjoy them (without sending trash to the landfill). We also talked with EcoRise, a nonprofit organization that brings environmental education and social entrepreneurship into the classroom.
Our guests were:
Gina LaMotte – Executive Director of Ecorise
Gina LaMotte is a social entrepreneur who is most passionate about unlocking the power and potential of youth as leaders, innovators and visionaries. Gina has extensive experience working in education and sustainable development, including innovative educational programs serving youth in Brazil, India, Nepal, and Guatemala, as well as Harlem, New York, and Taos, New Mexico.
Gina founded EcoRise with the intent of providing a transformative educational program integrating sustainability, leadership and innovation into the traditional K-12 classroom. Since 2008, she has led its growth strategy, transforming EcoRise into a scalable social enterprise which now delivers world-class curricula, training and support to teachers around the world and has earned the support of thousands of community partners across all sectors.
Abby Randall – EcoRise Program Director
With more than 12 years of experience in the field of sustainability education, Abby Randall is passionate about inspiring a new generation of green leaders. Abby holds an MS in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from Tuft’s University, and has taught and designed curriculum for a wide variety of K-12 science classes in Austin ISD and for UT High School.
In her current position as Program Director, Abby oversees the implementation of EcoRise’s Sustainable Intelligence Program, as well as leading-edge Biomimicry and Science, LEED Prep, and Design Studio curriculum. Abby’s enthusiasm for authentic, STEM-based sustainability education is evident in her engaging teacher trainings and year-round support for environmental educators around the country.
Carole LeClair – Austin Creative Reuse, Board President
Their mission is to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education, and community building. Austin Creative Reuse collects, distributes, and sells reusable materials donated from industry and individuals. They educate the community about how to reduce, reuse, and create in responsible and fun ways. We make instructional kits, have a library of design and art ideas, and share these online and in our Creative Reuse Center.